I have experience supervising early trainee, qualified and seasoned counsellor’s together with healthcare staff (Midwives, mental health practitioners, disability advisors), teachers and pastoral support staff. My approach is informed by the ideas of Inskipp and Proctor which I have outlined below:
'Supervision is a working alliance between a supervisor and a counsellor in which the counsellor can offer an account of her/his work; reflect on it; receive feedback and where appropriate, guidance. The object of this alliance is to enable the counsellor to gain in ethical competence, confidence, compassion, and creativity so as to give her/his best service to her/his client' (Inskipp & Proctor:1995).
I particularly like the above definition of supervision as it stresses the importance of the working alliance – the working relationship between the supervisor and counsellor.
Counselling can be demanding, so I feel it is important for supervision to be a place where you (the counsellor) can be real and whole. Of course, I want to hear about your successes, and I feel it is equally important for you to be able to talk openly about where you have struggled with a client – this can bring out a richness where you learn more about the client, yourself, and your future counselling work.
My aim in supervision to create a relationship that is supportive, caring, non-judgemental and when necessary challenging – I have found that this allows for the most growth in supervisee's.
For over 15 years I’ve lectured on counselling training courses from level one to level seven, and currently teach counselling at a university, I also teach on a level 6 Diploma in Supervision.
Being a lecturer means that I have experience of working with trainee counsellors at different levels of training; this has given rise to me gaining an understanding of what trainee counsellors' need from supervision at different times. Therefore, I ensure I am working within the supervisee's level of competence together with gently challenging and supporting their growth.
I also have experience working with qualified counsellors at different levels of experience and training; my aim here is to ensure I am addressing the changing needs of the counsellor in supervision. For example, it maybe that off-loading a demanding week is the focus of our session or you might be particularly fond of a client and are finding it hard to challenge them effectively, finding an alternative way to be challenging might be our focus in supervision.
I am qualified and experienced as an online supervisor and can provide supervision for counsellors working online via video, audio, instant messaging, and email.
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