Counselling Supervision in BathAlthough I have been supervising individual counsellors and groups since 1990 it was 2001 before I decided to take up a formal training leading to a qualification in supervision.
I achieved a Distinction at Master's Level in a Post-Graduate Certificate in Supervision affiliated to the University College of Wales in 2001 and gained my BACP Accreditation as a Supervisor of Individuals and Groups in the same year. I have been continuously Accredited as a supervisor since then and now have Senior Accredited status.
Individual supervisionMy supervision practice of individuals has included trainee and newly-qualified counsellors, experienced and Accredited counsellors and supervisors, a complex trauma specialist, Primary Care counsellors and an NHS Primary Care Trust manager. I have also supervised managers and trained staff in private psychiatric hospitals for adults and adolescents, hospice care and public sector companies.
Group supervisionMy group supervision practice has included teams of Primary Care counsellors and bereavement counsellors/supporters in the voluntary sector, also teams of nurses and senior management, doctors and consultants, in private psychiatric hospitals for adults and adolescents.
If you are a counsellor, psychotherapist, psychologist, supervisor or other health worker looking for a supervisor, I offer a free 45 minute session so we can exchange information and find out whether we can work together.
How I work as a supervisorWhat I have prized in my own supervision sessions I will endeavour to pass on to you: a warm humanity, a willingness to own my own mistakes so that you can feel enabled to own yours and we both can learn from them, the opportunity for lightness and humour, the strong support when feeling a bit wobbly or uncertain, the rigour of the Ethical Framework applied when necessary, the safety of a clear contract with a willingness to be flexible, making time to acknowledge and celebrate what is good about your practice, and the occasional call between sessions when it just can't wait....
I also acknowledge that from time to time I may disappoint or irritate you. I invite regular feedback and reviews of our work together so that we can fine-tune my responses to your needs and together track your development as a practitioner.
If after our first meeting you feel you would like to work with me, I will offer you my Supervision Agreement to take away and read. This explains how I work and what our individual responsibilities are. We can discuss any points it raises for you, before signing.
For groups and teamsThose of you interested in group or team supervision might like to give me a call to discuss your needs. There is scope at my practice room in Bath for group supervision but I can also travel to your place of work or other venue.
Training in supervisionI also offer a short training in Making the Most of Supervision which can be tailored to your group or organisation. This includes an introduction on the giving and receiving of feedback and group dynamics (where appropriate).
Crisis intervention for organisationsAn important part of my work has been the facilitating of team meetings when crises have occurred, such as the suspension of staff, changes in key personnel or traumatic incidents, some of which have involved injuries to staff.
Sometimes this is alongside smaller group de-briefings or individual brief trauma therapy.
If this is something of interest to your organisation or group please contact me for an informal chat to discuss your needs.