Supervision - Manchester Mind Matters

Supervision in the helping professions

introduction

Supervision is such an important resource as a counsellor and choosing a supervisor can be a difficult decision.  I hope the profile below reflects who I am as a person as much as my qualifications and my supervision model. 

In my experience of supervision, the thing that has helped me the most has been the warm, honest and collaborative relationship I’ve forged with my own supervisor.  This is something I aim to replicate with my own supervisees.  I hope to build strong, working alliances which are based on trust and a mutual desire to become better practitioners.  As much as I hope you will learn from me, I know I will learn from you as we navigate the sometimes choppy waters of counselling together.

I currently offer supervision in person, online via zoom, by telephone or outdoors.  

“The more room you give yourself to express your true thoughts and feelings, the more room there is for your wisdom to emerge” (Marianne Williamson)

Supervision model and qualifications

I have an Advanced Certificate in Supervision from the Macclesfield Counselling and Training Centre.  I have also taught on several supervision courses.

The main model I use is the well-respected Seven-eyed Model by Hawkins and Shohet (2012).  It’s a landmark model which works with the idea that supervisors can be “good enough” rather than expecting them to be the best.  It recognises that we need to be honest about our work and ourselves in order to develop and grow.  Using this model, my role is to “hold the space” in which you can safely explore and reflect on your work so that you can ultimately become an effective and resilient practitioner.

 Creative Supervision

I don’t believe that counselling or supervision is a “one size” fits all approach so I am always looking at new ways of working to reach more people and be more inclusive.  This has led me to incorporate other more creative approaches within supervision if suitable.

I have a keen interest in mindfulness and trained as a mindfulness teacher in 2009.  I often bring aspects of mindfulness into my work as it helps to maintain presence and gives me a “felt sense” of what is happening within therapeutic alliances.  It can also be very calming and restorative at times of emotional charge.

Over the past few year I’ve become interested in taking therapy outdoors and have introduced “outdoor therapy” into my practice.  For some people this opens up the counselling experience giving them space and a different perspective on life.  It’s something I am starting to integrate into my supervision too, especially during the current Coronavirus crisis.  Supervision outdoors allows for face to face contact offering the benefits of being outdoors whilst reducing the risk of Covid-19 virus transmission.

 

Fees

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