About me and my therapy practice
I work from the premise that supervision is driven by a twofold purpose: to ensure the welfare and safety of the client and to help support and develop the work of the counsellor. I am an experienced supervisor of trainees, qualified counsellors and groups. I have been in practice as a supervisor since 2011. I am a senior accredited counsellor with twenty years unbroken practice with children adolescents and adults in education from Primary School to University. I have also worked in the NHS and in private practice. I am relationally-trained and my fundamental belief is that therapeutic change comes about through the systematic use of the therapeutic relationship. My key task is to create an empowering alliance with the client by communicating the attitudes and skills of the person-centred approach. My supervision practice is also relational. By creating a climate of warmth, trust, genuineness and respect, my attention and energy are firmly focused on the supervisory relationship since its quality determines overall effectiveness. A culture of openness to learning and personal re-evaluation goes with the supervisee as they make the journey from trainee to experienced practitioner. Supervision has been central to the development of my own style and way of working. My intention is to provide an interpersonally focused relationship that facilitates the development of therapeutic competence whilst containing and holding the client work in a therapeutic triad. This enables the supervisee to fully attend to client need. By encouraging supervisees to be aware of their internal processes, to monitor emotional responses and experiences within their work, I attempt to increase awareness of who the supervisee may be to the client. I encourage the supervisee to notice what they experience in the relationship and consider if this experience relates to their own unresolved conflicts or if it is their response to the client playing out old patterns of relating.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Couples, EAP, Families, Groups, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited