If you are looking for Supervision for your therapy practice in the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Crowborough, Edenbridge or East Grinstead areas, then I hope you will find this outline of my approach useful.
Supervision is a complex relationship which inevitably varies according to the stage of development of the supervisee. Supervising a trainee is very different from supervision with an experienced therapist. As a supervisor my task is basically twofold. Primarily it is about the care and development of the supervisee and with trainees there is a secondary role of attempting to ensure a level of care for the supervisee’s clients. Within this there are multiple aspects to attend to; the clients’ needs, the supervisee’s needs for support, education and development, the therapist / client relationships, the context of the therapy, the supervisor and supervisee’s relationship, together with attending to the wider systemic fields that surrounds and influences all these.
The first stage is to explore and agree on as clear a contract as possible. What do you need and want from supervision and how are those needs going to be met. Obviously part of this is around the practicalities of time, place, money, boundaries, etc. There is also my need to understanding your situation, the nature of your practice, your code of ethics, whether you are in therapy, your modality and so on. You need to understand what I am offering, my approach, and whether it fits with your requirements.
For the supervisor / supervisee relationship to work well, it seems to me that over time, it has to develop ever more openness and safety and honesty. After all it is only in such a space that you can feel safe enough to bring and look at all aspects of your practice as well as an openness to looking deeply into yourself so as to facilitate your growth and development as a therapist. The care of our clients is not about having to be a perfect therapist, which none of us can be, it is about our willingness to learn and know ourselves better.
As colleagues, we need to work together to develop this quality of relationship so that there is space for you to grow and develop, as well as your clients.
The nature of the relationship inevitably varies according to the level of experience and development of both the supervisee and the supervisor.
If you are looking for supervision I am happy to discuss any aspect of this over the phone to start with. I do offer concessions on fees as appropriate.