Supervision is a relationship in which I can offer guidance and support to facilitate your development as a reflective counselling practitioner. Supervision provides a safe space to reflect upon the therapeutic relationships that you co-create with your clients. It is a collaborative process in which the safety and protection of clients can also be monitored.
My Developing Approach to Supervision
My counselling approach is rooted in the belief that it is the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client which enables new meaning and knowledge to emerge and facilitates change.
So in supervision my attention will focus on process ie the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship. By becoming aware of and listening to the emotions provoked by clients in the person of the therapist (the counter transference) and by stimulating curiosity about what this means for the client’s organising principles and relationships, a new understanding of the clinical work will hopefully emerge.
To facilitate such an approach I will endeavour to create a safe relationship so that sitting with uncertainty will be possible. I will also work to find the courage to be equally open and congruent about my own emotional reactions to both the client and supervisory relationships.
‘Psychotherapy is mainly a matter of mutual exploration of emerging meanings. Most techniques are a means of diminishing fear and of promoting courage to engage in a joint exploration in which two people venture into the unknown alone and yet together.’ (Hobson 1985:11,)
I would welcome a shared understanding that any difficulties in the supervisory relationship can be openly discussed and explored.
I acknowledge that, in addition to the above, at certain times our supervision sessions will need to focus on other matters such as ethical considerations, contextual working considerations etc.