Hello, and welcome to my supervision page. I’ve been practicing as a therapist for over 13 years and as a supervisor since 2013. My initial supervision training was person-centred, however, I practice in quite an integrative and solution-focused way. Prior to being a counsellor I was a careers adviser and coach so that supports how I work.
I am a specialist in working with sexual violence, childhood abuse & trauma so can bring that specialism into my work as a supervisor. One area that’s particularly important to know about is what to do if a client wants to report abuse to the police. There is something called the Pre-Trial Therapy Protocol which you need to be aware of. I can advise on all of this in supervision and happy to carry out one-off supervision if that would be helpful.
I have always enjoyed supporting others in their personal & professional development and I bring that to my work as a clinical supervisor by holding and respecting each individual as unique. I’ve worked as a supervisor both in private practice and in an organisation so can bring that understanding of organisations to my work. I believe whole-heartedly in supporting people to be the best they can be and in providing a service which best suits their needs, whilst holding my responsibilities as an ethical practitioner.
I can provide supervision face to face or online using VSee - similar to Skype but more secure.
I'm not a massive fan of the term "Clinical Supervision" but it is used in organisational settings to distinguish it from managerial supervision so I can see the benefit in that sense. For me though I don't particularly like the drift towards medicalisation and the medical model.
I view supervision as being a collaborative process but these are the areas I generally work on with supervisees. The supervisee has a ‘menu’ of options as to what they want to work on in any particular session.
I work in private practice providing individual & couples counselling, as well as supervision. I currently supervise individuals working in private practice & in organisations. I provide supervision groups as well as individual support.
I also deliver specialist training in working with survivors of abuse and in working ethically & safely with trauma.
I have worked in the NHS as a manager and careers adviser so have a wealth of experience in supporting others through personal and professional development. I worked for 7 years as a Supervisor in a local voluntary sector organisation. I hold a Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision and began supervision in 2013.
Specialist supervision in working with Survivors of Childhood Abuse
I can provide specialist supervision around working with survivors of abuse, working with pre-trial therapy, working with trauma. If you have little or no experience of working with childhood abuse then specialist supervision is worth considering, particularly if your current supervisor has no experience of this type of work.
If you have a client who has reported abuse or sexual violence to the police then you need to be working within the Pre-Trial Therapy Protocol. I can advise on this.
I am happy to do this on an ad hoc basis or to cover a specific piece of work.
Want to find out more?
I offer a free initial 30 minute meeting for us to discuss what you are looking for in supervision. I'd be happy to arrange that for you if you email or telephone me. Contact details either to the right or above (depending if you're on a PC, mobile or tablet). We can also discuss whether our availability is a match.
I can provide supervision on video conferencing - Zoom. Please contact me for details & to answer any questions.
10 Things a Trauma Therapist needs to do for themselves
1. Remember to breathe & stay in your Window of Tolerance. You can’t do effective therapy if you’re triggered or out of awareness.
2. Listen more than you talk – but some particularly traumatised clients find this difficult. So find ways to listen even if they don’t do much talking. Creative tasks can be a great help. Resources like Mood Cards work wonders if people find it hard to talk about feelings.
3. Explore the client’s strengths – easy to forget or to miss when they are often so self-critical. But the client has found ways to cope and manage so recognising them will help with self-belief and empowerment.
4. Remember they are a person – just like you! They need your humanity and compassion more than anything else.
5. Leave your stuff at the door. They require 100% of your focus. You can't afford to be distracted by how you feel about what they're telling you, so make sure you've sufficiently explored any trauma of your own.
6. Notice your process – what are you feeling? What’s going on in your body? If you’re not sure, take it to supervision & see what comes up for you.
7. Take off your “clinical hat” and be you! It is really powerful for traumatised clients to have a genuine connection with another human being and all that knowledge & training can be a barrier.
8. Leave your agenda at the door. Knowledge is great and can be helpful for us in feeling secure in what we’re doing BUT we don’t want to impose our frame of reference on the client. Empowerment is key and the way to achieve that is to follow the client’s process and be alongside them.
9. Utilise supervision to explore the process of therapy, the impact on you & the relationship between you and your client. You may need more supervision if you're working with a particularly traumatised client or more than one client who's experienced trauma. It's challenging work and requires a lot of reflection.
10. Get some training, or do some reading, around trauma and the impacts of childhood abuse. It is so common that every therapist will work with someone who has experienced abuse and it’s really important that you understand trauma and the impact but also have confidence in your ability to work in this complex field.