Similarly to choosing a therapist, it is important to choose the right counselling supervisor for you. It is helpful to consider if a clinical supervisor is a good fit for the way in which you work, the type of clients you work with and the context/s you work in.
I am a qualified supervisor with experience in supporting trainee and qualified counsellors, 1-1 and within groups. My aim is to provide a supervisory relationship that is caring, supportive and growth inducing.
Supervision is a two-way process of shared responsibilities between supervisee and supervisor. I understand the purpose of supervision is to monitor and safeguard the interest of clients and to monitor and promote the welfare of the counsellor including their continued development and learning. It is also helpful in optimising the effectiveness of the therapeutic relationship. Good supervision ensures that ethical standards are maintained as set out by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
My preferred supervision model is Inskipp and Proctor's (2001) tasks of supervision, which cover support (restorative), learning and growth (formative) and monitoring (normative). I am also informed by parallel process and reflexivity. I am happy to be challenged and value supervision, seeing it as a safe place for supervisees to explore their work.
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"Sarah has been my clinical supervisor for three years, she has supervised me in both group supervision at the hospice and on a 1-1 basis when I changed jobs. Sarah is supportive and knowledgable, often suggesting creative ways to work with clients and I have always been appreciative of her input. In group supervision Sarah manages the session ensuring each participant gets a fair proportion of the time, and encourages contribution between colleagues. She is generous with her time and knowledge. Sarah was particularly helpful to me when I was audited by the BACP, happy to read and critique the issues I chose to discuss, she is also supporting me in completing my accreditation. Sarah continues her own personal development regularly engaging in CPD training, she is happy to share what she has learned, and has helped me identify my own training needs. She strives to move forward with her own carer and has encouraged me to do the same. Ultimately I have found Sarah to be supportive with my client work and encouraging when it comes to personal development. She has also raised my awareness of the need for self care, regularly checking in on how I am managing my stress and workload. I would thoroughly recommend her as a supervisor."
"I was lucky enough to be supervised by Sarah during my training whilst on placement at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. Her person centred approach was restorative and allowed me to develop my self awareness and gain confidence.
Sarah is skilled at creating a space where it is safe to challenge and be challenged allowing for the formative aspect of supervision. I always knew I could call on Sarah at anytime with an ethical issue or dilemma. She would work through them with me, advising where necessary, adhering to the normative aspect of supervision.
I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Sarah, she is adept at guiding you through the reflective process of supervision and ensuring you are working within your competence and to best practice."
"Sarah has always been able to create a safe and open environment in which I have felt able to honestly share and reflect on all aspects of my own and my client experience.
She is supportive and deeply insightful and always provides me with helpful and enlightening perspectives which have provided shifts and new depths in my client work and my own development and learning.
She is an inspiring role model who willingly shares her own varied breadth of knowledge as well as her training and resource recommendations."
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