Professional supervision and consultation
As a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor, I provide one-to-one supervision and pair/group supervision and consultation for counsellors, therapists, psychologists and other ‘people practitioners’ seeking a committed, collaborative and creative approach to supporting and developing their work with clients, patients and service-users.
A large part of my current practice is supervising a diverse range of practitioners working in schools, colleges, and public health. I supervise trainee counsellors and several established independent therapists, and am a member of the Independent Supervisors Network. I also provide professional supervision for supervisors.
I hold a Diploma in Integrative Supervision (IIP 2009) and draw on over 20 years of varied therapeutic counselling experience including EAP, voluntary sector, local authority, NHS primary care, and independent practice. Since 2016 I've written the supervision column in BACP’s Private Practice journal. Here are my four most recent articles:
• Power – Role power in supervision is a force for good that can be used badly
• Reputation – Clarifying referrals, recommendations, and ‘reputability’
• Psychobabble – Ideas about the usefulness of psychotherapeutic jargon in supervision
• Imposter Syndrome – The importance of knowing how you use your ‘pseudocompetence’
Contact me at any time to discuss your professional requirements — if I’m not able to help you directly I might know someone who can.
Cambridge Supervision Training
For six years I was a tutor and administrator for the CST partnership, which runs accredited Diploma courses and CPD events for supervisors in the helping professions. I’m proud to be part of CST now as an Associate.
With CST founders Anthea Millar and Penny Henderson, I co-authored Practical Supervision: How to Become a Supervisor for the Helping Professions (JKP 2014). Details here.
Supervision Conference UK
The national supervision conference organised by Severn Talking Therapy was going to be held in Birmingham in February 2021 with the theme 'Supervision on the Edge: World in Crisis, World in Trauma'. Due to the pandemic and a critical dose of heavy irony, it was postponed until further notice.
As part of the conference, I planned to present a workshop on 'Feeling Edgy: Free Speech in Supervision' about the effects of political correctness and self-censorship in supervisory dialogue. I am continuing my non-academic research project on this subject, so if you'd like to take part please email me now for a questionnaire.