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 private practice. Since 2016 I've written the supervision column in BACP’s Private Practice journal. Here are four of my recent articles:
• Shadow signs – a look at how the “shadow self” shows up in supervision
• Ethical hypocrisy – about the importance of being an ethically honest hypocrite
• Curious correctness – how supervisory dialogue is affected by ‘political correctness’
• What are we up against? – on the collective power of our therapeutic work in troubled times
The November 2020 issue of BACP's Therapy Today includes The questions we dare not ask ourselves, a dialogue I had with Robin Shohet on subversion and spirituality in supervision.
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 2021
The national supervision conference organised by Severn Talking Therapy was planned to be held in Birmingham in February this year 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 has been postponed until further notice.
As part of this conference, I was going 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.