Clinical supervision is essential to safe and ethical practice as a counsellor. Much of our client facing work is one to one for confidentiality which means no one is observing the process. Supervision provides counsellors with a safe and supportive place to collaboratively view the counselling journey with clients. It is also a place to get feedback on how you are working, the interventions used and to learn about others ways of working from supervisor and colleagues.
When I think of supervision I think of a bain marie or holding pot like the one pictured here. Within the 'holding pot' of the supervisor is the 'holding pot' of the counsellor holding the client. The client is always at the centre of the process.
I find Hawkins and Shohet's Seven-eyed supervision model brings both observation and holding into its multi-system approach to the therapeutic work. The client is right there in the middle with counsellors, relationships, interventions, services and systems all connected around this individual.
I also keep in mind Proctor's tasks of supervision - to encourage and nurture, to teach and tutor and to manage and set boundaries.
I hold a Certificate in Therapeutic Supervision and offer individual and group supervision face to face in Lewisham and online. I currently supervise both trainee and qualified counsellors in groups and individually at the charity where I work. If you would like this service, please get in touch with me.