Clinical Supervision : Reflect, Review, Restore, Renew

Supporting people through meaningful change is a huge privilege, and a responsibility that helpers tend to take on with great conscientiousness.

The benefits and functions of supervision

Practitioners in the helping professions are often values-driven and find helping deeply fulfilling and rewarding.

I currently provide clinical supervision to consultancy associates, trainees and helping professionals working in both independent private practice and in therapeutic organisations.

My experience as a clinical supervisor is broad, diverse and well established across a range of multidisciplinary contexts. I currently work across three roles in the sector. Learn more.

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Where ethical frameworks meet practice

As part of professional conduct, registration and development we adhere to strict codes of ethics and practice standards, and must commit to our own ongoing development as practitioners to ensure the support we provide to others is the best it can be. However no case is the same and when guiding values and principles meet the uniqueness of clinical work we are often presented with ethical dilemmas that need to be engaged with to find the best way forward.

Good clinical supervision has an important role to play in helping helpers to navigate dilemmas and clinical decision making, and to apply our professional ethics and practice standards, so that we can provide the highest standards of care and support to the people we work alongside.

Support and sustainability

Clinical supervision should also support you to sustain enduring fulfilment in your work – the satisfaction that comes with reviewing, evaluating, learning from and improving practice, seeing a positive impact of your work together with those you help, knowing you have made a difference, trying new approaches, seizing opportunities to stretch our capabilities, keep skills up-to-date and work in a way that has meaning for us as people.

Helping offers heartfelt rewards – however, it can also be challenging and confounding at times, and without the right support helpers are unlikely to be able to offer the sustainable high standards that those we help deserve and need. Clinical supervision also offers the opportunity to overcome and grow through challenges, sustain helpers and strengthen their practice.

Developing praxis, developing practitioners

Clinical supervision can also have a didactic purpose – enabling you to explore new approaches to work, experiment with them in a safe space, and support you as you learn to apply them in your practice. For example:

  • Developing your own robust approaches to assessment and triage to ensure the referrals you take on can benefit your ways of working
  • Exploring and applying approaches to formulation, case conceptualisation and therapeutic planning for treatment goals, working in trauma assessments, systemic factors and individual differences
  • Using review and evaluation tools and strategies to evaluate the clinical impact of your clinical work
  • Support through further training, obtaining registration (eg through BACP Certificate of Proficiency standard), professional body accreditation, audit and grade progression
  • Integrating new clinical interventions, tools and approaches – eg figurative and symbolic methods like creative media and sand tray work
  • Optimising relational depth in the helping alliance, and working with the ways in which interpersonal process mirrors clinical material and can leverage psychotherapeutic change
  • Introducing new settings like online or outdoor therapy, or navigating socially distanced office based clinical work or starting in a new role, team or new organisation and taking on new ways of working
  • Integrating a new theoretical orientation like EMDR, physchoalanytical or psychodynamic, intersubjective process, CBT-i, trauma-informed work, mindfulness, systemic thinking or moving beyond therapeutic orthodoxy – evaluating the evidence base for novel interventions to enable research-led practice
  • Beginning practice-based or academic research
  • Exploring different models of supervision until you find what works best for you
  • Identifying and working through clinical cases you may find particularly challenging eg through structured discussion, applying methods you would like to learn about, or reviewing recordings
  • Becoming, and practising as a clinical supervisor
  • Developing and delivering CPD training and psychoeducational workshops and peer supervision and process groups
  • Identifying your strengths and interests and developing specialisms

Supporting professionals throughout their careers

I currently provide supervision to psychotherapists and other helping professionals at all stages of their career. Whether you are:

  • In-training and or emerging into your first therapeutic roles, wanting to focus on skill acquisition and application – and moving from self-consciousness to self-awareness
  • Building competence and confidence around well-established foundational skills; incorporating new perspectives, consolidating learning, defining your identity as a helper; approaching increasing case complexity and diversifying and expanding practice into new realms, finding your niche
  • Accomplished and robust in your practice, professional – with established competence and expertise, looking for reflective space to sustain focus and purpose in your practice, keep pace with innovative approaches – or stepping up to lead therapeutic teams and hold therapeutic space in helping organizations

How we will work together

We will work together to ensure you are supported to work with those you help, in a way which has integrity for you. To promote your competence, knowledge and skills, to enrich the quality of your work, your self-awareness and confidence through reflective practice, to encourage you to monitor and manage your wellbeing, and to ensure the welfare of those you help, by remaining mindful of ethical and professional ways of working.

We will work together to support you to maintain appropriate standards in your therapeutic work, give you space to reflect, and a place to explore and develop your practice.

Together we will create a bespoke supervision relationship where we can talk together about your needs and preferences and tailor our work to suit you. We will think through the purpose and aims of our supervision relationship and come up with a contract between us to focus and orientate our work. We will review this on a regular basis as our work and your needs develop.

How we will meet

Our one to one sessions can be conducted face to face in the office, or whilst walking, or by Zoom, as best suits your needs. A free initial phone consultation may give you an opportunity to find out more about how we might work together to offer the support you need for your practice and personal and professional development.

My supervision fees are £75 for one hour or £125 for 90 minutes.

Book your free consultation

I offer a free initial phone consultation to give you an opportunity to find out how I can help you.

Simply enter your details into the form and I will contact you to discuss your requirements in more detail.

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