I regard supervision as an opportunity for the counsellor to be able to explore his or her work in a safe, non-judgemental space, able to access whatever support is needed, in a collegial relationship. The well-being of the clients is of course always paramount.
I trained as an integrated humanistic counsellor, incorporating ideas and theories from existentialism, Gestalt theory and person-centred counselling. I have also studied and experienced psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural counselling. I aim to work from a client-centred perspective, adapting my way of working to suit the client.
Similarly, as a counselling supervisor, I aim to focus on the different aspects of supervision as required by each individual supervisee, working in a flexible way, constantly monitoring the supervisory relationship and the changing requirements of the supervisee. I modulate use of challenge according to the experience of the supervisee and the needs of the clients.
My diploma in counselling supervision included the Inskipp & Proctor model and study of Hawkins & Shohet's seven-eyed theory of supervision, Carroll's seven tasks of supervision and Page & Wosket's cyclical model of supervision.
I favour a fairly simplified, pragmatic approach, whilst benefitting from these theories. I use as my starting point Inskipp & Proctor's three-pronged approach of normative, formative and restorative elements in the supervisory relationship, so paying attention to theoretical and practical aspects of counselling skills, ethical issues, and the wellbeing of the counsellor as well as the clients.