What is supervision?
- Supervise: To direct or oversee the performance or operation of.
- To watch over so as to maintain order, etc.
- Word Origin: Medieval Latin supervidere, from Latin super- + videre to see.
Professional supervision is no small thing, in fact its rather 'super' in size. We believe that the supervision process is of paramount importance and no counsellor / psychotherapist should do without it at any point in their practice, no business and organisation should exclude it from their organisational structure, and that the supervision process needs to be both accessible and enjoyable for all.
Supervision is all about 'doing no harm' and that includes client, therapist, employer, and employee. For counsellors / psychotherapists, supervision ensures that you are practicing safely and effectively, it helps you grow and learn as a therapist, integrate theory, untangle what is yours and what is theirs, and support you in your work with clients, as well as the growth of your business. For employees it ensures you are heard and seen by your employers, appreciated for the work you do well, and encouraged to learn new skills and challenge your 'growing edges' (areas for growth). For employers, owners and directors, having supervision means you have somewhere to off-load and get supported yourself.
Who do you offer supervision to?
We offer a choice of either individual or group supervision for:
- Counsellors and psychotherapists
- Counselling and psychotherapy students
- Professionals working in a therapeutic way with others, such as social workers, nurses etc.
- Employees, as an external service that either compliments or replaces existing supervision
- Employers, business owners, and directors
What supervision models do you use?
There are many different supervision models out there, as we are primarily relational psychotherapists we believe that you are the most important resource, which frees us all up to explore and experiment with a variety of different approaches and models, depending on what fits at the time.
At the beginning of new groups, and for new members / clients, we will set out a business contract to begin with, outlining fees, conduct, dates, times and location, and how we may all work together. We will also set a contract with you about each piece of supervision brought, which will typically include what is being brought and what you may want from the supervision process.
We have separated out organisational supervision from professional counselling / psychotherapy supervision, dedicating two separate web pages to further explore the different models used, and what to expect. These can be found directly below, or by using the links in the left-hand column.
- Supervision for qualified / student counsellors and psychotherapists, and other professionals
- Supervision for professionals, organisations, and employees
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