What can I offer as a Supervisor?
I’m Lisa, 52, based in Salford, married, mum to 2 grown children, counsellor and clinical supervisor.
Qualified to Diploma level in 2009, and now in private practice with a diverse range of clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and with many different presenting issues. I have a bespoke, confidential outdoor therapy room in which clients and supervisees feel welcome and safe. After qualifying in supervision, I soon began my work as a Clinical Supervisor with a large school based charitable organisation, which supports my firm belief in early intervention. I also offer supervision to private counsellors. I am currently studying in Year 3 of Counselling and Psychotherapy Degree.
Throughout supervision I hope to offer security and understanding - a reflective, safe space. It should be a collaborative experience, and whilst client work will always be at the forefront of our time together, I feel it is key to know you too. Not only as their counsellor, but as a person.
I work in an integrative, adaptive way with the invite to work creatively using a range of interventions. I enjoy the benefits of using metaphor, analogy, visualisation and hopefully, humour. I have positive feedback that supervision sessions are supportive and thought-provoking with an appropriate balance of challenge.
Ultimately, I endeavour to model honesty and authenticity. Bringing warmth and patience in the hope that clients and supervisees feel accepted and able to trust in a genuine and open relationship.
Ethics in Supervision
Underpinning all effective supervision should be the core conditions - unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence. I would hope to model honesty and realness, with the intention that the supervisee would feel accepted and be able to show themselves in return. We can be ourselves.
It is clear that counsellors and supervisors cannot be all things to all people but having knowledge of our own moral code and frame of reference enables us to become more accepting of ourselves and where we sit in life and why. This is key to acknowledging that there may be alternative viewpoints, which, although different than our own, are no less valid. “Our” reality does not make it “the” reality. It is vital that we are able to set our own moral compass aside and navigate a way through our supervisees experience and ultimately with them, through that of their clients.
The BACP’s ethical framework defines supervision as:
"A specialised form of mentoring provided for practitioners responsible for undertaking challenging work with people. Supervision is provided to ensure standards, enhance quality, advance learning, stimulate creativity, and support the sustainability and resilience of the work being undertaken."