I am a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor of Individuals and I have been supervising Counsellors and Psychotherapists for over twenty years who work, and have worked, in the contexts of Counsellor Training, HE/FE, the Third Sector, Education, and Private Practice. I also offer Consultative Supervision to Clinical Supervisors.
The theoretical framework that underpins my practice of Counselling supervision integrates insights from some integrative models (e.g. Carroll, 2001; Hawkins & Shohet, 2000; Page & Woskett, 2001) with the practice of Person-Centred Supervision (e.g. Bryant-Jefferies, 2005; Mearns, 1997; Merry, 2002; Tudor & Worral, 2004). I am very committed to my supervisees. This is a commitment which both challenges and supports the supervisees. I try to be appropriately congruent so that perceptions and insights can be revealed and used therapeutically. I aim to facilitate a non-judgemental and non-threatening supervisory relationship, for only then will the supervisee feel safe enough to take risks. I also aim to be empathic in order to facilitate a deep understanding and reference with the supervisee.
Hawkins & Shohet (2000) also describe an agenda for an effective supervisory relationship that underpins my work as a supervisor. Their seven-eyed ‘process model’ of supervision enables focus to be placed on the following:
- reflection on the content of the counselling session,
- exploration of the strategies and interventions used by the supervisee,
- exploration of the counselling process and relationship,
- focus on the therapist’s process,
- focus on the supervisory relationship,
- focus on the supervisor’s own process,
- focus on the wider (or organisational) context.
In my supervisory relationships, we move between these ‘modes’ as the process model gives a language to understanding both the process in our relationship, and the process in the counsellor/client relationship as it allows the emergence of the parallel process to be experienced and explored, which not only increases the level of disclosure and trust, but informs the counsellor/client work at quite a profound level. We are also able to explore how the counselling and the counsellor are affected by wider organisational issues which this model gives a voice to more than others. I am also therapeutically supportive of my supervisee, yet ethically responsible to the client. It is the service of the client’s well-being that is the primary reason that we meet regularly to ensure.
My fees are £75.00 per month for an hour-and-a-half session (or £50.00 per hour). Supervision is offered at premesis in Crewe or Chester, or by Skype (Skype address: drpeter.gubi).