Creative approaches to supervision /Lifespan Integration supervision / nature-based supervision
I deliver clinical, creative, and non-clinical professional development supervision through one to one sessions as well as groups. I work in person, outdoors in natural environments in Derbyshire, and online for those who are further afield. I undertook my training with The London Centre of Psychodrama completing the Creative Approaches to Supervision diploma in 2014. I am also a Lifespan Integration approved supervisor, a nature-based supervisor and deliver professional & personal development consultation for creatives / health and care professionals / and non-clinical professionals.
My approach to clinical supervision
Working with other practitioners, supporting their practice and development is a part of my work that I find incredibly rewarding. Therapists and counsellors are required to have considerable depth and breadth of skill, theoretical understanding, relational, and emotional capacity for which they are required to expertly apply to a wide range of issues that accompany their clients. As a supervisor (as well as a therapist), I hold a keen awareness of these challenges facing psychological practitioners and I regard the supervision space as hugely important with respect to supporting the supervisee to offer their best practice.
I value offering a place for my supervisees to reflect on the unconscious relational nuances that are often played out in the therapy room; to get curious together about the places they get stuck with their clients; to shine a light on what was otherwise unseen; hold a safe and empathic space for practitioner vulnerability; and to reflect on theoretical material to foster development and enable therapeutic efficacy. Working with trauma, as most of us do, can be quite intense work. Although the healing of our client's trauma is highly rewarding, the therapeutic process can, at times, be long and arduous, and can have accumulating effects on us as therapists/counsellors. Therefore, practitioner self-care is a high priority for me, and I hold awareness of work/life balance in mind for my supervisees to protect against compassion fatigue or 'burn out'.
My particular areas of interest is in Polyvagal attunement, embodiment, creative explorations, and ecological psychology.
My style of supervision has a specific focus on working creatively helping the practitioner focus on the issue they are presenting. Creative approaches to supervision offers the supervisee the creative space to explore and reflect upon their supervisory focus in a ‘right-brained’ way, providing perspectives which cannot be arrived at through talking alone. Engaging the right-brain connects us to our sensory, memory, and emotional centres of the brain. It is the more embodied, creative and playful connection. This approach also allows for practitioners from across various modalities and professions to access supervision in a meaningful way.
Lifespan Integration Clinical Supervision/Consultancy (for trained LI therapists)
I am an approved LI supervisor offering clinical supervision on an individual basis to LI therapists face to face or via Zoom. I have over 10 years experience of delivering Lifespan Integration therapy to clients and have been an approved supervisor since 2018. I support therapists who wish to pursue LI certification status and to become supervisors. I hold a good understanding of treating clients with severe trauma using neuro-psychological theory, embodied processing and attuned developmental psychology.
Nature-based clinical supervision
For nature-based practitioners, as well as indoor counsellors/therapists who wish to engage with nature within their supervision sessions, I offer outdoor supervision in local natural spaces in Derbyshire. Many therapists and counsellors are now taking their practice into the outdoors, offering Walk and Talk sessions. I offer my depth of experience of working outdoors with people developmentally and therapeutically to help with questions such as 'how do I support my clients to engage with nature'.
For more information about working outdoors please get in touch.
Professional Development Supervision
I offer professional development supervision sessions for people who seek support with a challenges in their work life. These might include issues in areas such as making big life changes or decisions, relationships with colleagues, and/or staff teams, maintaining self-care, or issues of self confidence. I provide a supportive environment to share experiences in a confidential space. People can expect to learn about the psychobiology of feeling safe and survival defences, consider their situation from different perspectives, become more aware of how they function and what serves them (or not), and benefit from creative reflection.
If you are an organisation looking for a group supervisor, please get in touch to ask about my availability.
For any further information, including regarding fees please contact me.