I am a member of the BACP and NCS so am familiar with their frameworks and requirements for ethical practice. While training, I was introduced to a variety of models of supervision and the model that I was most drawn to is the Inskipp/Proctor Functional Model (1993). I love working with this model as I find it offers a supportive, engaging and relaxed approach to supervision. These qualities are important to me in how I support supervisees. I receive regular supervision of my supervision where I am fully supported in the work that I do. Proctor devised three main functions of supervision which are Normative, Formative and Restorative and I find it easier to define this as exploring your scaffolding, your practice and your needs!
Normative – (The scaffolding for your practice). This helps us to explore your role and responsibilities regarding your client work including any ethical dilemmas you might face along the way. Together we look at contracting, confidentiality, confidence to practice and competence. Exploring the requirements of your chosen professional body and regularly reviewing your caseload, your paperwork, note taking and any other areas that we find ourselves navigating together.
Formative – (Your work in practice). This helps us to review your work while exploring the relationship that you have with your clients. We may explore the unconscious/conscious connection, creative interventions in practice, skills building and next steps in your client work. This may involve linking theory to practice, developing new approaches to your work, sharing skills experience, discussing transference and parallel processes. We will celebrate your wins, explore your struggles and identify any training and support that you may need along the way.
Restorative – (Your needs are important too). This is all about balance and concentrates on the impact of your therapeutic work on you. After all you are a person before you are a counsellor. Many of us face empathy and compassion fatigue at times in our work. We will have personal challenges to overcome and may experience burn out and chronic stress as a result of our work. I aim to offer an empathic and compassionate approach to supervision where together we can explore what you need to thrive as a part of your work, including exploring your purpose, your passions and your interests as you develop your practice and what you are offering to to the world.
Integrative Creative Supervision
I am passionate about growing our Creative Counselling Movement and I do this through our community Creative Counsellors. As a creative counsellor and supervisor my approach is to work in a way that celebrates your unique interests, passions and talents and to find ways to incorporate these into the work that we are doing. This might include working with sand tray, symbols, colour, poetry, art, cards, images, photos, music and anything else that you bring to our sessions.
I believe that part of my role as a supervisor is to help you to nurture your unique talents and interests too and that creativity offers us many gifts and blessings when it comes to personal and professional growth.
I feel confident in being able to supervise your creative work and love the diversity and learning that this brings to sessions. No one session is ever the same and I have found this to be the most exiting and rewarding work.
I trained as a supervisor in 2020 and since then I have been supporting counsellors, coaches and therapists who are drawn to offering creative approaches in their counselling work.
I have previously worked in the NHS, Rape Crisis and have held a private practice supporting clients on-line and in person globally for the past 7 years. I am ADHD and have an in-depth knowledge of supporting autistic and neurodivergent clients as well as working with children and young people.
I have developed training around creative interventions in practice, ecotherapy and walk and talk therapy which has now been delivered to just over 15000 counsellors and am author of the best selling book “Creative Counselling” and the “Doodle Your Worries Away” series which are published through Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
I am a trained business, leadership and executive coach and find that this experience and the skills that I have developed alongside this work has been a great addition to supporting supervisees in growing their practice and sharing their gifts with the world, whether that is through creating therapeutic products, courses, writing books or launching new services.
As an Integrative Therapist & Therapeutic Coach, I am trained in Psychodynamic, CBT and Person-Centred approaches alongside NLP Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Somatic Trauma Therapy, EFT and other approaches.
I am always learning and am committed to growing my knowledge so that I can continue to learn from others and share what I learn along the way with colleagues.
"My supervisor symbol is an elephant, strong and grounded, steady & playful in the room"
"I experience creative supervision as nurturing and challenging in all the right ways"
"What I value most about our sessions, is that you celebrate my sometimes messy but creative mind too"
If you are curious about working with me, I suggest that we might connect so I can hear more about what you are looking for and we have an opportunity to decide whether we are a good fit to work together.
Sessions cost £55 for 1.5 hours of supervision or £40 per hour.
I have many 20 minute sessions available around my everyday work so that you can hopefully find a time that works for you.