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Clinical Supervision for students, newly qualified Counsellors & experienced Therapists.

The BACP 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."

I aim to keep this definition at the forefront of my mind. I would add that I see supervision as a non-hierarchical, reflective, supportive, challenging and truthful space for you to grow, professionally and personally. I encourage you to voice difficult thoughts and feelings and to be courageous in exposing your practice.

I attempt to keep a focus on understanding and actively working with the dynamics of transference, counter-transference, projections, boundaries, coping mechanisms, repetitive compulsion, repression and denial, whether when thinking about your practice with your client, or in the supervisory relationship. I use the BACP Ethical Framework and Hawkins and Shohet Seven Eyed Model to provide a strong structure that develops your way of thinking about your practice. 

I initially studied, at the University of Edinburgh, in the 'Dialogue between Person Centred Counselling and Psychodynamic Theory'. Although I embody the Person Centred philosophy as a way of being, in that I'm committed to continually evolving in my capacity to maintain and develop the principles of empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence, I consider my theoretical underpinnings to be embedded in Psychodynamic theory.

Over the past few years I have also been influenced by Buddhist principles, which subsequently filter indirectly through my practice. For example, Buddhists believe that life is about suffering and that it is possible to alleviate or stop suffering when we find the cause. Many causes of suffering can be understood within a Psychodynamic frame. So, although I work within a Psychodynamic theoretical frame, I also embody Buddhist and Person Centred philosophies as a way of being.

I work with newly qualified Counsellors, experienced Therapists and Student Counsellors. I qualified with the Northern Guild in Newcastle.