I hope that you will find our supervisory relationship supportive of your work and development. My collaborative approach involves working together so as to understand therapeutic relationships and to assist you in meeting the needs of clients. You are welcome to contact me between sessions with supervisory related concerns.
During supervision we talk about your therapy relationships. For example you may be experiencing a sense of connection or distance with a particular client. We work with anything that is blocking you from being fully present with clients and from being accepting, empathic and genuine. Examples are personal issues, difficult client material, sexual attraction and cultural differences.
We try to see how things are from the client's perspective and from your own. Dilemmas can occur and we carefully consider what is most therapeutic and ethical in these situations. We also discuss counselling theory and how it relates to your practice.
Whether you are at the beginning of your counselling career or you are an established practitioner, I hope you will find that the supervision I offer is in tune with your level of understanding and experience whilst facilitating your professional development.
A supervision group is usually for up to four participants, it could be held at my private practice in Stanmore or at another venue. You are welcome to contact me if you would like to discuss having group supervision.
'As silly as it may sound, I have learned just from the way Paula listens to us all, and the way she holds what we are saying.' (Group supervision)
BACP - How much supervision per month?
One and a half hours a month is the minimum. If this is not enough time for you to explore all your client work then increase the amount of time to what you need.
One and a half hours a month is the minimum
One hour of supervision for every eight hours of counselling
It is recommended that you see your supervisor twice a month
Group supervision can be included as follows:
If there are four or less people in the group you can count half of the time. For example two hours of group supervision counts as one hour.
If there are five or more people in the group, divide the amount of time by the number of participants. For example in a group of five people two hours of supervision counts as twenty four minutes.
For BACP Accreditation the minimum amount of supervision is a requirement rather than a recommendation.
This information is taken from the BACP website www.bacp.co.uk where you can also find relevant information sheets.
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