Counselling and Relationship Therapy
I offer clinical supervision to counsellors and other health care professionals. As a supervisor, I am committed to offering a supportive and nourishing experience for supervisees which enables them to continue to continue working safely, ethically and to their fullest potential. Supervision is collaborative journey, where you can reflect on, extend and expand your practice. It provides an opportunity to learn, explore, and discover new ways of thinking, to review skills, contemplate ethical dilemmas, identify appropriate professional development and find the best way of working for you. Trust and openness are essential for the relationship to work well and for the supervisee to be able to make good use of the perspective, support, feedback, problem solving, and learning that the supervisor can provide.
Supervision has three core elements: Case work and Professional Development, Professional Ethics and Self-care.
Case work and Professional Development
In supervision you will have the space to look at case work in detail, develop your skills, increase your learning and develop your professional identity. The collaborative relationship means we work together to reflect on and analyse work with clients. After all, “Two heads are better than one”. The discussions we have, can give you a better understanding of clients, your relationship with clients, effectiveness of interventions, your own emotional responses, and create plans for the direction of future work. This is especially beneficial when there are difficulties or impasses with work which may be due to anxieties, stress or biases. In these situations, working together can help open up more creative and imaginative ways of thinking. Over time I develop knowledge of your strengths and developmental needs and can help you to identify further areas of skills development.
A critical part of Supervision it to ensure that you are working within the code of ethics and standards set by your professional body. Together we will identify any ethical issues that arise and find solutions to these problems. Having an ethical practice not only encompasses client work but also working with colleagues, other professionals, and the broader professional community you work in. When working in New Zealand this also takes into consideration cultural competency and sensitivity, as well as a commitment to work against existing inequalities when providing health care services. Supervision helps you to foster self-awareness of how culture is part of your relationships with clients of various cultural backgrounds and with diverse ethnicities.
Supervision has a strong restorative and nourishing element. The supervisor – supervisee relationship provides support for the emotional effects of therapeutic work and also helps provide resources on how to manage stress and foster self-care. As your supervisor I have in mind you as a whole person and your well-being.
I'm registered with both the NZAC and NZCCA as a supervisor