I have a wide range of experience supervising practitioners both individually and in a group employing an integrative approach. My overall belief is to support the practitioner by providing a regular space for the supervisee to reflect on the content and process of their work and develop an understanding of their skills and development needs. I currently supervise several groups of placements therapists at The Awareness Centre supporting them with open-ended and NHS brief counselling. I recognise the importance of a consistent and vibrant supervision relationship and its potential to contribute to effective, safe practice, successful outcomes and professional development.
Although clinical supervision is primarily about the professional self, I still work in the knowledge that we are relational beings: the connections we have and the feedback we get can help us find the meaning of our experience. This alone can be very helpful to a fellow professional in enriching the work they do. My belief has always been that to be an effective therapist, and indeed a supervisor, it is necessary to have the appropriate training and a good framework to work from. Although grounding in a theoretical approach(s) is essential, eventually, it is necessary to apply my own style whereby the client or supervisee gets me in the room, rather than a theory or a title, in other words, to be authentic.
Supervision is used in counselling, psychotherapy, and other mental health disciplines as well as many other professions engaged in working with people. It consists of the practitioner meeting regularly with another professional, not necessarily more senior, but normally with training in the skills of supervision, to discuss casework and other professional issues in a structured way. This is often known as clinical or counselling supervision or consultation. The purpose is to assist the practitioner to learn from his or her experience and progress in expertise, as well as to ensure good service to the client or patient.
'Supervision with Kelly has been an enriching experience for me over this past year.
I feel that her honest reflections and open way of being have both challenged and encouraged the development of my clinical practice.
I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to learn about myself as a practitioner within a supportive and varied group environment.
I feel that Kelly's acceptance of individuality and her insights into human experience have aided a deeper understanding of my clients needs.'
'It was a great experience having supervision with Kelly.
Kelly combines theory while taking care of your own process as a therapist to great effect, and always enquires how you are doing personally - which is important.
I have also picked up some great books and pieces of knowledge from her. She is also really practical and taught me how to look after myself in terms of time management with clients, contracting and finance - both in long and short term work.
Going into private practice, I feel I have really benefited from Kelly's counsel - she has stood me in great stead. Moreover; Kelly is really fun to work with and makes the sometimes arduous task of getting qualified seem a bit lighter.'