with Liz Stewart, Beverly Katz and John Wilks
Most practitioners are unaware of the role or benefits of regular supervision. Supervision is often thought of as professional support in terms of helping with the practical aspects of clinical practice,
However, supervision is much more than this. It is about support, objective feedback about how we relate to our clients and how unconscious patterns can get in the way of our effectiveness as practitioners. It deals with transference issues, our needs as therapists to want to ‘make it better’ for our clients, and the way we communicate with them and relate to our peers. It offers compassionate support and help when we are triggered or upset by our client’s pain, expectations or blame.
John, Beverly and Liz, all practitioners and teachers, are passionate about the need for professional support of this kind and share their experiences of giving and receiving supervision over the period of their professional lives.