I enjoy supervising other counsellors, psychologists and therapists. I work with
trainees as well as with those who already have a considerable amount of
As in my therapeutic work, I fit my approach in supervision to my perceptions of
the moment by moment needs of the supervisee. We may talk over a particular
piece of work, using such methods as reflection, brainstorming, exploration of
transference and countertransference; we may use role play or creative tools
such as stones or puppets to make tangible that which it is hard to grasp.
I have received training in a number of approaches to group work, out of which
my personal style of facilitation has evolved.
Groups provide a safe, creative space in which people can accomplish steps in
their therapy or self-growth which would have taken far longer in individual
work. My preferred style of group work is to facilitate one person, as in
individual therapy, but using the other group members in various ways, such as
taking specific roles - as in psychodrama - or assisting in regression or other
techniques. With firm ground rules, such as confidentiality, mutual respect and
physical safety, groups provide a haven in which both nurturing and challenge
can be given and received.
I work with individuals and groups over the age of fifteen. Many of the people
who come to see me have survived losses of various kinds, traumatic experiences
or childhood abuse or neglect. Many are experiencing work related (or other)
stress, nightmares, psychosomatic illness or other health problems, or
difficulties in relationships. They may have been diagnosed as suffering from
anxiety or a depressive illness or they may have undergone a significant life
event or be adjusting to a change in their circumstances.
Those I do not work with include people with severe enduring mental illness
(e.g. schizophrenia); those with serious difficulties relating to alcohol or substance
misuse or addictions; people suffering from a bi-polar disorder or a serious eating disorder; young people below the age of sixteen; paedophiles and other sex offenders and couples requiring therapy
specifically focused on their relationship.