‘Clinical supervision provides time out and an opportunity, in the context of an ongoing professional relationship with an experienced practitioner, to engage in guided reflection on current practice in ways designed to develop and enhance that practice in the future’
(Open University, 1998).
Clinical supervision is key to any professional’s growth and training. By facilitating clinical supervision, we develop a clinician’s professional work and wellbeing while safeguarding client care.
If you’re looking to expand your professional skill set, contact us. We’ll help you provide outstanding care to your clients while still maintaining your own wellbeing.
As a clinical supervisor, Ian focuses on what happens in the room between client and therapist. Often, clients will recreate problematic relationship patterns with us in the therapy relationship. By recognizing our own unavoidable participation in these patterns, we help our patients understand and rework them.
Our unexpected participation in these unhealthy patterns often stirs up difficult feelings. It is not a question of if we experience difficult feelings, but whether or not we use them constructively. During clinical consultation, we may discover parallel feelings and patterns. This phenomenon, known as the parallel process, can offer new perspective into the therapy relationship and the client’s difficulties.
Clinical consultation works best when the therapist feels comfortable discussing the range of thoughts and feelings clients invoke. We work to create a consultation relationship built on mutual trust, respect, and open communication. In more theoretical terms, clinical supervision facilitates meaningful exploration of transference, countertransference, enactments, and parallel process.
Our sessions normally move between discussions of process, theory, and practical clinical guidance. One theoretical lens does not fit all patients, so we try to match clinical models to client needs. Our understanding of our client should guide our choice of model, not vice versa.
Ultimately, we want our clinical supervision to support you as you care for clients.
Clinical supervision doesn’t just help the client, nor does it only meet registration requirements. It exists to help you, too. Sometimes, we forget to care for ourselves in the midst of counselling. A clinical supervisor can remind you of self care, and offers you a valuable support system in which you can grow.
That growth translates into long-term success for you as a therapist. With better support and accountability, you can evaluate your practice with a clear perspective. Your supervisor will help you advance your knowledge and skill, improving client outcomes overall.