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ABOUT COUNSELLING & CLINICAL SUPERVISION

The goal of Counselling is to give clients the opportunity to develop a sense of ‘self’ based on fulfilling their potential. Therapy builds on the notion that, given the right conditions, all people are capable of being loving, creative and knowledgeable. The therapeutic aim is to construct conditions, which allow a person to grow, consisting of unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence and stressing also the here and now instead of the past.

Counselling & Psychotherapy is a "Talk Therapy", which is a gentle process as well as extending to you, complete unconditional positive regard, with which we enter into a relationship for the purpose of exploring and facilitating your personal awareness and insights; hence facilitating your personal journey of positive growth.

Person-Centred/Humanistic/Integrative approach is my main model of therapy, whereby I take into account the impact of the external world on the internal world, and I have sound knowledge and experience of Existentialism, Focussed therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Art Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.

There are times when we wish that we could change the way we live our lives. Not at all surprising you may think, because whether we realise it or not, our adult existence is in part, shaped by our thoughts, feelings and behaviours learnt from our childhood, particularly from those who tell us we are only loved or valued if we behave in certain ways and not others, or have certain feelings and not others. As a result, because we have a deep need to feel valued, we tend to distort or deny to our awareness of our inner experiences that we believe will not be acceptable.

"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial and what experiences have been deeply buried."

There are times when we ‘sabotage’ ourselves without realising it, so we never quite achieve our hopes and dreams.

Within the working alliance, I will facilitate the client to seek within themselves the resources for self-understanding for altering their self-concept, attitudes and self-direction. These resources can be tapped into when the therapeutic environment extends to you a deep acceptance, a desire to genuinely understand without judgements, and as a counsellor my desire to understand you, as well as a commitment to valuing the counsellor/client relationship.

WHY DID I BECOME A COUNSELLOR?
From personal experience, having journeyed through the process of personal therapy myself prior and during my training, I found that the process of counselling/psychotherapy clarified my thoughts organically however painful without force; hence facilitating my journey into my inner most painful feelings and provided clarity into my self-awareness. I then explored who I am and who I was becoming and I wanted to give something back. My nature is to help others and I am a genuinely compassionate/empathic person who hates injustice against humankind. I am a good listener and wanted to help others, so I decided to follow my passion and became a therapeutic counsellor.

My life experience has convinced me that talking to someone who can listen and respond to you in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment, can facilitate your emotional and mental well-being, enabling you to live the life you want/need rather than the life you think you have been given. Yes, it has been overwhelmingly consuming and challenging having to face uncomfortable emotions and truths that arose as part of the process. However, I learnt a great deal about myself and of those around me, which helped me to stay grounded, modify behaviours, thoughts and emotions, and to accept who I am and/or becoming, which in turn provided me with the strength to either accept or to let go.

SUPERVISION - WHY DID I BECOME A CLINICAL SUPERVISOR?
I am a BACP registered counsellor and supervisor. I offer supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists based on Person Centred, Humanistic and Integrative models. I have also been facilitating supervision since 2010.

The Purpose and Function of Passionate Clinical Supervision is to establish a satisfactory and healthy supervisory relationship by facing supervisees with previously unrecognised aspects of themselves, and when handled well, this can be exciting and open up new possibilities for the supervisee. (Shohet - "When supervision provides a space in which stories and problems are seen as a gateway to a new dimention of reality, rather than merely issues which need solving, for me at that moment becomes Passionate Supervision". It is important to ensure that the Counsellor and Supervisor have certain clarity about the purpose and functions of supervision. The two key purposes of supervision are the welfare of the client and the development of the supervisee.

As your Supervisor, I will bring the excitement of exploring within supervision i.e. by facing supervisees with previously unrecognised aspects of themselves. As an approved BACP qualified experienced Clinical Supervisor and I work integratively. For me it’s about balancing the developmental needs of the supervisee and client. The supervisory encounter provides an opportunity to process and speak about professional work with clients and over time to benefit from experience and to develop one's own way of working. I encourage supervisees to explore their experience of their work with clients and reflect upon its impact in order to better understand the dyad relationship. I work with you to un-layer the supervisory process from differing perspectives; ever-increasing the ability of the supervisee to describe what s/he observes/feels about his/her client, as well as him/herself and the supervisor, which may shed light on their work and his/her process/responses to them.

In providing supervision, I hope to offer a space in which an exciting process of learning together can take place about the client and ourselves; leading to a supportive, helping, healing process, which will in turn become an organic part of counselling life and be truly instrumental in supporting and developing your clinical practice. The functions of supervision are frequently summed up as educative, supportive and administrative or managerial. Inskipp and Proctor (2001) name the tasks of supervision as support (restorative) learning and growth (formative), and monitoring (normative). (I also undertake Group Clinical Supervision)

From time to time people often ask me what is it that I enjoy about my work? I tell them that I find people very moving, inspirational, creative and that people never fail to amaze me with their resilience, resourcefulness, and their motivation to change their lives. Whilst I have learned a great deal from training, I'm also on a continued learning process from the people I meet through my Counselling/Supervision.


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