Mind and Body Works, 15 Wicklow Street, 3rd Floor, Dublin 2.
Cost: €85 per session.
In a paragraph…
Supervision is a space for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health workers to develop their skills with clients, protect from burnout and explore their own personal development. The space helps the supervisee gain insight by exploring the unknown in themselves and the client. This provides perspective and separates out the supervisee material from the client material, enabling the supervisee to help the client more effectively and protect the supervisee’s own integrity.
Who needs it?
Supervision is for accredited counsellors and psychotherapists, pre-accredited therapists and students undergoing training in professional counselling and psychotherapy. It is also available to professionals in the related fields of social work, community work, social care and mental health professionals.
The primary goal of supervision is to enhance the effectiveness of psychotherapy through the growth of the therapist and their skills.
Supervision also protects against burnout, and helps replenish emotional energy.
It is a space and container to discuss the supervisee's own difficulties and their clients without judgement.
Like working with a client, we establish ground rules and clarify lines of responsibility regarding how you prepare for a session. We ensure client needs are addressed and look at the developing therapeutic relationship. Your constructive feedback is encouraged as is appropriate self disclosure. And to recognise when personal issues are present in the work or unfinished business with a previous client.
My job is to help you develop your own style of being a therapist. Supervision helps you explore the unknown and gain insight; to step back from your work and see the themes.
Most importantly we look at the ‘parallel process’: where the client/therapist relationship dynamics appear in the supervision room. The supervisee literally, but unconsciously, acts like the client, occupying the client's shoes, with the supervisor experiencing the supervisee's perspective.
This process externalises the client for the supervisee, who emerges with a clarity on the client's therapeutic work.
All parts of this process are regularly reviewed; the relationship between supervisor and supervisee, client progress, supervisee progress, so a clear development is maintained. Mutual feedback is encouraged as well as a look at strengths and weaknesses on all sides, including the supervisor. We will also regularly re-contract our work so that adjustments are being made and the work’s effectiveness is maintained.