What do we offer?
• Trainee counsellors and psychotherapists
• Counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice
• Trainee Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
• Registered Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
• Supervision, consultation and reflective practice for therapists and mental health professionals working in the NHS or other demanding organisational contexts
Our Associates cover a range of approaches, from Integrative through to Psychodynamic, and work with supervisees from trainee level up to Doctorate level.
Who are our supervisors?
- Dr Simon Cassar – A UKCP registered psychotherapist offering supervision to trainees up to doctorate level and experienced clinicians with an integrative or existential stance.
- Angela Betteridge – A UKCP registered family and couple’s psychotherapist offering supervision in systemic and couples therapy.
- Claire Barnes – A UKCP registered psychotherapist with over 10 years experience in offering clinical supervision to therapists in private practice and primary care, medics, nurses, and other health, support and advocacy staff, in a range of public body settings. She also offers reflective practice and supervision staff groups for organisations.
- Julia Wright – A UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapist and trainer at The Gestalt Centre in London where she has worked for over 8 years. Julia offers supervision to trainees and qualified psychotherapists.
- Mark Vahrmeyer – A UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist working with individuals and couples in private practice. Mark has previously offered training and supervision to trainees in a clinical palliative care setting and now offers trainee and registered counsellors supervision in Lewes and Brighton.
What is clinical supervision and why does it matter?
Clinical supervision is a mandatory and regulatory requirement for counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling/clinical psychologists.
Hunter and Kottler (2007) suggest that all counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists are socially constructed, and without appropriate boundaries defining the relationship, they can inadvertently impose their values onto a client.
The role of the clinical supervisor is one in which they are predominantly responsible for the welfare of the client. This is directly achieved through considering the therapeutic and clinical interventions of the clinician with their client. Hawkins and Shohet (2006) discuss how it is the very nature of a successful supervisory relationship that makes it desirable for dual relationships to be minimised and romantic relationships strongly discouraged.
There are many definitions of supervision, with each supervisory relationship and process being unique in its own right. Add to this the variables of therapeutic method, supervisory roles such as teacher, counsellor and consultant and the supervisee’s developmental stage, and it is clear that no two relationships will perform identical functions (Borders & Brown, 2005).
The nature of the supervisory relationship and how this differs from other professional relationships is an area explored by Lawton and Feltham (Ed., 2000). They state that it is both ignorant and irresponsible for the supervisor to become nonchalant in the relationship with the supervisee, tantamount to the therapist assuming there is an equal relationship between himself and the client.
How can I find out more?
Please contact us using our Contact Form or call us on 01273 921355
Borders, L. & Brown, L (2005) The New Handbook of Counselling Supervision. New Jersey, USA, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Hawkins, P. & Shohet, R. (2006) Supervision in the Helping Professions. Berkshire, UK, Open University Press
Hunter, S. & Kottler, J. (2007) Therapists are Socially Constructed Too. Psychotherapy in Australia, Vol. 13, No. 2
Lawton, B. & Feltham, C. (Ed.) (2000) Taking Supervision Forward – Enquiries and Trends in Counselling and Psychotherapy. London, UK, Sage Publishing