I offer supervision to craniosacral therapists and other complementary heath practitioners and am an accredited supervisor for the Craniosacral Therapy Association. I am happy to work by phone or by skype.
My own experience of receiving supervision as a practitioner - the profound support I felt it bring to my whole practice, the layer of holding and sense of safety for me and my clients, the way that therapeutic relationships can unfold and deepen in unexpected and quite magical ways to reveal much about the process for both the client's and my growth, and what seemed like difficulties becoming sources of insight and inspiration - led me to want to pass on a little of my enthusiasm and experience to others.
Whether we recognise it consciously or not, I feel that all therapeutic work is fundamentally relational in nature. The work that happens arises from the relationship and from the clarity and authenticity that the practitioner especially is able to bring to this. It may subtly or more obviously touch aspects of previous experiences of relationship including early attachment, safety or loss, as well as drawing on and deepening the inherent sense of connectedness and being that we all share and which can mean that processes will find ways of mirroring between the two people, asking to be ever more fully heard. So for me giving deliberate and nurturing attention to my practice and the processes that unfold within it feels fundamental to supporting the work to be all it can and brings a richness that once experienced is irreplaceable! I cannot imagine practising without supervision and it is one of my very favourite things, whether receiving or giving. I receive supervision very regularly for all of my work including for my supervision practice.
What is supervision?
For me supervision is really just a space, with an intention in it. Some aspects of this intention are non-judgment, growth, openness and safety. What comes into the space can be varied – often it will be client work, people the practitioner is finding some difficulty in working with in any way, or just wants some support with. At other times it will be issues more widely related to being a practitioner, for example lack of confidence in skills, difficulties in setting up a practice, or more general personal difficulties that are affecting any aspect of our work.
All of these types of issues can usefully be brought to the confidential holding space of supervision. Supervision is not about judging someone’s work or reactions – we are all human! We all have strengths and weaknesses. What supervision does is to offer a safe space to explore things that come up for us as practitioners. When difficulties arise or we feel out of our depth with something a very natural reaction is to want to ignore or gloss over it, but this doesn’t ultimately serve us or our clients. Supervision allows a process of discovering what is happening and importantly what we need, so that we can move forward better resourced for our work. It means that we continue to learn and grow from our work and process, rather than potentially becoming stagnant or stuck in habits that, even if comfortable, may not be all that useful. It keeps our work ‘alive’.
Another role of supervision is simply one of support. As practitioners we deal with a lot of people with varying needs and often work alone. Although we may love our work it can still be tiring or difficult to hold all that comes at times. Supervision provides a very deliberate connection with someone else in a similar field of work, and means that when we are holding a lot we don’t have to do that alone. This can make a real difference and avoid problems like becoming over-tired. As practitioners we really need to look after ourselves, to be able to better look after our clients, and supervision is one way of doing this.
Supervision is not ‘therapy’ – therapy is a different type of relationship with a wider intention that is not directly based in our work. But in my experience supervision can be deeply therapeutic. As the energy, tension or emotion softens around whatever we’re bringing and we start to feel more space, inevitably we feel better. Many supervision issues also reflect our more ‘core’ personal difficulties eg a more general lack of confidence or judgment of ourselves, so supervision can also affect our lives more widely, or highlight areas where we might need more wide-ranging support.
My approach to supervision is first of all to trust the space to support the work to reveal what is happening. This fits with both the shamanic and craniosacral experience, that simply offering space, trust and intention to something will allow it to find its mirror to work and to change where needed. We are not looking to intellectualise about what is happening, but to notice how we feel, emotionally, energetically and in the body, and to work with this. So in this sense supervision is a kind of energy work – in bringing the therapeutic relationship into the room for support and awareness it is held in a way that allows whatever is needed to work through. In any type of relationship there may be many different ‘layers’ and themes that seem to be playing out, consciously or unconsciously. My experience is that the ‘open container’ of supervision can give these layers permission to exist and to be recognised, allowing change where that is needed and importantly also honouring the practitioner’s skills and strengths. When given space in this way, often we find the true wisdom or important therapeutic information that has been semi-hidden within the practitioner's reactions, allowing the whole relationship and work to move on in a different way.
I have a genuine passion for process and ‘learning from’ experiences including our apparent mistakes, in a way that I hope is gentle, compassionate and enthusiastic – I truly feel there is only greater ease to be gained from exploring our reactions, with enough space for the health and wisdom of these to emerge as well as for movement and change to happen. I realise that as a supervisee it may not always feel this way especially if experiencing doubts or concerns, and so I am especially keen to nurture supervisees’ ongoing trust in themselves in situations when confidence can become challenged.
More generally my intention is to support practitioners’ empowerment to feel comfortable and confident in their own style of work and growth, rather than feeling they need to conform to an external ideal. I feel we do our best work when we relax into being ourselves, and trust this to be good enough.
A session lasts 60 - 70 minutes and costs £50.