I thoroughly enjoy offering supervision and believe that the relationship between supervisor and supervisee is an essential part of the learning journey, and what makes supervision a helpful, supportive, containing, and beneficial experience. Both my clinical work and my supervisory style are influenced and informed by attachment theory.
I am a Clinical Psychologist and hold positions as a Senior Clinical Psychologist within the NHS and also work here at Beacon House. I have experience of working with a wide range of client groups across the life span. In my current NHS role I work with women, their baby/ies, partner and family experiencing mental health difficulties during the perinatal period. Here at Beacon House I work with children, adolescents and their families.
My clinical work is influenced by models of attachment and trauma, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and third-wave CBT approaches, such as Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). I also use post-modernist systemic approaches, drawing on solution focused and narrative therapy. I am also currently training in Video Interactive Guidance (VIG) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR).
I have completed clinical supervision training and have experience of providing clinical supervision to trainee clinical psychologists, clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, perinatal nursery nurses and perinatal peer support workers. I am able to supervise clinical work with children, adolescents and their families and women, their babies, partners and families during the perinatal period and first few years of their child’s life.
In supervision I offer the clinician a space to think about and reflect upon the clinical work they are completing. This enables the clinician to continue to offer high quality, safe, effective and evidence-based care for the people they are working with. Therefore, in supervision it is important to make space to discuss any safety concerns you have about the people you are working with and explore any questions you might have about the process of assessment, formulation and treatment.
I also think that one of the most important functions of supervision is to provide the clinician with a space for them to reflect upon, process and work through the emotional impact of the clinical work they are doing. I know that this is what I find most valuable about clinical supervision.
In terms of my supervisory style, I see myself as collaborative. I do not adopt an expert role within supervision in which I tell my supervisees what to do. Instead, I see it as a process of two minds coming together to find a way forward that feels right for you as a clinician and for your client.
To find out more about my education, qualifications, CPD and professional registration see here.