Working under supervision means that a psychotherapist uses the services of another psychotherapist to review their work with patients, their professional development and often their personal development. Supervision is a professional service, rather than a managerial role. The supervisor acts not as a boss, but as a consultant.
All psychotherapists, regardless of experience, need supervision. It is seen as an ethical imperative. Clinical supervision is a formal and disciplined working alliance that is generally, but not necessarily, between a more experienced and a less experienced psychotherapist in which the supervisee’s clinical work is reviewed and reflected upon, with the aims of: improving the supervisee’s work with patients; ensuring patient welfare; supporting the supervisee in relation to their work, and supporting the supervisee’s professional development.
Supervision protects patients by involving an impartial third party in the work of a psychotherapist, helping to reduce the risk of serious oversight and helping the psychotherapist concerned to reflect on their own feelings, thoughts, behavior and general approach with the patient.
Supervision is a parallel process to the therapeutic process itself. It is an intimate, intense relationship, conducted within the safety of the relationship’s confidentiality, and following its own, mutually determined course. In this relationship, both supervisor and supervisee bring to bear the fullness of their experience of the material under consideration and of the process of considering it together.
If you are interested in clinical supervision, please contact me to schedule a consultation.