‘… research has consistently found that the relationship between supervisor and supervisee is an essential component of effective supervision, ‘… the supervisee must feel the supervisor’s emotional investment, and a trusting and collaborative relationship must be present’ – Madison, 2009.
Being a supervisor is one of my most enjoyable professional pursuits, and for me it always feels like a privilege. I place a strong emphasis on creating a respectful professional rapport with all of my supervisees. As companions walking the path of professional supervision together, my wish would be that we embody the qualities that we wish for our clients: Connection, Calmness, Compassion, Curiosity, Courage, Creativity, Confidence and Clarity.
I recall from my own experience how difficult it can be to find a supportive supervisory relationship, where one is not afraid to be open and honest. We all want to be able to share what we do within our practice without fear of judgment, and I have always felt such relief when I’ve felt safe enough to open up – warts and all! From that freedom to express myself has come a deeper understanding of myself and of others, which has been invaluable to my therapeutic work.
It is with my own need for non-judgemental safe supervision in mind, that I offer you a collegial respectful and creative environment, in which you can relax, explore, reflect and learn from:
1. the content of your therapy sessions;
2. the strategies and interventions you use with your clients;
3. the therapeutic relationship;
4. your subjective experience in response to your clients;
5. our supervisory relationship (e.g., parallel process);
6. my internal process to you and to the supervisor-client relationship, and
7. the wider context (e.g., organisational and professional influences).
The supervision approach underpinning my practice is relational and systems focused. Known as the ‘7 Eyed Model’, it is relational because the focus is on the relationships between client, therapist and supervisor, and systems because it focuses on the interaction between each relationship and the impact of the wider system (Hawkins et al., 2020).
If you would like to find out more about professional supervision with me, please email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, or text to 0430 220 552, and I’ll respond as soon as I’m able.
Please see my ‘About Robyn’ page to review my qualifications and experience.
Note: For more information on the 7 Eyed Model see Hawkins et al., 2020. Supervision in the Helping Professions, 5th ed. London: Open University Press.
Reference: Madison, G. 2009.’ Evocative Supervision’. In Existential Perspectives on Supervision. Emmy van Deurzen & Sarah Young (Eds).