I am a BACP accredited counsellor and I am available for clinical supervision for both qualified and trainee counsellors and couples therapists.
Perhaps you trained in an integrative framework and are looking for a supervisor who is experienced in the full breadth of humanistic, psychodynamic and behaviourist streams of thought.
Or maybe you trained in one orientation, but are now looking to extend your knowledge base and develop your practice.
Whether you are in training, placement, setting up or established in private practice, I can help.
I have experience of both long and short-term work with a wide variety of clients.
As well as being a requirement of both training courses and registering bodies such as BACP, adequate supervision is essential for the practicing counsellor to gain and maintain perspective on the work.
Since qualifying in an integrative model, I have undertaken further training in assessment, couples counselling and supervision as well as various CPD courses.
I work in an open-minded way, holding ideas lightly, using psychological theories as working maps through which to consider client material and therapist-client dynamics.
Clinical Supervision Theoretical Approach
A brief breakdown of my theoretical approach would look something like this:
- A Person-Centred way of being with clients, rooted in Rogers’ core conditions
- A feelings-based approach, using bodily sensations as a rich data source
- A psychodynamic underpinning, always considering unconscious motivations, transference, countertransference etc.
- Lots of use of Transactional Analysis – both in understanding dynamics in and outside the consulting room, and in offering e.g. the Drama Triangle and PAC models as psychoeducative aids to clients
- Use of genograms (systemic approach)
- An existential perspective – the search for purpose, impact of existential aloneness/death anxiety
- Attachment theory as a tool for understanding interpersonal dynamics and the impact of attachment, separation and loss
- A Jungian approach to dreamwork, plus use of Myers-Briggs, as self-knowledge promotes understanding and acceptance, which promote change
- CBT tools considered useful in examination of evidence, questioning cognitive distortions etc., plus as homework exercises
- Above all the relationship always comes first
Attitude to Clinical Supervision
If any of the above currently means little or nothing to you don’t panic! I am very down-to-earth and adept at explaining complicated ideas clearly.
Flexibility is key to my approach to clinical supervision. We will move freely among different theoretical concepts without becoming tied to one particular explanation of what is happening in the client’s life, or the consulting room.
I offer practical help, including a variety of intervention ideas informed by the above.
The risk of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma can be great when working with distressed individuals. I am supportive and able to manage anxiety and all the other feelings brought up for you by client work. I offer practical advice for self-care and the avoidance of stress and burnout.
Supervisees have a lot to teach supervisors too and I am always open to learning. This might include specific expert knowledge, new areas covered in CPD, or more general learnings from personal experience or client work.
(I personally identify as a Highly Sensitive Person, and am working to expand awareness of this personality trait among UK practitioners and the general public.)
We will consider contextual issues, maintaining awareness of the impact of the wider world on the therapeutic process.
Overall, I approach supervisory work as I do therapy, with patience, humility, and a sense of humour. If you are interested in meeting to discuss how we might work together, please get in touch.
So many things were helpful
So many things were helpful that it is hard to choose just one. Most helpful was probably how compassionate you were towards me. This slowly helped me shift the way that I relate to myself. Counselling felt like a very safe and warm space, in which I could look at myself with more kindness and allow myself to express feelings and needs. This has helped me personally as well as making me more open in my relationships with other people, privately and at work. Thank you Catherine. The two years with you have meant a lot to me and have changed me in many ways.
I could not have asked for a better independent witness to my story
I could not have asked for a better independent witness to my story than Catherine. As she joined me on my journey she was kind and supportive. Encouraging me to see things in a different light. I will probably return at some stage; Catherine's instinctive approach and skill of picking out key elements in my narrative helped me make sense of things at this difficult time for me. Thank you. Everything was clear & straight forward. Which is no mean feat when you are operating in a global pandemic!!
Catherine always remained calm and collected
Catherine always remained calm and collected even during times filled with conflict in couples therapy. She managed to bring back my then boyfriend to a calmer state and I felt like she was standing up for me when I couldn't. I felt like I had a good bond with her and trusted her so that I could open up in front of her.
I feel I am in a very different place
One of the most useful things about going to counselling was learning so much about myself. I feel I am in a very different place from when I first started and I owe it to the support and help which Catherine offered. I will not rule out returning if I feel I need to, but for now I feel happy with the place I am in.
I really found the whole experience really helpful
[What was most helpful about your counselling?] “Having a different perspective on my situation and what I was going through. Talking through how I was feeling and then being directed by Catherine to look at things in a different way and make connections to other parts of my life and relationships helped to make sense of things. I really found the whole experience really helpful and exactly what I needed at the point I was at. Thank you for your help.
She helped me through the fog of self doubt
Catherine describes herself as a demystifier – and she is. But not just of psychobabble. She helped me through the fog of self doubt, delusion, depression that clouded me in a difficult period of my life. And in place of fog she helped install the ropes and tackle I needed to climb onto dry land, out from the cold, and find a seat back by the fire. But equally, she possesses a superpower (and a useful one for a therapist): she has an off-the-chart ability to listen. To make you hear her listening, to adjust the quality of silence you sometimes need to say what you didn’t know you were going to say, to make you feel heard. Her empathy is palpable; yet I’ve never once felt patronised. Most extraordinary is that she does all this without judgement or prejudice, but with sincerity and good humour. It’s pretty much the perfect combination and I can’t think of anybody who wouldn’t benefit from talking to Catherine. And I can’t thank her enough.
You were excellent
Thanks for all your help. I will be in touch if I need to in the future. You were excellent.
Catherine was wise and supportive
Catherine was wise and supportive, picking out elements of my story and helping me see things in a different way. I will probably return at some stage; Catherine has been very kind and helpful at a difficult time in my life.
The help you’ve given me has been invaluable
I just want to say a huge thank you for the past year. The help you’ve given me has been invaluable and I’ve learnt so much about myself, my past, and my relationship to the wider world. Your guidance and help will stand to me for the rest of my life and I’ve made so many positive changes in the past year, a lot of which I feel I owe to you. Thank you so much for everything.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and understanding.