“Supervision is an opportunity to bring someone back to their own mind, to show them how good they can be.”
Looking for Supervision?
If you are a hypnotherapy practitioner- new or experienced - you will be very much aware of how important and valuable regular supervision sessions are.
What is supervision?
Practitioners within the various branches of healthcare feel that it is important to meet with a colleague (or colleagues) to discuss, in confidence, on-going cases and issues arising from them and to work through any personal matters that might affect their own position or ability as practising therapists. Such arrangements can take various forms, the most usual of which are either personal One to One Supervision with an acknowledged Supervisor or participation within a Supervision Group led by an acknowledged Supervisor.
Supervision is a supportive, developmental process where a therapist can review their client work with their clinical supervisor with the intention of delivering the best possible service to clients in a safe, ethical way. The supervisor will not usually give advice but will encourage the therapist to reflect on and evaluate their case work, their approach to their client/s and their own developmental process as therapists. I support a goal orientated, solution focused approach to supervision.
Through many years of working in client work, a therapist appreciates the need for support in the process.
Along with this is the need for personal development and the pull that is felt for more growth in the self.
Through the supervision sessions, all is explored safely.
Supervision is for the protection and benefit of the client and the therapist. It allows the therapist an opportunity to review and self-evaluate their work with someone who has a wealth of experience in working with the many issues faced by professional therapists today and discuss any difficulties or challenges they are encountering.
I am a fully accredited Supervisor for hypnotherapy with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) All practicing accredited therapists with GHR are required to be in regular supervision and adhere to their relevant code of practice.
The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) states the below as regards their member’s needs for supervision:
“Newly qualified Registrants are expected to engage in this beneficial process for a minimum of 2 hours in any 3-month period during their first 2 years of practice. Thereafter, although on-going supervision is encouraged, it becomes a voluntary process. Whichever method is employed, Registrants are advised to maintain a personal log of all such activity as they may be asked to provide suitable evidence of the previous 12 month’s participation at the time of their annual re-registration.”
How often should you seek supervision?
First of all, always refer to your accrediting body.
Complexity of cases
If you are working with challenging cases, due to the nature of the issue, or the effect of the work on you as a therapist or individual, you may wish to seek supervision more frequently than if you are seeing mainly simple cases.
Whilst it is good practice to seek supervision more regularly if you have a high caseload, it is just as important to seek supervision if you rarely see a client, for different reasons. If you are seeing a lot of clients, it can be easy to get ‘comfortable’ with a way of working that is most suitable for you yet may not be optimal for the client. In contrast, if you rarely see a client, you are more likely to get skill and knowledge fade and this can affect not just your practical skills but also your confidence in your abilities. Supervision helps keep that knowledge and those skills fresh and accessible and it helps you keep your options broad.
The benefits of supervision in a nutshell:
Regular supervision sessions will provide:
- Emotional support for therapists
- Increased learning
- Improved service provision to clients
I am available for online supervision appointments only. Please feel free to get in touch to book your supervision session.
I look forward to walking this journey with you!