Clinical Supervision is a professional requirement for all practicing counsellors and psychotherapists. It is an invitation to step back from the intensity of the immediate work with clients and enter an environment of experiential learning where “we sit at the feet of our own experience” (Zachary,2001), becoming students of our own practice.
I offer a safe space to explore your therapeutic work together, to reflect on your practice and to find new and creative ways to respond to your client’s presenting issues. While supervision supports you in the theories and modalities you already use, new ways of working can be offered to grow your intervention ‘toolkit’.
While my work is deeply grounded in the humanistic traditions, I offer mindfulness-based clinical supervision (see below) and creative pathways (such as sand tray work) to help you develop deeper understanding of the client and their world. Your attuned presence and the quality of the therapeutic relationship between you and your client can be explored and enhanced.
I am committed to support therapists to deliver quality service to clients while remaining well-resourced and nourished themselves. Workload and personal responses to client issues need to be discussed and processed to prevent burn-out; staying well, feeling energised within your work and keeping in touch with the meaningfulness of this profession are aspects I keep in focus.
Supervision is offered face to face individually and in small groups and is available by Skype and telephone for interstate and distance supervisees.
Offers you the opportunity for well-structured supervision tailored to your needs, level of experience and preferred theories and approaches. An initial session allows for a ‘getting to know each other’ and an opportunity to explore the ‘fit’ between us. If we decide to proceed, a supervision contract will be agreed upon that outlines how we work with each other.
has a maximum of five members who come together regularly to discuss their workload. It is cost-effective and offers a rich experience through the varied clinical presentations and interventions and modalities each member brings. Group Supervision can become a supportive network of fellow practitioners together exploring their work within the safety of a group.
Skype and Telephone Supervision
is available to clinicians who live distant or interstate or have other reasons for accessing supervision in this way. Please contact Sabina for further discussion.
Mindfulness Based Clinical Supervision (MBCS)
“Beyond our ideas of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” (Rumi)
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is based in the ability to be present in each lived moment. To be present means we are more attuned and available to our experiences- our sensations, thoughts, emotions and actions. Mindfulness invites us to bring curiosity and friendly inquiry to our experiences, helping us to see with a clear mind what is here now and opens us to meet life with openness and greater wisdom.
We cultivate our ability to respond to each situation rather than to react out of habit and learnt behavior. Mindfulness contains the qualities of Heartfulness-compassion, kindness and gentleness, qualities that bring nourishment to ourselves and those we are with.
“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”
Mindfulness in Counselling and Psychotherapy:
- Cultivates steady presence and clear awareness
- Creates a strong foundation to stay clear, centered and well-grounded
- Enhances emotional attunement and relational awareness
- Enables steady empathy, compassion, and unconditional positive regard for ourselves and our clients
- Increases our ability to stay balanced in the midst of emotional intensity and turmoil
- Maintains awareness of healthy boundaries and ethical conduct
- Supports clarity in assessment of client and maintains direction and focus of the therapeutic journey
- Maintains metacognition of the therapeutic process and flexibility
What is Mindfulness base Clinical Supervision?
The benefits that mindfulness offers to counselling and psychotherapy it also offers clinical supervision. Clinical supervision, however, is a three-way relationship – client, therapist and supervisor- so all parties benefit. The supervisor and therapist are supported and enhanced in their work and their relationship with each other when mindfulness guides the supervisory process.
The complexities of this three-way relationship are met with clarity, focus and well-grounded presence. Mindfulness cultivated in clinical supervision has a direct benefit on the client, whether they themselves are mindfulness practitioners or not.
Mindfulness principles are explained and discussed within the supervisory experience, no prior knowledge of mindfulness is necessary.