"A good supervisor is essential when you’re in private practice and I’m so grateful to have found Clare. Working with her is a big part of why I love my work as a therapist. Her wisdom and expertise have been invaluable to me. Her considered, clear response to any issue I may bring both reassures me and and helps me to feel confident in my work. I should add that her warmth and sense of humour make her a absolute delight to work with. I hope you are lucky enough to work with her too."
Psychotherapist in Private Practice
Online Supervision Available
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision (NCS Awarded) and was trained by Karl Gregory and Sheila McCarthy-Dodd. I describe myself as compassionate and supportive and my approach as relational. My aim in supervision is to create a safe, non-shaming environment where practitioners can trust that their vulnerability is welcomed and their abilities and strengths are recognised and validated. A place where supervisees can develop their practice and grow as practitioners. I believe that supervision is a place for learning and discovery through reflection and self-enquiry and can be a restorative and transformative experience. Supervisees have described me as trustworthy, experienced, mature, supportive, responsible, compassionate, facilitative, confidence building and restorative.
I have worked in a variety of settings and Counselling organisations giving me extensive experience of working with a broad range of issues and diverse groups of people. This has provided me with valuable insight and understanding into the types of challenges Counsellors and other Practitioners may face in their work. I am experienced in providing supervision and reflective practice for both individuals and groups and have worked with practitioners from many different professions, including: counsellors, psychotherapists, art therapists, teachers, pastoral staff and middle to senior managers for schools in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. I supervise practitioners in private practice, as well as practitioners working in counselling organisations, including: The Southmead Project, SARSAS Bristol, Kinergy, The Greenhouse and One25. I also provide professional support for counselling service managers and people working in senior roles in the charity sector. Additionally, I supervise counsellors and mental health practitioners working in schools, colleges and universities. I have extensive experience of working in education and a comprehensive understanding of the pressures and demands of working within these organisational systems. I have also completed advanced safeguarding training with the Bristol City Safeguarding Board.
Having worked as a counselling trainer, I have a good understanding of the challenges faced by counsellors in training and hope to provide support and teaching as well as a compassionate and encouraging foundation upon which you can develop confidence and trust in your own approach as a counsellor. Whatever your level of training or experience, as counsellors we all value having the space and support provided by our supervisors where we can reflect on our practice and gain clearer perspectives on our clients' experiences and needs. Being a counsellor can be extremely rewarding, we are afforded such privilege and trust in witnessing our clients' journeys of personal growth. It can also be challenging and as practitioners we must take care of our own needs and well-being to prevent vicarious trauma and burnout. As a supervisor part of my role is to support you with growing your awareness around your own needs as a practitioner. I have experience in multi-disciplinary supervision, which means working with practitioners from a variety of modalities, so whichever theoretical approach you take, I respect and trust in your own capabilities, knowledge, skills and experience. One aspect of working in this field I love the most, is that whether we are the counsellor or the supervisor, we are constantly learning and developing as practitioners and my aim is to help facilitate this process.