Support for Psychology Professionals
As a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working for 20 years in the NHS and in private practice, I have had much experience of both giving and receiving supervision. I have always received highly positive feedback on my supervision style and practice during my career. My approach to supervision is to create a safe space in which we can explore together, as equals, the issues and dilemmas you face in your work. In the past, I have unfortunately received supervision that I have experienced as didactic and critical and know how de-stabilising that can be to one’s personal and professional confidence. So, I always seek to establish a mutually respectful relationship with any supervisee that enables honest and open communication that supports you and the clients you serve. I am experienced in CBT, DBT, ACT, EDMR and schema focused therapy in particular, but am also respectful of different therapeutic approaches and always willing to consider how other modalities may formulate particular presentations. I strive to explore and provide theory practice links and to share knowledge on relevant research and publications.
I offer supervision both in person, from my home on the Surrey/West Sussex/Hampshire borders as well as via Zoom.
I had coaching at a particularly difficult point in my career. It was a truly transformational process and I am passionate about supporting other psychologists to experience this for themselves. Having reached a senior level within the NHS (Head of Psychology & Psychotherapy for a large London Mental Health Trust) as well as successfully setting up in private practice and consulting to businesses, I have a wealth of knowledge and experience that I am keen to share with you to help you progress in your career. I use a coaching style to help you to understand your career goals and to explore how you might be able to achieve them. Interpersonal issues and understanding organisational behaviour are also a key part of career development and having a coach who is external to your organisation can be really helpful in navigating this tricky path. There are many professional coaches around, but few that have a Clinical Psychology background and who have worked at such a senior level. This can be extremely helpful in terms of understanding the specific issues that Clinical and Counselling Psychologists face in terms of career and personal development. I often draw on ideas from Acceptance & Commitment Therapy in my coaching, as I have found that being guided by my values has been imperative in ensuring my wellbeing at work.
I have also had much experience of interviewing for staff at different levels (from honorary assistant psychologists up) and believe that mock interviews are an excellent way to prepare for an important interview and hone your interview skills. I have seen psychologists I have supported achieve their career progression aims through implementing the interview skills we have discussed.