Supervision of clinical work

Ian Gartshore supervisor
Professional supervision

There are many kinds of supervision of clinical work. Many supervisors try to get the supervisee to practise the way the supervisor practises. This usually leads to a sense of inadequacy and problems being authentic as an emerging therapist.


My style of supervision begins with the supervisee. What do they bring to the art and science of therapy? Yes, new methodologies can be learned. What is more important is the process of bringing who the therapist is into the sessions. Congruence, authenticity, intuition, and the freedom to use oneself as an instrument of change are far more important than are "techniques." After all, two-thirds of the efficacy of therapy is the relationship formed with the client.


By learning what patterns or problems within take the supervisee/therapist into a stuck place, and then moving beyond that place, the therapist not only grows her/himself, but s/he becomes a more useful tool for the client(s).


I encourage the supervisee to widen her/his scope, abilities, and sense of agency; and thus improve her/his sense of efficacy in the therapeutic endeavour.


Whatever modalities the supervisee/therapist is trained in are respected and encouraged. As long as the therapist is able to congruently use a variety of interventions (every client is different!) then the methods do not matter as much as the therapeutic relationship. I model this in the process of offering supervision.