Existential Supervision

Share The CHALLENGES. Share The LOAD.

I trained with 'Supervision WA' in 2009 and have been supervising continuously since then. I tend to take an existential approach to Supervision; however, I appreciate and am open to the richness that comes from integrating different approaches. I frequently work with practitioners from different modalities and professions who share common understandings of the human condition and issues clients may present.

There are three TYPES of SUPERVISION available for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, pastoral carers, hospital staff, students and other various professionals. These include:

  • ONGOING one to one clinical supervision

  • AD HOC clinical supervision consultations

  • Small clinical reflective supervision groups for HEALTH PROFESSIONAL and NON-HEALTH PROFESSIONAL such as carers/police/ambulance/teachers/prison guards etc. working in intense situations/fields

    INDIVIDUAL SUPERVISION: online or at the pratice

    Individual Supervision/consultations can be seen as a collaboration, where we both work together. Your job might sometimes be to come prepared with your professional practice journal or your own reflective notes, setting the agenda for the session. My job might be to come prepared to hold the space, assisting you with your agenda and keeping us on track.

    We might cover a lot of connected material, sometimes getting into detailed exploration. Other times, we might float in a more open space, allowing unexpected insights to emerge. Therefore, some sessions might be more planned, while others may have no specific agenda. There may even be times when a planned session takes a valuable detour.

    Overall, most might bring challenging and seemingly indigestible cases or weighty cases that won't go away. Others might bring cases that linger like a shadow, and some might bring cases that have reached a resting point but still need discussion.

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    GROUP SUPERVISION: online or at the pratice

    In the supervision group, there are spaces for all supervisees to bring examples of how they are “being” with their clients. This might lead to the group raising certain questions, issues, or concerns to open a deeper discussion. The group is a place to explore and reflect on material/situations at work you may be ‘holding on to’ and to release these with the support of the group. Struggling themes such as boredom, burnout, helplessness, anxiety, fear, confusion, etc., are just some of the themes that could be discussed within the group. There are no set agendas, only emotions, thoughts, and concerns to bring that relate to yourself, clients, or the organization.

    Currently there is a large wait list for group supervision.


    If you thinking about starting supervision, there is a one-hour mini online course - ‘Making the MOST out of supervision’-, to help you prepare.

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    Below are some examples of 'reflective thought' questions that might be explored in our individual or group supervision sessions:

    • What made me respond that way to that particular question? What was behind it?
    • What was I endeavouring to convey to the supervisee?
    • Was I being judgemental by asking that question?
    • Did the supervisee expected me to have all the answers?
    • Why did I ask that question?
    • Was I merely satisfying my own curiosity by asking that question? And why might this be?
    • Why did I become so emotionally involved with the supervisee's client's story, (who felt so unloved,insecure...?
    • Why did I want (or not want) to talk about the supervisee's client’s parent, husband, wife etc..?
    • Why did I feel it necessary to give advice? Was it because I felt insecure?
    • Who was I trying to reassure?
    • Could it be I too felt unloved or something else?
    • Could it be I over identified with the supervisee's client, or the husband/wife etc..
    • Why did I talk so much this time round instead of letting go and letting the supervisee tell the story?
    • Was it because I felt I had to impress the supervisee with my own knowledge?
    • Why do I need to do this?
    • What makes me think impressing the supervisee would make them return?
    • Why does it upset me when the supervisee's appointments are broken?
    • Why do I always look forward to the this particular supervisee coming?
    • Why do none of my supervisees talk to me about a particular subject?
    • Why do all of my supervisee always talk about a particular subject?
    • Why do I always tread the supervisee coming?
    • What is my part in all of this?
    • Why am I so eager for the this supervisee to leave?
    • Why am so reluctant to let the supervisee go when a good termination point has been reached?
    • Why have I agreed so readily with the supervisee that it is right for them to leave/not leave?
    • Am I using the supervisee for my own needs? Or am I letting the supervisee use me?
    • What might I be getting out of this?