I remember when I first qualified as a therapist I had butterflies before each session with a client. I worried:
-What if I don’t know what to ask?
-What if they ask me a question I can’t ask?
-What if I get stuck and don’t know what to do?
And worst of all
-What if I can’t help?
If it weren’t for my amazing supervisor I would have probably burned myself out within the first few months.
At the beginning of your career you may be plagued by self-doubt or you can be one of those lucky few who feels incredibly confident. Irrespective supervision is there to help you:
(i) Gain that confidence you need
(ii) Discuss ideas
(iii) Watch out for any blind spots masked by confidence
Sessions generally last 30 mins over the phone, skype or face to face and are aimed at addressing any concerns you may have regarding clients or your practice. My role is to support, question and if necessary advise.
How long do I need to be in supervision?
The NCH advise a minimum of three years after qualifying but to be honest many years on, I still have my supervisor on hand if I find I am not making the kind of progress I want with a client.