Are you a qualified or trainee hypnotherapist seeking Accredited Hypnotherapy Supervision?
I am an Accredited Hypnotherapy Supervisor, I know the benefits of hypnotherapy supervision, and continue to be in supervision myself even though I am no longer obliged to do so. I do this because I understand the positive effects supervision gives to my clients, my practice and ultimately, my business.
If you are seeking a supervisor as a trainee, or for your own hypnotherapy practice, I may be able to help you. I offer an informal and relaxed way of working, so that you can feel at ease and so that we might forge a good working relationship. That way, you get the most out of supervision.
"The best supervision session yet, nothing could have been done better really in all honesty. I felt that Anita really helped to provide me with guidance and pointers on the areas I presented her with e.g the different structures for phobia and smoking sessions (interventions and ww in session one). She also made the values elicitation exercise far less complicated and straightforward to understand. I came away feeling empowered and confident." SC, recently qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist.
Supervision provides the means of review and reflection by a therapist on their work. I've found this to be the best way to hone experience as a therapist. It means we are constantly trying to find ways to improve what we offer our clients. This is done with the assistance of an Accredited Hypnotherapy Supervisor. This can take the form of one-to-one sessions, or group supervision (or a mixture of both). Group supervision may be able to give an added benefit to supervision, with the combined expertise of the group. Both formats of supervision have their own advantages, and it is up to you to choose the one you feel most comfortable with.
How often should supervision session be and for how long?
For supervision sessions to be meaningful, it is considered that a minimum duration of 30 minutes per session is required. Remember, this is a minimum requirement, and some supervisees would benefit from having longer sessions. They can be on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly, bi-monthly, or even quarterly basis, depending on the experience of the therapist and numbers of clients being seen at any particular time. For most newly qualified therapists, a session once a month will be required.
What do supervision sessions consist of?
It is my role as hypnotherapy supervisor to ensure that my supervisee is addressing the needs of their clients. It is also to aid the supervisee to reflect on their practice and thereby find ways to continue their learning whilst improving the service they provide. I like to achieve this through a non-judgemental relationship of trust and transparency between myself and my supervisees – a relationship that is based on safety and mutual respect. This is key to the relationship being successful. I don't want for you to feel that you are being policed in your practice. That’s not what supervision is about in my opinion, but about finding a way to help you to be the best practitioner possible, so that your clients are getting the best service available, and therefore your practice can grow.
A large part of supervision is for the supervisee to review their past work with clients honestly and openly. By being critically reflected upon, it allows for experiential learning for the therapist that they can use in their future therapeutic sessions. Only by being honest and open with your supervisor, can you make supervision a true learning experience, and not merely a ‘box ticking’ exercise to satisfy the needs of your professional governing body.
Although it’s main aim is protection of your client, supervision is also about allowing you to identify your own strengths and any areas that need honing, thereby allowing you to develop an ethical and legal practice in a professional manner. It offers a helping hand and an extra head to think through situations in your practice.
"Anita, thank you so much for that supervision - it really was the best I've ever had! It was really useful, you asked me all the right questions to get me thinking about things differently, and my clients definitely benefitted from it! Thank you also for going that extra mile and doing a bit more research on my behalf, pointing me in a direction I hadn't even thought of, and ensuring my safety with this particular client!" CS, practicing Cognitive Hypnotherapist
In general terms, this is achieved through four core functions of instructing/teaching, whilst encouraging and internal locus of control, supporting/sharing, advising and monitoring/evaluating, in a non-judgemental way. Supervision should, wherever possible, be proactive rather than reactive, so that the therapist is anticipating potential problems and addressing them during supervision, before an ‘emergency’ arises.
Supervision can be done over the phone, using Skype or face-to-face. It can also be in a group setting of up to four supervisees, or on a one-to-one basis. You choose the format that you prefer.
As a hypnotherapist it is your responsibility to ensure that you are adequately supervised, and I will do my very best to help you achieve that.
Give me a call or email to discuss your hypnotherapy supervision needs further, in confidence and without obligation, of course.