I have several goals in mind when I start work with a new supervisee client. Firstly, I want to create a relationship wherein my supervisee feels safe and comfortable bringing up any topic that feels relevant to them and their work. This is their time and they should have plenty of space and time to discuss their topics of choice at a depth that makes sense to them. Secondly, another goal in my mind is to make sure that my supervisee is always working safely and in line with the code of conduct of their professional body.
To me, there are no silly questions. No one can know everything. No one is up to date on every topic. I frequently suggest resources that my supervisee clients can consult. I share relevant research outcomes, evidence-based, and peer reviewed literature with my supervisees as appropriate.
I acknowledge, that since we are all only human, we will all make some mistakes in our work as we go along. Mistakes, doubts, fears, challenges, successes, and achievements, are all up for discussion in the supportive environment I strive to create.
Self-care and issues of work- life balance frequently come up in our discussions as do business strategies and ways that my supervisees might be able to work smarter instead of harder.
Other than the three years that I stayed at home to care for my children full-time, I have worked in the field of Psychology, in research and clinical positons, both in the USA and New Zealand, consistently since the age of 18: that is a long time considering that I am now 49. If you are looking for a fresh perspective on your professional work, from a well-trained, consultant level Clinical Psychologist, feel free to contact me for a free phone consultation to see if I might be a good match for you.