Supervision for Counsellors and Hypnotherapists

Has supervision ever left you feeling like you’ve wasted your time and money, or felt like having your “homework marked”? If so, then what you are about to read may surprise you.

You see, when you connect with a supervisor who is on your side, it’s a whole different story. I was lucky: my supervisor was like a friend and mentor to me, and over the years my practice grew, I got more clients, I was motivated, I was able to appreciate the good work I was doing and in essence, went from just “working” to feeling successful.

As an NCH approved supervisor, now it’s my turn to pay that forward and my focus is on making sure supervision is something you will value too.

Talking therapies like counselling and hypnotherapy can be lonely professions, and seeing clients not only impacts on our work life but on our home life too, so supervision can be an important part of staying healthy and balanced too.

When we start working together, one of the first things we’ll discuss is what you want most from supervision. You may know what you want or you may not, in that case I will work to help you:

  • Understand and know your clients – we can discuss theory, look at interventions/choices made, gain a greater understanding of what works well and why for individual clients, handle ethical issues and more.
  • Understand and know yourself – we can discuss your reactions to clients, what motivates you, spurs you on, your challenges and how you can get more from your work.
  • Understand and know your business – sometimes you might want to think about how to expand your business, CPD, get out of feeling “stuck”, self promotion, marketing etc.

My aim to add value to your practice, so unlike traditional supervisors, I’ll happily bounce ideas and share my thoughts, experiences and knowledge if its appropriate.

And it doesn’t matter where your practice is based, as I supervise hypnotherapists from all over the country by Zoom, FaceTime or phone.

So if you agree that supervision should a fun, friendly and collaborative relationship that helps you grow your practice and feel successful, then you would be a great fit for my style of supervision and perhaps we should talk.

Kind regards,

Supervision FAQ

Why choose me as your supervisor?

Quite simply, because I can make a difference to your practice.

I know what it is like to be a therapist, I have built up a busy successful practice and know what it is like to go through phases of being quiet and also, feeling overwhelmed with clients. I can work with you at whatever stage your business is at right now.

I find I can put people at ease and make sense of things, knowing what questions to ask for you to take advantage of your skills.

I would say I have an analytical mind so given a problem, I look for an opportunity. Faced with difficulty, I am optimistic and look for a way forward. I notice the things that are often overlooked, like successes or achievements and I have the ability to recognise what will help my supervisee to make the most any situation.

I am not opinionated but I am happy to share my opinion if it helps. I specialise in supporting my supervisee’s, not only to reach their full potential but also be successful.

It is what I love about my work, being able to build a bigger picture of what is happening, with the client, within yourself and within your business. Ultimately, I work with supervisee’s to help them be confident in who they are and what they offer – making a difference.

How do I Work?

I have developed a model of supervision that I call reflective practice. They say a picture paints a thousand words, so here’s an overview of the areas we can cover…
- heidi woodgate supervision

Do I need supervision?

By its very nature, therapy makes considerable demands on therapists. It’s all to easy to become over-involved in the client’s world – or the opposite – to get into patterns of working the same way and actually overlook the specific needs of the client.

Supervision not only helps you deliver the best level of care to your clients, but is also an important part of staying healthy and balanced too.

If you are still not sure, ask yourself how you would deal with the following dilemmas that have been presented by my supervison clients…

  • “No matter what I do, my client simply isn’t moving forward and is coming in saying nothing has changed”
  • “My client came in drunk”
  • “My client has said he is having suicidal thoughts”
  • “My notes have been requested by the courts”
  • “My client said he is in an abusive relationship”
  • “My client said he has committed a crime”
  • “My client said they didn’t have any money at the end of a session and didn’t rebook….”
  • “My Client friend requested me on Facebook”
  • “My client has just disclosed a history of Bi-polar”
  • “Can I see a client with severe depression/epilepsy/drug dependency”
  • “Do I need to get parental consent to see a 17 year old?”
  • “I had a call from a solicitor asking for session details”
  • “Should I do a home visit and what do I need to think about if I decide to”
  • “My client made a pass at me”

If you would like to discuss how I can help you, drop me a note or give me a call. If I am not available, leave a message and I’ll call you back.