Contemplative Supervision
For many years, I have struggled to find a supervisor who provides supervision for therapists who work outdoors and it is my intention as a supervisor to provide such a service to other therapists and trainee counsellors.

I have a diploma in contemplative supervision from the Karuna Institute located in the wildness of the Dartmoor National Park. My practice draws upon the fusion of the deeply relational focus of Core Process Psychotherapy and the contemplative model of supervision developed by Karen Kissel Wegela at the Naropa Institute in Colorado. I find it offers a practical methodology for those working outdoors as well as those working from awareness based modalities such as gestalt therapy.

The contemplative model is based on bringing attentive awareness to three categories of client observation:

Body - noting what is figural for the therapist of the client's physical appearance

Speech - bringing awareness to different aspects to how the client communicates

Mind - observing the client's sense of self and the sense of connection between their inner and outer world

All of the senses are brought to the fore to describe the impact the client has made in the therapist's working relationship with the client which can achieve a means of shifting and resolving that which has appeared stuck and blocked.

It is an experiential way of working and one that I find is analogous with my training in gestalt therapy. As a therapist, I find it provides a means to reflect upon the various processes I experience outdoors with my clients. There is an intelligent spontaneity at play and a state of psychological ease, as effortless as walking.

I additionally draw upon the experiential nature of the seven eyed model of supervision developed by Hawkins and Shohet.

Session are offered outdoors and online. I charge a flat rate of £60 for a hour session of 60 minutes duration and £80 for a 90 minute session.