I am currently working towards fulfilling the course requirements to complete a diploma in contemplative supervision that I have been studying for this year at The Karuna Institute.
For many years, I have struggled to find a supervisor who provides supervision for therapists who work outdoors and so my intention is to provide such a service going forward to other therapists.
I feel that the fusion of the deeply relational focus offered by Core Process Psychotherapy and the contemplative model of supervision developed by Karen Kissel Wegela at the Naropa Institute in Colorado provides a suitable and practical methodology for those working outdoors. It is additionally a helpful model for those working from awareness based practices.
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 bring into my supervision work the experiential nature of the seven eyed model of supervision developed by Hawkins and Shohet.
Whilst I am working towards completion of the training, I am offering reduced rate sessions either outdoors or online of £40 for an hour long session and £50 for an hour and a half.