Who Do I Supervise?
I offer clinical supervision to:
- Psychology registrars seeking an area of practice endorsement in clinical psychology (I can act as either primary or secondary supervisor)
- Registered psychologists seeking general ongoing supervision or targeted support in one of my areas of special clinical interest and training,
- Provisionally registered psychologists on a placement or externship, and
- Counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, and other clinicians who have a shared interest.
Supervision usually takes the form of 50-60 minute, one-on-one sessions in my office, however I do offer small group supervision and supervision via video conferencing.
I am an AHPRA Board-approved supervisor with a clinical psychology area of practice endorsement, and so I can act as primary or secondary supervisor for generalist psychologists as well as clinical registrars.
I completed my original accreditation as a supervisor of psychologists through STAP (the Supervisor Training and Accreditation Program), and attend other supervisor-focussed professional development as well as my own supervision.
My first taste of supervising was in 2007, when I took on a relief supervising position at a community counselling organisation for young people (who were often in crisis, at high risk of harm, or presenting with complex mental health problems). I found that supervising was a great fit with my own style – a mix of teaching, listening, skill demonstration, and supporting. I loved it, and have been supervising since.
I have experience supervising a variety of supervisees and in a range of contexts. My experience includes:
- Part-time employment by a community counselling service, as a primary supervisor to clinical psychology students on placement
- Employed sessionally by Universities, to provide external supervision to 5+1 students on placement at LGBTQIA+ community services
- Private clinical supervisor to experienced psychologists seeking specific supervision for LGBTQIA+ clients or bariatric patients
- Private clinical supervisor to psychologists seeking supervision as part of their AHPRA undertakings
- Private clinical supervisor to counsellors seeking specific supervision for working with young people and families
- Involved in ongoing peer supervision with psychologists and psychiatrists working with gender-diverse children, adolescents and adults, and
- Involved in ongoing peer supervision with psychologists who see clients with eating disorder presentations
Supervision Style and Framework
Over a decade of supervising such a diverse mix of counsellors, therapists, trainees, and psychologists has taught me the value of being able to tailor my style to meet the individual needs of each individual supervisee. When I supervise, I consider your:
- Level or stage of professional development
- Current and specific learning needs and goals
- Previous supervisory experiences – what’s worked and what you’ve found unhelpful
- Formal supervision requirements, such as those set out by your University, organisation or by the Psychologists Board of Australia
- The context in which you’re practicing or learning, and
- Who you are as a person, who I am as a person, and how we interact.
Irrespective of the above factors, you can count on me to start our working relationship with a clear, collaborative conversation about each of our roles and responsibilities, what we’re aiming to achieve through supervision, and how we can keep track of how it’s going along the way. Most sessions will begin with setting an agenda, and where possible, I’m happy to share resources with you that are relevant to your professional development.
My own clinical practice and training, which you can read about in detail here, consists mostly of Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Clinical Hypnosis. My humanistic therapeutic style is the basis for my process-oriented and experiential focus as a supervisor too. Above all, I would describe my supervisory style as respectful, flexible, and collaborative.