<i>Supervision & Practitioner Development</i>

clive oxford psychotherapy, counselling and supervision in hereford and herefordshire

<i>Supervision & Practitioner Development</i>
18th November 2019 
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I have been supervising Counsellors and Therapists since 2001, having learnt my supervisory perspectives as an 'apprentice' to gifted, diverse and sometimes maverick supervisors and therapists.
It’s uncomfortable to think critically, acutely, accurately, broadly, to travel with someone out into the extremities of our being, into the darkness, into the pits of shame, war, rage, violence, bestiality, into the myriad realms of the mind. But is this not the true realm of therapy; is this not what we are dealing with here? If happiness arises it has to emerge from all this; hardly a romantic, comforting or ‘positive’ thought, though true none the less. The burgeoning institutional obsession with regulation, accreditation, evidencing, proving, and tick-boxing of the therapist and its persistence in using such black and white terms as ‘positive’ (we must be!) only leads us to a destiny of failure, for when the ‘negative’ arises, as it will, we are defeated; believing ourselves to be thereby, wrong. We have to deal with defeat in our lives; the therapist has to be able to be with that sense of the unanswerable, the insoluble, the baffling and mystifying awesomeness of being here. Life has no answer, only questions. And…. as Beckett says, ‘there is no cure for that’.
In these times of uniformity and conformity of 'learning', I offer supervisees an opportunity to broaden and deepen their practice and perpectives; helping them develop an ownership of their unique ways of being as therapist, and the ability to be really curious about their clients.


At present there are no groups running


"I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the professional development group. It was interesting having a space that defied labels such as: "supervision", "mentoring", "therapy" a curious space in which we could bring ourselves fully and be rather than perform, do, or search. It was a space in which we could share stories of triumphs and failure, lick our wounds and laugh.”

“We sometimes leafed through the rulebook questioning everything playfully. At times the group seemed to perform for me the role of a midwife, facilitating the birth of my identity as a newly qualified practitioner.”

“Clive is interested and curious about how we practice and who we are as individuals and therapists. As a group leader he can be funny, caring, profound, silly, irreverent and very generous in sharing his experience. He creates a safe, permission-giving space, is ready to help, advise, or just listen." SB

“Clive groups are always supportive, safe engaging and challenging places. He’s an incisive and insightful practitioner who is comfortable dealing with difficult subjects and remaining fully present in any discussion. I always leave with things to think about and feeling energised. There is also a lot of laughing! I would, and indeed have, recommend him.” LC