I am passionate about the practice of supervision as I believe it plays a vital and integral role in both the training of psychotherapists and the on-going clinical work of qualified psychotherapists and can be very effective in building the confidence and competence of the therapist. I have a particular interest in how your supervision can enable you to enhance your clinical practice.
I am a contributing author to "The Art of Relational Supervision" ( published by Routledge 2016) edited by Helena Hargaden, where the use of self within the therapeutic and supervisory relationship is explored.


Relational Supervision Course beginning in Brighton, October, 2017.

The course consists of 12 days and is based on the ideas and process outlined in ‘The Art of Relational Supervision’ ed. by Helena Hargaden. Our main philosophical position is that therapists and supervisors work from a focus on the Inside/Out. This requires a recognition that unconscious process is not liner or tangible until it emerges through enactments, dreams, reflections and language. Our theoretical perspective provides a structured way in which to think about the complex relationality involved in transferential dynamics.

We will draw on relational concepts of mutuality, reciprocity, the bi directionality of the relational unconscious, theories of ‘the third’, and engagement with plurality of meaning. The course is structured in a way which translates these ideas into the practice of relational supervision. Major themes of authority, power, client protection, ethical practice, use of the imagination, ruptures and enactments, will be explored through a mixture of didactic teaching, experiential learning, and practical application.

The course involves twelve days attendance, three tutorials, an essay, and self reflective journal. Major transport links are Gatwick airport, Victoria and London Bridge stations to Brighton, and M23, A 23 and A27.

Please contact one of the tutors below for further details.

Dr. Helena Hargaden,, DPsych, MSc, TSTA, UKCP Reg,
Karen Minikin, MSc, Dip Supervision, MBACP (Snr Accred), UKCP Reg

The supervision course will be held on 21/22 October 2017 16/17 December 17/18 February 2018 21/22 April 16/17June 21/22 July
There will be additional tutorial days alternate months: 18 November 20 January 17 March 19 May

Venue:CMBE, Brighton E Sussex

I believe it is important to use a variety of approaches within my supervisory practice. These include:

acquiring skills
building and honing confidence
establishing your identity as a therapist
learning treatment planning
addressing countertransference issues
applying theory to clinical practice

Generally, I view supervision in three stages:


I help the supervisee to think of the client as an individual, whilst developing diagnosis skills and treatment planning. This is alongside developing and refining skills in observation and how these relate to your theoretical framework. I believe that the support of therapeutic skills and a building of confidence at this stage helps the supervisee to absorb a good foundation in some of the "how to's" in psychotherapy. I am very keen to help develop the therapist's own potential and skills. I also invite the supervisee to think about the dynamics between themselves and their clients, using an in-depth exploration of their observational skills. I also reflect on any parallel processes between the supervisee and myself.


At this stage, the work is focused on helping the supervisee establish their own identity, whilst honing their therapeutic approach. We may use self-evaluation for example. I may also use contracting here in order to define what the supervisee really wants to focus on. I use both treatment planning and explore options for therapeutic interventions. I aim for a consolidation of learning here and also look at areas of growth, self reflection and self awareness. I may focus on countertransference relating to each client as I see the use of self as our most vital tool in psychotherapy.


At this stage, I focus on the supervisee's growing awareness of the intersubjectivity between themselves and their clients. The focus is less on theory and more on the dynamics in the room with the client, this includes a reflection on unconscious processes between therapist and client. I often work creatively in supervision, using metaphor and stories, for example, as a way of developing an insight and understanding of the client's internal world.

At all stages, I offer what I see as the essential aspects of supervision, namely: Strategies, Safety of the client and a Shame free environment in which clinicians can reflect on their work with their clients.

As an accredited PTSTA (Provisional Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst) I offer individual and group clinical supervision to both trainee counsellors and psychotherapists and qualified practitioners, offering support for both clinical practice and academic work. I have a Certificate and Diploma in Supervision.

I am an affiliated supervisor at Metanoia Institute, Ealing Abbey Counselling Service and the Links Centre.

Please contact me if you are interested in the supervision I offer.