Types of Hypnotherapy Supervision
There are several different types of supervision that you can engage in as a practising hypnotherapist, and in fact, the different types of hypnotherapy supervision can work really well when used together.
Peer supervision is where you get together with one or more hypnotherapists on an equal basis for mutual develop and support. This may include discussing cases, professional challenges and ethical dilemmas, training attended and business matters. It works well when hypnotherapists have similar training and experience, and take a solution focused process, less well if one or more of the therapists use the group as a form of free or low-cost training. Ideally, all participants in the group will have comparable knowledge, skill level and status.
Group supervision differs from peer supervision, as it has a leader, often an experienced hypnotherapist, who can co-ordinate the group, support confidentiality and keep the group on task, utilising the time most effectively for all. Participation can help hypnotherapists exchange professional knowledge (what works, what doesn’t), develop strong skills in managing professional problems, reduce personal and professional stress and increase professionalism within their work. The group leader or facilitator will enable all participants to have opportunities to engage, rather than any single 'strong' or 'weak' individual, as may happen with peer supervision. Participating in a group can also counteract social isolation and gain the advantages of working in a cohesive, collaborative and supportive group.
Individual (1-to-1) supervision is the most flexible, as you and your supervisor can organise the session according to your own needs, whether it is discussing current cases, future cases, past training, future training, professional development, personal impact of therapy, or aspects relating to business management and development. There are a number of benefits from individual supervision:
- Improvement in communication skills
- Practice in supportive skills, such as active listening
- Reflection and discussion on case management and work style
- Enhanced awareness of professional interactions
- Quality assurance
- Skills review and enhancement
- Review of work-life perspectives
- Challenging assumptions
- Professional support
- Counteracting 'therapist-burnout'
What is a supervision session like?
Individual hypnotherapy supervision can be done in person (face to face) or over the phone / Skype. As mentioned already, a 1-to-1 supervision session is usually highly focused around your supervision needs. It is good for the supervisee (you) to prepare for a supervision session and be realistic in what they want to achieve in the time allocated. For example; two simple cases may be discussed in 15 minutes, whereas a more complex case may be 30 minutes or longer.
A session may include the discussion of key aims and objectives for the session; presentation of cases, including key client information, what you planned to do, what you did, how it went, what went well, what didn’t, what you learned, what you need to learn, how you felt about it (emotional, mental, physical), together with any ethical dilemmas; discussion of case and alternative approaches, brainstorming, role playing, and consideration of possible outcomes; exploration of development needs (concise, creative, supportive; any other issues or points raised by the supervisee.
How often should I seek supervision?
You may wonder quite ‘how much’ supervision you need. There are several different factors you might like to consider:
Complexity of cases
If you are working with challenging cases, due to the nature of the issue, or the effect of the work on you as a therapist or individual, you may wish to seek supervision more frequently than if you are seeing mainly simple cases.
Whilst it is good practice to seek supervision more regularly if you have a high caseload, it is just as important to seek supervision if you rarely see a client, for different reasons. If you are seeing a lot of clients, it can be easy to get ‘comfortable’ with a way of working that is most suitable for you, yet may not be optimal for the client. In contrast, if you rarely see a client you are more likely to get skill and knowledge fade and this can affect not just your practical skills but also your confidence in your abilities. Supervision helps keep that knowledge and those skills fresh and accessible and it helps you keep your options broad.
Other forms of supervision
You may be engaging in peer or group supervision and this can reduce the amount of ‘in-person’ supervision time needed.
About Your Supervisor
Dr Kate Beaven-Marks is an experienced clinical supervisor, and Approved Supervisor with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH), with skills in both individual and group supervision, Kate is a highly qualified and diversely experienced clinical hypnotist and hypnotherapist, with extensive specialist training including medical hypnosis, NLP, REBT, H-CBT, EMDR, IEMT, addictions and trauma. Her skills and knowledge are supported by six years of research into hypnotherapy teaching and learning for her Doctorate, together with Masters degrees in Psychology and Health Management.
She has therapy practices in West London and East London, and also works with a London teaching hospital, providing training for medical staff and also using hypnotherapy with in-patients and day cases.
Kate teaches with HypnoTC, both on the practitioner training and CPD. In addition, using her extensive research knowledge and skills, Kate lectures on research topics in a London University, supervising and examining MSc. Degree research students.
With a keen interest in raising standards within the profession, she is a member of the Hypnotherapy Profession Specific Board with the voluntary regulator, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and is also Chair of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH). In addition, she writes articles for prominent publications, and regularly speaks at both national and international conferences.
All hypnotherapists are encouraged to engage in supervision, and we are happy to provide supervision to qualified hypnotherapists, whether trained by ourselves or trained elsewhere.
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Please contact Dr Kate Beaven-Marks directly to ensure that you are eligible for supervision, and to confirm a mutually-suitable date / time for the supervision session to take place:
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