Approach & Availability
Psychotherapists and Counsellors
I offer clinical supervision to psychotherapists and counsellors. I have experience with supervising practitioners in G.P. Surgeries, Student Counselling Services and Private Practice. My style is to provide solid and creative support, so that the therapist can offer the same to their clients. I have trained in using Hellinger’s Systemic Constellations and may involve that approach as a way of increasing the effectiveness of supervision, where it is appropriate.
In addition, I have experience of non-managerial supervision with groups and individuals working in challenging environments, for example, Women’s Aid. I have facilitated organisations with a non-hierarchical structure, to help them work together more effectively.
Supervision for Coaches
Increasingly being seen as necessary for quality control and coach personal well-being and professional development.
I am particularly interested in supervision on supervision (consultation).
My Approach to Supervision (and Consultation)
How can practitioners be resourced to work effectively and ethically with their clients? I believe the supervisory relationship is a significant factor. I think it is important to create an environment where people feel safe to be themselves, in both their resourcefulness and their vulnerability. In my experience this is best achieved by deep understanding of the complexity of the situations in which practitioners work, and a willingness to know them as unique human beings.
My psychotherapy training is in Gestalt and I bring its underlying principles and practice to the supervision and consultation process. Gestalt is profoundly relational and embedded in context. It acknowledges the fundamental importance of the field in our experience of being and connecting. Each of us has an individual field that is unique to us, although there is commonality with those of other human and non-human beings. Our family background, life experience and current state make our take on the world and our way of relating to it unique, while having to share a planet, the need for air, water and nourishment etc. are universal. Gestalt values the meeting of two (or more) individuals in the unique context in which it takes place, and considers it be the fundamental context for learning, growth and change.
Setting up in Private Practice
For practitioners of any discipline setting up in private practice can require a whole new set of skills. In addition to a high level of competence in the service we offer, we also need to develop entrepreneurial and business skills so that we can run our new business in a successful, safe and legal way. Most of all, perhaps, we need to feel solid and confident that we are offering something that is of real value to our clients. I can help you to:
Publicise your practice effectively so that you can attract the clients you want.
Set up in a way that is safe and secure for both yourself and your clients.
Keep accounts and deal with the Inland Revenue
Surround yourself with support and find your way to success!
Food in the Therapeutic Relationship
Gestalt and Food: being and interconnectedness.
Online CPD for therapists and other health practitioners
Total of 7 hours, comprising 3 meetings over 6 weeks Sept – Oct 2022
Friday 9th September 2-5pm
Friday 23rd September 3-5pm
Friday 7th September 3-5pm
Facilitator: Gerrie Hughes. UKCP Reg. Gestalt psychotherapist and supervisor
Exploring connections between the theory and practice of Gestalt and human relationships with food so as to increase therapeutic effectiveness and better appreciate the flavour and variety of what it means to be human. (Participants will receive a parcel containing various items of food before each meeting to add an additional layer of involvement with the material during the sessions)
Meeting 1. (3 hours) Setting the Table
A Gestalt perspective on the therapeutic significance of food
• Food as the central metaphor of Gestalt
• Current research around food and mental health
• Appetite, flavour and regulation
• Application to practice
Meeting 2. (2 hours) Sampling Flavours and Textures
Exploring relationships with food
• Feedback from activities based around personal relationships with food
• Difference and Diversity – Shared Feasts
• Impact of societal relationships with food
• Application to practice
Meeting 3. (2 hours) Sharing and Conviviality
Bringing the ingredients together
• Feedback from activities based around societal relationships with food
• Good Taste
• Taking the ideas forward
CPD certificates will be provided.
Contact Gerrie to book place, or for more information.