Counselling supervision

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Counselling supervision as CPD for counsellors and psychotherapists

With Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, and creator of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT)

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27th December 2020

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Unsolicited testimonial for Jim Byrne:

“Dear Jim, … You have been like a breath of fresh air (as my supervisor).  I have never felt so much ‘head-stretching’, in my twenty-five years as a counsellor in supervision, as I have had in my six sessions with you.  I particularly like the fact that you behave more like an educator or mentor than a cop or a critic!”

B.J., North London – (Six sessions of counselling supervision over Skype and webcam).

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Introduction

Dr Jim in central Harrogate002Hello and welcome to my page of information about my counselling supervision service, which is designed to augment your professional development. My name is Jim Byrne. I have a doctoral degree in counselling from the University of Manchester (2002-2009); and I am in my 23rd year in counselling and therapy, with about 15 years’ experience of offering counselling supervision.

Some of the individual counsellors who have come to me for supervision have been driven in my direction because they had some particularly difficult client with whom their previous supervisor could not help; or their current supervisor was off sick or on holiday.

Some of my supervisees have been from the UK, where lifelong supervision is a requirement of professional registration.  Others have come from the US or the Far East, and they sought me out because they wanted to migrate from their previous ‘school of thought’ to come more in line with my emotive-cognitive embodied narrative therapy approach. (See: What is E-CENT counselling?)

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The Emotive-Cognitive approach

E-CENT logo 1 red lineMy approach to counselling supervision is very much focused upon the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of my supervisees. If you want to consult me for supervision, then I would expect to introduce you to a set of approaches to counselling which are common to all E-CENT counsellors, but which are often new departures for my supervisees.  For examples, in our work together, we would explore:

the role of the personality of the client and the personality of the counsellor in shaping the outcome of their work together;

the role of the attachment style of the counsellor and the attachment style of the client in shaping their relationship and its possibilities;

the significance the client’s early childhood experiences for the approach of the counsellor;

the lifestyle self-management strategies used by the counsellor, and how they impact both the quality of their work with clients; and the possibilities for improving the client’s lifestyle self-management approach;

the counsellor’s approach to managing their own narrative and life script, and how this is used with their clients;

the counsellor’s use of relaxation and sleep-hygiene strategies to enhance their work with their clients; and how they coach their client’s in these two important areas of life;

– and so on.

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Levels of service

I offer three levels of service to counselling supervisees:

Counselling supervision, mini service, dr jim byrne#1: The Mini-Service, which involves a 45 minute meeting, over Skype/ web-camera, or over the telephone network – (and this can be on a weekly or monthly basis).

Before our first meeting, I will ask you to complete a personality assessment, so I know how best to relate to you as a new supervisee. The agenda for the session will be agreed beforehand, including the possibility of discussing specific problems you have recently faced in counselling sessions.

At subsequent sessions, we will prioritize one area of Continuing Professional Development for each session.

After each session, I will most likely send some homework documents related to the content of the session.

During each session, we will aim to create time for you to present a case example from your current client caseload.

The cost of this service is £180.00 per session, including the pre-session assessments; the meeting; and the post-session homework follow-up.

For further information, or to sign up for this service, please email me, drjwbyrne@gmail.com.

Or phone me on 01422 843 629 (from inside the UK)

Or on 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK).

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Counselling supervision, median service, dr jim byrne#2: The Median-Service, which involves a one hour session, over Skype/ web-camera, or over the telephone network. This is likely to be a one-off event – or an occasional event – specifically designed to allow you to submit data (in the form of pre-meeting questionnaires) for analysis before the meeting. And you will get a File Note Report* after the meeting, in which I analyze the problem you want to explore. (*My ‘File Note Reports’ take between one and two days to write. They contain insights and action recommendations; and normally append some professional-development resources for your use).

An example of a Median-Service topic might be something like this: “I am feeling a personality clash, or discord, with one of my clients. And I don’t know how to clarify what is causing it, or how to improve our therapeutic relationship”.

I would ask you to submit a personality profile for yourself and one for the client in question.  At our meeting I would explore the significance of the differences (or similarities?) of your personality adaptations relative to your client’s personality adaptations. And I would want to find out more about how you relate to that client, and how they relate to you.

After our meeting, I would spend seven to ten hours as follows:

(a) analysing the data in the personality profiles submitted, plus the data derived from our Skype or Telephone conversation.  And:

(b) writing up my insights and recommendations into a ‘File Note Report’ (which might run to 10 or 15 pages – with 30 or more pages of appendices containing professional development resources for you to study).

The Median-Service normally involves assessment of a particular aspect of the counsellor and the client (like personality; attachment style; lifestyle self-management factors; life-history narratives; etc.,) and how they interact in the counselling room.

The cost of this service is £250.00 per session, including the pre-session assessments; the meeting; and the post-session File Note Report.

For further information, or to sign up for this service, please email me, drjwbyrne@gmail.com.

Or phone me on 01422 843 629 (from inside the UK)

Or on 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK).

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Counselling supervision, maxi service, dr jim byrne#3: The Maxi-Service involves a one hour session, over Skype/ web-camera, or over the telephone network. (This is also likely to be a one-off event). It is specifically designed to allow you to submit data for analysis before the meeting – in the form of several completed questionnaires. You will get an Detailed Report – (which will be more substantial than the File Note Report, above) -after the meeting, in which I analyze the problem you wanted to explore.

Here is an example of a typical problem which we could address using this service: As a counsellor, you are a role model for your clients; and you cannot teach anything to your clients that you do not practice yourself (without sounding like a cracked bell!)

I teach counsellors to assess the following features of their lives, using a range of questionnaires:

– Early childhood traumatic experiences;

– Personality adaptations to your parents; and attachment styles;

– Life script and self-narrative;

– Lifestyle factors (including diet/nutrition, physical exercise, sleep patterns, tension and relaxation, and stress factors in the current environment);

– Communication skills and conflict styles patterns;

– And so on.

Counselliong Supervision Report, maxi serviceMy report to you would help you to understand which aspects of your life you need to prioritize, in order to become more grounded; more available to your clients; or more potent in your therapeutic interventions.

Because this work normally takes me four or five days, the cost of the service has to reflect that fact.  I have kept the cost as low as possible, at jut £600.00 for the whole process – including pre-meeting assessments; meeting time; and follow-up report.

(You could also have a second session of this level of service, to explore that life of one of your most difficult clients.  In this scenario, you would administer the questionnaires (that we used in session 1), and write up some preliminary thoughts on how to help your client.  I would then analyze the raw data, and your suggestions, and give you the benefit of my experience, in the form of a detailed report.

ABC Counselling Coaching Logo Hebden BridgeFor further information, or to sign up for this service, please email me, drjwbyrne@gmail.com.

Or phone me on 01422 843 629 (from inside the UK)

Or on 44 1422 843 629 (from outside the UK).

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