Thomas has been practicing as a psychotherapist and counsellor for 20 years. He has been in his role as a supervisor for 8 years.
My Supervision Model
Integrative supervision; which takes from humanistic, psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I trained in forms of body psychotherapy as well and am particularly interested in how the body manifests our unconscious in the form of symptoms and automated behaviour. Often supervisees mimic their clients in their bodies and we look at that in supervision. This helps supervisees get a deeper understanding of their clients. Sometimes, it carries a deeper understanding that the client is not aware of yet.
My Experience as A Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor
Thomas has 20 years as a psychotherapist and counsellor, he would say he has seen most forms of human behaviour at this stage. What is interesting is how all the pieces fit together, resolving the internal conflicts allows the psyche to integrate and reach peace. The conflicts operate outside awareness and bringing it to awareness to resolve it is the work.
Supervision is an interesting parallel process. The supervisor takes the role of the therapist, allowing the supervisee to enter into the world of the client. The supervisee embodies the client and how they are. In working through this, the supervisee can separate out their own experience from the client’s. It helps the supervisee to see the client more clearly and thus easier to work with.
Supervision is essential for therapists all through their working lives. Therapists will always have to have a space to step back and separate out their own experience from the client because, as humans, we have so much shared experience and lines can get blurred. Often supervisees and clients are struggling with the same issues in life because we are human.
My Training and Qualifications
Thomas trained in the Minster Centre, London. He holds a Master’s degree in integrative psychotherapy (MA).
My Membership of Professional Associations
Thomas is accredited with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor.
My Areas of Interest in Supervision
I could list areas like anxiety, depression etc. If those things were part of a tree, they would be the leaves and flowers. In supervision, you and I, will be working with the roots of the tree, yours and the client’s unconscious. When the roots become healthier, the leaves and flowers grow the way they are meant to by themselves.
Thomas’s fee for supervision is €80