Supervision

Since 1994, I have been offering supervision to colleagues. The total hours of supervision I have offered in this configuration exceeds 1400. The frequency and duration of work varies depending on the need of the supervisee. 


The philosophy underlying my work as a supervisor borrows from the phenomenological-existential approach. Just as the therapeutic task is a shared one between therapist and client, supervision is also a shared task between supervisor and supervisee. The process can be seen as a two way flow of human energy. I pay particular attention to the process that develops between me and my supervisee. My assumption is that a parallel process develops between my supervisee and her/his client. I model to my supervisee how a therapist is with his/her client. In addition to paying attention to the content the supervisee is sharing, the process, i.e., what is going on between us, my internal process and also what I observe in my supervisee as I am with her/him are areas on which I focus and give feedback about. I invite the supervisee to get curious about her/his personal ways of being with another person. I highlight these ways to anchor them as points of reference in the overall growth of the supervisee as a therapist. I convey to the supervisee that I respect the behavior chosen in the therapeutic session. The distinction I highlight here is between respect and approval. I strictly refrain from either approving or disapproving the supervisee’s behavior. I encourage the supervisee to take full responsibility for hers/his actions. I let the supervisee to define clearly how I could contribute to hers/his personal growth. I believe that the clearest request for the supervisor’s services yields the clearest response and offers optimal help for the supervisee facing a clinical problem.

Copyright 2013 Hanna Nita Scherler