For Professionals

Direct Therapy FAQs

Therapy can be helpful for a broad range of issues. Some of the most common reasons individuals seek therapy are; clinical depression or low mood, stress and anxiety, fears and phobias, trauma including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger management, eating and also body image concerns, self-harm, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), grief and bereavement, relationship issues as well as many more. Learn More

clinical support if you work in the helping professions

Polly PlowmanThis provides support similar to individual mentoring/consultancy, but is focussed on your working life if you are engaged in one of the helping professions, mainstream or complementary. I have considerable experience in this, including work with practitioners of Shiatsu, nursing, osteopathy, general practice, nutrition and acupuncture, and I’m very enthusiastic about it.

I find that some disciplines neglect this area at the training stage, and rely on practitioners picking up the skills of relating to clients/patients on the job. This can be a bit hit-and-miss, and learning simply from your own mistakes can be a very painful process. My aim is always to support your expertise in your own field with a better understanding of the therapeutic relationship you are creating with your patient/client, so you can handle interactions with confidence and effectiveness. Coping with ‘difficult’ clients, setting boundaries that suit your style, learning how to deliver bad news … these are all examples of issues where clinical support can be really useful. In my experience, knowing such support is there from time to time can make a really big difference to your satisfaction and sense of mastery in your professional role.

clinical supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists

I believe that supervision should be enjoyable and creative. Of course it must have a solid foundation in clear thinking and the ethics of good practice, but the real energy in supervision must come, I feel, from our joint attempt to really hear the needs that clients are trying to communicate in their sessions. Clients are our main teachers in the endless learning we do in this work and my role in supervision is fundamentally to help you to absorb this learning – and to refine your own style of response.

Depending on the stage you are at in your career, I can provide documentation to evidence your supervision to your training centre, be available to assist with the preparation your application for accreditation, or provide other corroborative documentation. If this is lengthy I might have to make a charge, but would of course agree this with you first.

If you’re outside my local area, I’m very willing to do supervision by phone or skype – but I do restrict this to practitioners who are already qualified.

… and I am myself accredited as a supervisor by the BACP



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