Supervision for Professionals

Clare Murphy PhD Counsellor Supervisor Trainer Researcher

Clare Murphy PhD Counsellor Supervisor Trainer Researcher

When someone “gets” you, distance supervision works!

I provide Supervision online anywhere in the world – and face-to-face in Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Supervision is a personal thing

Many of the professionals I supervise work in some capacity with domestic violence issues. It is often relentless, punishing work demanding great empathy and accountability to people in need of support, resources and care. There is seldom time for self care or self development; stress and anxiety can become big components of working at the ‘coal face’. Supervision becomes a critical factor in keeping oneself in balance both emotionally and professionally.

“A supervisor I had once was telling me what to do throughout the session as if I knew nothing. She did not find out anything about my capabilities, my needs, my wish list for supervision. Instead she was authoritarian, bossy, She acted as if I was an idiot.
I never went back.”

Do you have your supervisor’s respect and attention?

Whether you’re at the beginner’s stage in your sector or you are an advanced practitioner – you need checks and balances. You also need respect – and you need to be heard.

Clare is not a New Age guru or a person who pushes any of her views on me. She offers and invites. She is an experienced and educated woman who has walked the walk to talk the talk and because of that she can help provide the keys to unlock some very painful problems beyond the scope of many supervisors’ abilities. Her coaching has a very human element as she allows me to set my pace and content. Clare is warm, friendly and accepting. She doesn’t come with any self-centred agendas. She does her job ethically and professionally and I am very grateful to have her as my supervisor. —Lucelle

My Role:

To provide professional overview and ethical guidance across a wide range of work performance and related personal agendas. I also see my role as a guide and mentor ready to affirm, inspire and emotionally support your development of insight and understanding.
Your Role is to set an agenda for us both to explore, experiment with, and evaluate.

I have found my supervision with Clare deeply empowering and enjoyable. Clare is invaluable in assisting me with case work and other issues across a variety of contexts including court mediation process. Clare was empathic around grief and anger that emerged in supervision, understanding my frustration and loss, and she assisted me to take a long view in my life and career planning.- M.H.
More Testimonials here

In our sessions together I will

  • Provide a space to offload and express personal responses and feelings that arise as a result of your work – with clients and third party stakeholders
  • Guide you to further develop your knowledge and professional competence
  • Facilitate you to further develop your emotional competence, self awareness, congruence and professional identity
  • Validate and support your own personal style
  • Reflect on and explore ways you are affected by your work with clients (e.g. effects on your feelings, actions, beliefs, values)
  • Help you develop skills and strategies that allow you to be more effective in your role
  • Discuss decisions and choices you have made in the course of your work
  • Reflect on and develop effective and ethical practice
  • Work as a collaborative team to make potentially tough decisions about safety and accountability with respect to some clients
  • Provide opportunities to reflect on your work
  • Help you to plan and utilise personal and professional resources
  • Facilitate your understanding of your role in the wider social, legal, historical, political context
  • Assist you to be sensitive to issues of gender, power, diversity, difference, and culture
  • Assist you in problem solving
  • Guide you to establish and manage your ability to recognise limits
  • Assist you to gain insight and understanding
  • Support your autonomy and uniqueness
  • Help you to connect theory and practice

Contact me to discuss Supervision — Skype, FaceTime, Phone – or in person  here.


For summaries of my talks, trainings and workshops see here.


Theories and modalities underpinning my Supervision work

Social Justice – My work is driven by a strong ethic of social justice

Hawkins and Shohet Process model of supervision – this model of supervision fits with post-modern narrative and feminist theories. That is, supervisees, counselling clients and supervisors are positioned variously in a complex interconnected social web. Supervision entails looking through different lenses shining a light on different views of our work together and your work with your clients.

Social Ecological Model – influences on our behaviours stem from multiple places from the individual, to family and peer relationships, to institutions such as legal, education, and sports, to communities and the wider political arena

Pierre Bourdieu’s field theory – sociological analysis of society – fits with strengths based approach – demonstrates how and why we behave differently in different contexts – leads the way to greater choice

Contemporary Feminist theory – post-modern approach to how gender and power are socially constructed – important for understanding school bullying, workplace bullying, and family and domestic violence – regardless of whether the perpetrator is male or female

Critical studies of men and masculinities – critical analysis of men-women and men-men relationships, gender roles, violence, and emotions. It’s vital to critique social construction of gender otherwise practitioners can collude with men’s issues believing it’s just the way men are – that of course they should not cry. But the burden of suppressing half their humanity leads to isolation, suicide, ill health – physically and emotionally and a lack of safety and trust amongst men

Motivational interviewing – to uncover the costs of not changing and the benefits of changing

Narrative theory – post-modern, post-structural perspectives that account for complex and contradictory thoughts, feelings and behaviours

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) – how to understand irrational thoughts how they lead to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and confidence. Techniques to change and manage thoughts and feelings. Behavioural therapies – assertiveness training, boundary setting, communication skills, behaviour management

Mindfulness techniques – impressive for growing moment-to-moment awareness of emotional and thought processes, and for managing anxiety, chronic illness, chronic pain, uncomfortable emotions, PTSD and stress in general. Also very good anger management tool. I’ve personally used mindfulness to manage physical and emotional pain since 1987

Positive Psychology – focus on what helps people to flourish by enhancing strengths, resources and positive emotions that already exist

Logotherapy – an approach that helps clients find meaning in life. Explores the attitudes we hold towards unavoidable suffering

Gestalt – chairwork, psychodrama

Interactive drawing therapy (IDT) – excellent therapy for helping clients make decisions and come to terms with contradictory and conflicting discourses. Also a great tool for gaining insight into feelings, and for developing new behaviours

This page was updated 6th August 2016