In order for therapists to approach a family without becoming fully absorbed in its needs, they must create an alternative identity, distinct from their personal identity. It is the therapist’s identity, through which they observe themselves in action. I advise my trainees to imagine that on their left shoulder is standing a tiny little person, an elf, a copy of themselves, who is constantly in contact with them, saying “you do this, and they do that, this is what they reacted to…”. Thus, as therapists act and intervene, they also observe themselves doing so. Therefore, as a supervisor, the first step in supervision is for every therapist to create the little person that will enable them to simultaneously achieve proximity and maintain distance.
Salvador Minuchin, speaking at a two-day conference for the Laboratory’s 30th Anniversary
Supervision is the process by which one can look at a counsellor’s work from high up, to help them improve their practice and serve their clients in a better way.
Supervisors help the supervised link their practice with theory and research in their field.
The Laboratory offers group or individual supervision from a systemic perspective to individuals and organisations of the public or private sectors, involved with mental health or human systems. Dates and times of sessions are agreed upon inquiry.
Always moving forward
and always stumbling upon ourselves
– Charis Katakis