Clinical supervision is a safe learning and skill development space in which counsellors acquire knowledge and skills for clinical professionals, providing a bridge between the classroom and the clinic. Supervision ensures that counsellors continue to increase their skills, which increases treatment effectiveness, client retention, and overall satisfaction. Your clinical supervisor also serves as a professional liaison between you and relevant regulatory and certifying organizations on your path to professional autonomy.
Supervision is necessary for the field of clinical counselling to improve client care, develop the professionalism of clinical personnel, and impart and maintain ethical standards in the area. Clinical supervision has become the cornerstone of quality improvement and assurance.
High-quality clinical supervision is founded on a positive supervisor–supervisee relationship that promotes client welfare and the supervisee's professional development.
As a clinical supervisor, I will be your teacher, coach, consultant, and mentor. My approach centres around support, encouragement, and education while addressing various psychological, interpersonal, environmental, and mental health issues of your clinical clients.
Ultimately, effective clinical supervision ensures you competently serve your clients and delivers the learning environment to take your skills to the next level.
I apply a variety of counselling approaches and adapt the strategy to fit the needs of each of my clients. I've found the following approaches highly effective in my work with clients:
The trauma-informed approach focuses on engagement, empowerment, and collaboration. A trauma-informed approach reflects adherence to six key principles:
This perspective links recovery and resilience for those individuals that are impacted by trauma.
This approach recognizes biologically programmed shifts from fight-or-flight to shutdown when individuals feel trapped. This approach helps clients identify the movement from shutdown into fight-or-flight and helps them build bridges and possibilities to shift into social engagement. Social engagement helps clients gain a sense of safety and builds social supports into their daily lives that help them heal and recover.
Client-Centred Therapy is a process of freeing a person and removing obstacles so that healthy growth and development can proceed, and the client can become independent and self-directed. The Client-Centred approach to therapy operates with the assumption that we are all positive, caring, and trustworthy. I apply the concept of unconditional positive regard, and I believe that all clients, no matter what the problem, can improve without being taught anything specific by the therapist, once they and respect themselves. All the resources all lie within the client.
Narrative therapy is a form of counselling and therapy that focuses on the client’s life narratives. Stories can be a powerful negative or positive influence on the way people see themselves and their lives. I collaborate with clients to empower them to step away from problem-saturated or oppressive stories and begin to explore untold stories where their intentions, hopes, values, desires, and dreams have room to thrive.
Gestalt therapy is an existential or experiential form of counselling and therapy that emphasizes personal responsibility and the experience in the present moment. The Gestalt approach explores the present moment for the client in the therapist-client relationship, their environment, and the social contexts in the client's life. Exploring the self-regulating adjustments clients make to adapt and respond to their life situation is a core element of Gestalt therapy.
The cognitive approach aims to improve mental health by addressing both thoughts and emotions. The focus is on challenging and changing unhelpful and unwanted thoughts and behaviours, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. The cognitive approach is a proven to assist clients in recovering from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Kevin William Grant adheres to the standards and regulatory requirements of the following organizations: