Sue Brennan

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I am a UKCP approved supervisor for psychoanalytic psychotherapists and psychodynamic counsellors. In order to be listed in the directory of approved United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy supervisors, the member must meet the standards and criteria set by the UKCP.

I qualified as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist from the Guild of Psychotherapists in 2001.

I have many years experience of clinical work and have been supervising psychotherapists and counsellors since 2006.

I have worked with psychotherapists in the NHS, in private practice and those working in education settings with children and young people. I am also a mental health professional with ongoing experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, as both clinician and supervisor.

Since moving from London to Somerset in 2013 I have been working with supervisees via Skype and phone, as well as face to face. This way of working enables me to offer supervision outside the area and I now have some availability to offer supervision to psychoanalytic psychotherapists and psychodynamic counsellors.

My understanding of the process of analytic supervision is encapsulated by this quote from an unpublished paper written in 1998 by Richard L. Rubens.

“I view the supervisory process in much the same way I do the analytic process itself:  it is an intimate, intense relationship, conducted within the safety of the relationship’s confidentiality, and following its own, mutually determined course.  In this relationship, both participants bring to bear the fullness of their experience of the material under consideration –and of the process of considering it together.  Each is challenged to be as open to –and with– his or her experience as he or she is capable; and each is also challenged to bring all of his or her skills at detailed inquiry to bear on the examination of all aspects of that experience.” Richard L Rubens  (unpublished paper) 1998.

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