Running your own CBT practice can be really exciting. It gives you control over when you work and who you choose to work with. So it’s understandable that not every CBT therapist running their own business is thrilled about the idea of supervision. But, it’s important to think of it as a way of offloading and protecting your own mental health, rather than someone checking up on you!
1. Remedial and restorative
You may remember than in your counselling training you were told how CBT supervision is restorative. Speaking with someone who is trained in both counselling and supervision can help you to work out any issues you may be having with certain clients, especially if their issues raise anything for you personally. It’s a great way for you to discuss your cases and iron out any kinks in an anonymous fashion.
2. Better for you, better for clients
Aeroplane pilots always tell you to put on your own mask first in case of an emergency before helping others – it’s the same principle for CBT therapists. CBT supervision can help you become more content and stable. This in turn benefits your clients, as if you are in a good headspace, you are much more likely to be in a position to help them.
A supervisor can help you maintain ethical standards by informing you of new law and legislation relating to counselling, as well as letting you know of changes to existing law and legislation.
Sometimes, as a counsellor, it’s easy to become mentally drained. Supervision for CBT counsellors can be an extremely normative experience. It allows you to remember that the feelings you have, and the feelings your clients have, are entirely normal. Many counsellors report having a much more positive mindset after speaking with their supervisor.
Supervision can help with your self-awareness as a CBT counsellor. Your supervisor can coach you and help you realise any unconscious transference or diversity issues you may be struggling with, which can harm the relationship you have with your client. Supervision can help you remove those barriers and allow for a positive therapeutic relationship – the key ingredient to successful CBT.