Creative Embodied Supervision
I have now finished the taught part of my Creative Approaches to Supervision Diploma course at the London Centre for Psychodrama at The Maudsley Hospital. This course appealed as it drew on action methods and so as a movement practitioner I knew it would offer ways of working that involved the body.
One of the early principles we were introduced to was ‘show me, don’t tell me’, so an invitation to embody themes to be explored. And all through the course we were trained in methods that supported ways to shift our focus from purely ‘thinking’ things through, to entering into a creative/unknown space. This enabled an encounter that had energy and life, and opened up the potential for new possibilities and perspectives. We used objects, art materials, movement and images as ways in to the work.
As a supervisor I am interested to support practitioners/therapists/teachers in processing what they are left with in working with others, and how this is held in the body.
Sessions aim to focus on the questions and themes that arise as practitioners reflect on their work. I hope to support exploration of this rich resource, to enable greater understanding, flow, vitality, groundedness and choice. We will draw on a range of creative techniques to explore themes and questions including the self as a resource.
I work in a collaborative and person-centred way and aim to provide supervisees with:
- a safe, supportive space.
- an opportunity to explore and understand the dynamics present in your work.
- an opportunity to develop resources so that you can feel more effective and rewarded in your work.
To get a sense of how I work therapeutically and my take on the process of change, please read my description of Somatic Movement Therapy here.
I am a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, have a Diploma in Counselling and have been working in the field of body and movement for the last 20 years. I’m on the teaching faculty of the Institute for Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy and am visiting lecturer at a number of UK Universities (University of London, Goldsmiths: MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy; UCLan: MA Dance and Somatic Well-being).
I have worked in a range of Statutory, Voluntary and Independent Sectors. I have experience of work in Adult Community Mental Health, Learning Disability, Older People, Early Years Education and Adoption Services. I have had roles of social worker, play worker, support worker, massage therapist, community arts worker, therapist and trainer. More details here.
Sessions are confidential and I receive supervision on my supervision.
Sessions available in South Devon. Please get in touch for details.
Terms & Conditions: Please read here for details of Payment, Cancellation Policy, Confidentiality, Reviewing & Ending work, Code of Ethics & Grievance Procedures.
Many thanks to those who have worked with me so far:
During my time working with Paul we have explored some of the themes that come up for me in relation to my work and clients. I have valued the creative way through which we have explored these themes which offer me fresh perspective and insight and allow me to contact the wisdom of my body.
As a mover, I have appreciated the weaving of modalities together as Paul integrates his creative supervision practice with his experience in somatic movement facilitation. This has allowed me to feel held in more layers than one and the invitation has been there to bring movement enquiry to the practice of supervision.
Paul embodies a sensitivity that he brings to his work that evokes ease. He allows for moments of pause, reflection and integration so the work can be digested at an integrative pace. He asks questions that develop processes further and allows them to gently unfurl without force or avoidance. He is responsive and curious and can adapt and follow the need of the client, all important qualities in a facilitator.
Hayley Price: www.integrativeembodiment.uk