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What was the name of that book?

Supervision with a supervisee last week had me searching my memory for the title and author of a psychotherapy book.

My supervisee was seeing a young woman who had recently miscarried her baby at 16 weeks and we had been talking about her client’s most recent sessions, which lead to and included the days after her miscarriage.

I’d recalled the book, but not its exact title, because of its descriptions around the ‘inside story’ of pregnancy. I’m grateful to a previous supervisor of mine, who had helpfully recommended it to me, many years ago, and I’ve appreciated its broad study of theoretical ideas on several occasion since and found them very helpful in session.

Supervision is a particularly rewarding part of my work and is my opportunity to pass on knowledge, experience and understanding. I didn’t have a calling to become a teacher, or a course tutor, but I am continually reminded why, after qualifying as a therapist, I then went on to train as a supervisor.

I see a diverse range of clients in my own therapy work and I learn from those experiences all of the time, as well as adding extensively to that knowledge through the work with clients that my supervisee’s present each week.

It’s the new challenges brought to me in both therapy and supervision sessions that urge me to continue to rummage around in my journal archives, and pore over my bookshelves to confirm and expand the theory we all rely on in our profession.

My twenty-year career is an accumulation of the many gems and treasures I’ve gathered on the way, along with a clear understanding about the value of shared experiences and the benefit and support that adds to a solid supervisory relationship.

I have a wealth of valuable experience, which each week I enjoy passing on to the next generation. It feels very similar to handing down my work inheritance and is all part of the cycle of life.

17th March 2015