Carmen Joanne Ablack


Supervision should ultimately be a transformative experience for the supervisee, the supervisor and where relevant for the organisation. Supervision is a relational undertaking.

The spirit of something can be said to give it life and to empower its growth, for me this is fundamental to human development and understanding. It has relevance to a supervision process in which the practitioner or the supervisory supervisee and the supervisor are co-creating meta-perspectives on the work as well as the supervisee being supported to develop and refine their unique style as a supervisor, practitioner, coach, or manager.

I understand supervision to be of benefit to the professional development of the practitioner or supervisory supervisee and the supervisor whilst at the same time promoting and upholding the well being of the client. It is a process of alliance in which the supervisee is encouraged to strengthen their capacity to perceive, understand, facilitate and intervene appropriate to context.

In supervision we explore our “failures” and our “successes” in promoting and providing effective interventions and support to the client, the supervisee or to the organisation. We can look at managing conflicts, ruptures and impasses in the work as well as how to understand and build upon what is working well. Supervision provides a space to reflect on our approaches to working with others and an opportunity to be courageous in our reflective and reflexive processes and ultimately back in the work, with the other, itself.

I pay attention to the bringing together and expanding of knowledge and experience of body, heart, mind and spirit as it manifests in supervision and in the work of the supervisee and their context. My approach in all supervisory styles offered below is holistic and systemically aware.

  • Clinical Practice Supervision for psychotherapists, psychologists and other psychological therapies practitioners;

  • Supervision of Clinical Practice Supervision for psychotherapists, psychologists and other psychological therapies practitioner supervisors;

  • Supervision of Trainers and teachers in the mental health and well-being fields. Exploring and deepening understanding of the role and practice of the trainer;

  • Supervision of Coaches, Mentors and Consultants exploring, deepening and expanding understanding of the client’s process and of the coaching, mentoring or consultancy systems;

  • Organisational Development Supervision and Supervisory Consultancy for the senior management and directorial staff of organisations working in the fields of psychological therapies, mental health and well-being and organisations involved in the delivery of psychological and /or mental health and well-being services to workforces; (e.g. Employee assistant programmes; healthcare providers; relevant departments within Local Authorities and NHS bodies and organisations and GP practices);

  • Mentoring Supervision is a service to professionals looking for changes in your direction of work or those of you coming to the end of your practice life. Mentoring supervision is a space for those of you wishing to take stock, review your work and make changes. My experience of providing this mentoring supervision includes to psychological therapies professionals and other professional groups including doctors, lawyers and teachers.

In supervision we pay regard to boundaries; working alliances; session structures; contextual and systemic factors; diversity, identity and synthesis processes; confidentiality requirements; ruptures and impasses; ethical and moral dilemmas and paradoxes arising in all these areas. We are exploring together patterns of thought and behaviour, conflicted feelings, paradoxes, meanings, language and metaphor with embodied awareness and attention to parallel, transferential and counter-transferential processes. Bringing together and expanding knowledge and experience of body, heart, mind and spirit as it manifests in exploring your work.

Areas covered in the different types of supervision can include any of the following as appropriate to the need of the supervisee:

  • Relationships and couple work /dynamics

  • Difference, diversity and synthesis in psychotherapy and group work

  • Parallel, transferential and transpersonal processes

  • Systemic - centred awareness, field processes and sub-groupings.

  • Psychosomatic and transpersonal wounding;

  • Stress and stress-related illnesses, including eating disorders

  • PTSD and somatic processing

  • Large group processes

  • Group and team facilitation and management

  • Voice and movement as therapeutic intervention, exploration, and support

  • Remedial behavioural bodywork as intervention and support

  • Working with creativity and performance

Fees information is available on request. A sliding scale is in operation for individuals, groups and organisations and my fee is dependent on circumstances and context.


I adhere to the standards set out for supervisors as an accredited registrant member of UKPC and as a member listed and recognised on the UKCP Directory of Supervisors, (Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College).