I had made deliberate choices over the years to experience working with different Gestalt supervisors to broaden my clinical and theoretical knowledge and then sought supervision with an alternate theoretical model so I might be challenged in my theoretical and philosophical thinking through this supervision.
“Sometimes having a supervisor with a very different training means that he or she is more able to see what your own belief system is editing out.” (Hawkins & Shohet, 2012, p. 74)
The value in this was the expansion of experiences and the honing of my philosophical and theoretical orientation. My work, and being, very much leans into an existential way of being; no suprise really with my training in Gestalt therapy.
My experiences previous to psychotherapy along with my development in holding the wider perspective of the environment (Perls, et al., 1994), situation (Wollants, 2008) and field (Parlett, 1991) of the client’s world in clinical practice has enabled me to frame well-enough the ‘helicopter ability’ in supervision. This is a strength for me and fits with the supervisory approach I wish for.
“The most difficult new skill that supervision requires is what we call the ‘helicopter ability’. This is the ability to switch focus between … areas …” (Hawkins & Shohet, 2012, pp. 53-54)