Dr Niklas Serning

Psychotherapy

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The way I supervise psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors is similar to how I work with clients. It is not about me identifying what is actually going on for the client, nor about finding where the therapist has 'gone wrong'. Instead, supervision is a safe space where the therapist can let their feelings and thoughts roam free, where unformed hunches can be spoken and take shape. It is also a place of nurture and solace for the therapist, allowing them to acknowledge impact and rejoice with movement - psychotherapy can become an isolated job sometimes.

My experience from several settings, along with my work and lecturing in ethics, is often useful in the difficult dilemmas in which therapists can find themselves. Again, it is not about me providing the right answers, more about me being aware of the several possibilities and viewpoints offered in organisational ethical frameworks, the law, and the profession - how do these relate to the therapist's position? I have been trained by NSPC in existential-phenomenological supervision, NHS-IAPT in evidence based supervision, and by Youth Access in supervision of therapists working with children and young people. I am a fully registered UKCP and BPS RAPPS supervisor.

I teach clinical supervision at doctoral level to NSPC/Middlesex University supervisor candidates, have set up and delivered the BPS accredited OTR Multidisciplinary Supervision training, and am also supervising counsellors in Mick Cooper’s nationwide ETHOS project. I supervise psychotherapists and psychologists in the UK and internationally, and have a limited number of spaces available for the supervision of private practitioners.

In addition to the clinical supervision described above, I academically supervise doctoral researchers in the areas of psychosis, identity, HIV diagnosis, and the therapeutic relationship. I also examine doctoral students as External Examiner at Teeside University and Regent's University.