I have known John for many years, since he was a trainee clinical psychologist in fact. John has always presented as a calm, balanced, empathic and ultimately sensible clinical psychologist. I recently contacted John for some supervision due to his expertise in working with eating problems. He responded promptly and was able to offer a session at short notice in response to my needs which was invaluable. His supervision and advice was empowering, responsive and reflective. The supervision drew on a number of different models whilst balancing the needs of the client, my needs and risk issues. During supervision he demonstrates an ability to help guide assessment, formulation and intervention when needed but also is strengthening, empowering and reassuring when this is indicated too. He has the rare quality of being able to offer advice, guidance and supervision in a way that increases the supervisee's confidence and autonomy.
I would strongly recommend his services as a supervisor and his approach and knowledge would lead me to believe that he would make a great therapist too!
When John asked me, no pressure at all, whether I would like to write a testimonial for his website I jumped at the chance. I am a trainee counselling psychologist who has been seeing John for supervision. My experience with John has been so positive that I am keen to share my experience with other trainees or qualified therapists who are seeking a supervisor.
It is important to me that I can be really honest with my supervisor and I found that John provided an atmosphere in which I could be so. John was friendly and non-judgemental. He was supportive of me and my work and I felt that if I had made a mistake with a client, as we all do, I could tell him about it without the fear of negative consequences. I believe that John gave a fair and sensitive evaluation of my work. Rather than shoe-horn me into an approach, John has helped me to continue to develop into my own practitioner. Through our supervision sessions I have learned about new models and techniques. I feel I have more options available to me as a therapist now than I did before we began supervision together.
I was regularly impressed with the amount of knowledge that John has. He is up-to-date with current research and on many occasions signposted me to literature which was relevant and influential to my work with clients. I felt I could always call John if I needed to, and did call him outside of our supervision hour to discuss risk issues on some occasions. John got back to me in a timely manner and was always willing to talk. John's fees were also very reasonable.
I would not hesitate to recommend John as a supervisor, and in fact have recommended him to other trainees.