Coach supervision is developing across the world as coaches realise that supervision will support and empower them to work in an ethical and highly professional manner. Supervision is fundamental to the coach’s ongoing support and development.

Contrary to what the name suggests, supervision is a space for reflection and learning, rather than a place of checking up or controlling. The supervisor takes the approach of asking the supervisee – ‘How can I join you in your learning?’ rather than ‘What can I teach you?’

Professionally trained supervisors do more than just analyse a coach’s practice and use of the coaching competencies – this fits within the realm of mentor coaching which is most useful in the beginning stages of a coach’s training. Supervisors work by focussing on the dynamics of the coaching relationship. What might be getting in the way of a coach’s usual good work? Are there any blind spots? What has supported exceptionally powerful work? How is the quality of the relationship in the supervision potentially mirroring the relationship in the coaching, and the dynamics in the coaches environment – the parallel process that inevitably emerges across the whole system.

I offer individual supervision sessions as well as supervision in groups (with a maximum of 6 per group) Ongoing individual supervision enables the supervisor and supervisee to build a strong relationship of authenticity and trust and together be able to notice patterns and trends in the supervisee, and for the supervisee to be supported and challenged.

Group supervision has the benefit of each coach learning by witnessing others in the group work. It is not an ‘advice circle’. There are creative ways of using the wisdom of the group, for example, through inviting each member to share a metaphor that emerges as they listen to the supervision question of the person working in supervision.

Coaches report the following benefits of group supervision:

  • personal empowerment
  • feeling supported by a coaching community
  • hearing about a range of client situations that they might not have experienced
  • being in a safe space to be vulnerable and open to learn and grow
  • being enriched by hearing about different approaches to coaching
  • raising their level of awareness and skill
  • becoming more self reflective
  • developing their ethical thinking
  • fulfilling the continuing professional development aspect of professional coaching

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If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
– Max Planck