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A Bit of Grief From Yesterday’s Post

A Bit of Grief From Yesterday’s Post

I suppose I should have predicted it, but I didn’t. Yesterday’s post did get some very positive replies. Most of them reported their agreement on the importance of the supervisionary relationship and why they after all the years they have been in practice, they still have formal supervision arrangements in place.

However, there were two replies which rather depressed me. Two “senior hypnotherapists” of many years experience (they did not say how many years or how they defined senior) made it quite clear to me that they had no need of supervision as they had seen “thousands of clients” and that actually supervision was a racket designed to make money for practitioners not good enough to make it when seeing clients.

I admit that many years ago when we formalised supervision for hypnotherapists, this was the view of a vocal minority of practitioners. I suppose I had hoped that with the passage of time, that this kind of attitude would have been consigned to the dustbin of history. It appears that was too much to hope for.

Supervision is a tremendous aid to clinical practice and for those who do not recognise it either are not looking at it dispassionately or have not had their own good supervision. I hope that in the future all practitioners will recognise the benefits of supervision and will embrace it as a good and useful thing.

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