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Layla Smith


Clinical Supervision

Individual or group supervision sessions for therapists, trainee therapists and health care professionals with an interest in an embodied approach. Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Supervision for therapists and trainee therapists. Help with LMA language description, reflections on clinical work and movement observation shifting through different intersubjective positions; autobiographical (self), relational (other) and socio-political (critical stance).

Mobius Strip - photo by Layla Smith


As a supervisor I aim to assist and support the supervisee to creatively find answers within from an embodied perspective. Supervision can provide an opportunity to reflect, co-create and reframe information through shifting intersubjective positions between supervisee, client, supervisor and the wider context. Supervision is a multi-layered process which can help shape change.

What informs my thinking?

‘Supervision is a joint endeavour in which a practitioner with the help of a supervisor, attends to their clients, themselves, as part of their client practitioner relationships and the wider systemic context, and by so doing improves the quality of their work, transforms their relationships, continuously develops themselves, their practice and the wider context’(Hawkins and Shohet, 2012:60).
The Mobius Strip (see image) consists of ‘one surface with one boundary component’ (Allegranti 2013) and for me is representative of continuity, fluidity and Inner and Outer which is one of the core principles of Bartenieff Fundamentals. ‘Inner – Outer: Inner impulses are expressed in outer form. Involvement in the outer world in turn influences inner experience (Hackney 2002: 40).” In relation to supervision it demonstrates the relationship between the Supervisee, Supervisor and Supervisor’s Supervisor.
Intersubjectivity: Autobiographical (Self), Relational (Other) and Socio-political (Critical Stance) are intersubjective positions which inform my supervision practice. The 7 eyed model which was created by Hawkins and Shohet (2012:60) shows the wider context within which the relationships are held, influenced and continuously shifting.

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