Pastoral Supervision

Reflecting on the past, in the present, to deepen working practices for the future… supervision turns history into transformational learning

Pastoral Supervision is an attentive, contained space – in Edinburgh or by Skype – for anyone who wishes to become more reflective in their work or find external, restorative support for paid or voluntary settings. This could include GPs, nurses and other NHS workers, community team members, project workers, teachers, spiritual directors, youth workers, social care employees, clergy, managers, volunteers, creative and alternative therapists. I work through spiritually-rich and psychologically-informed conversation, and alongside this can also offer creative approaches to supervision which go ‘behind the scenes, beneath the words’. This adds further insight, depth and colour to the process using images, objects, action-methods and ‘soulful seeing’.

‘British miners in the 1920s fought for what was termed ‘pit-head’ time – the right to wash off the grime of the work in the boss’s time, rather than take it home with them. Supervision is the equivalent for those who work at the coalface of personal distress, disease and fragmentation.’ Hawkins & Shohet, Supervision in the Helping Professions.

outstretched-hand-webI am a senior accredited pastoral supervisor with The Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education and adhere to their Code of Conduct. I hold a Diploma in Cross-Professional Creative Supervision and Reflective Practice, and a Graduate Diploma in Groupwork. I also trained in Supervision for Spiritual Directors with Loyola Hall. I offer individual and group sessions to all in caring, listening or helping roles.

I usually work on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in North Edinburgh and by phone/Skype with those further afield. The cost is £45 for individuals, and £50 for those who have organisational funding. Funding is currently available for those in Church of Scotland ministry, please enquire.
I also offer Groups and Workshops – please see this page for more information.

To enquire about supervision contact 

For more general information about supervision, please download a leaflet produced for the Diocese of Edinburgh.

Our Supervision time was very valuable and really did give me some fresh insights.

Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for your time and for your very perceptive comments and questions.
…an effective and helpful tool to let you assess and reflect upon work practice… it gives you an ability to see things often from a different angle.