White swans, a photo taken when I was at Nottingham in England at a week-long workshop with Luce Irigaray, contemporary feminist philosopher

Dr Kaye Gersch PhD 

psychoanalytic psychotherapist | clinical supervisor | couples therapist  

Clinical Supervision for individuals and groups

Clinical supervision and professional mentoring assists a new practitioner in developing confidence and skill, and challenges an experienced clinician who is experiencing burn-out on one hand or a blunting of their skills on the other.

Individual supervision for:

  • GPs especially those with additional psychiatric or counselling training, or an interest in psychological medicine. For them professional mentoring is essential. Read how one GP experiences the long-term benefits of professional mentoring and supervision work.
  • Therapists of every kind, including psychologists, clinical psychologists, midwives,  psychotherapists and counsellors.
  • Naturopaths and homoeopaths, chiropractors and other modalities within the complementary medical fields. Learn how to manage clients with extreme personal demands. Manage boundaries and master the psychology of practice management.
  • Mental health nurses and social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists.

There are three aspects to our supervisory mentoring  work; the first is our work with clients/patients and the modality through which we work. Case discussion constitutes this part of the supervision session.

The second is how we experience and manage ourselves. Self-management and self-reflection encompass the second focus of the supervision session.

The third aspect is our responsibility to regulating and accrediting bodies within our professions, and the effect this scrutiny has upon our work and our person.  Engaging an independent supervisor, who is not expected to assess the clinician through the needs of the organization itself, is a very effective way for individual therapists to maintain their autonomy and skill, and to have their real concerns addressed. 

One-on-one supervision: 

Therapists working as sole practitioners know that supervision is an invaluable way of experiencing much-needed collegial stimulation. 

I offer individual supervision to individuals on a sessional basis of $250 for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  The advantage of individual supervision is that your immediate situation can be addressed, and your mandatory supervision hours can be achieved quickly. Your supervision hours are always 100% tax deductible. One-on one supervision can be done in person or via Skype.

Group supervision:

Join small group supervision on Zoom. The advantages of group supervision are that you hear about - and can probably relate to - the situations that others experience. 

Zoom supervision: 

Apply for individual supervision via Skype or Zoom, available to practitioners all over Australia, and internationally.

"Boundaries" -  a Clinical Mentoring Group for GPs and Allied Health Practitioners

Clinical mentoring and facilitated case discussion group will focus on boundaries and limits.

How do different contexts influence establishing of boundaries: private practice, public hospital, team member, short-term vs long term contact with client, mode of therapy offered and expected? Is it possible for someone who has been a patient to segue into being a friend?

How does living and working in a relatively small and isolated community contribute to this discussion? 

Boundary crossing and violations occur when the role of the clinician is not clear -  either to the clinicians themselves or the patient or both. Do you have an "office only" contact with your patients, or do you meet, either intentionally or inadvertently, in other contexts? Does this matter? What complications might arise? What is the difference between a boundary crossing and a violation and how does this effect you? Have we developed a professional paranoia about boundaries with patients, and has this impaired our ability to provide good health care? 

Would you ever receive gifts from a patient, or reveal personal details during the therapeutic process? When might this be a boundary crossing or violation? Or not? How might we be doing inadvertent harm?

Group size: Usually 6 to 12.

In this group you will hear  - and relate to - the situations that others experience. Absolute confidentiality applies. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr Kaye Gersch who has extensive experience leading such groups.

PD points and small group learning credits available for GPs by attending this group.