Pat Spink - Online Therapy or Supervision – is it for me? (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Saturday, 5 December 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Are you one of the many therapists and supervisors who have transitioned to working online this year because of Covid-19?

How have you adapted? Are you liking it - or even preferring it? Or are you keen to get back to face to face/in person asap? Maybe you already have?

In any case, you’re likely to be considering your options for the future now that online therapy and supervision have become much more prevalent.

This session will take account of the impact of this year’s events on the needs and expectations of therapists and clients, and help you take stock of what online therapy and supervision might mean for you – now, and in the future.

Pat is an experienced counsellor, coach, supervisor and trainer who works with individuals and groups face-to-face and online. She holds Diplomas in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, Online Counselling & Psychotherapy and Online Therapeutic Supervision.

Her core training is rooted in Person-Centred, TA and Gestalt, and she combines this with experience in adult learning and development in the corporate world (20+ years in financial services) and her previous training as a coach and an NLP Master Practitioner. She also brings elements from CPD in various other approaches such as Therapeutic Groupwork, Existential Therapy, Short Term Brief Therapy and aspects of CBT.

Like many therapists, Pat was initially sceptical about working online, seeing it as second best to being in the same room as her client. However, she’s learned from her training and experience that it can be just as effective – similar in some ways, and different in others – and now online working is fully integrated into her practice. She offers clients and supervisees a choice of five ways in which to meet: face to face, video, phone, live chat and email – or a blend of these.

She enjoys the flexibility, adaptability and additional creativity that providing a range of media has brought to her and to her clients, and is keen to share what she has learned with others, to help them be their best selves (professionally and personally) and to explore what the online world has to offer - safely and ethically.

To this end she spent three years with The Academy for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy designing and delivering successful ACTO-approved Certificate and Diploma courses for therapists and supervisors and has, more recently, been developing a series of stand-alone workshops independently.