Cross Professional Supervision


I am a full and founding member of the


Association of National Organisations for Supervision in Europe

I offer cross-professional supervision for groups or in 1-1 format with a number of variants:

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Pastoral Supervision
  • Mindfulness Supervision


Paula Murray – Careers Advisor @ Blanchardstown Local Employment Service

John has provided external supervision to our group of up to 10 Guidance Professionals in Blanchardstown Local Employment Service for the last 9 years.
I have found John to be very professional, insightful and supportive of the work and any issues faced. John uses various tools and techniques to support self exploration. He brings a wisdom and a light hearted humour to the space that he holds.

Aisling Killoran – Counsellor, Physiotherapist and Stress Manager @ Accomplish Change Clinics

John is great as my Supervisor. Be it in person or via Skype, the work and support is terrific. He has a great way of imparting his observations and his listening skills are phenomenal.He is 100% ethical and non-judgmental. His ability to see your blind-spots without jumping in with comments! along with his observation and questioning style is truly remarkable. I thoroughly would recommend John as a supervisor and also for group work and mindfulness workshops and retreats

Lyn Kirby – Unit Manager and Addiction Therapist @ Promis Clinics UK

I have been in Supervision with John since about 2011. From working with him I have gained valuable insight into the way I work and why this is so. I have always felt supported even when challenged. The benefits of being in supervision with John are that my awareness has deepened both about myself and the work I do with clients and this has been invaluable. I have learned to challenge myself with good impact on clients. When I returned to the UK in 2012 I was employed as Team Leader in an addiction and psychiatric service and started Skype supervision with John. When I left that service to take up the post as Clinical Manager at Promis London I continued Skype sessions every two weeks and these remain an important part of my support and development as a therapist. I cannot begin to thank John for his support whist working within a difficult team which helped me to be able to move forward in my career. John is a true professional demonstrating years of experience which he brings to my supervision. I have grown in confidence as a therapist as well as a person and I attribute this to my continued work with John.less


Articles on Supervision

The Guardian – Social Work 2017

Why Supervision?

Who do the people who help others during the course of their daily work turn to for help?

Often people who work on the frontline dealing with other people’s problems every day have nowhere to turn to for their own professional support and development. And while teachers, nurses, social workers, counsellors and even the Gardaí work under supervision while training, once they are qualified, the opportunities to talk through difficulties of the day are few and far between.

It was for these reasons that a group of professionals came together to form the Supervisory Association of Ireland (SAI). Some came from psychotherapy and counselling backgrounds and were already supervisors within their own profession, but others came from academic and other disciplines.

 “This new form of supervision helps people process the stresses and strains of their work so that they don’t burn out and so that they don’t take their work home with them at the end of each day,” says John Doherty, a member of the SAI who works as a supervisor and also attends a bi-monthly supervision group to support his own work.

“It can be so challenging for teachers and those in the gardaí to deal with situations and people day in, day out. Often, they are trying to hold different problems while staying focused on their role. Either people can become very clinical in their approach, or they can become overwhelmed.

Supervisory work gives them the chance to unpack their experiences and become centred and solid even when facing difficult situations,” says Doherty

by Sylvia Thompson, The Irish Times, Tues May 12th 2009

Supervision is about learning..

Learning is what you do when you don’t know what to do (Claxton 1999)

Learning is the changes a person makes in himself or herself that increase the know-why and/or the know-what and/or the know-how the person possesses in respect of a given subject (Vaill, 1996:21)

“We consider a supervisee to be anyone of any profession, who brings his/her work experience to another in order to learn from it”

What learning objectives would you like to focus on in your Supervision session?

Some examples other supervisees have chosen:

  1. “To learn how to challenge clients more effectively”
  2. To fine tune my ability to make better focussed, clear and energetic presentations
  3. To formulate a methodology for assessing clients
  4. To manage more effectively how my work with this group of clients affects me personally and professionally.

There are skills that can be learned and developed through Supervision; these skills are invaluable to you in your capacity as Supervisee and in your job..

Skills List

  1. Learning how to Learn
  2. Learning how to give and receive Feedback
  3. Learning realistic self- evaluation
  4. Learning how to reflect
  5. Learning emotional awareness
  6. Learning how to dialogue

(On Being a Supervisee, Creating Learning Partnerships Michael Carroll)

These techniques can all be taught and explored on Skype.

During a Skype Consultation,

Here is what to expect, how to prepare, you will need a broadband connection with skype and headset. You can download skype here

 and what other clients thought of our service

John’s mpeg (what involved, no travelling, in privacy of your own home, taped sessions?) Confidentiality

Introduction to our Phone Consultation.

Your Consultation is one hour long and costs …. Your Consultation can be paid by Paypal on the website (link below) Payment needs to be made 24 hours in advance of the Consultation

  • Confidentiality and Supervision Contract

What is permissible to take to Supervision?

Supervision covers areas related to your practice as a professional. We say that it is about any issues that impinges on your professional life and may be causing you difficulties at present in your work. The areas covered could include networking with other professionals, clashes with organizational culture, problems in the team, and also include personal life changes, interpersonal difficulties that affect your quality of work and particularly the issues of personal problems/issues that may be influencing your work with a client. If an issue is affecting you in the workplace, then it is worth bringing in to Supervision, examples include concerns about your health, problems in your partnership that affect your confidence, a family bereavement that has deeply affected you, also relationship conflicts with bosses or peers. The Supervisor’s role is to make sense with you about the implications of the issue for your work with clients and to help you think about effective support for yourself.

How to prepare for Supervision (In advance)

Relax take some deep breaths and allow yourself to concentrate on your breathing for a minute or two. Then let your mind drift back over your recent work (individual work, programmes delivered

What interactions/sessions/clients/interventions were you pleased with?

  1. What was difficult for you?
  2. What were you/ Are you uncertain about?
  3. What are you looking forward to in your next working session?
  4. Are there any anxieties about your relationships with clients/ other tutors/ managers/ team members etc.?
  5. Are there some doubts/ anxieties/ feelings just “out of view” which you would rather keep out of view? Identify the feelings as well as the items.
  6. What interactions have you enjoyed the most? What were the feelings?

Immediate preparation for Supervision (by Skype)

  1. Are there any crisis/ emergency issues you need to talk about?
  2. Are there any themes emerging for you in your overall work you would like to review in supervision
  3. Are there any organizational/training areas?
  4. What do you want from this session of supervision?