In Supervisions (from the Latin super-videre = to watch closely, to look at/upon), the exercise of professional activity performance is reflected upon in the narrower sense: A Psychotherapist, a Psychoanalyst, a Psychologist, a Physician, a Teacher, a Social Worker, etc., discusses one of their clients or patients, «cases», with me. With the help of the psychoanalytic method and my decades of professional experience, I support the specialist in understanding his/her “case”, and help him to find suitable procedures and interventions.
Psychoanalytic Supervision focuses on the recognition of unconscious attitudes and behaviorial patterns of the discussed «case». Furthermore, it helps the Supervisee to realize and overcome his own «blind spots» (stemming from his/her own personal history and idiosyncratic flaws). The aim is for the Supervisee to improve in his own professional practice and performance, and to be able to better serve his clients or patients.
Supervision also contains didactic elements. I impart psychological and psychoanalytical knowledge to the Supervisees, encourage them to read and study relevant professional literature, and also to reflect more deeply on the subject matter of their professional activity between sessions of supervision.
Supervision is obligatory as part of the training to become a Psychoanalyst or Psychotherapist, and young professional colleagues learn their craft in this way.
I am an accredited Supervisor and Training Analyst of the Swiss Society for Psychoanalysis, the Freud Institute Zurich, the Psychoanalytic Seminar Zurich, the Innsbruck Psychoanalytic Seminar and several training institutes all over Europe.
Supervision is also used by all other kinds of Psychotherapists, Psychoanalysts and other specialists for their life-long learning. Like any good athlete or artist, they strive to get better every day and hire a supervisor to train them and bring their professional performance to a higher level.
Supervisions most often take place on a weekly or bi-weekly basis (Case Supervisions), or at somewhat longer intervals (Team Supervisions).
It is a fact that teams function better when they regularly make use of Supervision, even when there is no acute crisis situation. Emerging tensions and conflicts are thus recognized and constructively discussed before they build up to paralyzing blockades, destructive intrigues, a poisoned work atmosphere and high staff turnover. As Supervisor, I am strictly neutral and create a warm, empathetic and open conversation atmosphere. My ultimate goal is to foster communication and cooperation within the team, making it fit for the fulfillment of its professional task.
Individual Supervisions normally last 45 minutes (or 90 minutes if a double session is arranged), Team Supervisions extend over 90 to 120 minutes.
The working principle of Psychoanalytic Supervision is the same as in every Psychoanalytical work: Recognizing unconscious connections and enduring and understanding unpleasant repressed feelings and conflicts releases the energy necessary to find new solutions and better coping. The role of the Supervisor, as in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, is that of a benevolent, supporting, and sometimes stern trainer striving to move his protégé or team forward. The working relationship is based on mutual trust and cooperation.