27th May 2022 | News


CNHC Registrant Sophia Kupse is seeking volunteer CNHC Registered Complementary Therapists to take part in her research project and receive free supervision:

As part of my training for an OCST Supervision Diploma, I am looking for UK based CNHC Registrants who would like to participate in FREE online, email or telephone Supervision as an individual or as part of a small group. The sessions are flexible and will comprise of one to one 60 minute long supervisions for a minimum of seven sessions, once a week or every two weeks. Small group sessions (three to five therapists per group) will be 90 minutes in duration or a minimum of eight sessions spread over three months or as the group agrees.

The closing date for recruiting participants has been extended to 30 June 2022. However, those who are recruited as voluntary participants earlier may start their supervision sessions prior to this date.

My background
As a professional Complementary Therapist I have over 30 years’ experience, running two Complementary practices with an MSc in Advanced Complementary Medicine Research and Practice. Following five UK national lockdowns (2020/2021) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and using findings from my published 2021 research study, I launched my online Complementary Therapy consultation service which identified a gap in Complementary Therapy supervision, leading to my current training as a specialist Complementary Therapy Supervisor.

Since 2013, I have published three best-selling books on self-care and I am the 2020 award winner and recipient of the ‘WHYs Woman Impact in the World Award’ for my innovation and methodology resolving chronic back pain using a Complementary Therapy approach. I am a member of the CNHC, Royal Society of Medicine and Yorkshire & Humber Bradford Leeds Ethics Committee.

Why I need your help
Findings from my 2021 published research study on ‘What do Complementary Therapists understand about self-care and the importance of self-care’ showed that over half the Complementary Therapists who participated in the study, would access supervision if available by a Complementary Therapy trained supervisor.

Supervision has a long history in helping professions to maintain professional registration and is a mandatory requirement for counsellors, psychotherapists and other medical professionals. However in Complementary Therapy, supervision is not obligatory which is surprising due to the emotional demands Complementary Therapists experience. My role and responsibilities as a trainee supervisor are to assist therapists to develop and maintain his/her/their independent practice whilst supporting, through understanding and shared knowledge, continuing professional development (CPD) (Mackereth;2005).

Benefits of participating
The benefit of participating enables you, as a Complementary Therapist, an opportunity to share your work experiences, especially if you work in isolation, in a safe, confidential, relaxed space with a supervisor who fully understands your role, and if in a group setting with other Complementary Therapists who share a common ground. Together, as an individual working with the trainee supervisor or as part of a group, you will explore both strengths and difficulties your practice may bring you, using ‘personal resources’ to develop ways of working with clients more effectively enhancing the therapeutic relationship. How to identify ‘blind spots’ which can be areas of concern unknown to the therapist, as well as share self-care practices to prevent symptoms of burnout, a common condition suffered by those in the care giving service.

Find out more
For more information on how you can access and experience FREE Supervision, please contact me via lthealthtraining@gmail.com or call me, Sophia Kupse direct on 07957 113425.

The closing date for recruitment has been extended to 30 June 2022.