FLiP FACULTY APPROVED FAMILY LAW SUPERVISOR - ANDREA EHGARTNER
During my training as a Social Worker in Munich, Germany I became interested in systemic psychotherapy/ family therapy and following my move to the UK in 1996 I completed my training as a Systemic Psychotherapist in 2002. I have worked as a systemic psychotherapist for the last 20 years.
I qualified as a systemic supervisor in 2011 and completed the CYPIAPT supervisor’s course in 2018. I continue to offer systemic supervision and consultation to my colleagues in the NHS and recently completed the specialist training for providing supervision to family lawyers with Flip Faculty.
Since becoming a Systemic Psychotherapist I have been working predominantly within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and in-patient eating disorders services and also offer some private psychotherapy sessions, mostly to adults.
In my work contexts I frequently came across families where, sadly, the extend of family conflict necessitated the involvement of a family lawyer and this gave me an appreciation of the fact that Psychotherapists and Family Lawyers frequently encounter the same very distressed and often vulnerable clients but offer different services to them.
Through my experience of providing supervision to other therapists I came to understand that supervision is not only an essential part of ensuring the quality of the therapy provided but also an essential tool in contributing to the therapist’s own mental health and well-being. Supervision aims to achieve this by offering a safe space to explore if and how a client’s difficult stories might resonate with the personal narratives of the practitioner and to explore stressors for the practitioner around relationship dynamics with colleagues/ managers and around workload.
Whilst supervision for psychotherapists is an essential part of their practice, I understand that supervision for family lawyers is just at the beginning, however, I believe that systemic supervision has a lot to offer to family lawyers. I am looking forward to opportunities to get involved in providing supervision to family layers so please feel free to contact me for an informal chat to see if we might be able to create a supervisory fit.