Our Supervisors

Supervision Profiles


Laila Rashid

I am a Psychologist and work with Mental Heath, Psychotherapy and supervision for the past 20 years.

I am registered as a  CPsychol AFBPsS and a Bacp registered member for over 10 years. I am also a member of the Human Development Scotland.

My first degree and my first training were from abroad. I have undergone a  training  in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy to work with Adults and I also trained  to work with children and young people. I also have a Diploma in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the  Edinburgh University.

In relation to counseling and supervision, I have always been keenly aware of the   legal   and   ethical   boundaries   and   standards   within   the   profession.   I understand the diverse roles across a range of settings and services and I am trained to recognize the appropriate boundaries and dynamics of the relevant relationships. I have worked with a variety of people from all age groups with different   background   and   beliefs.   My   familiarity   with   different   theoretical models,   approaches   and   interventions   underpinned   my   capacity   to  be empathetic and enabled me to practice in a confidential and effective manner even in difficult situations.

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Maggie Mackechnie

Maggie has extensive experience of supervising people in the counselling, psychotherapy and health care professions and is an approved independent supervisor with the University of Edinburgh for students on the Counselling and Psychotherapy courses.

Maggie brings several theoretical approaches to the supervisory relationship; a psychodynamic perspective for considering developmental processes and a Jungian and transpersonal model for working with dreams and the imaginal.

She believes though that the effectiveness of supervision rests in a relationship of trust between supervisor and supervisee, and it is in the contemplative approach to psychotherapy, where we can develop the skills of self supervision, sustained attention and reflection and holding therapeutic space.

Catherine Shea

Catherine originally trained in counselling supervision, both individual and group in the early 1990’s. The ethos of supervision which permeated those early courses has remained foundational for her. She sees the tasks of supervision as being “normative, formative and restorative” and providing fresh perspective on a counsellor’s work. The matrix within which those tasks are enabled and undertaken is of course the collaborative relationship between supervisor and counsellor, founded on the core conditions of respect, empathy and congruence.

Catherine’s own practice is integrative and draws on training in different therapeutic modalities, including person-centred, psychodynamic and Cognitive Analytic therapies. The latter particularly adds a helpful dimension to the exploration of contextual and organisational issues for counsellors and this is an area in which Catherine has written and published.

From drama therapy, gestalt and therapeutic play, she also brings an element of creativity to the work where appropriate. Her recent training in trauma work and in neuro-affective therapies brings a new dimension to the educational and restorative aspects of supervision.

In her long experience, Catherine has supervised practitioners from different clinical backgrounds, at different stages of development, and working in different contexts, from private practice to voluntary sector projects, from GP counselling to secondary and tertiary levels of clinical care in the NHS.

Catherine is an approved independent supervisor with the University of Edinburgh for students on the Counselling and Psychotherapy courses.

Gary Smith

Gary is an experienced UKCP registered and BACP accredited psychotherapist working with individuals, couples and groups, and brings this breadth of experience to his supervision work.

Gary has trained in supervision with Relationships Scotland.

Gary considers himself to be an integrative practitioner, having trained initially in Gestalt Therapy and then completed an Advanced Diploma in Psychodrama.

Gary aims to establish and develop a warm, relaxed and collaborative approach to supervision, whilst maintaining a clear professional and reflective relationship with supervisees. Gary likes to offer creative ways to explore issues and help develop insights.

Gary is interested in offering supervision groups as well as individual work and is willing to work across different modalities, disciplines and professions.

 Shari Cohn-Simmen

Shari is an integrative counsellor, working from person-centred, psychodynamic and transpersonal perspectives. Shari trained as a supervisor with Relationships Scotland. She has supported trainee counsellors through their journey to becoming qualified counsellors/psychotherapists, and has also supervised experienced therapists. At the heart of the way Shari works is providing a safe and trusting place for therapists to reflect upon and explore issues that arise from working with their clients and to bring greater awareness to good ethical practice and the importance of self-care. Shari views supervision as a collaborative endeavour in which she tries to be fair, non-judgmental but also challenging, supporting therapists in their on-going development and growth as practitioners.

Shari also brings an interdisciplinary research background to being a supervisor, having studied in the United States before completing her PhD in psychology from the University of Edinburgh. Shari is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (University of Edinburgh) and is on the BACP Register, a member of AHPP (UKCP), and a practitioner member of COSCA.

Josephine Murray-Smith

Josephine Murray-Smith; Dip. Couns. CTA, PTSTA, MSc (Psych), Cert Clinical Supervision.

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

Josephine offers supervision to individuals and to groups.

She originally trained in Transactional Analysis, gaining a Diploma in Counselling in 2005, going on to take a Masters in Psychotherapy and she is committed to Continuous Professional Development.

She has been practicing in Edinburgh for the last 12 years and recently gained a Certificate in Clinical Supervision at The Metanoia Institute in London where she is still studying.

Her philosophy of supervision includes a commitment to professional integrity and the offer of a generous and challenging relationship which encourages growth and development in the therapist.

Supervision is a joint endeavor and a contractual process which will include space to reflect sensitively upon ethics, boundaries and self-disclosure.

Corinna Tebbutt

Corinna is an Integrative Person Centred Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with BACP. She has worked extensively with supervisees, in organisational settings, primarily based in schools, formally for over ten years, as a teacher and since 2009, as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Her supervision training was with Place2Be. It is a role that she finds hugely rewarding, participating in the supervisees exploration and development of their unique working style.

Supervisees have come from a range of modalities, as well as differing levels of experience, from the student who is going into placement for the first time, to the therapist who has qualified and confident in the style/model of therapy they offer. Corinna is mindful of this and adapts her approach accordingly. More often the new supervisee will be looking for more practical input, whilst the more experienced supervisee may be looking at exploring their felt sense in the relationship. Neither is more important than the other. What is relevant for her, is that the supervisee experiences Corinna as interested and committed to working with what they bring and that they feel that a safe, warm but professional environment, in which their vulnerabilities as well as their strengths have equal validity, is provided. Corinna is mindful of the power difference and aims to attend to this continuously, partly through the contract initially formed collaboratively, to regular reviews, whether they are formal or encompassed in a more organic way.

The journey begins with a conversation around what the supervisee’s particular style of learning is, and what their aims and objectives and their concerns are around supervision. A living contract will then be created incorporating what the supervisee has identified. This can be reviewed at any time, but is based on the supervisee.

Corinna recognises that people have different learning styles and adapts her approach to incorporate this using more creative approaches to the supervision, including drama – using the space in the room to reflect differing selves, role play, art in its widest sense to name a few. This would always be in agreement between the supervisee and supervisor.

As part of her commitment to her own continuing professional development, Corinna has further developed her supervision practice, at Strathclyde University, on the Enhanced Supervision Training Course.

Corinna is an approved independent supervisor with the University of Edinburgh for students on the Counselling and Psychotherapy courses.

She abides by the BACP Framework and Regulations.

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