Simona Revelli - psychoanalyst based in London SW2
Simona Revelli - psychoanalyst based in London SW2 - Therapeutic, educational and support services

Are you a professional or the member of a professional staff-team?
Do you often put the needs of others before your own?
Do you have little opportunity to speak and think with others about your work?
Do you sometimes find that your well-being, job satisfaction and service delivery suffer as a result of the above?

I am a professional supervisor with considerable experience of facilitating individual and group reflective activities in private practice and the NHS. To learn more about me and my work, please see the pages at ‘General information’. You could also call me or send an enquiry. All enquiries are free of charge.

Why reflective practice?

Nowadays, the cultivation of a capacity to reflect in action (while doing something) and on action (after you have done it) has become an important feature of professional life in many disciplines. This idea — which promotes learning through questioning — is neither new nor original, but can be traced back to the Greek philosopher Socrates. Reflective practitioners are not just skilful or competent individuals; they are also thoughtful, insightful and wise professionals, whose work involves artistry as well as science.

Reflection is an active process that entails the recalling of one’s own experience in order to take a closer look at it, sometimes to direct attention to it briefly, but often to explore it in greater depth. It is a practice that forces us to question what we know and how we have come to know it. By developing the ability to explore and be curious about our own experiences and actions, we open up the possibilities of purposeful learning, derived not from books or experts but from our own work and life experiences — whether these are a meeting, a project, a disaster, a success, a relationship or any other event — before, during or after they have occurred. Even when there is not a clear problem or question driving reflection, it is through the exploration of our experiences and the practice of dialogue that we can evaluate which issues emerging from it we need to pursue.

Certain kinds of experiences create particularly powerful opportunities for learning through reflection. Struggles provide a window onto what is working and not working, and may serve as effective tools for exploring the true nature of a challenge we are facing. Some struggles entail a dilemma, which can provide a rich source of information about a clash between our values and our approach to getting something done. Reflecting on experiences of uncertainty can also help to shed light on our work, and positive experiences too can offer powerful sources of learning.

Reflective practice can vary in terms of duration, frequency, structure and purpose. Designing a practice of reflection means both, clarifying its purposes and identifying opportunities to locate it in our work that are realistic and yet occur at the right intervals and with sufficient depth to be meaningful. The role of professional supervisor is fundamental to this activity, since true ‘reflection’ requires someone who can ask appropriate questions, ensuring that the activity is both productive and rewarding.

 


Simona Revelli - psychoanalyst based in London SW2 - Therapeutic, educational and support services
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