The supervision relationship

Alison’s clients talk on camera about how the supervision relationship works for them. Alison believes that a key aspect of supervision is the relationship between the supervisor and the coach. How does that relationship work? And how does it help coaches to grow and flourish? Says Justin Wise:

‘My experience with Alison has been of feeling exquisitely cared for, over very long periods of time, so I get to settle and then I can find things that are true. I don’t think that would be possible if I felt judged or distrusted. The most important thing, I would say, has been the nature of the relationship we have.’


‘If you only bring the stuff which makes you look good, then you’re really not going to get much out of supervision, whereas if you bring the stuff that isn’t your finest hour, then you get much more. For me to do that, I really have to trust the person I’m working with. I’m not going to bring my dirty washing unless I really respect that it’s going to be dealt with sensitively, and without judgment or criticism.’

Gill Graves

‘It’s about building ideas together, and that is a hugely stimulating and enriching process where we explore together,’

Linday Wittenberg

‘Alison’s interventions are various and multiple from being able to offer a wide range of information to me from her huge reading and experience, to asking me fantastic open questions that lead my brain to its own solutions. I have a huge sense of her being on my side. You know really wanting me to develop, and grow, and continue my journey as a coach.’

Helen Mundy

Thanks to Clare Allen, Gill Graves, Helen Mundy, Justin Wise and Lindsay Wittenberg for taking part in this video.