Parallel Process in Supervision:

A qualitative investigation


  • Joanna Hewitt Taylor
  • Rosalind Rodway
  • Stella Poole
  • Rob Tyson


Parallel Process, Qualitative, Field Theory, Supervision, Shame, Transference


This study explored the phenomenon of parallel process as experienced by a group of four Gestalt and integrative counsellors and psychotherapists and four supervisors. It considered their direct experience of the phenomenon, their understanding and the meaning they ascribe to it, their ways of working with parallel process and consideration of any possible function.

Author Biographies

Joanna Hewitt Taylor

Joanna Hewitt-Taylor is Course Leader for the UKCP accredited Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy run at the Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute, where she is an Associate Teaching Member and a member of the Board of Directors. Jo has Masters Degrees in Gestalt Psychotherapy and in Social Work and runs as a private practice in psychotherapy and supervision based in Leicester and Scarborough and has recently published two research articles. Jo has also been a trainer for Leicestershire Area Child Protection Committee and taught on the MA Social Work course at the University of Leicester. Jo works part time for fsu Leicester and is particularly interested in transcultural work.

Rosalind Rodway

Rosalind Rodway is an MBACP (Accred) practitioner and has worked as a counsellor in Primary Care for 10 years. She has been in private practice for 15 years, working as an Integrative therapist. She is a qualified Supervisor.

Stella Poole

Stella Poole was born in Ireland but has spent most of her adult life in the UK. She qualified as a counsellor eight years ago and works an integrative counsellor for a local charity. She also has her own busy private practice in Peterborough, and recently qualified as a Supervisor.

Rob Tyson

Rob Tyson is a registered nurse for people with mental health problems, a UKCP registered Gestalt Therapist and a Supervisor of counsellors, counselling psychologists and psychotherapists. He works in the NHS and has a private practice in the north east of England he is a qualified Supervisor and is an Associate Teaching Member
of the Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute.



How to Cite

Hewitt Taylor, J., Rodway, R., Poole, S., & Tyson, R. (2006). Parallel Process in Supervision:: A qualitative investigation. European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, (1), 10–20. Retrieved from