Renée Wolters

‘To confront a person with his shadow
is to show him his own light.
Once one has experienced a few times
what it is like to stand judgingly
between the opposites, one begins
to understand what is meant by the self.
Anyone who perceives his shadow
and his light simultaneously sees himself
from two sides and thus gets in the middle.‘
(Carl Gustav Jung 1959)

Supervision is learning under guidance how to reflect on one’s own learning and working experiences and dynamics. The ‘supervisee’ learns to investigate his or her own actions, through which insights can be obtained and improved. Supervision makes it insightful, how to learn to deal with work situations that (could) cause problems; what might be linked to this; how to handle them and which alternatives there are. During a supervision one explores and recognizes personal learning patterns and searches for deeper motifs and beliefs, since these are leading. This does not only apply to the personal actions, but also to how these effects others. Besides verbal guidance, movement and non-verbal communication methods can be brought in to gain more insight in the (unconscious) personal material connected to the supervisees needs. As such, thinking, feeling, expecting and acting can be synchronized. Supervisees are supervised in contemplating their own work experiences, leading to better functioning, for now and the future.

For whom

Arts therapists, arts therapy students and individuals who;
- Work with people in a bodily focused manner.
- Work therapeutically in a psychiatric setting.
- Work therapeutically with people in a mental health care institute or private practice.
- Prefer supervision in which body and movement play an import role.


The supervision takes place in the tradition of the LVSC and ADTA, in which there can also be given attention to ‘direct experiencing’ by means of several experience-focused methods. Supervision generally takes place in a series of minimal 10 meetings of 1 to 2,5 hours, individual or in groups of maximal four supervisees. The frequency of the meetings is in consultation. The supervisee determines which experiences and questions are current and as such, determines where the focus should be during the meetings. Some examples of subjects, which the supervisee can bring up, are: the clients, the relation with colleagues, transference issues, personal issues in relation to profession, etc.

Simone Kleinlooh is as a licensed and registered senior supervisor in the Netherlands at the LVSC, National Association of Supervision & Coaching. She offers supervision to students and professionals at the University Zuyd - Arts Therapy, the Master Dance Therapy at Codarts Rotterdam and at her private practice. As a member and supervisor registered at the LVSC she is bound to the code of conduct and ethics of the LVSC. The retrieved supervision is valid for arts therapists who need to register themselves at the Dutch Register for Arts Therapy Professionals (SRVB).

The supervsions are valid for registration for arts therapists at the SRVB in the Netherlands.