Dr Rina Bajaj was my external clinical supervisor throughout the duration of my Doctoral Training from 2017-2020. Rina was a pleasure to work with, she is a very enthusiastic and highly skilled Psychologist who holds her supervisees at the centre of her work. The focus of her clinical supervision was always to support me with my personal and professional development. Rina provided a non-judgmental safe supervisory space to allow me to reflect on my work, as well as further develop skills and knowledge in working within a Pluralistic framework. This included the integration of various modalities such as, CBT, Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Narrative Therapy and other trauma informed modalities. Rina supervised my work in various placements, including gender-based violence clinics (rape, sexual-violence, domestic violence, political torture) and a rehabilitation clinic, working with various presentations such as complex trauma, PTSD, mixed anxiety and depressive disorders, personality-disorders, eating disorders, paranoid-schizophrenia, organic schizophrenia (tactile hallucinations), drug and alcohol misuse.
I was impressed with Rina’s holistic approach to our supervision as she was aware of cultural diversity and tailored the supervision to my unique idiosyncratic needs as a developing practitioner, allowing me to incorporate art and poetry as a medium for expression, which had a positive impact on my clinical work. Rina was highly sensitive to the importance of compassionate care and had the commitment and courage to provide honest, transparent and fair supervision, which had been invaluable in empowering me and thus fostered by development of reflective clinical practice.
Rina is an interactive communicator, an empathic listener, she is observant and has the unique ability to bring humility to clinical work. In the midst of complex and challenging cases I felt contained, held and well supported to make difficult clinical decisions. Rina is a strategic supervisor, her excellent problem-solving skills and ability to integrate her vast knowledge in and out of the field allowed for swift and effective management of risk and safeguarding concerns. Rina was able to facilitate my development in working ethically and professionally with challenging cases and her sharp observations and careful pre-planning enabled me to remain prepared when faced with extremely difficult client disclosures.
Rina works professionally and ethically in accordance with HCPC guidelines and I have no hesitation in recommending Rina for her clinical supervision skills. From my experience of working with Rina, she is a person with the utmost integrity and professionalism, she is and will be for many years to come a real asset to the field of psychology.
Shpresa Vitija, Counselling Psychologist