Supervision for counsellors and other practitioners

What is supervision?

Supervision is when a counsellor or other practitioner enters into an agreement with a second, more experienced, counsellor to review how they are engaging with clients or service users. It is an essential part of the training of new therapists but equally of value to qualified and experienced therapists and other practitioners, allowing them to reflect on the relationships they have with their clients. The aim of Supervision is to promote effective practice, to continuously develop the practitioner and to address any weaknesses.

Supervision carries an element of protection and safeguarding: the supervisor is impartial in the work being undertaken by the practitioner, and allows the practitioner to reflect on their approach, practice, thoughts and feelings. Supervision supports the individual and organisation - it focuses on competency and ethical practice.

Who could benefit from supervision?

Practitioners within a counselling role, such as a qualified or trainee counsellor in private practice or working for an organisation.

Individuals who work within a caring or health profession, who undertake a safeguarding role, are involved in student welfare or delivering pastoral care.

Managerial, team leader roles and human resources professionals.


What are the benefits of supervision for organisations?

  • Empowers, increases motivation, satisfaction at work
  • Improves relationships
  • Fosters promotes best-practice in work place
  • Improves the quality of work
  • Ensures safe ethical practice
  • Encourages a positive culture
  • Assists with skills development
  • Helps with decision making and problem solving
  • Enhances personal development
  • It could reduce staff turnover

About me

My Supervision Training was under taken at The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy and is based on The Seven-eyed Supervision Process model (Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet).

Having established a long relationship with my Supervisor in Private Practice and in my work as a Step 3 High Intensity Therapist within IAPT, I place immense value on the supervisory relationship. This has developed over time and built to that of a valued colleague. Supervision has helped shape my practice and helped me grow professionally into the therapist I am today. Having worked for various agencies over the years, in a diverse range of counselling organisations and colleges, I have worked with appointed supervisors, each have used a range of models and approaches which has helped me develop my skills. In my last audit from BACP the audit team fed back to me that they had been impressed by the high level of self reflection demonstrated in my supervision examples and CPD records.

The richness of having worked with my Clinical Supervisors together with my previous business knowledge, experience as a health professional and in occupational health settings informs and equips in my supervision practice.

I bring all of this knowledge to help you develop as practitioner and support your work, whether you work in short or long term model, in private practice or for an agency. It is important that you feel that I am the “right fit” for you and that we could develop a supervisory relationship. “A supervisor never knows first or better.”

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Contact and Fees

Fee: £45.00 per hour

Report writing is included in the fee

Length of supervision session: 60-90 minutes

Frequency: monthly

Please contact me to book an informal initial meeting free of charge to see if what I offer is what you are looking for in a supervisor.

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The information contained within this website is for guidance and is not to be a substitute for professional help from a GP or other qualified health professional practitioner.