Supervision of Counsellors

Practitioners will be well aware of BACP guidelines that “All counsellors, psychotherapists, trainers and supervisors are required to have regular and on-going formal supervision/consultative support for their work in accordance with professional requirements.” (BACP (2010), BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy, 4th ed. England: BACP.)

I am an experienced Supervisor of Counsellors and of Supervisors, and work primarily to The Cyclical Model of supervision (Page, S and Wosket, V (2001) Supervising the Counsellor – A Cyclical Model, Routledge). However, I use other models such as Hawkins’ and Shohet’s 7-eyed focus, Karpman’s Drama Triangles, and Inskipp’s and Proctor’s Developmental Model as appropriate. I can provide individual or pair supervision, or supervision of small or large groups using one of the four models of group supervision.

I see the most important task in supervision as achieving a balance of the formative, normative and restorative functions, so that supervisees feel supported, reassured and re-energised, but also challenged when appropriate and encouraged to maintain professional ethics and work on their ongoing professional development.

My style is relaxed and positive, with encouragement for supervisees to acknowledge for themselves when things go well and to consider themselves how clients could be better supported in challenging situations. Although client welfare is naturally of prime importance, my maxim is:-

“If the Supervisor is okay, the Counsellor is okay – and if the Counsellor is okay the client is okay.”

Please contact me if you or your group would like to explore establishing a supervisory relationship.