My approach to counselling supervision is firmly rooted and underpinned in the Person Centred Approach, therefore at the centre of the supervisory relationship lies my regard for and acceptance of the individual and their own training and philosophy. I will work hard to create a solid working alliance which will allow a supervisee to bring themselves in relation to their counselling practice without fear of judgment or the need to hold back. I will offer support as well as challenge and will endeavour to staying open to working with any barriers or difficulties that may occur between us. I will strive to offer the environment that allows you, the supervisee to develop both personally and professionally as we work with both the challenges and the celebrations of your practice.
I seek to provide a service that is anti-discriminatory in nature and am committed to exploring any possible discriminatory practices in supervision work or context of work.
I work within the ethical guidelines of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am willing to explore any similarities and differences between my professional code and that of the supervisee.
My expectations of the supervisee are that they demonstrate
Supervisees normally contract for fortnightly or four weekly sessions of one and a half hours duration, the frequency varying according to the volume of client work, the work context and current professional requirements. The BACP’s requirement is for a minimum of an hour and a half per month and increased according to client load.
It would be helpful if our supervisory relationship were to be mutually reviewed periodically so that we may both monitor the extent and development of our work together and assess any changes we would like to make. If we decide to make an ending then it would be helpful if at least two months’ notice can be given so that you may be supported to find a new supervisor and so that we can make a meaningful and relevant closure to our working alliance.
Over the years I have provided supervision to groups of trainers within FE and to groups of counsellors within counselling organisations in both commercial and charitable settings. Group supervision provides opportunity to discuss and explore individuals counselling work which gives an added dimension of learning from one to one supervision. It also allows exploration of organisational aspects and the building of a strong and collaborative counselling team. I am able to provide this in my own counselling room or can travel to you.
It can be a daunting experience to go it alone after the weekly contact of several years of counselling training.
These groups aim to offer you extra support, resources and encouragement as you make the transition from trainee to professional and as you build your practice or get to grips with your new counselling post.
True to the Person Centred approach, the group would negotiate the agenda to meet its needs. My experience is that this usually includes elements of client work supervision, exploration and linking to theory, personal development, identifying ongoing training needs, finding work, setting up in private practice, the BACP accreditation process, ethical dilemmas - the list is endless.
As the group is facilitated, the time spent in the group counts towards your supervision hours the stated requirement for BACP accreditation.
This is usually a closed group of 6 to 8 participants in the early years of becoming newly fledged as a counsellor. Ideally there is committment for an initial 10 sessions of 3 hours at roughly 3 weekly intervals, making adjustments for holidays, etc. This can be reviewed to extend for a further 5 sessions if this is appropriate and helpful to all participants.
Participants will contract for the full 10 sessions to make this a viable group.
If you would like more information or you would like to discuss forming a group, please contact me.