Every counsellor is fully committed to regular, good quality supervision. I offer this
service as one who knows its value and the responsibility that comes with it.
There are, of course, fundamental differences between the processes of counselling
and supervision which requires a degree of direction and mentoring that counselling
does not. But the quality of the relationship between us - the trust, confidentiality and
non-judgemental environment – needs to be the same.
As a counsellor, you are taking yourself to the session and offering your own, unique
persona; it can be exhausting, frustrating, dispiriting or elating. Counselling is not
simply for the duration of the hour-long session but a way of being which takes many
years of doubt and self-evaluation to develop to any degree of competence. As
counsellors striving to be of some benefit to other human beings we never stop
questioning ourselves and we most certainly never stop learning.
The frequency of our supervision will be guided by how many clients you are
seeing and the minimum requirements laid down by the BACP.
Supervision, in its most literal sense, is oversight. No oversight can be of any
value without constructive critical comment and no critical comment can be
described as constructive if it doesn’t offer alternatives.
I will always try to make my supervision, both of your counselling work and of
you as a counsellor, constructive, honest and helpful to your personal as well as
As we know, they are ultimately one and the same.
I also offer facilitation and training sessions or courses, either single-issue or more
generic, person-centred counselling and listening skills.
I have facilitated and devised 8 & 10 week courses for Cruse Bereavement Services
and, over weekends, Anger Management, PTSD, the psychodynamic theory and
practical application of Projection and Transference and, over much longer periods,
reflective and personal development workshops in Transactional Analysis.