Supervision for the Helping Professions
for Counsellors, Therapists, Support workers, Charity Staff or
anyone in the helping professions
Supervision is such an important resource as a counsellor and choosing a supervisor can be a difficult decision. I hope the profile below reflects who I am as a person as much as my qualifications and my supervision model. In my experience of supervision, the thing that has helped me the most has been the warm, honest and collaborative relationship I’ve forged with my own supervisor. This is something I aim to replicate with my own supervisees. I’d aim to build strong, working alliances which are based on trust and a mutual desire to become better practitioners. As much as I hope you will learn from me, I know I will learn from you as we navigate the sometimes choppy waters of counselling together.
Supervision model and qualifications
I have a Certificate in Supervision from the Macclesfield Counselling and Training Centre (https://mctcevents.co.uk). It’s a rigorous training course involving 7 weekends, several assignments and live peer assessments. As a result of this I feel very prepared for the role of supervisor. I now teach supervision at Macclesfield too so am very immersed in the world of supervision which I thoroughly enjoy.
The main model I use is the well-respected Seven-eyed Model by Hawkins and Shohet (2012). It’s a landmark model which works with the idea that supervisors can be “good enough” rather than expecting them to be the best. It recognises that we need to be honest about our work and ourselves in order to develop and grow. Using this model, my role is to “hold the space” in which you can safely explore and reflect on your work so that you can ultimately become an effective and resilient practitioner.
I run a successful private practice from home and have done this for the last 6 years. My roots are in person-centred counselling and that fits very well with who I am. I do like to incorporate other methods where appropriate to suit the needs of my client and I would do the same in supervision.
Alongside my private counselling I have worked for Employee Assisted programmes (EAPS), within school as well as for local and national charities (Mind and the MS Society). I have also worked within a GP setting and at a local infertility clinic.
I have an ongoing commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) and have additional qualifications in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Animal Assisted Therapies.
As mentioned above, I have a keen interest in mindfulness and trained as a mindfulness teacher in 2009. I often bring aspects of mindfulness into my work as it helps to maintain presence in my work and can be very calming.
I don’t believe that counselling is a “one size” fits all approach so I am always looking at new ways to develop my counselling to reach more people. Over the past few year I’ve become interested in taking therapy outdoors and have introduced “walking therapy” into my practice. For some people this opens up the counselling experience giving them space and a different perspective on life. It’s something I hope to integrate into my supervision too where appropriate.
Student counsellors £40 (1.5 hours per BACP requirements)
Qualified counsellors £50 (1.5 hours per BACP requirements)
I am able to offer an hourly rate of £40 per hour to counsellors not working to BACP requirements or other health professionals. My student rate for 1 hour is £30.
I am happy to offer a free initial session (30 minutes) to discuss your requirements and give you the opportunity to meet me to see if we feel we can work together. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07977 590765 to arrange.