About Supervision

Clinical Supervision

Clinical supervision was defined by the Department of Health as 'a formal process of professional support and learning which enables individual practitioners to develop knowledge and competence, assume responsibility for their own practice and enhance consumer protection and safety of care in complex clinical situations

I offer individual and group supervision, with a clear framework and structure to focus on the tasks and process of supervision. I adhere to BACP and BABCP Ethical Framework and Guidelines.

The contractual part underpins shapes and provides structure and direction to the relationship and the supervision work. It helps to clarify and explore mutual expectations.

The primary purpose of supervision for counsellors is to ensure that the counsellor is addressing the needs of the client. Supervision is a formal collaborative process.

The roles of the supervisor and supervisee should be clearly outlined in a supervision contract or policy. Supervision encompasses a number of functions concerned with monitoring, developing, supporting and learning. Clinical supervision supports practice, enabling practitioners to maintain and promote standards of care.


Aims & Objectives

  •   Supervision allows for the developing of further skills, understanding, & professional identity of the supervisee through exploration & reflection on the supervisee’s work with clients.
  •  Supervision enables the supervisee to debrief and deal with emotional effects of the therapeutic work through containment and affirmation.
  •  Supervision provides the quality assurance aspect of supervision where the supervisor helps the counsellor to ensure that the needs of the client are being addressed within clearly defined standards of ethical and professional practice
  •  To create a space to explore and express personal distress brought up by our work with clients
  •  To plan and utilise personal and professional resources.
  •  Clinical supervision is a practice-focused professional working relationship involving a practitioner reflecting on practice, guided by a skilled supervisor.
  •  The process of clinical supervision should follow ground rules and should be agreed so that practitioners and supervisors approach clinical supervision openly, confidently and are aware of what is involved.
  •  The principles and relevance of clinical supervision should be discussed
  •  Evaluation of clinical supervision is needed to assess how it influences practice, standards and the service. Also feedback given to the supervisor to follow good practice, improve relationship and resolve and working issues.
  •  The frequency of supervision will vary depending on the experience and work setting, but it should be an ongoing commitment

The Supervisors Responsibility:

  • To ensure the needs of clients are being addressed.
  • To manage time with the supervisee, managing that the work starts and finishes on time, and that time is divided between relevant issues.
  • Maintaining ethical boundaries.
  • To keep the focus and the balance maintained between training, therapy, and personal.
  • Discuss preparation of the work to be focused on, and discuss the preferred style of the supervised counsellor.
  • Provide constructive feedback, and remain open to feedback from the counsellor.
  • To address how the supervisee would like supervision to be.
  • To provide opportunities for regular reviews.

The Supervisees Responsibilities:

  • Preparation for supervision & being clear about objectives.
  • Being open to feedback, able to ask for feedback if desired at any time, and wiling to give feedback.
  • Being honest and open with doubts, difficulties, and concerns in a non-defensive way.
  • Addressing difficulties within the supervision relationship.
  • Keeping focus and an awareness of time keeping on the issues brought to supervision.

Group Supervision:

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

—Lao-Tze