Supervision for trainee and qualified counsellors and other professionals

Experiencing counselling for yourself is an important part of the learning you need to become a qualified therapist.

As an accredited counselling supervisor, I help and support trainee counsellors on their journey, as well as providing ongoing supervision, mentoring and advice for qualified counsellors in private practice.

I offer flexible person-centred supervision for counsellors who work with individuals, couples and families in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. This structured professional support promotes counsellors’ continuing personal and professional development through discussion and reflection in a nurturing environment, no matter what your experience level.

My knowledge and experience of the five main models of supervision enables me to work with you to select the approach that best suits your needs. This supervision has three overlapping functions – supportive, formative, and normative (sometimes called restorative, educative and managerial) – and gives you the chance to offload in complete confidence.

Supervision is very much a collaborative process, enabling you to reflect on all aspects of your work and to learn from your experience.

The types of supervision I provide

Developmental supervision

As you take your first steps on your career path as a counsellor you can expect to face some complex challenges. My experience enables me to help and support you through those challenges.

Developmental supervision focuses on the educative function of supervision and support for counselling students and those who’ve recently qualified.

I’ll share in your successes, support you when you wobble, and share my resources and experience along the way. We may even decide to share a client to help build your confidence and develop a clear mutual understanding.

Consultative supervision

Qualified and experienced practitioners have different needs. It’s not necessary for us to share a theoretical or practical approach to develop a successful mentoring relationship. In fact, working with someone with a different orientation can even enable you to widen your theoretical perspective.

How much supervision do I need?

The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy recommends all counsellors have a minimum of 1.5 hours of supervision a month. The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) suggests a one to six ratio for students and newly qualified counsellors, while experienced practitioners are expected to agree on an amount with their supervisor.

The amount of supervision you need will depend on your workload, the nature of your work, and your level of experience. The higher your workload and the more stressful the nature of your work, the more supervision you will need.

My services include:

  • BACP accreditation support
  • Counselling supervision
  • Private practice consultancy
  • Counselling while training
  • Training workshops

Also, I am the founder and facilitator of the BACP Private Practice Networking Meetings in Gloucestershire.

Get in touch

To find out more, or to book an appointment, email enquiries@suechristycounselling.co.uk or call me on 07716 756744.

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