What is Clinical Supervision for counsellors?
"Counselling Supervision is a formal and mutually agreed arrangement for counsellors to discuss their work regularly with someone who is normally an experienced and competent counsellor and familiar with the process of counselling supervision"
(BACP Code of Ethics and Practice for Supervisors of Counsellors, 1996)
Clinical supervision is necessary for all practising counsellors and is a requirement of registration and our ethical framework. During sessions, you have the opportunity to discuss your counselling practice, skills, values, challenges and client work with an experienced professional. This is a mixture of support and monitoring to help your therapeutic work remain professional and ethical. It is often recommended to choose a supervisor who practises the same model of counselling that you do but it is often more developmentally challenging to work with a supervisor from a different orientation: personal choice dictates.
Example of counselling supervisor responsibilities:
• Meeting with you regularly
• Discussing your counselling practice
• Monitoring your relationship with clients
• Challenging and supporting
• Catalyst for self-reflection
One 50-minute session costs £45
Six 50-minute sessions cost £250
This is payable in advance by bank transfer or by cash or cheque at the time of the appointment.
Confidentiality and records
The content of sessions is confidential although I will discuss my work with my clinical supervisor. On rare occasions (involving legal responsibilities and/or risk) I may need to communicate with other professionals but this will only proceed after first letting you know what is to be shared and why. Brief records will be kept after each session but are stored securely. You are free to request access to these at any time. Due to my respect of your privacy, I would request that you do not identify me on social media.
If you wish to cancel a session, this can be done by text or email.
Sessions cancelled with more than 24 hours’ notice will be rescheduled without charge.
Sessions cancelled within 24 hours will be charged at £15.
If there are any aspects of my counselling service that you are unhappy with, please discuss this with me in the first instance. If you feel your concern has not been fully addressed, I am a member of the BACP and as such abide by their professional standards. You are able to report any complaints directly to them.
Telephone: 01455 883300 and select option 3