Clinical Supervision

Clinical Supervision

I offer individual and group clinical supervision for trainee counsellors and psychotherapists, as well as qualified practitioners.

I approach supervision as a formal, professional and confidential working relationship in which both supervisor and supervisee(s) collaborate in order to maximize the competence and effectiveness of the supervisee on behalf of those they are working with..​

​Individual Clinical Supervision

As supervisor, it is my job to create a safe, confidential and supportive environment in which you, the supervisee, can freely explore what has emerged in your work/relationship with clients/patients.

Encouragement, constructive feedback and challenge of the material presented in supervision are on-going and crucial aspects of the process.​

Group Clinical Supervision

Currently I work with groups averaging between 4-6 members. Group supervision provides opportunity for exploration of the material presented using a participative approach, where members are invited to share thoughts, insights, feelings and impressions within which intra-psychic material can be held and processed.

I am experienced in working with both trainees and qualified practitioners, and as with individual 1:1 supervision, can work with groups made up of members at varying stages of training and experience and working from varying modalities.

"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"
Source: BACP Code of Ethics and Practice for Supervisors of Counsellors. January 1996

Counselling Supervision is considered essential for effective counselling.

All BACP members working as counsellors are bound by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy to monitor their counselling through ongoing supervision.

What does supervision mean in the context of counselling or psychotherapy? In the interests of both clients and practitioners, most professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy require members to incorporate supervision into their clinical practice.

What is Counselling Supervision?

Working under supervision means that a counsellor or psychotherapist uses the services of another counsellor or psychotherapist to review their work with clients, their professional development, and often their personal development as well.

Why is Counselling Supervision Needed?

Supervision exists for two reasons:

  1. 1. To protect clients, and
  2. 2. To improve the ability of counsellors to provide value to their clients.

Supervision protects clients by involving an impartial third party in the work of a counsellor and client, helping to reduce the risk of serious oversight and helping the counsellor concerned to reflect on their own feelings, thoughts, behaviour and general approach with the client.

These opportunities to reflect also help the counsellor to improve the value they are providing to their clients.

What Does Supervision Mean for Confidentiality?

Overall client confidentiality is safeguarded because:

  • Individually identifying information (such as full name) is not revealed, and is not traceable back to the specific individual client, and they do not normally pass beyond the supervision relationship.

Information shared in supervision is itself protected under a contract of confidentiality and normally may not be shared outside the supervision relationship.​

S.M.D Counselling & Psychotherapy Services

in Newport, South Wales