Supervision in Counselling

What is supervision?

Is it being watched? Is it a punishment? Is it a caring term? Is it helpful? Is it for trainees?

There are many uses of the word supervisor. It can mean you are at school and are being supervised in quite study. It can mean you have done something wrong and your work is being supervised, it can mean a manager who is above you and has more power than you at the supermarket? It can be someone supporting you in your training. I want to describe counselling supervision because we all have different understandings and I feel I should be very clear with the terms I use where possible.

For counselling it is an experienced counsellor, often with an additional qualification in supervising in a counselling environment. As counsellors we work alone with our clients, we rely on ourselves and our prior learning and experiences. Sometimes we need to review what we have said to our clients, or what they have said to us to allow us to offer the client the best care. This is where supervision takes place. They are there for a counsellor to talk to about their client work, to review what has happened, to check the work is going well, to make sure the counsellor hasn’t missed anything. They are there to make sure the client gets the best therapy they can and that both client and counsellor are in a safe therapeutic relationship.  Sometimes supervision can be in groups of counsellors, sometimes it’s just the counsellor and the supervisor. The client isn’t talked about, names are not shared, the client’s details are shared, it is just parts of the work and the feelings and academic terms are discussed.

I offer supervision to student counsellors and qualified counsellors as well as attending my own supervision.

It doesn’t have to be counsellors who can access my supervision, anyone around Staffordshire who feels they would like to talk confidentially about their work or staff or choices is welcome to attend supervision at Wright Minds.