Dr Gail Simon, AFT & UKCP reg. Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Supervisor
Counselling and Psychotherapy Supervision
I’m a qualified systemic therapist and supervisor with over 25 years experience of working with individuals, families, households, kinship networks and workplaces.
The style of supervision I offer is collaborative and conversational. It is important for supervision to feel a safe enough space in which to explore power relations, cultural, heteronormative, neurotypical bias that clients and therapists experience in the world and in therapy. I understand supervision as a place for therapists and counsellors to critically and appreciatively reflect on the work they do with people while getting support for their work to be sustainable and maintain their own wellbeing. I see the role of the counsellor as helping people coming for therapy to appreciate what they have been through or are dealing with, and make a new sense of their struggles which move away from narratives of personal failure and mental ill health. Therapy can help people overcome the effect of difficult experiences, challenge dominant narratives, and confront the structural oppression that people encounter in their everyday lives. Successful outcome of therapy might not only result in people feeling better but in seeing themselves as proud pioneers in their communities.
I have experience of supervising counselling with Individuals, couples and families and with most groups or people and have particular experience and interest in supporting
Lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and queer people and their relationships
Adults and young people who are as autistic or neuro atypical and their families
People from Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities
new and re-forming families.
We can use phone, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom, Wire, or FaceTime and so on.
Team supervision is also something I enjoy.
If you are interested in discussing supervision with me, contact me and we can arrange to speak and see if we both feel there is enough common ground.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been a registered supervisor since 1994 and provide individual and group supervision for BACP and UKCP registered therapists with systemic or relational orientations.
My qualifications include
- Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice
- MA Systemic Practice
- PG Dip Systemic Therapy with Individuals, Couples and Families
- Dip. Art & Design
Registrations and Memberships
- UKCP Psychotherapist reg. No. 940203
- AFT Supervisor reg. No. 1251738
- Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. Registered supervisor.
- Taos Institute Associate
Experience and Interests
I have worked as a therapist, supervisor and trainer for many years in the NHS, Third Sector organisations and independent practice. I enjoy working with all ages of people, on their own or with partners, parents, children or friends.
I have experience of working with most population groups. I have a lot of experience working within the LGBTQI communities, new and re-forming families, where autism is present in people's lives and am particularly interested in the place of cultural history in people's lives.
I have been offering online and phone counselling for many years and offered training to others using these media.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Families with autistic people
- Parents of adult children
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans relationship counselling
I am currently only taking on supervisees.
I am available for supervision during the day on Thursdays,