I work from an Integrative/Existential framework as a supervisor and am qualified to Doctoral level. I am BACP Accredited and UKCP registered. Supervision is an important aspect of counselling and psychotherapy practice and is increasingly seen as a tool for ensuring high professional standards. I am a fully trained supervisor and currently supervise both qualified and trainee therapists. I believe that good supervision has two main areas of focus: Firstly, good supervision should include a thorough exploration with the therapist of the client's material; what the client is bringing to each session , how they are presenting, how the therapy is progressing, case formulations and risk assessment. This also includes discussion of how the therapeutic alliance is developing, what barriers may be appearing in the work and what the nature of the interaction between the therapist and client is and how they have together approached the problems that the client is looking to resolve. In terms of theoretical orientation I come from the integrative tradition but also have specific theoretical training to doctoral level in Existential/humanist psychotherapy and supervision. Being open to different ways of understanding a clients concerns is a valuable skill for therapists to acquire and I find that holding different therapeutic models in mind during our client encounters as well as in supervision can be a important way of deepening the work. Secondly, good supervision should be an opportunity for therapists to explore how they are feeling about their work with a particular client or clients in general. Looking at what issues a client may bring up for a therapist that resonate in their own lives, how this makes them feel about the client, and exploring how they can hold or use these feelings in the work is an important way of enriching the quality of the relatedness in the therapeutic encounter. Supervision is also a good opportunity for therapists to explore their strengths and weaknesses, recognize that we are all blind sided at different times with different clients and to use supervision to gain greater insight into how this may be affecting the work. Supervision sessions can also provide an opportunity to discuss any dilemmas that a client may be presenting in terms of keeping professional boundaries as well as being a place where a therapist can have space to explore any problems or frustrations arising from their client work that may be affecting their general sense of well being. The quality of the supervisor/ supervisee relationship is very important. I aim to create a potent as well as supportive atmosphere in which supervisees can feel encouraged and affirmed as well as feel safe to explore the difficult and troublesome aspects of their client work, without it becoming about being right or wrong. Professional and personal development in supervision is rooted in an understanding that by engaging with the difficult aspects of our work with clients we can increase our self awareness, develop a healthy internal supervisor, increase our effectiveness as therapists and thereby ensure that we are providing the best possible service to our clients. I do telephone as well as face to face supervision. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your supervision requirements or to arrange an initial session. My fees are £100 per session.
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.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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