Dr Fiona Barlow PhD. MBACP (Accred)
Supervision - "its the bit you can't get in books"
I believe supervision should provide a place where the counsellor feels supported, validated, challenged and inspired. It is a place to check out your hunches, test out your strategies and explore 'different' approaches.
Supervision can be mentoring or it can be a place of sharing; what it should never be is a place of fear. Counsellors should not leave their supervision deskilled and at a loss.
The relationship between supervisor and counsellor should be completely open. I believe that the role of a supervisor is to protect the best interest of the client and that the best way to do this is to support and if necessary empower their counsellor.
My supervision provides a safe and dynamic environment for counsellors to look at their client’s issues; sharing the triumphs and expressing any concerns or transference. It is my aim to encourage supervisees to find their own way of working while helping them to develop and hold safe and boundaried ways of working. I believe that secure boundaries offer the possibility of free and creative work for the client and counsellor.
I understand how where you work affects how you practice as a counsellor. I work with supervisees to fit their practice to their work context (private practice, EAPs, NHS, private companies).I am interested and experienced in helping supervisees build and maintain a private counselling practice. I understand the pressures and constraints of being self-employment. I am happy to work with trainee counsellors or those who have recently qualified. I use my academic background to help those counsellors who wish to undertake BACP accreditation.