Dr Fiona Barlow Counsellor. Counselling for relationships, couples, anxiety, depression, bereavement, divorce, LBGT, affairs, pre-nuptial and more

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.

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Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Type of session

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

​​I believe supervision should provide a place where the counsellor feels supported, validated, challenged and inspired.