In my journey as a psychotherapist, supervision has been paramount in feeling more confident, assured and supported. It is natural and healthy too question the way we work and how we are experienced and how we experience our clients. It is said we are not good at keeping our own private counsel so I see the role of a supervisor as adding that level of security, someone you can bounce things off and can feel comfortable challenging you if it is felt that you are not getting it right or as right as you can. I work from home in my own log cabin in the garden, which gives that sense of confidentiality, warmth and safety. There is plenty of street parking and people feel safe pressing the bell and walking round the back of the house to meet with me by the cabin. I live in the lovely tranquil village of Chiddingfold, just off the A283. I am happy to do a 30 minute free first session to see if we can work well together and both feel comfortable. After this, if we agree to working together we will diarise monthly 90 minute sessions to fit in with both our lifestyles. Where possible I allow flexibility, recognising that life throws many challenges at us.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.