Meg Hughes, Dip. Psych, MBACP, Counselling, Psychotherapy & Supervision
Hello and welcome. I can provide clinical supervision on a regular basis for trainee and qualified counsellors/psychotherapists, mental health workers and others working with adults and CYP's (11-18 yrs) for example staff in school settings and peer mentors. This can be on an individual basis or within a group.
Supervision is one of the most important aspects of our continuing development as therapists or staff working with mental health. It is important that we take our time to decide who we choose and how they can meet our needs. I can offer you a humanistic and integrative supervisory approach informed by BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions 2018. My aim is to enable a respectful and collaborative style to our work together whilst facilitating continuing professional growth and development for all.
I see supervision as a wonderful opportunity to develop collaborative relationships that enable exploration of all aspects of client work and practice; insights into client work, our development as practitioners, celebrating and challenging practice, exploring ethics, cultural difference, and intersectionality, understanding the 'self' in relationship and the integration of theory and practice.
My understanding of supervision is underpinned by two theoretical models. Hawkins & Shohet’s (1985) Seven Eyed Supervision Model and Page & Wosket’s (1994) Cyclical Model. Together they help me to consider what interventions my supervisee might need to help them to be more effective.
Firstly, the Seven Eyed Model provides a framework offering exploration within seven focus areas - separately or together. The model is relational and systemic, encouraging the supervisor and supervisee to explore the individual experiences of client, therapist and supervisor, the relationships between them and the wider organisational context. For me, the practical flexibility of this model supports in-depth curiosity of the ‘helicopter view’ with congruence, creativity, compassion, and communication.
Secondly, the Cyclical Model provides a framework for a ‘typical pathway’ through a supervision session and throughout the supervisory relationship. The framework of Contract, Focus, Space, Bridge and Review supports me in developing fully collaborative relationships based upon my core values of honesty, empathy, respect, and congruence in a safe and supportive space.
I utilise these models in a humanistic and integrative perspective incorporating Transactional Analysis, Person Centred and CBT modalities alongside creative approaches such as art, writing, sand play, drama, and music.
I gained my Certificate in Supervision (December 2016) from the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy, Chorlton. Over the last 4 years, I have provided 320+ clinical supervision hours to qualified, accredited and trainee counsellors working as individuals and groups in private practice, public organisations, and university settings. I also provide supervision for managers and other workers who work with vulnerable people within national charities, helplines, and secondary education.
I think that this quote from Hawkins & Shohet(1989) explains what to expect from good supervision:-
'Supervision is a joint endeavor in which a practitioner with the help of the supervisor, attends to their clients, themselves as part of their client practitioner relationships and the wider systemic context, and by so doing improves the quality of their work, transforms the client relationships, continuously develops themselves, their practice and the wider profession.'
As well as being a supervisor, I have 10 years of experience working as a counsellor of adults and couples in my successful and thriving private practice. I have counselled children and young people in educational settings for the last 9 years and volunteered as a counsellor and assessor with Stockport Women's Centre for 5 years. I have a wide experience of my own individual, group and peer supervision with different supervisors. I have extensive knowledge of working with anxiety, depression, domestic abuse, childhood sexual abuse, relationship and family issues, loss and bereavement. In my previous career as a teacher, I supervised trainee teachers as part of their PGCE requirements.
I can offer you a free phone call to explore the possibility of working together and no-obligation first session. This will give us both the opportunity to ask any questions we may have about each other and for us both to decide if we can work together. I am happy to refer you to another supervisor if that is required.
- Supervision for qualified counsellors £50 for 1 hr, £75 for 1.5 hrs
- Supervision Group for qualified counsellors £45 for 3 hr group
- Supervision for trainee counsellors £35 for 1 hr, £52.50 for 1.5 hrs
- This includes experience of writing reports for final assessments/portfolios and liaising with placements/training courses as appropriate.
If the cost of the sessions is difficult for you I am happy to discuss your requirements and come to a suitable agreement.
Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions. If I am unable to answer your call please leave a voicemail and I will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.