Helen Zaman Registered Member MBACP (Snr Accred), MBAPCA, B.A. Hons.
Helen Zaman Supervisor Registered Member MBACP (Snr Accred),
I work as a person-centred counsellor and in supervision, my approach is the supervision alliance model (Proctor 2000:13) within a person-centred framework. The model I use addresses supervisory tasks, responsibilities and authority holding the quality of the relationship to the fore.
I begin from a stance of trust and confidence in supervisees, based on the core conditions and the ‘potentiality model…of ‘embryonic skills and talents’ (Mearns and Thorne 2000:33). I also believe in receiving the whole person, body, mind and spirit and recognise our connectedness to a larger more meaningful reality.
I define the purpose of supervision as enabling the counsellor to give the best possible service to clients and see my role as challenging as well as supporting – facilitating a dialogue with supervisees to give greater depth and breadth to their practice.
I believe in holding professional and ethical guidelines within a frame of reference that acknowledges the supervisee’s or the client’s life situation, race, culture, gender, social values, beliefs and sexuality.
I offer an hour's introductory session for £20 just so that we can meet in person, and exchange details of our background, talk about your experiences of supervision and about possible ways of working.
If we mutually decide to work together, then we would go on to make a working agreement together over a number of sessions, as well as discussing your client work.
My current hourly rate is £40.
Contacting me about supervision
I am available to speak with you Monday to Thursday, 10 to 4. If I am not able to come to the phone, please leave me a message and I will call you back as soon as I am free. Alternatively, please e-mail me.
Counselling and Supervision Qualifications
2013 Registered Member MBACP (Snr Accred)
2010 Senior Accredited Member of BACP
2009 BACP Senior Accredited Practitioner - Supervisor of Individuals
2009 BACP Senior Accredited Practitioner - Supervisor of Groups
2007 CASCADE Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision
2003 Accredited Member of BACP
2001 Accredited CRUSE Counsellor
2000 CRUSE Supervision Certificate
1998 Supervision Theory and Practice Certificate, Centre for Counselling Training, Liverpool.
1997 Dip H.E. in Counselling (Distinction), Liverpool John Moores University.
1995 Certificate in Bereavement Counselling, West Cheshire College.
With BACP senior supervisory accreditation and 19 years’ experience supporting counsellors in short and long-term work, my supervisory range spans issues from relationships, bereavement, trauma, life changes and personal growth, and from teenagers to adults of all ages. I have supervised trainee counsellors, accredited and experienced practitioners, M.A. students and tutors of counselling, as well as supervising for the voluntary sector, business and the helping professions. My work also includes roles as a trainer in counselling, and creating and managing counselling services. I now supervise and counsel in private practice and update my work with wide reading and regular CPD activities throughout the year.
I celebrate my heritage as a mixed race White/Asian supervisor and have a great interest in other cultures, as well as a tenderness and empathy for those who experience oppression. I worked as a director for the Black Women’s Network within the Rape Crisis national body, researching the uptake of counselling services by black women. A BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor, I have counselled in English, French and with interpreters, supporting young, black asylum seekers fleeing genocide in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo; I have also worked as a visiting lecturer at Chichester University, teaching Year 3 undergraduates in Humanistic Counselling about racial diversity. I am spiritually aware and allow the space for supervisees’ and clients’ beliefs to be discussed in sessions. I also bring my experience of working with gay men, transgender and lesbians to my work, and ask supervisees to reflect upon their sexuality and how it impacts upon clients of the same or other sexual orientation.
Frequency of sessions
Our sessions will normally be monthly, fortnightly, or weekly, according to your supervision needs. The frequency will depend upon your need for counselling/supervision hours ratio at your current level of training. For qualified counsellors, this is a minimum of 1.5 hours a month. If you are a trainee, your college or university may also stipulate how often you need to attend supervision.
Length of contract
Our work together would usually be open-ended and we would also agree a period to review our work together at appropriate intervals, with the first of these usually being around 6 months.
Good practice guidelines and BACP recommendations mean that all supervisors have access to supervision consultation. I receive regular supervision for my work from a highly experienced BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor.
I carry full insurance for both my counselling and supervision practice.
Code of Ethics and Practice
I am a BACP senior accredited supervisor of individuals and groups, and I adhere to the current Ethical Framework for Good Practice for Counsellors and Supervisors.
Mearns, D. and Thorne, B. (2000) Person-Centred Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory and Practice. London: Sage
Proctor, B. (2000) Group Supervision: A Guide to Creative Practice. London: SAGE