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Supervision for counsellors and related professions

All counsellors are required to have supervision with another counsellor who has been specifically trained as a supervisor. This is part of the support that counsellors need in order to do their work and remain emotionally open and healthy. I have my own supervisor who supports my work and I also offer this service to other counsellors or related professions. I completed my counselling supervision training in 2008 and I now work with counsellors and other related professionals as their supervisor.

Humans are naturally empathic, so caring for people in crisis is a difficult experience. If we have this experience repeatedly without being cared for ourselves, we run the risk of becoming disconnected from our emotions, becoming too well defended or alternatively we end up overwhelmed by our own and other people’s emotions. Either outcome is emotionally unhealthy and ultimately will cause us problems, physically or psychologically.

If you are working in one of the caring professions or regularly have to deal with people in crisis, perhaps some additional support would be welcome.

 “Caring for the carers is one of the most important tasks, and caring for ourselves as carers is part of our responsibility to ourselves and others around us.”

I can offer you my experience as a counsellor and supervisor to give you the space to release the backlog of emotions and help you learn how to manage your emotional health so that your work can continue in a balanced and sustainable way.

I currently work as an external supervisor for a number of organisations which deal with particularly difficult client groups.

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Bourne Business Centre
Bourne House
Milbourne Street

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access

I am also able to offer telephone or online/video counselling if you are unable to attend sessions in person.


Unfortunately during the coronavirus crisis I am unable to offer face to face sessions, but I do offer telephone and online counselling, and would welcome your enquiry about this.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Valerie Shipp BSc, BA, MBACP(accredited)

Valerie Shipp BSc, BA, MBACP(accredited)