Karen Gunn MBACP (Accred) Counsellor & Psychotherapist; NCS (Accred) Supervisor
I provide private supervision for counsellors, psychotherapists and others in the helping professions and currently work part-time as a Counselling Supervisor for On Trak (Swindon Borough Council) providing supervision for both trainee and qualified counsellors who engage with young persons’ requiring therapeutic support. I am a qualified teacher (Cert.Ed., B.Ed. Hons. degrees); I left the education profession to work closely with individuals struggling with mental health difficulties. Originally, I trained as a Person-Centred counsellor, moving on to Postgraduate training in Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, although my counselling experience, professional training and academic studies have led towards an Integrative Approach, involving other modalities to include Trauma Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution-focused, Rational Emotive Behaviour, Schema and Psychodynamic approaches.
I work therapeutically with adults, young persons and children; in client’s homes, on-line and from my office. I am also professionally trained as a Couples counsellor and have a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology which gives me a clinical perspective on therapeutic issues, affording an overall evaluation of aspects which may be relevant to the client. Some of my supervision experience has been in the voluntary and charitable sectors, where I have supervised short and long-term work; and where I support the supervisee to fully engage with client concerns.
I hold a recent Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (NCS, Accredited). My guiding method to supervision offers a range of Integrative approaches and interventions, with structure and inspiration from Page & Wosket ‘Cyclical model’ and Inskipp & Proctor 'Tasks of supervision' to include the Normative, Formative and most importantly, the Restorative aspects of the counselling work. Among other renowned experienced therapists, I also utilise Hawkins & Shohet’s techniques to allow a close examination of the counselling process. Much of the work involves awareness connected to the structure of the organisation or agency in which counsellors work; whilst observing and dealing with ethical issues if they arise.
Individual supervision: £50
Group supervision: £20 per person, i.e. two hours session, working within a group of 4 counsellors; allows each to learn from others’ experiences and to claim 30 mins. supervision time.
Please feel free to contact me for more information to discuss your individual supervisory needs, or to express an interest in group work. Enquiries from charities and other organisations are also welcome.