Helen Townsend, MNCS Prof Accred, MBACP
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As a supervisor, I have experience of working with trainees and newly qualified counsellors, as well as with experienced and accredited practitioners. I hold a Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Supervision accredited with NCP.
Counselling can be a very demanding profession, practicing as a counsellor can drain your inner resources, consume your energies and raise questions that you need to explore. I offer clinical supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists and other helping professionals, such as social workers, support workers and community workers.
I work with young people myself and so therefore, offer supervision & experience for those therapists working with this client group. In addition, I have extensive experience of working both in private practice and in counselling organisations both as a counsellor and as a manager of a counselling service. I understand the complexities and differences of counselling practice in both areas from the different perspectives of counsellor and service manager.
Similar to therapy, supervision is a contracted, professional relationship. As a supervisor, I see my primary goal being to improve the quality of the work that my supervisee is undertaking with their clients. Quality supervision should provide a safe pace for the therapist to step back and look at the therapeutic relationship between them and their client. For this to happen, I believe there needs to be solid supervisory relationship where the therapist feels supported, safe and is able to take risks. Overall, I believe supervision should be a stimulating, motivational process in which challenge and reflection are very much a part.
My aim as a supervisor is to promote the competence and creativity of my supervisee in a non-judgmental way, to enable the supervisee to grow and develop into the most effective therapist they can be, to enable them to work skilfully and ethically with their clients and importantly to develop their own therapeutic style. Overall, supervision should also ensure a duty of care to their clients, ensuring the maintenance of ethical and legal practice, as well as the continued professional development of the supervisee.
Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about me and my supervisory practice. Initially I would suggest that we meet for one hour to see if we feel we are a good fit as supervisor and supervisee.