Jacqueline Bird MBACP Accredited Counsellor
I work as an integrative supervisor, which means I am able to draw upon a range of theories and approaches. Supervision provides practitioners with regular and ongoing opportunities to reflect in depth all aspects of their practice in order to work as effectively, safely and ethically as possible. Supervision also sustains the personal resourcefulness required to undertake client work.
I particularly specialise in supervising the work of couples, children and young people and like to work creatively to explore together new ideas and ways of working. Some supervisees prefer not to work in a creative context and this is something I totally accept and appreciate, there are so many ways of working that there is no need to push any particular idea.
When working with students in training it is an ethical supervision requirement that I work collaboratively with training and placement providers in order to ensure that the trainees work with clients satisfies professional standards
The relationship in supervision is very important to me, working with supervises to build trust, helping them to feel safe to explore what they need, listening to them with congruence and offering a collaborative approach where we can explore together by having meaningful conversations that support both the development of self and the relationship with the client.
As a qualified online counsellor I am able to supervise online and telephone work for those who meet the competency framework outlined by BACP.
I also facilitate groups where counsellors, practitioners, school staff teams meet together to gain professional support from each other, an opportunity to share new ideas, to feel heard and understood, and to explore sound ethical practice.
Individual supervision sessions are usually a minimum of 1.5 hours per calendar month for BACP accredited members, and for students a minimum of 1.5 hours per calendar month, at a ratio of 8 hours counselling to 1 hour supervision, with supervision every 2 weeks
Group supervision is usually 1.5 hours per month.