Supervisor Sara Pomfret MBACP (Accred.) PG.Dip, Dip.Couns, BSc (Hons), Cert Ed.
As a supervisor I aim to provide a non-directive and reflective therapeutic space, in which the meaning of client material, supervisee feelings and responses, and parallel processes can be thoughtfully explored. In sessions, I may suggest references to aspects of theory, which offer opportunities to develop insights into client material presented. Although my professional experience is informed by my Person Centred background, as an integrative therapist and Supervisor equips I can work with a wide variety of approaches. I aim to support the emotional well being of the Counsellor, and it is important that I provide a safe, supportive and personal approach as a Supervisor in the often-challenging clinical work that therapists encounter.
As part of my training I completed a BACP endorsed Supervision training course at the University of Strathclyde. The training offered a relational, humanistic and experiential approach, aimed at embracing diversity that supports research inquiry and evidence-based practice. Supervision can be a very important part of taking care of oneself, staying open to new learning, and an indispensable part of ongoing self-development, self-awareness and commitment to learning".
One to one supervision
I have extensive experience offering one to one and group supervision services to individuals and organisations. In recent years I managed a Counselling service within Substance Misuse services in Blackpool, and as part of my role I supervised a team of qualified and trainee counsellors for a number of years. In providing placement supervision to trainee counsellors, I was involved in linking directly with course co-ordinators at local Colleges and Universities to ensure as placement providers we were mapping professional guidelines and adhering to the BACP Ethical guidelines for trainees on placement.
Within my role, I took the lead on a range of supervisory responsibilities for Counsellors and client welfare, including: appropriate client assessment and allocation, monitoring trainee’s progress (for unqualified counsellors), caseload management and data collection, evaluating client progress with Counsellors, and dealing with Ethical Dilemmas around safeguarding, risk and confidentiality. I was also responsible for undertaking regular reviews and updates for record keeping policies and procedures and professional standards, and delivering and reviewing ongoing inductions and training sessions. I currently offer both online and face to face supervision.
For the last 2 years I have facilitated group supervision to a team of Counsellors on a monthly basis for an established Counselling Service based in Blackpool. The service offers support around Drugs and Alcohol harm reduction Services, HIV and Sexual Health support, LGB&T Health and Wellbeing programmes, Sex Worker support, and Sexual Violence support. My journey with this Organisation has been enriching, where I have undertaken Group Supervisor responsibilities and offered additional Consultancy services working directly with the Organisation. This includes:
- Facilitate monthly group supervision meetings to discuss case work,
Offer consultation to the organisations for a range of issues around Ethical Dilemmas and best practice guidelines for running a Counselling Service
Consult and support on Organisation Policies and Procedures with respect to best practice around Confidentially, Data Protections and record keeping guidelines
Offer consultation to support guideline implementation in working with Pre-trial therapy clients
Offer feedback and support around developing appropriate documents including Supervision agreements, note keeping forms and Induction materials.
Plan and delivery CPD and training workshops to support therapeutic work
Where does supervision take place?
I work from a base in St Anne’s for my supervision practice (FY8). I also offer one to one Online and Telephone Supervision Services.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have morning afternoon and evening appointments and some limited availability on the weekend. Please contact me with your preferred times.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
As a supervisor I aim to provide a non-directive and reflective therapeutic space, in which the meaning of client material, supervisee feelings and responses, and parallel processes can be thoughtfully explored.