Sarah Douglas (mBACP, sen. accred. counsellor and supervisor)
At the current time when everyone is social distancing, I am offering Skype and / or telephone supervision. My existing supervisees have said how useful this is proving, because we can explore what it is like to work in this way. It gives insight into how it might feel for a client not to be able to see their counsellor. Remote working can feel clunky initially (especially if we're used to face:face) and we need to remember to be even clearer with each other about checking our understanding. We're all learning and doing the best we can during these challenging and unsettling times, which are changing so rapidly. I believe it is important to remember Roger's third condition for counselling "that the therapist is congruent in the relationship". More than even, supervision is a place to experience, explore and own our struggles with the Corona crisis so that rather than dumping them on our clients, we can use our understanding of ourselves to empathise even more fully with those we support.
I have been supervising since 2001 and am interested in helping you develop as a counsellor, whether you are training or experienced. I look for both support and challenge in my own supervision and these are what I offer when supervising.
I do not charge for the first supervision session. This gives us both a no-pressure opportunity to see if we will work well together. Thereafter, my fees are £37 per hour or £52 per 90 minutes for trainee and entirely volunteer counsellors, and £52 per hour for employed counsellors.
I believe that the task of counselling supervision is to help us be the very best we can be for those with whom we work. I have been supervising for nineteen years. Over this time, I have supervised people who are not counsellor trained but who support others; as well as supervising both trainees and experienced counsellors working in a variety of settings including private practice and the NHS. I have been associated with voluntary counselling services for many years in various roles as a counsellor, manager, supervisor and trainer. All these roles have helped me to understand the particular challenges faced by counsellors working in the voluntary sector.
Please see my website for more details and please get in touch if you would like to have a chat about supervision.