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I enjoy the monthly rhythm of supervision.  Spacious time out to consider the breadths and depths, the minutiae and the immeasurable.  Focusing on experiences and challenges, in trusted accompaniment is fundamental.  A place where I can become more of my self in relation to my work and my life - an integration of who I am and the work I’m engaged in.  Sharing the knowledge that comes out of the work together.

It is important for care of ourselves and our clients that supervision is experienced as a safe space, where support and challenge are possible, essential even, and perhaps might even be experienced as one and the same thing.

I aim to build a secure and mutual working relationship with supervisees, offering professional supervision in the person centred approach to counsellors, therapists or other workers.

Background experience

With core training in the person centred approach (Strathclyde Uni 1994) I bring over 20 years experience counselling in a variety of settings, with people experiencing different kinds of difficulty or distress, each in their own particular way: including NHS primary care, mental health centre, student counselling, employee support, private practice.    At the heart of all of this there is an understanding that all of our experiences are lived within the physical, social, cultural and political circumstances of our lives and that our struggles are part of a larger whole.  I have experience working as a supervisor with experienced and student counsellors, and people working within NHS IAPT services.

Parents, carers, workers

This kind of engaged, supportive and reflective space can also be really useful to parents and carers with monthly or fortnightly meetings to value and support this important life work. People engaged in campaigning work also benefit from making space to take care of themselves in the context of their demanding work and struggles.

My supervision trainings, in 2009 and 2013 covered core counselling supervision models with an emphasis on relational approaches and sensitivity to organisational context.   I always come home to the person centred approach as my way of understanding people, relationship and process and person centred supervision models hold my way of being as a supervisor, whatever your work or theoretical model.


Please do email me and if you’d like we can arrange a time for a phone conversation which may help you decide whether you would like us to work together.  Our first session can be at a reduced rate, to help you to explore your options while you are looking for the right supervisor for you. 

Training, qualifications, memberships

PGDip Supervision (EUROCPS 2013)

PGCert Counselling Supervision sensitive to organisational context (CPCAB 2009)

PGDip Counselling in Primary Care (Strathclyde University 1998)

Dip Counselling (Strathclyde University 1994)

BSc Hons (Open University 2013)

Accredited Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Member of PSCR (Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility)

Member of PCU (Psychotherapy and Counselling Union)

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The Fishponds Practice
834 Fishponds Road
BS16 3XA

Sycamore House
Kingswood Estate
Brittania Road
BS15 8DB

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Debbie Porteous MBACP (accred)

Debbie Porteous MBACP (accred)