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BACP Accredited Counsellor - young people (16yrs+) & adults

Supervision details

I offer telephone and online clinical supervision to therapists (in training and qualified). I am based in Hull and work with people all over the UK as well as some other countries too. I supervise therapists working with children and adults in a range of settings including private practice, charities, schools and colleges. Appointments are available Monday - Thursday during the mornings and afternoons. I offer clinical consultation to people in related fields (e.g. teachers, support workers, supervisors of supervisors) on how best to support the people in their care. I began supervising in 2013. I use two theoretical models of supervision to help guide my thinking and structure discussions. I use Hawkins and Shohet’s 7 eyed model to help me consider the dynamics of all the relationships which may be affecting your work; and Page and Wosket’s Cyclical Model to routinely structure supervision sessions. I aim to build an accepting and empathic relationship so you feel secure enough to be honest and talk freely about your work. I encourage you to celebrate successes and explore challenging situations or dilemmas. Usually sessions take the form of a discussion relating to your counselling practice, with a mutually agreed focus, reflecting on one or more aspects of your work. What we talk about is up to you. At each meeting, I ask you what you want to get out of the discussion. I see my role primarily as helping you to reflect; offering new perspectives and guidance if you are stuck; and supporting you to develop professionally in line with your own aims and values. Some people share transcripts or recordings of their work with me to reflect on these directly together (it’s up to you whether you want to do this). As a Humanistic Integrative practitioner, I draw on theory from a number of therapeutic schools including Person Centred, Psychodynamic, CBT, Solution Focused, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Systemic Theory and Existential. I consider myself a trauma informed practitioner. Practicalities I usually use software called Zoom to connect online. This platform encrypts all data sent in transmission and does not require you to become a ‘contact’ with me, which helps to protect your confidentiality. You will need to download Zoom software to the device which you are going to use to connect to sessions; you will be prompted to set up an account but you can choose not to do this and still attend the session. I will send you a meeting invitation prior to each supervision session by encrypted email. If you need support setting up Zoom on your device then I am happy to help you as much as I can. I use Doxy.Me as an alternative to Zoom. This platform is designed for healthcare professionals, is secure and is fully encrypted. It does not require you to download any software on to your device. If you are reluctant to use Zoom or Doxy.Me then I am willing to discuss using an alternative software platform of your choice, though I may refuse to use it if I am not comfortable that its privacy settings are appropriate for therapeutic work. When meeting for online supervision it is important to have a place where you will not be overheard and ideally where you won’t be interrupted. You will need to have strong Internet and telephone connection. I supervise therapists and other professionals based across the UK as well as in a number of other countries too. If you are based outside the UK then please contact me to discuss whether we can work together (with due regard for the relevant law in our respective countries). As well as being BACP accredited, I am also a Professional Member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). I am committed to ethical practice and supervise with reference to the BACP’s Ethical Framework and ACTO’s Code of Ethics. When considering ethical dilemmas, I share my thinking and the basis for it with you, and encourage discussion.  Next steps I offer a free 30-minute initial conversation to talk through what your needs are from supervision at the moment, to ask me any questions you have about my practice and consider whether we might work well together. If we agree that supervision sessions together are both do-able and likely to be helpful, then I will email you an assessment form to complete and return by email, along with a copy of my standard supervision agreement and privacy statement for you to read. We will agree a time/day for a one-off assessment appointment, usually held by online video. This assessment appointment lasts for up to 60 minutes and is charged at my standard rate*. The assessment appointment involves discussing one or two aspects of your work in more depth to trial how it feels for us both to work together. From this we can make a more informed judgment about whether we want to go ahead and meet on a regular basis. *My standard session fee is £60 for 60 minutes or £90 for 90 minutes.  There is more information about my work supervising therapists on my website www.paperplanecounselling.com. If you have questions or you are interested in possibly working together, please do contact me. I aim to reply to messages within 48 hours. My qualifications and professional memberships I hold a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London, and a BACP endorsed Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision from the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). I am a Certified Cyber Therapist and a Certified Clinical Cyber Supervisor, having completed substantial training through the Online Therapy Institute on counselling and supervising online and by telephone. I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred) and a Professional Member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). I am committed to ethical practice and abide by the BACP’s Ethical Framework and ACTO’s Code of Ethics. Since 2019, I have been a committee member of the Yorkshire Supervisors' Forum, helping to organise events for this vibrant CPD group for supervisors of counselling and psychotherapy professionals.

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Hull, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU5

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I offer sessions either online or by telephone.

Online platforms

Doxy
Zoom

Type of session

Online
Phone

I offer online supervision to trainee and qualified therapists from a variety of therapeutic orientations. Appointment times are currently available.

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