Amy Mills BACP Accredited Counsellor for Children, Young People and Adults
I offer clinical supervision to therapists, both those in training as well as those who are qualified. I supervise therapists working with children, adults and families. I supervise people working in a range of settings including private practice, local community organisations, schools and colleges.
My experience and qualifications as a clinical supervisor
I have supervised therapists since 2013 and have worked with over 60 practitioners to date. These have included therapists from a variety of theoretical orientations including person-centred, psychodynamic, integrative, gestalt, cognitive behavioural therapists, art therapists and drama therapists. I have supervised people at very different stages of their therapy careers, from seeing their first clients to being very experienced. I have a lot of experience supervising therapists working within school settings. I also supervise therapists working in private practice, local community organisations and the NHS.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and supervise with reference to the BACP's Ethical Framework. I am also a Professional Member of the Association for Counselling & Therapy Online (ACTO) and subscribe to their Code of Ethics as well.
I hold a Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision from Place2Be and CPCAB. I am a Certified Cyber Therapist (meaning I am fully qualified to work as a counsellor online) and I am currently undertaking Certified Cyber Supervisor training with the Online Therapy Institute.
Covid 19 Statement and Current Availability
At present I am not seeing supervisees for for face-to-face supervision sessions until further notice. I am meeting with supervisees for telephone and online sessions, usually using Zoom software. There are details of how I supervise by telephone and online on my website here: https://www.paperplanecounselling.com/supervision.
Currently I am taking on new supervisees and have appointment times available on weekday afternoons.
My supervisory model
All counsellors and psychotherapists are required by their accrediting bodies to consult and actively reflect upon their clinical work with an experienced supervisor on a regular basis. This relationship gives opportunity for confidential discussion of any difficulties the therapist is facing, promotes professional development and ensures that the therapist is working in line with the law and ethically in the best interests of their clients.
I am a BACP accredited, integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. I base my supervisory model on Shohet and Hawkins’* 7 eyed model combined with aspects of Page and Wosket’s** cyclical model.
I value a supportive relationship with each of my supervisees founded on the core person-centred principles of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. Past supervisees have described me as supportive, warm and approachable. From this foundation I find supervisees generally feel comfortable to be open with me in supervision and to discuss a variety of aspects of their work which they genuinely find challenging.
As a BACP accredited practitioner, I supervise in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework (2018) and applicable UK law. I am transparent in this process, sharing my thinking and the basis for it with supervisees, and encouraging discussion. I promote a spirit of joint enquiry to ethical decision making which I believe encourages supervisees to develop a practical understanding of how to use the Ethical Framework and knowledge of UK law, as well as how to use supervision, in order to weigh up ethical dilemmas themselves.
In addition to what is taught at college, I support supervisees’ development as counselling professionals by signposting a range of learning resources in response to the specific client work supervisees are presenting (including reading, online CPD, face-to-face workshops).
As an integrative practitioner I integrate theory from a number of schools of thought including person centred, psychodynamic, CBT, solution focused, mindfulness, attachment theory, systemic theory. I also use creative materials and exercises in my work (e.g. sand tray, art work, puppets) and sometimes use these with supervisees if they express an interest in working creatively and if doing so helps supervisees to reflect on their practice.
*Hawkins and Shohet (2012) Supervision in the Helping Professions. Open University Press
** Page and Wosket (2014) Supervising the Counsellor and Psychotherapist: A Cyclical Model. Routledge
More Information and Appointments
There is more information about my work supervising therapists on my website. I offer both individual and group appointments of varying lengths and frequencies to suit your needs. To discuss whether supervision with me could be helpful for you, you can contact me confidentially by telephone or email using the contact details on this site. Alternatively there is a direct appointment booking facility on my website. I aim to reply to all enquiries within 48 hours.
I charge £50 for a 60 minute supervision session, and pro rata based on this rate for longer sessions (e.g. £75 for a 90 minute session).
I offer an initial telephone consultation of up to 30 minutes for free to get a sense of whether we might be a good "fit" for each other. After this I offer a more formal Supervision Assessment appointment which is 60 minutes and costs £50.