Karen Smith

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BA (Hons) Couns, MBACP. Child, YP & Adult Counselling
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Newport, Isle Of Wight, PO30
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This professional is available for new clients.

Supervision details

About me

I provide 1:1 and Group Supervision. As a qualified Creative Supervisor, I offer a safe space to help you reflect on your work with clients. I aim to develop a collaborative working relationship with you so you feel safe enough to openly explore any thoughts, feelings and experiences about your work without judgement. My aim as a supervisor is to help you to gain in ethical competence, confidence, compassion and creativity to give your best possible service to clients, and to reflect on all aspects of your clinical work.   I work within the BACP ethical framework.

What is Creative Supervision?

When we refer to creative supervision, we are not talking about artistic talent. Creative supervision includes the use of creative approaches, utilising a variety of theoretical frameworks. The aim is to support you in fully exploring and finding solutions to dilemmas in client work. There are two aspects of creative supervision, the first one is the techniques used by the supervisor and the second is the resources or materials that can be utilised. Examples of resources are sandtrays, symbols, art materials, stones/crystals, music, clay, postcards/images, metaphor & letter writing. Creativity can provide quick and powerful insights into clinical work that can circumnavigate the use of words.

Group Supervision

When we attend group supervision, we learn not only from our own sharing of our client & professional practice but also from contributions that group members make too. Members will need a willingness to work collaboratively with other group members, to actively participate, be open to sharing experiences and a willingness to learn from each other.  There is a wonderful richness to the amount of insight a group can bring to what you share in supervision. It is important for you to feel comfortable and safe in your supervision group and take responsibility for your part in this process. For this reason, group sizes are limited to 3 or 4 people and are closed groups. 

I can offer supervision across the UK online as well as in person on the Isle of Wight.

Supervision Fees:

Individuals: £60 per hour.  £82.50 (1.5 hours)

Group Supervision for Qualified Therapists. 3 people 1.5 hours/4 people - 2 hrs. Groups run once monthly. Please contact for fees.

Integrative Sandplay Therapy Students: £70 per hour with some concessionary rates available).

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Chillerton, Newport, Isle Of Wight, PO30

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Type of session

In person

Welcome to my Supervision profile. My name is Karen Smith and I am a qualified Creative Supervisor.


Karen Smith
Karen Smith