Richard Safhill

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MBACP (Accred.), PG Dip (York St John University)
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York, YO31
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Supervision details

I am a highly experienced practitioner with a diploma in supervision, aligned with the BACP framework for supervision. Having supported a number of students through their counselling training, I help you to work through ethical dilemmas that present themselves as well as managing safeguarding and risk. Issues around training and placement provision can often present themselves and I help supervisees navigate these aspects also. My aim as a supervisor is to help you to grow in confidence as an independent practitioner and to use and recognise your unique qualities as a counsellor, firmly believing the importance of bringing ourselves and our unique experience into our work. As an experienced counsellor who integrates person-centred and existential approaches, I use the seven-eyed model as a foundation for our work together. This enables us to explore the relational dynamics of the client with themselves, others and the wider world. This includes a particular focus on the relationship between you and the client and how this acts as a microcosm for the client's wider way of relating to others. I also explore how the relationship between you and the client is then mirrored in our relationship as supervisor/supervisee. From my own practice experience, I have extensive knowledge of working with Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) as well as in private practice. I have worked with client issues including: trauma and historic abuse including childhood sexual abuse; supporting clients in or leaving domestic abuse situations; grief and end of life issues; addiction problems including alcohol, drugs and gambling. Working existentially, I help you to frame these issues from a wider frame of exploring the client's way of being in the world, informed by their upbringing and attachment patterns. From a person-centred perspective, I place our supervision relationship as central, using our relationship as a foundation to develop curiosity about the client's way of relating as well as your growing edges as a practitioner. 

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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The premises I use have disabled access and I also consider home visits for people who are physically unable to travel.

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Type of session

In person

BACP accredited supervisor with diploma in supervision, working in-person or remotely. Humanistic practitioner with extensive client experience.