Carolyn Tailford

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Lisburn BT28 & Crumlin BT29
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Supervision details

Counselling supervision refers to a professional relationship between a counsellor and a more experienced and qualified supervisor. It is a crucial aspect of the counselling profession that aims to ensure the ethical practice, competence, and well-being of the counsellor.

Supervision provides a safe and supportive space for counsellors to reflect on their work, explore challenging cases, and enhance their professional development. It involves regular meetings between the counsellor and supervisor, during which the counsellor's client work is discussed in detail.

The role of the supervisor is multifaceted. They provide guidance, feedback, and constructive criticism to help the counsellor improve their skills and effectiveness in working with clients. Supervisors also ensure that ethical guidelines and professional standards are upheld, addressing any ethical dilemmas or concerns that may arise in the counselling process.

Additionally, supervision serves as a form of self-care for the counsellor. It offers an opportunity for personal growth, self-reflection, and self-awareness. The supervisor helps the counsellor manage their own emotions, countertransference, and professional boundaries to prevent burnout and promote well-being.

Counsellor supervision is a collaborative and confidential process that fosters a supportive and trusting relationship between the supervisor and counsellor. It plays a vital role in maintaining the quality and integrity of counselling services, ultimately benefiting both the counsellor and the clients they serve.

I work from The Inskipp & Proctor model which is known as a function model, or three-function model, because it deals with the formative,
restorative and normative functions of clinical supervision.

The model concentrates on the philosophy of clinical supervision as
not something you do to a colleague or that a colleague does to
you but a two-way, cooperative process that emphasises
interpersonal support (Rafferty and Coleman, 1996).

The restorative function: Gives attention to the emotional needs of the
“nurse”, how they have been affected by the work with patients, and
how to deal with them constructively. Focuses on health and wellbeing,
supportive help for professionals working constantly with stress and

The formative function: Focuses on developing skills, understanding and
ability, by reflecting on and exploring the work of the person being

The normative function: Helps ensure that the professional
standards and professional/organisational roles are met; is the
gate-keeping or quality-control function. With the focus on
monitoring and evaluation of the quality control aspects of professional practice.

Being able to switch focus between these different areas of the
supervision process requires what Hawkins and Shohet (2006, 51) call
the ‘helicopter ability’.

Our supervision model emphasises the importance of the supervisory relationship, self-awareness, and personal development for the supervisee. It promotes a collaborative and reflective approach to supervision, fostering a supportive and learning-oriented environment. The model recognizes the dynamic nature of the supervisory process and the significance of ongoing growth and development for the supervisee's professional practice.

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.

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Type of session

In person

Supervision provides a safe and supportive space for counsellors to reflect on their work, explore cases, and enhance their professional development.