Supervision is a process of facilitating via a collegial interaction that has been negotiated in order to protect the interests of and serve the needs of the client. It further enhances and enables practitioner development in relation to their current practice.
What is Supervision?
'A working alliance between a supervisor and a counsellor in which the counsellor can offer an account or recording of his/her work, reflect on it, receive feedback, and where appropriate receive guidance. The object of this alliance is to enable the counsellor to gain in ethical competence, confidence and creativity so as to give the best possible service to his/her clients.'
Inskipp & Proctor describe supervision as:
I really enjoy giving supervision and am enthusiastic about developing you as a counsellor to reach your fullest potential. I try to build a relaxed, secure and constructive relationship, whereby you feel able to be honest about your client work, the counselling process, your fears and concerns and of course the things that work well too.
What can I expect from supervison?
Supervision is an ethical requirement of the BACP, as well as being a requirement for some agencies and organisations. It ensures accountability and guidance for those of us working with vulnerable others. Many of us work in isolation with our clients and supervision helps to ensure we maintain our boundaries and our professionalism. The Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions that Cathy adheres to supports us in dealing with the varied ethical dilemmas that can arise in within the counselling relationship.
Is Supervision a requirement?

Clinical Supervision

Cathy is a BACP Snr: Accred Supervisor offering integrative supervision to both student and qualified counselors one to one or in small groups.

Initially trained in Person Centred therapy, my practice has developed more integratively over years, embracing Transpersonal Psychology, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Psychodynamic theory, Attachment Focused Therapy, Transactional Analysist (T), art and creative therapies and Inter-cultural approaches.

For me supervision should be a vibrant experience which is engaging, challenging, encouraging and genuinely supportive. I really enjoy giving supervision and am enthusiastic about developing a collegial interaction and a safe and secure relationship of trust, whereby supervisees feel able to be honest about their client work, their fears or concerns as well as their triumphs. Supervision is a learning process enabling a constructive reflection of client work, counselling practice and the counselling process to take place. If you want to grow and develop your practice as a therapist rather than just tick a box, then this is the supervision for you.

Supervision is an ethical requirement of the BACP, as well as being a requirement for some agencies and organisations. It ensures accountability and guidance for those of us working with vulnerable others. Many of us work in isolation with our clients and supervision helps to ensure we maintain our boundaries and our professionalism. The Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions that Cathy adheres to supports us in dealing with the varied ethical dilemmas that can arise in within the counselling relationship.

Without supervision a therapist might:

  • Be left confused or overwhelmed
  • Use inappropriate interventions
  • Lose sight of transference and counter-transference
  • Become de-sensitised to their client’s issues
  • Fail to recognise the need for referrals
  • Reach burn out easily

Supervision enables:

  • Fresh insight
  • Monitoring blocks and avoidance
  • Challenge
  • Support
  • Monitoring content, process, theory and practice
  • Monitoring and evaluation of strategies and interventions
  • Exploration of new ideas & techniques
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Attention to fitness to practice and observation of ethics
  • Facilitation of personal development
  • Monitoring risk and safeguarding

Cathy works in private practice as a supervisor, as well as with counsellors from the Kernos Counselling Centre and CARA (Colchester Against Rape & Abuse).

Over the years Cathy has managed specialist therapeutic teams and clinical services for a wide range of specialist agencies including Southend Women’s Aid, SOS Domestic Abuse Projects and Lighthouse Women’s Aid.

Students and qualified counselors having supervision come from a range of training establishments including:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Colchester Institute
  • East London University
  • South Essex College
  • Lifeforce
  • Matrix
  • University Campus Suffolk
  • University of Essex
  • Victoria School of Counselling
  • West Suffolk College

Supervision Fee

Fees per hour are £45.00. Cathy offers a reduced rate for trainee counsellors.