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Regular Supervision for Counsellors: for reflection, feedback and where appropriate, guidance


Regular supervision enables counsellors and psychotherapists to review their work with clients, enhance and develop their professional practice. The supervisory relationship is not primarily a therapeutic one.

Definition of Supervision

“The primary purpose of supervision is to ensure that the counsellor is addressing the needs of the client” (BACP)

Inskipp and Proctor describe supervision as a working alliance between a supervisor and a counsellor in which the counsellor can offer an account or recording of her/his work, reflect on it, receive feedback, and where appropriate, guidance. The object of this alliance is to enable the counsellor to gain in ethical competence, confidence, and creativity so as to give her/his best possible service to her/his clients.

Why Supervision?

  • Supervision is an ethical requirement (BACP, organisations, agencies etc).
  • Supervision ensures accountability among Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
  • Many professionals work in isolation and solitude and the work can be exhausting, creating vulnerability.

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