Supervision in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Supervision in the context of counselling and psychotherapy is in the interests of both clients and practitioners. Most professional bodies in these professions require their members to have regular supervision of their clinical practice.

What is Clinical Supervision?

A counsellor or therapist will work with another counsellor or psychotherapist who is qualified in supervision. The supervisors role is not to act as a “boss or manager” but rather as a consultant whose role is to support the supervisee. They help the supervisee in their  work with clients, and with their personal and professional development.

Who needs supervision?

In line with most professional bodies in the UK my view is that all counsellors and psychotherapists (including those in training) need supervision regardless of their experience.

Why is supervision needed?

As an impartial third party the supervisor protects the client and the practitioner by helping to reduce any possibility of oversight and by encouraging the practitioner to reflect on their feelings, thoughts and behaviour. In this way the supervisor adds to the value of the counselling and psychotherapy service.

What impact does this relationship have on confidentiality?

The counsellor or psychotherapist will discuss particular client issues but full identifying details will not be disclosed. The confidentiality contract will include information about supervision.