Counselling supervision

Our definition of Supervision is to provide a legitimate and authoritative Supervisor to support and review the work of a counsellor. In addition to ensure that the occupation of counsellor adheres to ethical and professional boundaries and applies up to date and relevant therapy.

In other words, clinical supervision attends to the counsellor’s professional and personal needs as they directly affect the welfare of the client.

Supervision is in itself a form of therapy, or at least a therapeutic process, although the supervisor does not become the counsellor’s therapist, therapeutic issues are addressed in supervision. If a counsellor is experiencing problems that interfere with his or her clinical functioning, such blockages are dealt with in the supervision sessions. We provide a safe sanctuary for the supervisee to explore personal and professional growth issues.

The focus of supervision is on personal and professional growth, transference and counter transference, defences, analytic processes, and the use of self as an emotional force in therapy. It can also been seen as training, instruction, and evaluation.

We are flexible in our approach to providing supervision and can provide a range of models for how the therapy sessions are conducted. These approaches indicate that the purpose of supervision is to bring about change in the knowledge, skills, and behaviour of the counsellor, typically one with less training and experience than the supervisor. These approaches have four main components:

  • The experienced supervisor is, at least, more experienced than the counsellor being supervised
  • The raw materials are actual clients engaged in therapy
  • There is a principal concern with the welfare of both the client and counsellor
  • The goal is to enhance the counsellor’s therapeutic approaches 

Supervision is the clinical preparation of a counsellor for the practice of therapy; it involves transforming principles into practice. In supervision, a successful supervisor guides a counsellor’s professional development, so that the counsellor acquires essential skills and learns to take independent actions through sound clinical reasoning and judgment.

Addiction Solutions can help a counsellor fashion a personally integrated therapeutic style that sustains them throughout their professional lifetime.