Next Steps supervision services include:
• Individual supervision
• Group supervision
• Adhoc (emergency) supervision
• Face-to-face, telephone and online sessions
Supervision and mentoring sessions are available for qualified and trainee counsellors, psychotherapists, coaches, health professionals, social workers, and complementary therapists.
What is Supervision?
Supervision is a professional working alliance which is mutually respectful, accountable, and conditionally confidential. Its primary purpose is to support the supervisee, which is fundamental to the provision of safe, ethical and competent counselling.
“Supervision is a valuable way of “checking in” with a more experienced practitioner thus supporting and ensuring counsellors stay grounded, maintain professional and ethical boundaries, develop their knowledge, both theoretically and practically, as well as focus on self-care to avoid “burnout”. [Source: National Counselling Society 2021]
At Next Steps, we aim to create a climate in which each supervisee feels understood, supported and challenged. Our supervisor (Suzi Garrod) monitors and supports supervisees in their role by facilitating reflective practice, learning and professional growth. At times she may provide information and direction in the interest of safe practice and the well-being of the supervisee, their clients, other individuals, and the organisation(s) in which they practice.
At the initial session we will discuss what style and precisely how much supervision is appropriate depending on each supervisee’s needs. As a guideline, most professional organisations recommend 1.5 hours of supervision per month for counsellors who are in full-time practice. However, a counsellor’s experience and their client base may affect how much supervision is required.
Suzi follows an integrative approach to clinical supervision, including the 7-eyed process model from Hawkins and Shohet and the developmental approach of Stoltenberg and Delworth. Her style is supportive, purposeful, creative, and respectfully challenging.
A typical supervision session has three elements:
• Overview of your practice – who are you working with and how is it going
• Case presentation – the client, your best plan, where to go next, impact on you
• Development – knowledge, skills, guidance, and support to develop your practice
Suzi holds a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and an Advanced Specialist Diploma in Supervision. She is also an INLPTA certified NLP Practitioner and Life Coach, an EFTi Accredited Advanced EFT Practitioner, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, and a Breath Coach.
To maintain professional standards and to ensure she offers her supervisees the best possible service, Suzi discusses cases anonymously during her own formal supervision of supervision.
Appointments are booked at mutually convenient times. Individual sessions can be 60 or 90 minutes long, depending on supervision needs. Group sessions are usually a minimum of 2 hours and groups are kept small to ensure maximum sharing and support.
Supervision sessions can take place in person at the Next Steps clinic room in Kingsbridge, or at an agreed suitable outdoor location. Alternatively, sessions can take place online.
Please note. Outdoor locations may incur an additional charge of 45p/mile if they are located more than 5 miles from the clinical practice in Kingsbridge.
Trainee counsellors who are undertaking their placement hours with Next Steps, and qualified counsellors who choose to volunteer for Next Steps receive free monthly group supervision.
Supervision fees for non-Next Steps counsellors can be found here.