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Suffolk Psychotherapy & Counselling


James Spence - UKCP, MBACP (Accredited), SEA


Tel: 07563 193 691

Email: jamesspence@suffolkpsychotherapy.co.uk

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The supervision I offer is relational and integrative. I have worked as a supervisor in a number of different therapeutic settings such as the NHS, charity sector and in private practice. I have experience of supervisoring either individuals or groups and have completed a certificate in supervision (50 hours training) which was accredited by the BACP. I work with trainee's and student's as well as qualified and experienced counsellors/psychotherapists.


Supervision Questions

Do I need supervision?

The BACP guidelines are as follows:

There is a general obligation for all counsellors, psychotherapists, supervisors and trainers to receive supervision/consultative support independently of any managerial relationships.


What is the purpose of supervision?

The BACP guidelines are as follows:

Supervisors and managers have a responcibility to maintain and enhance good practice by

practitioners, to protect clients from poor practice and to aquire the skills and knowledge

required by their role.


How much supervision do I need?

The BACP guidelines for qualified and trainee counsellor is as follows:

For qualified counsellors the minimum recommendation for supervision is 1.5 hours per month. This is to be increased as necessary (can you take all your client hours to supervision within that time frame? If not then the 1.5 hours would need to be increased as the counsellor sees necessary). Guidelines for trainee counsellors: 1.5 hours per month minimum. A ratio of 8 hours counselling to 1 hour supervision per month, with the trainee to see the supervisor fortnightly.