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Meet The Counsellors – Margaret Interview

Written by on December 23, 2019

My name is Margaret and I’m head of Children’s Counselling Support Service. I’m also clinical supervisor with Anxious Minds.

► How long have you been working as a counsellor and clinical supervisor and how long have you been with Anxious Minds?

I’ve been working as a counsellor in the voluntary sector for approximately 10 years, as a clinical supervisor about seven years now. I’ve been working with Anxious Minds – I started working with them earlier this year.

► Could you tell me about the duties and responsibilities of your role with Anxious Minds?

I do have a diverse set of duties and responsibilities that I work to on a daily basis, it can come from anything from doing client assessment and then passing the paperwork on to a suitable counsellor or I can be doing counselling myself with Anxious Minds and that would be weekly sessions up to 18 sessions and I also do clinical supervision with all the counsellors in Anxious Minds.

► What counselling and supervision qualifications do you have and has that changed in the recent past?

I have a degree in counselling and I also have a level six certificate in supervision, it depends you become a practitioner and you can counsel once you have a foundation degree with counselling but it’s up to the practitioner then how they choose to progress further and they can go up to masters level.

► Can you explain to us what clinical supervision provides for counsellors?

It provides a space for the counsellors to reflect on their current practice or aspects of the practice and we look to reach the clients desired outcomes.

► How much supervision should counsellors have?

Professional bodies within the UK for example the British Association For Counselling and psychotherapists – what they do is they set the minimum standard of one-and-a-half hours per month that equates to approximately eight client hours to one clinical supervision hour but we also suggest as well if there’s a heavy case load or a difficult complex case load – what we would suggest is having more counselling and more clinical counselling supervision.

► What is included in a typical supervision session?

What we tend to do is we have we look at the case management but we also look at the relationship between the counsellor and the client and we just make sure that the supervisor and the client that they are working effectively, ethically and safely.

► How would a supervisor respond to support the counsellors needs?

Dependent on what’s brought into session we would support the the counsellor by offering appropriate guidance if required, we would also look to see maybe if there’s any issue going on that the counsellor is struggling, it might be their own personal needs that they are suffering from a bereavement for example and they haven’t taken enough time out of counselling. What I would do is I would support them by suggesting they take further time off from counselling or offer them some additional supervision.

► In supervision sessions how do you maintain client confidentiality?

We take great care with client material that comes into session and all of the client material is anonymised and we can’t identify the client in session at all.

► How do supervisors get support?

I seek professional support on a daily basis with my work but I also get clinical supervision myself.

► What would you say is the most rewarding aspect of being a clinical supervisor?

The most rewarding aspect is actually watching the counsellor develop and also grow, not just with the clients but with their confidence as well.

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