Clinical Supervision for Psychotherapists and Counsellors

What is Supervision?


Professional psychotherapists and counsellors are required to have regular clinical supervision which can also be called consultancy.

Supervision is used in counselling, psychotherapy and other mental health disciplines as well as many other professions involved with working with people such as complementary and holistic therapists.


In practice, supervision sessions are a meeting between a practitioner and one or more other professionals who have the skills and experience to discuss casework and other professional issues in a structured way. Client anonymity is always protected and the focus is to ensure the therapist is able to provide the best support for each client.

I provide supervision following BACP ethics and guidelines to trainee and qualified psychotherapists and counsellors as well as to complementary therapists.

Geraldine McManus Physiotherapy and Counselling

Supervision for Complementary Therapists

Working with people can bring up unexpected reactions in therapists and it is valuable to explore these proactively for the benefit of both client and therapist.

Complementary therapists are not necessarily required to have supervision by their professional bodies, but since they work very closely with people, they may encounter many of the same situations as those therapists whose work focuses on the psychological realm.

Clients may present unanticipated psychological issues and react emotionally when with complementary therapists. However, complementary therapists often work alone and independently and may need and benefit from the support clinical supervision can provide.

The opportunity to discuss casework confidentially and anonymously with an experienced professional can enable profound new insight and professional development.

Acupuncturists, massage therapists, nutritionists, osteopaths, reflexologists, and so on, say they benefit from clinical supervision.