Supervision - Acton-Coles Counselling Psychology
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michael acton-coles counselling supervisionSupervision is offered for students and new or experienced practitioners; it  is all about the triangular relationship between therapist, clients and supervision.

I don’t use the word ‘supervisor’ here – I view supervision as a process (rather than a person) in control of the therapist and clients. Collaboration and a strong relationship, where we can explore what’s happening together, is the key to effective therapeutic work. Simply put, a therapist who is supported and helped to think outside the box, and is generally clear about separating their stuff from their client’s, will do great work.

Therapy demands much of the people involved. Supervision needs to offer a holding space, time for affirmation of what is going well and an ability to share what could be. Impacting on the success of all supervisory work is the safety of therapist, clients and the supervisory process.

Therapists in training

I have supervised students of counselling psychology, analytic psychotherapy and Rogerian certificates and diplomas, both psychodynamic trainees in placements and those taking their first certificates in the counselling process.

Worksheets and reports can be completed, scanned and returned by email, as required, without issue.

Therapeutic orientations during supervision

If you are on a course and need supervision for one specific approach to therapy we can accommodate this. However, considering the appropriacy and efficacy of different methods, language and therapeutic situations will be enmeshed within this triangular relationship – no matter which approach you are employing or what issues you are working with.. For areas of experience please look at:

Areas of Work

We follow BPS and BACP ethical guidelines

Confidentiality is covered within these guidelines. Should there be a conflict between the BPS and BACP guidelines, then the BPS guidelines will prevail.

Specialist therapeutic issues

For specialist areas of knowledge (e.g. Pain Management, Gender Dysphoria, Phobia, OCD, Family, Couples (Michael is Relate-trained), Young Persons, Grief, Addictions, etc.), follow the links below:

Who Can we Help?

Areas of Work

Supervision Training


Counselling Psychology Supervision Training


City University of London

Doctorial Studies, Counselling Psychology Supervision,

Group Supervision, Milanian Systemics


Dundee Royal Infirmiary

Department of Clinical Psychology, Supervision Training


Taking the Guesswork out of Getting Help!