My counselling training was at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where I qualified in 2008. I’ve been in private counselling practice since then and supervising for four years. I also hold a Certificate in Creative Supervision.
From my previous professional life as a freelance training consultant, coach and mentor, I hold a Post Grad Diploma in Learning and Development and a Certificate in Stress Management.
My main modality is person-centred but I am experienced at working with and supporting counsellors from other modalities, and I consider myself to be integrative.
Several factors influenced my decision to become a supervisor, including my 20 years experience of mentoring people through career and personal development transitions, and my experience of supervising volunteer employability mentors for a third sector project.
During my counselling training I found the support and insights of my supervisor invaluable; her knowledge, skills, non-judgement, and her ability to provide a safe place for me to make mistakes, learn and grow was an integral part of my journey. My relationship with my supervisor is an intrinsic part of my professional life.
To help you decide if I’m the right supervisor for you I offer a free half an hour meeting, either face to face or by Skype or Facetime.
Support and Supervision
I also offer support and supervision for those with roles in other caring scenarios e.g. student advice staff, third sector managers and body work therapists.
Often, I find that those working in caring and support roles aren’t always able to access quality support and supervision, which can have negative effects on their health and wellbeing. If you feel this is the case with you in your work, I can help by offering you effective and confidential support and supervision. Typically lasting an hour, usually on a monthly or six weekly basis. I also offer to facilitate small supervision groups.
Supervision offers a safe place to discuss and process work and its emotional challenges, and use the session to reflectively learn and develop. For more information about my supervision services or to make an appointment, get in touch via the Contact Form.
"Barbara is a supportive and encouraging supervisor. She is a patient listener and has great intuition. I have valued her insight, warmth and incisive thinking during the years we have worked together. I would highly recommend her supervision services."
"Working with Barbara as my supervisor has proven to be a wonderful step for my clients, and for myself. Her ability to be along-side, present, and supportively creative is exactly what I was looking for in a new supervisor. She fulfils, and exceeds, expectations in all aspects of clinical supervision, and more.
Barbara manages - with some wizardry known only to herself as a seasoned supervisor - to maintain a professional and relational supervisory alliance whilst also allowing for the personal aspects of practice and their impacts."
"As a trainee, picking a supervisor felt like a daunting task. What struck me first in reading Barbara’s biography was her warmth and acceptance and this has been apparent throughout our work together. Barbara understands the challenges I face as a trainee and has supported me throughout. She has provided a safe space where I have been able to grow into myself as a counsellor. I feel held in a relationship where I can be challenged and can bring whatever I am experiencing in terms of client work."
"Overall, I feel so much more positive and forward-looking, and I'm excited to see what the next chapter will bring. Thank you so much for all your support and guidance, you've been brilliant. I feel sad to cancel our sessions, but I know it is ultimately a positive thing!"