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Supervision is a formal process in which a qualified or trainee psychotherapist or psychotherapeutic counsellor regularly presents his or her client work to a designated or chosen supervisor as way of enhancing their practice through careful reflection on the process.

The main purpose of supervision is to ensure the efficacy of the therapist’s psychotherapy practice which, in turn, will enable a therapist to work towards the best possible psychotherapy practice for their clients.

Supervision is conducted within a formal working relationship. But it can take different constructs such as in groups, on a one-to-one basis, by telephone, by internet, in writing or by video.

Supervision in UKCP

UKCP members may be required to follow to a number of supervision policies.

UKCP has an overarching policy on supervision, which applies to all members. Each UKCP College has supervision statement, setting out the requirements for members belonging to that college. In addition, some UKCP organisational members may have their own additional supervision policies.

Find a supervisor

UKCP has a supervision directory available to members. If you are a UKCP member, please login to the members’ area to access the directory.