Warm, caring, nurturing, and compassionate supervision environment 


I am a qualified supervisor with a Level 6 Diploma in Supervision (distinction), providing supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists for mental health and counselling charities, schools and the helping professions, both on an individual basis and in groups. Supervision sessions can be on a regular or more flexible basis. In a confidential setting, face-to-face or remotely on Zoom, or on the telephone, I offer a warm, caring, nurturing, and compassionate therapeutic environment where counsellors can present their clients, feeling safe and not judged. 

Supervision is a collaborative process and involves a number of relationships between clients, counsellor and supervisor. I trained integratively and draw on Inskipp & Proctor’s Supervisory Alliance Model (1995), which encompasses the supervisory tasks through its 3 functions: normative (managerial/administrative), restorative (supportive) and formative (educative/learning).

My supervision wheel illustrates these 3 functions in the outer circle, maintaining a focus and underpinning the relationship.  The Relationship in the inner circle has the priority relationship between supervisee and clients in the middle.  The arrows illustrate the other relationships, which my supervisees and myself, as supervisor, have with their clients, the agency, and training organisation, where relevant.

Supervision Graph
© Nicky Methven Counselling

Individual Counsellors:

"I am very open with you and I have a lot of respect for you which is important to me. I particularly likely the array of tools that you equip me with and really enjoy my time together in our supervision sessions."

"You are my sounding post and validation. I feel very supported and understood.  I value your supervision style: nurturing and encouraging as well as challenging of myself and insightful."

"I appreciate your open attitude ...... very willing to listen to my thoughts, ideas and experiences before offering advice and guidance.  Our developing relationship is very much a partnership in support of my clients' wellbeing as much as my development as a counsellor."

"Our relationship is professional and supportive but also friendly and grounding. You never appear to judge and are supportive and approachable. You signpost books and resources relevant to specific issues and clients, always giving me the space and time to examine and develop insight and self awareness. As a counsellor, I fully appreciate how much more effective my learning is when I'm able to see things for myself!"

Trainee Counsellor in a Group:

"You are gentle and also professional and I have found the relationship incredibly supportive, guiding, and empowering. You are always calm and thoughtful which enables a freedom and space to process and be utterly honest and open. I have never felt criticised yet have learned valuable insight and considerations at every session, be it through me directly or as a group."