Ethics in Counselling & Psychotherapy


In Britain, Counselling Supervision is considered to be essential for practising Counsellors’. It is obligatory for Counsellors continued accreditation with BACP.

Explain why this is so and if possible, include reflections on your own experiences of Counselling Supervision to support your points.


This essay explains why Supervision is essential for the practising Counsellor, also why it is obligatory for a Counsellors’ continued accreditation with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). Supervision over the past 30 years has become more accepted as an integral part of ethical practice and as an essential support for the therapist. All practising therapists are required to be in regular Supervision throughout their Counselling career, it is a requirement of BACP that Counsellors accredited by them have regular Supervision from a qualified Supervisor McLeod (2009). Ethics, contracts and boundaries will be the main focus of any Counsellor, as they would ultimately feel responsible for their client’s welfare. In any Supervision relationship where the person-centred approach is used, the relationship can be theorised as a parallel process to the client therapy relationship; where the counsellor becomes aware of the processes taking place not only in herself, but in the relationship with the client therefore assisting and empowering the process and allowing herself to be more congruent in the relationship with the client. The Supervisor would accept the Supervisee as a person in process and trusts in their potential for growth; a person-centred counsellor who is enthusiastic and willing to engage fully with the client will be changed by the experience of which the Supervisor is a witness to the change Mearns & Thorne (2005). The Supervisor and Supervisee relationship is an ultimately professional one for the purpose of upholding good practice, professional...