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Kirsty gained an MA in Consultative Supervision from The University of South Wales, Newport. She works with groups and individuals requiring supervision and her approach reflects her broader approach to counselling practice. As an integrative counsellor she brings together a blend of theory which enables her to be responsive to the needs of each individual supervisee whilst also bringing clarity and sound ethical practice which is based on experience of practice in counselling adults, as well as having worked extensively with children and young people. Kirsty also holds an MA in Counselling Children and Young People and is currently working towards a PhD in the school of Psychology, Early Years and Therapeutic Studies at the University of South Wales, Newport.
For those of you who want the theoretical detail Kirsty's approach is largely Humanistic (Person Centred, Gestalt and Existential), with the core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard very much at the foundation of her work. A lot of her creative approach is placed within a Gestalt frame although she also integrates aspects of Psychodynamic Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Theory, Solution Focused Approaches, Motivational and Psychoeducational Techniques.
Kirsty is naturally creative and uses aspects of this creativity in her style of supervision and is particularly well known for her use of sandtray as a reflective technique in supervision. There is no pressure to work creatively, she will always offer choice, however this style of working can bring another level of insight to the therapeutic relationship, a more in depth appreciation particularly for aspects of transference and counter-transference in the relationship.
Supervision of Counselling Students
Kirsty works carefully alongside all training institutions and supervisee placements, in order to support the learning of her student supervisees. As a student you can be assured of a suportive, warm and holding supervisory relationship. Supervision creates an extended learning environment to complement your educational needs, building your confidence with client work and sound ethical practice. Kirsty encourages and mindfully inspires students, nurturing self awareness and identity as an emerging therapist.
Online & Telephone Supervison
Kirsty also offers supervision via Online or Telephone. Mostly this is to support face to face supervision where there is already a supervision relationship in place, it can be used particularly if further support is required between regular face to face supervision appointments. Students in particular often benefit from this approach as Kirsty is happy to be contacted to explore any difficulties or challenging circumstances that arise. Sometimes counsellors contract for ‘Online Only’ supervision, Kirsty prefers to work with students on a face to face basis and therefore restricts ‘Online Only’ supervision to qualified counsellors.
Sometimes, for whatever reason, it can be difficult to get to planned supervision appointments, Kirsty is happy to arrange full supervision sessions through an Online or Telephone approach instead, so that valuable supervision time is not impacted due to unforeseen circumstances.
Peer Supervision & Group Supervision
Kirsty provides a whole range of group supervision and professional development services. If you are already part of a group but require a facilitator then please feel free to contact Kirsty to explore the options available, expressions of interest from organisations searching for either a group facilitator or to supervise team members individually are also welcome.
Supervision is currently offered at £55 per hour (£82.50 per 90 minute session)
For students enrolled on a recognised counselling diploma or degree course concessions are available
Payments can be made by Cash, Cheque or Direct Credit
Cancellations are accepted up to 24 hours before the appointment. If an appointment is cancelled on the same day then 50% of the session fee is respectfully requested.
If you feel you would like to know more then please telephone, text or email with your enquiry (contact), Kirsty will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Although offering counselling, psychotherapy, supervision and training from the Way Forward Counselling Rooms in Swan House, 146 - 147 St Helen's Road Swansea, SA1 4DE; Kirsty is open to receiving counselling, pschotherapy and supervision referrals from Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokshire, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Neath Port Talbot CBC(NPTCBC), South Wales, North Wales, Brigend, Neath Port Talbot, Ammanford, Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff, Pontypool, Newport, South West England, Midlands, England. Online and Telephone Services are available to support working from a distance; some mix face to face contact with working online or on the telephone. Supervision referrals are welcome from social workers, helping professionals as well as counselling supervision, psychotherapy supervision, school based counselling supervision, play therapy supervision, supervision for counsellors working with Adults, supervision for counsellors working with children and young people.
The following is feedback from previous supervisees who have given consent for their comments to be published, to reflect their experience of supervision with Kirsty:
“I have been supervised by Kirsty for the past year and have been thoroughly inspired by her ability to guide, teach and lead novice supervisees on their journey through counselling. Kirsty created a safe and secure place for me to explore my thoughts, concerns and quest for knowledge whilst skilfully guiding me in accordance within an ethical framework.”
“Fab. Have grown to enjoy and use supervision to its full purpose with Kirsty and have developed and grown as a counsellor with her guidance and support. She is always there when I need her either by phone or email. Would highly recommend. Many thanks Kirsty.”
“I have found that supervision with Kirsty is comfortable which allows for a reflective process. My counselling is in the development stage as a student counsellor, my confidence in me as a person and in my skills as a counsellor are also developing within in my clinical supervision with Kirsty”
“Kirsty is a warm and supportive Supervisor with a great wealth of knowledge and experience. It is a pleasure to work with her”
“I am particularly interested in Kirsty’s use of creative techniques to enhance the supervision process as it helps add a further dimension to our supervision. Being a psychodynamic practitioner, understanding unconscious processes is very important for me. Working with Kirsty in a creative way enables me to reach a much deeper understanding of my supervision work, identify blocks and consequently helps strengthen my supervisory alliance with my supervisees”
“Since attending supervision, my knowledge about my role as a counsellor has increased immensely. Through supervision, I have learned that CPD is vital for me to help increase my knowledge and give me a better understanding of different theories and tools to use for the benefit of my clients. Kirsty is an understanding supervisor and gives constructive feedback and support when required. Thank you Kirsty”
“This was my first experience of supervision so I did not know what to expect before starting. However, I felt very much at ease with Kirsty, which gave me the opportunity to learn and explore in depth what it was I needed from supervision. It was important for me as a student counsellor to have a supervisor who would be patient with me if or when needed, and I felt Kirsty certainly did this. I really enjoyed the creativity of the Sand Tray and I am still in awe of its power to bring the subconscious to life!”
“I found this supervision experience very rewarding. I was extremely well supported, and knew help was at hand whenever I needed it. Kirsty was very supportive of my own practice, but also challenged me in so many ways and also enabled me to view my own practice from an alternative position.”
“It was during my first counselling placement that I first met Kirsty, my appointed supervisor. Seeing clients for the first time is a daunting and anxiety provoking stage for any counselling student. The need for a considered, capable and empathic supervisor is crucial if the student is to put their theoretical knowledge into ethical and informed practice. Kirsty not only has these qualities, but also is able to convey a sense of warmth, realness and understanding – welcome friends during challenging times. Kirsty’s ability to ‘see’ my blind spots and suggest interventions was a lifting experience together with the non-defensive manner she would respond to my challenges. I will be forever grateful to Kirsty for her guidance and her encouragement to believe in myself.”
“Kirsty’s gift to me was to enable me to develop a firm sense of ‘self’ and the positive role that plays in the therapist/client encounter as well as to trust my strong sense of intuition for future practice.”
“The biggest thing I will take forward would be that I would like to go on in the future to do some in-depth training on creative therapy.”
“My contracting process is one area which certainly benefitted from this experience, and this is definitely one thing which I will take forward. I’m also more aware of transference and counter-transference issues in my work as a result of this experience, and is something I will use to further develop my own practice.”
“The whole experience was excellent for me and I cannot think of anything that could have improved the experience.”
“To say ‘Thank you’ doesn’t seem enough. My experience with Kirsty has been an extremely positive one which kept me focused and looking forward to qualifying…..Thank you!”
“I would like to thank Kirsty for all the help and support she has given me, and look forward to being able to work with her again in the future.”
“Thanks for everything Kirsty”