Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision

Peter Lowis MA, DipPsych, DipSupervision, MBACP (Accred), UKCP Reg. Clinical Supervisor

My Philosophy of Supervision

“Supervision aims to facilitate the development of clinical and personal skills in the context of a relationship in which the therapist feels safe enough to make mistakes.”  (COSRT)  

Supervision is a place to bring any issue that arises from or impacts on your counselling practice.

The primary purpose of supervision is to enhance the therapeutic value of counselling.  An important secondary function is to promote the growth of therapeutic competence in the supervisee.

Supervision is primarily a containing and enabling process, rather than an educational or therapeutic process

The act of reflecting together upon counselling work in supervision is, of itself, facilitative of the counselling process.

Aspects of the therapist’s work with the client are often replayed in some form in the supervision session. Therefore, dealing with the dynamics of the supervisory relationship is an important part of the supervision process and frequently will shed light on work with clients.

The supervisee may unconsciously both censor the material presented and at the same time provide clues as to what most needs addressing.

We do not have to understand everything that is happening in supervision and can accept that not knowing is a valuable part of the process.


Experienced Supervisor 

I have undertaken supervision as part of my work since 1998. In 2004, I obtained my Diploma in Integrative Clinical Supervision from CPPD in London. To date, I have provided group and individual supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists (and also workers in allied professions) for the following organisations:

ChildLine; City & Hackney MIND; CPPD (UK) Ltd; Off Centre Hackney Young People's Counselling Service; Hackney Social Services Leaving Care Team; NHS Haringey IAPT Services; Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC); Southmead Touchstone in Bristol; the University of the West of England's clinical doctoral programme in Counselling Psychology; Caring in Bristol.

Supervision meetings generally take place at my practice on Orchard Street in central Bristol BS1. I am sometimes also able to offer supervision appointments in Fishponds BS15. My standard fee for supervision is £55 per consultation.