Heather Swan

Heather Swan

Registered Member MBACP

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Supervisor - Leamington Spa

Leamington Spa CV32
Sessions from £55.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates


I usually take annual leave in August.  Other planned leave will always be negotiated in advance with supervisees and supervision cover offered if necessary.

About me and my therapy practice

I am a fully qualified counsellor and supervisor with extensive experience and responsibility for training counsellors. My approach to clinical supervision is founded on the Person-Centred approach though I have qualifications in other approaches including CBT.  As Kirkegaard suggests "we live life forwards and understand it backwards”. Supervision provides an opportunity for you to do this.

My way of working is absolutely underpinned by the person-centred core conditions and the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling Professionals. I am an authentic person, who finds it easy to look for and value what is special and unique in you. I am empathic and will work hard to understand your emotions and concerns in the best interests of your clients.

I aim to offer person centred supervision, working collaboratively and phenomenologically with you. Working in depth is important to me. As E Lambert suggests, congruence is the main purpose of clinical supervision. I aim to provide you with a reflective learning space in order that you can be more of yourself and therefore more effective when working with your clients. It is important that our relationship is trustful, sustaining and ethical, based on accountability and candour.

Practice description

My work is informed by a supervision curriculum, including clear boundaries, contracts, review and safeguarding. The degree of structure can co-evolve depending on your needs and learning preferences. If preferred, I can offer you a space to share anything you need to pay attention to. Where you think it is helpful, we can explore the functions (Proctor), process (Hawkins and Shotet) and/or cyclical (Page and Wosket) supervision models. We can use Interpersonal Process recall (IPA) and work creatively if you have this preference.

I aim to provide helicopter vision where we can capture any transference and parallel process dynamics including what we always talk about and what do we never talk about.

All issues brought to supervision will be given equal importance (horizontalization). I will give very careful attention so that we can become more aware of the impact of ‘edge of awareness’ aspects that may be impacting the therapeutic relationship. Michael Jacobs suggests the presenting past is ever present in the counselling dynamic.

There is value in reflecting on the ethical framework, any changes in the law and good practice guides once a year.

In summary, I hope, in relationship, we can both be ourselves, increase our capacity to use and accept more aspects of self, to free processes and thoughts that may be damaging and restrictive; to continue to develop and emotional connection to self and others (alone and together); to be emotionally present, open to feelings and safe to hold and share hidden materials in the here and now. Supervision can have elements of training, mentoring and counselling as necessary, most of all I offer an approach that is based on ‘appreciative inquiry’. It is more effective to build on your strengths than focus on weaknesses; to feel affirmed and empowered.

I work from an office in Warwick and also at home in Leamington Spa. I offer supervision to fully qualified counsellors and trainees.

My first session

I offer a free initial consultation where we can meet and discuss further how I work as a clinical supervisor and what you need and want from supervision. This can include any external factors that may have an influence on this process including your work context and any training/accreditation requirements.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Personal development, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Trauma, Women's issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Person centred, Phenomenological

Clients I work with

Adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work

Languages spoken