Supervision for Counselling Professionals

I am a registered Supervisor and specialist in couples and relationship counselling

As a Registered Counselling Supervisor (RCS) and specialist in couples and relationship counselling, I offer group and individual Supervision for new, intermediate, and senior-level counselors with case loads. While counselors who have an interest in learning more about couples work may be particularly interested in working with me, I welcome inquiries from counselors at all levels of experience, and in all chosen modalities and scopes of practice. The annual requirement for a set number of hours of Supervision is part of the Continuous Competency Development Plan (CCDP) for Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT) members. (For a complete description of the requirements, please see ACCT Canada.) The plan was created to bring the requirements for professional development, supervision, and self-care in line with the industry standards in Canada.

The purposes of supervision are to increase competency, promote the professional growth of the supervisee, enhance the supervisees’ safe and effective use of self in the therapeutic relationship, discuss the direction of therapy, and safeguard the welfare of the client.

— ACCT Canada

Shelley Coates Counsellor

Interested in working with me?

My credentials: I am a Master Therapeutic Counsellor (MTC) and a Registered Counselling Supervisor (RCS) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT) #1021

My approach: I consider myself a guide and collaborator with the supervisees that choose to work with me, serving in a range of roles: instructor, consultant, coach, and counsellor.

My practice: In my private practice, I specialize in couples and relationship therapy. I help couples and individuals change their patterns, resolve their issues, heal their pain, and develop the skills to create healthy relationships going forward.

My approach is integrative and direct. I primarily work in the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy and Relational Life Therapy, as well as other couples therapy modalities.

Who I work with: I offer supervision on an individual basis and in groups, for new, intermediate, and Master Level counsellors with case loads.

If you have an interest in learning more about couples work, and/or have couples seeking your support, but feel intimidated at the prospect, this might be the ideal Supervision experience for you.

Regardless of your experience, or your chosen modality and scope of practice, if you seek group or individual supervision, I would love to hear from you.

Supervision locations: I supervise counselling professionals – in groups or as individuals – at my offices in Ladner, BC and online.

What Supervision in my practice is:
  • A tool for professional development
  • A safe place to address confidentiality issues and ethical dilemmas
  • A place of learning to build your expertise
  • A structured framework for reflection that is open to questions and challenges
  • A supportive, process-oriented environment that is practical and nonjudgmental
  • An opportunity to network with other diverse counselling professionals
  • A place to reduce the isolation of work, particularly for counsellors in private practice
During our work together you’ll:
  • Learn how to do a case presentation and set treatment plans and goals
  • Gain a thorough understanding of transference and counter transference
  • Integrate theory and practice
  • Address confidentiality issues and ethical dilemmas
  • Address client impasses with support and input from your group and/or supervisor
  • Receive evaluations, along with authentic support, from your supervisor

What Supervision in my practice is not:

Informal chats about client cases: While this can be valuable, it can also be done with colleagues any time and at no cost to you.

Counselling: With the time constraints of our sessions, and particularly if we are working in a group, we are limited in our ability to delve deeply into personal issues. However, I may ask you to reflect on counter transference or your internal responses as it pertains to your work, but only if you feel comfortable sharing with the group.

I offer individual counselling sessions to my Supervisees to explore personal individual issues, or I can refer you to a separate counselling professional, if you prefer.

A complaints department: While it can feel good at the beginning of a group or individual session to let off some steam after challenging interactions with clients, it is not the purpose of our work together.

Individual Supervision

Individual Supervision offers an in-depth look at your cases, strategies and goals

Individual Supervision is open to new, intermediate, and senior-level counsellors with case loads.

  • Sessions to take place monthly, or as required to meet ACCT standards
  • In-depth investigation of case files, strategies and goals
  • Opportunity to process the Client/Counsellor relationship
  • Time for personal, one-on-one processing with your Supervisor

Group Supervision

Group Supervision offers peer support and a broad range of counselling experiences 

Group Supervision is open to new, intermediate, and senior-level counsellors with case loads, and to those who have a primary individual Supervisor, who wish to experience group participation.

  • One individual Supervision session is required for one-on-one evaluation purposes every 12 months
  • Groups take place monthly or bi-monthly depending on demand; dates and times to be announced
  • New members are welcomed throughout the year

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Ready to enhance your skills and be supported in your work?

Please contact me to find out more about the availability of individual and group sessions, and rates.