The main purpose of the supervision process is to protect and enhance the quality of your therapeutic relationships, in order to maximise the therapeutic benefit to your clients.
Supervision provides a safe space in which you can reflect on your own process, your therapeutic relationships, the supervision relationship and your relationship with the organisation for which you work. Supervision can help you to identify areas in which intrapersonal, interpersonal and spiritual challenges may limit the effectiveness of your work with clients, and aspects of your work and your life which may impact on your wellbeing and fitness for practice. It is also a space where you can reflect on your practice within the Ethical Framework of your Professional Body (eg the BACP) and where you can work through any ethical dilemmas which arise in your work.
Counsellors, psychotherapists and other helping professionals are at a high risk of developing burnout because of their emotional investment in their work with clients, and are also at risk of being vicariously traumatised by working with traumatised clients. Supervision is an essential component in the prevention and treatment of burnout and vicarious trauma.