Supervision is defined as:

“a joint endeavour in which a practitioner, with the help of a supervisor, attends to their clients, themselves as part of their client practitioner relationship and the wider ecological context, and by so doing improves the quality of their work, transforms their client relationships, continually develops themselves, their practice and the wider profession”

Hawkins and McMahon (2020, p. 3)

The agenda in the supervision context is set by the supervisee, in collaboration with the supervisor. Building a therapeutic alignment which may be a short through to long term duration, depending on the modality and depth of presenting issues. The methodology will determine the balance between the agenda being set by the counsellor and/or the supervisee.

Supervision encourages the supervisee to reflect from different viewpoints, and for the supervisee to be encouraged to evaluate the supervisory work. This is done through the use of encouragement with a balance of challenge and confounding habituated patterns that need to be unlearnt.