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Coaching Supervision

What is Coaching Supervision?

Coaching supervision is a collaborative process in which the supervisor supports the supervisee in reflecting on and developing themselves, their practice, and their client relationships – resulting in increased effectiveness for the benefit of their clients and related stakeholders.

Supervision provides a safe and supportive space to share and be curious, to slow down and reflect deeply on successes, challenges, doubts, and whatever is drawing your attention. It promotes increased awareness of the coach, their coaching relationships, coaching interactions and what is and is not working.

Supervision is a place to be okay with not knowing, to let go of having to prove yourself and to experiment with new ways of expressing yourself in service of your clients.

The approach and content will vary depending on the style, needs and wishes of the coach, and the particular emphasis, strengths and ways of working of the supervisor. As in coaching, it is a partnership that evolves and is created together. In general, the main areas of focus cover:

  • Development of the supervisee’s
    • Skills
    • Understanding
    • Capacity
    • Use of self
  • Resourcing and sustaining the supervisee as a person
    • Well-being
    • Nourishment
    • Processing of interactions and emotions
  • Quality of the supervisee’s work
    • Results
    • Ethics and Standards
    • Boundaries
    • Blind spots

Why engage in Coaching Supervision?

The over-arching purpose is to be a better coach, to develop and support your clients in achieving the results they want and care about. In relation to this, the benefits of supervision include:

  • Continuous personal development which is central to continuous professional development
    • Who you are is how you coach
  • Increased presence, resourcefulness, confidence, and use of self
  • Enhanced understanding of clients and relationships
  • A safe space and support to reflect on and work with challenging client situations
  • Exploring current and possible interactions with clients
  • Support in maintaining and enhancing coaching quality, standards, ethics and boundaries
  • Meeting the requirements of organisations and professional bodies
  • An appreciative space to acknowledge and celebrate success

The various professional coaching bodies provide their own definitions and perspectives, some aspects of which have been included above. You can find out more at:

Association for Coaching (AC)

European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)

International Coaching Federation (ICF)

Difference between Coaching Supervision and Coaching

In coaching the coach supports the coachee, and appropriate stakeholders, in setting the agenda and working toward the results they want in different areas. The coach does not determine or limit the client’s agenda.

In supervision, while the coach themself may benefit greatly, the context and agenda is always related to the coach’s clients and how to serve them better as a coach.

Supervision builds on common coaching competencies and models and sometimes includes ‘coaching the coach’. Additionally it can put a stronger emphasis on supported reflection and experiment, and has it’s own models and competencies.

Difference between Coaching Supervision and Mentor Coaching

In the early days of mentor coaching, there was a broad remit which included much of what is now covered in coaching supervision, including reflecting on client situations, interactions and relationships and how to improve them.

In recent years, the International Coach Federation (ICF) and others have developed their own specific definitions of mentor coaching related to credentialing. From this perspective:

A Mentor Coach primarily supports a coach in achieving the levels of coaching competency and building skills in the Core Competencies. Coaching Supervision offers a coach a richer and broader opportunity for support and development. In Coaching Supervision, there may be a greater focus on reflective practice and the being of the coach. Coaching Supervision provides a wide-angled lens to review one’s coaching practice with a fellow practitioner.

How is Coaching Supervision done?

Coaching supervision can be done individually, in a group or as a combination. Individual sessions give you more time to focus in depth with individual attention, while groups sessions can benefit from the additional interactions, input and support of fellow participants. Sessions are conducted virtually using Zoom.

Sessions are often arranged at regular intervals with the frequency depending on the supervisee’s wishes and needs, the number of clients and sessions they provide, and the requirements of related organisations and professional bodies. Sessions may also be scheduled in response to particular challenges that arise. Coaches often choose to have 4-8 weeks between sessions.

You will usually come to supervision with particular client(s), challenges, themes or patterns to reflect on. The result that you are looking for might be a specific outcome or we may work with ‘what wants to emerge’ and allow a new way forward to come out of new awareness. You may go away with action steps or you may want to take time to be with new understanding and intentions, to reflect further and to see what unfolds. We will co-create a way of working that suits you and serves your clients.

Contracting for Supervision overview

Contracting covers practicalities, confidentiality and boundaries, mutual expectations and concerns, and if relevant the requirements of particular organizations and professional bodies.

Some of it, including payments, confidentiality and practicalities will be in a written agreement and some of it will be covered in our initial discussion and adjusted over time to match your unfolding understanding, situation and requirements.

I will support you on-going in clarifying what you want and need – including working with another supervisor or professional if that would serve you better.

Before our initial discussion, it will help if you reflect on your particular purpose, needs, requirements, concerns, and preferred way of working. Then together we can see if we have a good connection or if another supervisor would be a better fit at this time.

If you are considering group supervision with colleagues, then you can additionally reflect on the required frequency and timing of sessions. Also consider how you would like to structure them, and whether everyone works each session or whether we explore one or two situations and each participant gets their turn over time.


These vary depending on your experience and situation, and together we can discuss what works for you.

Fees per 1 hour session are generally between £150-£250

Fees per 1.5 hour session are generally between £200-350

Reductions are available for blocks of sessions, paid in advance.

Group supervision sessions are usually 3 hours and fees are higher and depend on the number of participants. They are shared between the group.

If supervision is arranged with an organisation then fees are higher again to reflect the additional work involved.

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