Cathy Sparkes


Counsellor and Speech & Language Therapist

Work context:

Independent Counsellor, Supervisor and Coach

Areas of interest:

Developing creative approaches in therapy and supervision, supporting individuals and organisations to prioritise self-care, facilitating people to move forward and discover alternatives


Counselling for adults with neurological conditions who have communication &/or cognitive difficulties and their family/friends and Supervision for professionals in the public and independent, health, education and social care settings (

Clinical experience:

Worked in the NHS as an SLT within MDTs in the field of neurology across acute, rehab and community settings, managed an NHS SLT neuro-rehabilitation service and have been working as an independent Counsellor in this same clinical field since 2003

Supervision experience:

Have provided and continue to provide professional & managerial supervision and supervision of supervision to a range of professionals including: SLTs, AHPs, Psychologists, Counsellors, Social Workers and Coaches in NHS and independent settings as individuals, in groups and teams. Have received and continue to receive professional & managerial supervision and supervision of supervision from a wide range of professionals, both individually and in groups.
Co-facilitate foundation and advanced supervision courses through


  • BSc Speech and Language Therapy
  • Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) Counselling & Psychotherapy Diploma
  • Supervision courses in different modalities
  • Coaching Certificate (PCP)



Description of supervision service:


Speech and language therapists ✅
Allied health professionals ✅
NHS workers ✅
Independent practitioners ✅
Social service employees ✅
Education staff ✅
Voluntary sector workers ✅
Newly qualified practitioners
Cross-specialism ✅
Cross-profession ✅


Individual ✅
Paired ✅
Group ✅
Team ✅
Managerial Supervision ✅
Professional Supervision ✅
Supervision of supervision ✅


— supervisor’s base ✅
— supervisee’s base ✅
— neutral location ✅
Telephone: ✅
Video teleconference: ✅

Description of supervision approach:

My philosophy and approach is based on the experiences I have gained in my roles as SLT, counsellor, supervisor, manager, coach, tutor and trainer. Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) is core to my supervision style and approach and informs my role as supervisor and supervisee. In my supervision practice, I strive to: be flexible, responsive, open, authentic, congruent, reflective and reflexive, open out possibilities and alternatives, focus on the supervisee’s agenda, pay attention to process, create a safe space and time for each individual, act as a navigator, creating opportunities for career &/or change development discussion.

Contact details:

Phone: 07970558072

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