In this overview, I have given a definition and outline of supervision, together with a description of both 1:1 and Group supervision. I have also provided my profile as background to my practice.

Fees are mentioned at the end.

Supervision: a definition

Supervision is ‘the process by which a coach, with the help of a supervisor, can attend to understanding better both the client and their wider system, and themselves as part of the client coach system, and by so doing, transform their work and develop their craft’.  - from Hawkins and Smith, 2006

Supervision is a professional relationship between a coach and a supervisor to support them in being the best coach they can be for their clients. By clients I mean both the coachees and the organisational clients within which their coachees work.

Supervision covers three key areas:

  1. Developmental – helping coachees develop and grow their practice
  2. Resourcing – being mindful of the coach’s capacity and internal resources to be an effective coach
  3. Qualitative – working within the ethical boundaries of coaching and exploring best practice

Supervision provides the coach with the space to:

  • Bring coaching issues and challenges to explore and move forward with
  • Think through what they have absorbed from their clients
  • Strengthen their practice by keeping themselves honest...helping them to attend to what they are not seeing, not hearing, not allowing themselves to feel, or not saying
  • Check in with their ethical practice, boundary management and best practice
  • Identify circumstances where they may need to refer their coachees to more specialist help
  • Reflect on their own practice more broadly, identifying strengths and opportunities, where their passions are and how they want to develop and grow their practice
  • Explore who they are as a coach
  • Develop their own internal supervisor and deepen their reflective practice

As a supervisor I:

  • Provide a safe space within which my supervisees can discuss, reflect and explore their coaching relationships and their coaching practice
  • Challenge thinking and reflect back
  • Use the Seven-eyed Model to help my supervisees explore individual coaching clients in-depth
  • Share my own experiences as a coach including tools, techniques and models
  • As appropriate to my supervises requirements of supervision and experience, I may also coach, mentor and guide my supervisees


Setting up Supervision: 1:1 and Group

As with coaching, supervision relationships are contracted for to ensure that both the supervisee and supervisor feel they can work together and achieve what the supervisee wants to from their supervision; and the supervisor feels their practice will support the supervisee. For external Executive Coaches this contracting is 2 way, however for Internal Coaches it will be 3 way as the corporate client who is supporting the supervision should be involved.

1:1 Supervision

Here the supervisor works solely with one supervisee. The sessions are for 1 hour and can be held face to face, by Skype or by phone. My supervisees are located in several places including globally through virtual contact. 

The benefits of working on a 1:1 basis are clear as the entire session is focused on the supervisee’s requirements, giving great value to that supervisee, their practice and their clients. In particular, the dynamic of the relationship between the supervisee and supervisor will be stronger and is an invaluable part in mirroring the dynamics between the supervisee and their coachees and clients.

Group Supervision

Here the supervisor works with a group of supervisees (ideally between 4 and 6) in a location that suits all group members. The group members are selected carefully to ensure the right balance of experience, coaching styles and specialisms. The sessions are between 2.5 and 3.5 hours long depending on the group size. Here the supervisor’s role is to lead, facilitate and manage the group, being mindful not only of topics for discussion but also of group dynamics.

The benefits of group supervision are:

  • Providing a supportive atmosphere of peers
  • Supervisee’s receive input, reflections , feedback and sharing from their co-coaches as well as the group’s supervisor
  • Economies of time, money and expertise which can be a particular driver for internal coaches

There are a few  disadvantages of group supervision which are:-

  • There is less time for each person’s coaching topic and potential for some not to receive individual focus for a couple of sessions. The frequency of group supervision therefore needs careful consideration
  • The dynamic in the group is far less likely to mirror that of individual coaching relationships brought by the supervisees

Frequency of supervision:

The frequency of supervision depends on the volume of coaching being undertaken by the supervisees and, where relevant, the requirements of their accrediting body. Supervision can, therefore, be monthly.  Where coaches are not so busy, my minimum criterion is quarterly in line with my Coaching body EMCC (European Coaching & Mentoring Council).  However, supervisees should always feel they can set up a session at any time rather than have to wait to be able to talk through a particular coaching issue that is important to their coaching practice.


Supervision Fees:

For external Executive Coaches 1:1 supervision fees are charged on the basis of their own coaching fees.  Group supervision is charged on an individual participant basis and is £125 per person per session.

For Internal Coaches fees are discussed and agreed with the client and will depend on group size, length of the sessions, number of sessions and the number of groups being supervised.

All fees are subject to VAT and travel expenses, where incurred.

Carole Davidson Supervision Profile

I am a fully qualified Executive Coach & Mentor, accredited with EMCC as a Senior Practitioner.

I have been coaching for around 15 years.  I have been supervising for over 9 years and hold the EMCC ESQA (European Supervision Quality Award) accredited Certificate in Coach Supervision with Bath Consultancy Group.

I own and run Carole Davidson Coaching Ltd, which I founded in June 2006 and provide:

  • Executive Coaching & Mentoring
    • Business Coaching
  • Leadership Team Coaching
  • Coach Supervision and Development
    • Coaching Accreditation assessment support

I have a background in senior HR management across several global organisations, strategic facilitation and Board level team development.

My corporate clients include , NHS,  Local Government,  Professional Services, Police & Fire Services, Retail, Charity and Shipping and Transportation.

My supervisees are coaches at all stages in their coaching careers from newly qualified through to highly experienced.  They are located across the UK and globally.   I train coaches & supervisors as an Associate of  SW Councils  through the ILM programmes of Level 3, 5 & 7 and Level 7 Supervision.