• Hi, my name is Marc de Bruin

    Registered International Counsellor and Counselling Supervisor

Your Counselling Supervisor ‘With a Twist’

Professional | Authentic | Transpersonal | Different

Global Reach

As Counselling Supervisor, I work globally by means of conducting 1-1 and group supervision sessions face-to-face, as well via Teams, Zoom and phone. As an experienced counsellor and ex-lawyer, I can help you work through the topics and challenges related to building AND running a successful and fulfilling counselling practice.

Different Approach

I practice counselling supervision differently, from a transpersonal, “bigger picture” perspective. If you are up for another angle to supervision and get a better result in your counselling practice, we should meet for a coffee or tea to discuss your counselling supervision needs. I am Level 4 ACA Accredited, and can also provide supervision for PACFA registered counsellors.

Simplifying Life

I can assist you with ‘simplifying life’, allowing you to increase your professional (and personal) reach, effectiveness and career satisfaction. The aim is to help you build and sustain a long-term, fulfilling counselling practice, where you can make a meaningful difference to an ever growing client base. Simple is powerful, and usually very effective.

One-on-one and Group Supervision for Counsellors

Counselling Supervision Model

Marc practices counselling supervision via the “Rise Up” model, developed by Philip Armstrong, former CEO of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). This supervision model consists of four important steps:

  1. Identifying possible mental and/or emotional health issues for the supervisee. Discussing this step will allow you to have a long and productive career as a practical and functional therapist.
  2. Challenging the counsellor-supervisee’s use of theories, modalities and ethics in relationship to the client. The purpose of this step helps you to learn and expand your knowledge base of theory and practical applications.
  3. Assisting the counsellor-supervisee to develop further as a professional within the accepted guidelines via self-reflection. This is an obvious element of quality control, necessary within the profession, that will enhance your legal and ethical practice skills.
  4. Providing the counsellor-supervisee with business-building skills and career development opportunities. This step will allow you to become a well-rounded, well-respected professional with the industry.

Supervision Formats

Counselling Supervision will be available to you in a one-on-one or group format -or a combination of both.

One-on-one Counselling Supervision.

This is by far the most popular and most requested format of professional and clinical supervision. This format allows you to build a strong supervisory relationship with Marc as your supervisor, is more in-depth, and is tailor-made for you. This form of supervision is the most laser-focussed and will often yield the greatest benefits to your role as counsellor.

Group Supervision.

This form of supervision is steadily growing in popularity. It is more cost-effective for you, and will allow you to interact with fellow counsellors and hear a multitude of topics that are brought to supervision. There is a slightly more generic focus on each of the counsellors’ practices, and can be very beneficial if you are in the early stages of building your practice; enjoy interactions with fellow counsellors; and if you want to engage in professional supervision at a reduced rate. The group will be capped at 8 participants.

Supervision Delivery

Both one-on-one and group supervision can be delivered face-to-face at Marc’s Sippy Downs QLD office, via Zoom Video Conferencing, or via phone.

Supervision Session Fees

At the moment, Marc charges AUD$95 (incl. of GST) for one-to-one, or AUD$55 (incl. of GST) per hour for 2-hour group supervision sessions. Supervision sessions generally go for 55 minutes.

A Little Bit About Marc | Qualifications & Special Interest Areas

Supervision Made Simple

Counselling supervision is essential to protect the client, and to improve your skill set and ability to assist your clients. Counselling supervisors serve as mentors and provide guidance, information and emotional support.

Counselling supervision is used to, among others:

  1. Review counsellors’ professional practice
  2. Manage counsellors’ caseloads effectively
  3. Develop counsellors’ therapeutic and professional skills
  4. Create awareness of counsellors’ own responses to their counselling work
  5. Promote counsellors’ self-care and resilience
  6. To deepen counsellors’ skills and knowledge, so they become better practitioners

It is widely acknowledged that counsellors benefit from having regular professional supervision. This is true for both beginning and more experienced counsellors. The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) recommends one hour of supervision for every 10 hours of client contact. A minimum of 10 hours supervision is required to maintain ACA membership.

If you want to ensure that you establish and run an effective and successful counselling practice, maintain good work-life balance and prevent burn-out, supervision is key.

Finding a good counselling supervisor can be hard. A great many supervisors are available.

Marc de Bruin has been working as a mental health professional since 2005. Previously, he built a career as barrister and solicitor in his former home country, the Netherlands. Marc holds a Master of Counselling from the University of the Sunshine Coast, is a level 4 Registered Counsellor with the ACA and ARCAP and is also registered with the ACA College of Supervisors. Marc’s legal and business background, combined with many years of counselling practice with thousands of clients -and a transpersonal (even spiritual) worldview- make him a valuable partner in supervision conversations. Marc has been trained in, and utilises the “Rise Up” model of Supervision, developed by ACA’s former CEO Dr. Philip Armstrong.

If you are looking for authentic, honest, straightforward, to-the-point and strengths-based counselling supervision “with a twist” to greatly improve your counselling business practice and counselling skills, contact Marc through the content form below, via phone or via the social media links provided.


  • Master of Counselling – University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC)
  • Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness integrated CBT (MiCBT)
  • Diploma of Counselling
  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Cert. IV in Training and Education
  • Cert. IV in Small Business Management
  • Master Certificate Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Certified Life Coach
  • Master of Laws (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Special Interest Areas

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness-based CBT (MiCBT)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Workplace Counselling
  • Career Transition Counselling
  • Life Phase Transition Counselling
  • Anxiety and Depression Counselling
  • Career Development Counselling

What Supervision Clients Say

Marc has a wealth of experience as a counsellor, supervisor & presenter. He uses evidence based strategies in his work with both clients & supervisees. Marc is direct, empathic & approachable – a great support for me in beginning my own private practice.

Just to let you know, the meeting was very successful and I was able to convey my position and feelings. They were so satisfied that there is no further course of action. Thanks for your time last night; it really gave me confidence and I thought back to some of your tips throughout the meeting. I felt more confident having run through things with you and visualised a positive experience and walking away successful. It worked! Eternally grateful.

You were and still are one of the smartest and unique people I’ve ever encountered in my search. I’m glad you’re doing what you do. I can only imagine how many lives you’ve helped turn around. You were a pleasure to talk with.

Thanks Marc! Really enjoyed the last session and look forward to next one 🙂

Just wanted to let you know I’m having so much fun working through your PowerPoint of questions and suggestions to set up business, identify niche clients, making avatars etc.

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and experience!

Thank you again for your very practical presentation yesterday – I have a lot of takeaways from it!

Thank you for your talk today.  I found the content to be really informative and has given me some areas to reflect on whilst developing my private practice.

Fantastic lecture, learned so much

Thank you for your session today.  I certainly got many hints and tips.

So enjoyed your talk. Great practical and useful info! I am already thinking about my target clients!

Thank you so much for your Amazing workshop, I was so encouraged to fine tune everything in respect of my Counselling practice. Love to have a copy of your slide show, there are really good ideas in it and I enjoyed your presentation, it was very much to the point and encouraging

Get in Touch

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