Counselling volunteer


Volunteers work in two of our counselling services: a long term psychodynamic service and a short term service that is integrative. The short term service is not suitable as a first placement as counsellors are required to do the initial assessment.

Training course requirements

To be considered for a volunteer counselling placement all applicants are required to have as a minimum requirement completed a BACP/UKCP/BCP counselling certificate and to be in second year of BACP/UKCP/BCP accredited diploma in counselling. For the long term service the training course must be psychodynamic, for the short term service the training course can be person centred, integrative or psychodynamic.

Personal counselling requirements

To volunteer for either service we would expect applicants to have been established in personal counselling/therapy for a minimum period of 6 months.

Previous clinical experience

For the long term service no previous experience of face to face work is required, but we would expect some experience of telephone counselling or having provided support in a helping relationship such as befriending.

The short term service is not suitable as a first placement as volunteers are required to assess clients suitability for the service. We would expect volunteers to have gained 100 to 150 hours formal face to face experience before applying.

Applying to become a volunteer counsellor

Please download the volunteer counsellor application pack and equal opportunities monitoring form or call the office on 020 8343 5700 to request a printed copy.  Please note that we do not accept CVs.