Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Awareness Centre

The Awareness Centre (TAC) offers three clinical placements;

  • An NHS short term placement of six sessions (step 2) or twelve sessions (step 3) for high risk patients. TAC is contracted by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and works in partnership with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) to provide the NHS counselling service within one of the GP surgeries in Lambeth.
  • A short term placement of six sessions (step 2) or twelve sessions (step 3) for high risk patients. TAC is contracted by NHS England to provide the counselling service in HMP Brixton.
  • A long term placement (open ended) to provide counselling within our Low Cost Counselling Service at The Awareness Centre. Clients pay for this service; either £15 if they are registered and receiving most benefits, including working tax credit, registered disabled, pensioners and students or £30-£50 if they are on low income

Please note: Clinical placements are restricted to therapists in the later stages of BACP accredited,  UKCP or registered trainings, or for those who have qualified and are building up their clinical hours to apply for professional accreditation and/or registration. Our clinical placement is known as a training placement and we tend to use the word ‘internship’ because we train and support you to develop your clinical practice enabling you to move into employed and self-employed work.

How can I be considered for a clinical placement?

In order to be considered for a clinical therapeutic placement at TAC, counsellors/psychotherapists are required to have at least 65 clinical supervised hours of working with adults in a one to one setting, experience of working clinically within other organisations and have been in personal therapy for a minimum of one year.

We require all successful applicants to continue in personal therapy throughout their time at TAC and have an Enhanced DBS which TAC will arrange required.

Offers are made subject to a 3 month probation period within which you are monitored and supported in to all aspects of this rigorous but rewarding placement.

We are also interested in candidates who can offer counselling in a second language to support our Multilingual Counselling Service , our LGBT Counselling Service and our Child & Adolescent Counselling Service.

What will be expected of me?

Clinical placement therapists will need to commit for two years and work within both placements and will see eight clients per week. If you want to be considered for the HMP Brixton Placement then this will be additional.

Group supervision is provided in house at TAC on a weekly basis with an accredited psychotherapist and qualified supervisor and you will be working towards BACP Accreditation and/or UKCP or BPS Registration. The  supervision provided is at a ratio of 2 hours per month. Training organisations and/or accrediting organisations may require a higher ratio of supervision. It is the trainee’s sole responsibility to ensure that they make themselves aware of their individual supervision requirements and seek additional supervision where appropriate in respect of any and all involved organisations. All additional external supervision arrangements are subject to approval by the The Awareness Centre.

There will be up to five supervisees in each group and you will work with the same supervisor and group to support both your short and long term clinical work. Your TAC clinical supervisor will take primary responsibility and your course or private supervisor will take secondary responsibility.

Once accepted onto our clinical placement therapists will need to enroll onto our clinical training days before starting your clinical work at TAC. This training will cover clinical assessment, risk assessment, working with clients within the NHS (short term), NHS HMP Brixton (short term) and our Low Cost Counselling Service (Long Term), and good practice management. You will be awarded a CPD certificate for this training.

We currently accept applications from clinical students who study at the following training institutes:

Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE), CPPD Counselling School, Gestalt Centre, Goldsmith College, Metanoia, Psychosynthesis & Education Trust, Minister Centre, The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC) and Roehampton University. Additionally we may consider clinical students from other training institutes.


We are currently providing group interviews at The Awareness Centre.

Enquiries and further information

If you wish to make a preliminary enquiry about a clinical placement, please email our Counselling Administrator, a copy of your CV specifying your training and one-to-one experience as a practitioner. If your CV meets our criteria, you will be invited into our next available group interview and this process will take 90 minutes. You will be notified on the same day via email about the outcome of your interview.

Training Dates:

This two day training is for practitioners on clinical placement at TAC. Once you have been accepted on placement, please register to attend. Please ensure you book on the earliest date for Day 1 and complete both days within 6 months of starting placement at TAC.

You will also be invited into a one and half hour induction process at TAC and thirty minute induction process at one of the GP surgeries or Brixton Prison. You will also learn how to use both of our diary systems for the NHS and Low Cost Clinical Placement Service.

Day One

Friday 29th May 2015, 10.00am to 5.00pm

Day Two

Friday 26th June 2015, 10.00am to 5.00pm


£150* Two days inclusive (*non-refundable)

Book your place on the two day Clinical Practice Training

Please complete the contract below. Select one date for Day 1 and one for Day 2 to complete your booking. Please ensure you book on the earliest date for Day 1 and complete both days within 6 months of starting placement at TAC.

Please note: You must complete the Day One training before you can attend Day Two’s training.

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  • I understand the nature of the commitment that I am undertaking.
  • I accept my place on this two day training.
  • I will pay my fee of £150 in full by debit/credit card.
  • Once my fee has been paid this will not be refundable if I decide not to do the training.
  • Payment must be received on acceptance of placement.
  • I accept that I may not attend the training under the influence of alcohol or
    non-prescribed drugs.


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I attended two training days with Ruth and found her to be sensitive to participants’ needs and able to fulfil students’ learning requirements. Ruth’s delivery was clear, highly efficient and effective, presented at a comfortable pace, allowing time for questions and answers. I have no hesitation to recommend Ruth’s training services: she has a gentle and caring manner, which instantly puts others in a…
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2 years ago I requested a referral from my GP for NHS counselling to try to improve my self esteem and ease in social situations / relationships. Prior to going I planned on just taking up the 6 ‘free’ sessions on the NHS and was sceptical/unsure of what was involved. Caz straight away gained my trust with her genuine concern for my wellbeing, her friendly and non-judgemental approach  and her skill at quickly understanding who I was and where I wanted to go.
Simon, London