Voluntary Counselling Placement (Internship)

Are you looking for a voluntary therapist role in a counselling placement that challenges as much as it supports you?

Ready for 4 weekly client hours? Want to learn what life is really like as a therapist? Keen to stretch yourself and prepare for private practice? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Being a voluntary therapist on placement with The Awareness Centre will teach you many things to prepare you for your practice. Wherever you are in your development, we can support you into becoming the therapist you’re meant to be. Choose our NHS counselling placement and you’ll learn how to work in a focused, effective way with a diverse client base – as well as gaining the experience of working alongside a multi-disciplinary team within IAPT.

Choose to practice as a voluntary therapist in our low-cost counselling service placement and you’ll learn how to provide a full clinical assessment to work long term with clients, which is excellent preparation for working in private practice. With the support of first-class supervision and training, in both the NHS and low-cost placements you will learn the rigours of good practice management.

We take on counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists who require a voluntary clinical placement for their therapeutic courses.  We take on trainee therapists who are starting out or working towards qualifying/accreditation with BACP, UKCP, BPS, NCP, or COSRT.

What’s unique about TAC is that we offer a three-level placement, depending on where you are in your development as a therapist. Here’s what each placement level involves:

This Counselling Placement is for trainee therapists who have who have completed their foundation year, or level 3 certificate and are starting their counselling or psychotherapy diploma, but who have not accumulated many or any client hours.

      • You are a student counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist in the first year of your diploma course.
      • You are a student counsellor who needs to accumulate generic counselling hours to enrol onto your Psychosexual and Relationship therapy course.
      • You have a letter from your tutor or college to say you are ready for clinical work on a voluntary placement at TAC.
      • You are in personal therapy and will continue therapy throughout your placement with TAC.
      • You can work within the NHS and low-cost Counselling Service.
      • You will complete a TAC training course on managing risk, good practice management and developing your skills in clinical assessment.

Counselling placement for trainee therapists who have accumulated 25-65 supervised client hours.

      • You are a student counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist studying at diploma level or above.
      • You have accumulated 25-65 supervised client hours either within TAC or with another counselling organisation, agency or charity.
      • You have been in weekly personal therapy for at least three months and will continue in weekly therapy throughout your placement with TAC.
      • You can work within the low-cost counselling service and/or the NHS counselling service
      • You will be in twice monthly supervision seeing up to 4 clients per week
      • You will be move onto the Level 3 placement upon approval by our TAC clinical team and your TAC supervisor.

Counselling Placement is for therapists who have over 65+ supervised client hours and are working towards qualification.

      • You are a student counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist reaching the end of your training.
      • You have accumulated 65+ face to face supervised client hours.
      • You are in weekly personal therapy.
      • You can work within the low-cost or NHS counselling service. You can choose to see up to eight clients per week by volunteering on two counselling placements.
      • If you are a student on the psychosexual and relationships training then you can work within our psychosexual placement seeing individuals and couples within the low cost counselling service.
      • You will be in weekly or fortnightly supervision, depending on how many clinical hours you do.
Criteria - Level 1

This Counselling Placement is for trainee therapists who have who have completed their foundation year, or level 3 certificate and are starting their counselling or psychotherapy diploma, but who have not accumulated many or any client hours.

      • You are a student counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist in the first year of your diploma course.
      • You are a student counsellor who needs to accumulate generic counselling hours to enrol onto your Psychosexual and Relationship therapy course.
      • You have a letter from your tutor or college to say you are ready for clinical work on a voluntary placement at TAC.
      • You are in personal therapy and will continue therapy throughout your placement with TAC.
      • You can work within the NHS and low-cost Counselling Service.
      • You will complete a TAC training course on managing risk, good practice management and developing your skills in clinical assessment.
Criteria - Level 2

Counselling placement for trainee therapists who have accumulated 25-65 supervised client hours.

      • You are a student counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist studying at diploma level or above.
      • You have accumulated 25-65 supervised client hours either within TAC or with another counselling organisation, agency or charity.
      • You have been in weekly personal therapy for at least three months and will continue in weekly therapy throughout your placement with TAC.
      • You can work within the low-cost counselling service and/or the NHS counselling service
      • You will be in twice monthly supervision seeing up to 4 clients per week
      • You will be move onto the Level 3 placement upon approval by our TAC clinical team and your TAC supervisor.
Criteria - Level 3

Counselling Placement is for therapists who have over 65+ supervised client hours and are working towards qualification.

      • You are a student counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist reaching the end of your training.
      • You have accumulated 65+ face to face supervised client hours.
      • You are in weekly personal therapy.
      • You can work within the low-cost or NHS counselling service. You can choose to see up to eight clients per week by volunteering on two counselling placements.
      • If you are a student on the psychosexual and relationships training then you can work within our psychosexual placement seeing individuals and couples within the low cost counselling service.
      • You will be in weekly or fortnightly supervision, depending on how many clinical hours you do.
Placement Counsellors at The Awareness Centre

Our placement is like an internship where you can graduate to the next level by building your experience and confidence in working with diverse client groups within our counselling services:

  1. Our Low-Cost Counselling Service offers therapy on an open-ended basis at one of our counselling centres in Clapham or Tooting. The amount clients pay depends on their income. Working as a voluntary therapist in our low-cost service helps you learn about good practice management, including note-taking and handling fees, and allows you to develop long-term therapeutic relationships with your clients. You can see up to four clients per week on daytime slots Monday to Sunday, and on Friday evenings. This is suitable for level 1, 2 and 3 placement therapists.
  2. Our NHS Counselling Service involves seeing up to four patients a week on a short-term basis within GP surgeries in Lambeth and Wandsworth and at Jubilee East Health Centre in Sutton. TAC is contracted by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG). We work in partnership with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) to provide our NHS counselling services. This is suitable for level 1, 2 and 3 placement therapists.

All clients are triaged within our counselling service.

How to apply for a counselling placement at TAC

  • Apply online. Complete the online application form by clicking on the ‘Counselling Placement Application form’ button below.
  • If you meet our criteria, the Counselling Department will invite you to attend a group interview and speak to you about slot availability for our NHS and/or LCCS placements.
  • If successful, you will receive an offer of a placement via email. Please respond within 24 hours.
  • You will need an enhanced DBS, which TAC can arrange if required.

Offers of placement are made subject to a three-month probation period, within which you will be monitored, supported and mentored in all aspects of this rewarding placement. For any related enquires for a counselling placement please email placements@theawarenesscentre.com or call 020 8673 4545.

We are particualry interested in hearing from Spanish and Portuguese speaking therapists to join our Multilingual Counselling Service.

Our Clinical Supervisors

Click on the profiles below to get to know our team

What therapists say about their experience on counselling placement at TAC:

From day one I felt welcomed and appreciated as a professional though I am still training. It is a relief to find a placement that allows you to develop as a professional within a supportive environment. I have learnt a lot and still learning. Thank you TAC!

M.B.

I have been on my counselling placement with the Awareness Centre for 18 months and it has given me incredible experience. I have been able to work with a wide range of clients and have learned so much both clinically and from an administration/process point of view. All the while I have been surrounded by a supportive team.

A.M.

I am placed in NHS and in Low-cost and in both of my placements The Awareness Centre has been a massive learning curve for me. The placement have helped me gain knowledge and experience through working with clients.

Özlem Kaldı, DA12

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For any related enquires please call 020 8673 4545, or apply online.

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