Voluntary Counselling Placement

Build up your experience and confidence with our voluntary therapist opportunities. Counselling placements at The Awareness Centre promise to challenge you as much as they support you on your journey to becoming a professional therapist.
To join our placement programme, please complete the application form

For related enquires, please email placements@theawarenesscentre.com or call 020 3481 6687.

Learn What Life is Like as a Therapist

Being a voluntary therapist on placement with The Awareness Centre is a valuable opportunity that will prepare you for your practice wherever you are in your development.

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

Counselling Placement Criteria

At TAC, we offer three separate placement levels. You’ll find one to suit you no matter where you are in your development as a therapist.

Trainee therapist counselling placement for trainees who have completed their foundation year / level 3 certificate.

      • 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.

Trainee therapist counselling placement for trainees 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 moved onto the Level 3 placement upon approval by our TAC clinical team and your TAC supervisor.

Therapist counselling placement 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

Trainee therapist counselling placement for trainees who have completed their foundation year / level 3 certificate.

      • 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

Trainee therapist counselling placement for trainees 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 moved onto the Level 3 placement upon approval by our TAC clinical team and your TAC supervisor.
Criteria - Level 3

Therapist counselling placement 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.

Choose The Right Counselling Service For You

Low-Cost Counselling Service

Choose to practice as a voluntary therapist in our low-cost counselling service (LCCS) 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.

Our low-cost counselling service offers therapy on an open-ended basis at one of our London counselling centres. Our low-cost service offers a fixed fee for all clients. Working here as a voluntary therapist helps you learn about good practice management, and allows you to develop long-term therapeutic relationships with your clients with the support of first-class supervision and training. You can see up to four clients per week during Monday-Sunday daytime slots and Friday evenings.

NHS Counselling Service

Choose our NHS counselling placement and you’ll learn how to work in a solution-focused, short-term way with a diverse client base – as well as gaining the experience of working alongside a multi-disciplinary team within IAPT.

Our NHS counselling service involves seeing up to four patients a week on a short-term basis within GP surgeries in Lambeth, 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 George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG). We work in partnership with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) to provide our NHS counselling services.

How to Apply

  • Apply online by completing the online application form.
  • 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.

Please note that 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.

We are particularly interested in hearing from therapists that speak additional languages to join our Multilingual Counselling Service.

Our Clinical Supervisors

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

I’ve found TAC to be a challenging and supportive placement where there is a lot to learn, but it means I feel like I’m progressing in my training. There is lots of paperwork, policies and procedures which are great to know and understand as it feels very reflective of how working in an agency might be. I like the fact there’s the possible placement opportunity in the NHS as I gain more experience. Also, everything is very well organised here.

Caroline, SE8

I joined TAC Tooting on placement in November 2018 and although I found the initial training intense, it is also comprehensive and prepares you well for life with clients. My supervisor is extremely knowledgeable and supportive and I really enjoy the company and sharing of skills with my peers. The whole experience has been very positive and I hope to stay with TAC Tooting and support my long term clients for the foreseeable future.

Julie, SW12

I’ve been at The Awareness Centre for two years now and I can truly say it has been the best way to start my counsellor journey. I’ve been supported every step of the way with an amazing supervisor and peer team and have been encouraged to experience different ways of counselling, all of which is provided within the centre itself.

Rachel, DA16

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