If you’re a trainee counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist looking for a clinical placement to complete your hours – or a qualified therapist working towards accreditation with a professional body – then a placement with The Awareness Centre will quickly build up your hours, your experience and your expertise.
There are two main parts to the counselling placement we offer, which will help to develop your skills in different ways:
- Short-term counselling with patients at GP surgeries in Lambeth, as part of the NHS/IAPT service we offer as part of Lambeth Talking Therapies. Counsellors see up to four patients a week for 6 or 12 sessions, depending on complexity and risk. Doing a counselling placement within an IAPT service gives you the chance to work with diverse client groups presenting with a multitude of mental health issues.
- Open-ended therapy with clients at The Awareness Centre, as part of the low-cost counselling service we offer. Counsellors see up to four clients per week, who are referred through our low-cost service. These clients are seen on a longer-term basis, allowing you to develop deeper ways of working.
The counselling placement we offer is demanding personally and professionally, but ultimately rewarding. You can see up to eight clients a week, both short and long term. A critical part of your clinical placement is the weekly two-hourly supervision we offer with supervisors experienced in working with trainee therapists. Feedback we receive from former placement therapists frequently cites the supervision group – and the opportunity to learn from peers from different modalities – as one of the highlights of the placement.
We are recruiting now for counselling placements with an immediate start.
You can find out more about our counselling placement – and what previous trainees say about it – by clicking here.
If you’d like to speak to our clinical team before applying, please email [email protected] You can also call 020 8673 4545 if you’d like a chat with our clinical manager Bonny before sending in your application. [email protected].