What’s it like to be on a counselling placement at The Awareness Centre? Here’s what some of our placement therapists have to say

The Awareness Centre has been a great platform for me to start my counselling and psychotherapy career. The team have been very supporting and the fortnightly supervision has really helped develop me into the kind of therapist I want to be.

Kate, SW19

Having a placement at The Awareness Centre gave me a great opportunity to develop professionally and at the same time to grow as a person.


Highlights included having the opportunity to work alongside a diverse client base with mental health needs. Working within the NHS and gaining great insight of the workings of the IAPT system. Meeting and working in the company of other professionals with different modalities has been greatly valued.


Training offered me a chance to meet and bond with fellow therapists. It really helped my confidence working at The Awareness Centre.

A.E, N1

The group supervision at TAC led by Karen Dempsey, truly supports me in developing my practice, and I am grateful for Karen’s ability to be attuned to each person in the group. Karen encourages collaborative working and always enables me to experience in-depth exploration of my client work and my feelings in relation to it. Therefore, the insights gained for my NHS practice are invaluable and inspiring.

Francesco, NW2

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

Meeting and working with other placement counsellors and sharing their practice has been wonderful. The supervision I have received and the knowledge they have shared with me has been excellent and I believe has made me a better counsellor.

R.P, Hemel Hempstead

Having  a placement at The Awareness Centre gave me a great opportunity to develop professionally and at the same time to grow as a person.


A clinical placement at The Awareness Centre is not for the faint hearted! However, if you wish to embark on an exciting journey to develop your skills, knowledge and experience, this is the place for you. Just six weeks in and I am up and running with a full case load; the range of clients and presenting issues provide a wealth of learning opportunities to hone your skills and gain confidence in your creative abilities as a counsellor / therapist. Weekly group supervision with Michaela McCarthy is equally challenging and rewarding. In an atmosphere of dynamic and intellectual case discussion, Michaela’s authentic guidance, coupled with a no-holds-barred approach ensures valuable support and learning. This is enhanced by the multi-disciplinary backgrounds and therapeutic modalities of the members in the group. As a newly qualified Integrative Psychotherapist I can truthfully say that this placement has exceeded all of my hopes and expectations as I consolidate my learning and prepare myself for the next stage of my career path.

Lesley Cameron

I am completing my MSc in counselling and psychotherapy and have been on placement for 18 months. Being at TAC, has given me a combination of an excellent support structure and access to rich, varied and complex client work. Not only has the placement provided me with long term client work, but also an opportunity to work with the renowned psychotherapist Michaela McCarthy as my supervisor.  The learning gained in supervision has ranged from how to implement good practise management to an exploration of deep counter-transferential work and the implications this holds for client work.

Sasha Stojovic