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About placements at Help

Help Counselling offers volunteer counselling placements for trainee counsellors or therapists in the London area.

January 2023 update: We are currently accepting new placement applications – please see the details below before applying.

Who we place at Help Counselling:
We want to work with trainee counsellors who are committed to a professional career in counselling. We are always looking for trainees who are empathetic and professional and who want to make a positive difference to people’s lives. You must be working your way towards completing your BACP or UKCP registration. Please see checklist of requirements on the ‘how to apply’ section below.

What we give you:
We will provide you with a supportive, structured and caring environment including fortnightly group supervision. Supervision groups run for 90 minutes with a maximum of 4 supervisees to support your client work. We have a duty of care to you and will not give you clients that we do not think you are ready for. We do not take on cases that we feel could put you at risk, nor do we take on cases where clients have recently put themselves at risk. The majority of our clients suffer from anxiety and depression though some may have substance abuse issues, or personality disorders.

We also provide a facility for individual supervision if required as well as mentoring with a placement manager.

You will be expected to take on an average caseload of 3 clients.

Our approach:
We encourage an integrative approach so that the care we give meets the needs of our clients. We work with both the personal and social factors that cause human distress. We are not prescriptive but let you explore different methods that you and your supervisor feel will be most beneficial to the client.

Our therapy:
Our therapy is provided both online and face-to-face and you will be able to choose to do either or a mixture of both.

What makes us different:
Unlike many placements we can provide long-term work for some of our clients with higher needs, giving you the opportunity to develop the therapeutic relationship. This option of long-term working allows you the scope to address long standing and complex issues at a deeper level than is possible in short-term work.

Our clients value our work and our their feedback speak for itself: