BCC Counselling Placements
Thank you for your interest in Balham Counselling Servic. We offer counselling placements on a voluntary basis. Our volunteers are an essential part of our team and we couldn’t provide our counselling service without the valuable contribution from our volunteer counsellors.
As of March 8th 2021, the centre has just reopened and we are slowly gearing up to resume normal service. As these are unprecedented times, we are following Government guidelines and keen to have volunteer counsellors in for face to face work which may not be till further guidance from the Government.
At the moment the volunteer counsellor placement process is on hold till April 11th whilst we deal with the impact of Coronavirus on the service, and will be taking offering interviews for placements again once things settle.
Please do email after April 11th:
So to bear in mind you may be seeing clients online with a view to bringing them to face to face later in the year which is a process we will help you manage. If this interests you please read on:
What we expect from Volunteer Counsellors:
Ability to self -reflect, be consistent, manage boundaries and be open to learning
Commitment for 2 years with the service
Volunteer counsellors need to be in the second year of their training
Able to see 3 clients weekly
To have in place robust external supervision 1-2-1
Participate in group supervision fortnightly
Developmentally having an awareness and interest in working with the challenges of racism in therapy space, looking at unconscious layers of oppression and being up to date on reading and CPD
Be on a relevant counselling/ psychotherapy course and/or be working towards accreditation
What we offer to Volunteer Counsellors:
Therapeutic work with adult clients, 18 years and above for 1 year
Volunteer counsellors receive a full induction and fortnightly supervision
As therapy work is online you have flexibility of seeing clients evening or daytime
Receive administrative support regarding paperwork, allocation of clients and completing DBS check
Unique placement that is community based and offering support to local and London wide residents
The process will involve sending through introductory email outlining approach and C.V. This will then be followed by an interview with Umaa Thampu - Counselling Manager .
Once references and interview process is complete (this can take further 3-4 week in some cases) then you will have an induction to the service and be allocated 3 clients
For more information
020 8673 4422
91 Bedford Hill
Monday to Friday: 9am to 9pm
Saturday: 10am to Noon
Borough parking bays are available outside.
Restricted hours Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm
Free parking available for 2 hours at local Sainsbury's (2 min walk)
Balham 5 minutes