BCC Counselling Placements

Thank you for your interest in Balham Counselling Service. 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 December 2021, we returned to face to face counselling for all new counsellors and clients.


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

  • Participate in group supervision fortnightly - please note we ask £15 per month for supervision

  • Have an awareness of difference and diversity in the therapeutic space and an openness to working in supervision with counsellors trained in different methodologies

  • 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 per client

  • Volunteer counsellors receive a full induction and fortnightly supervision

  • Comfortable rooms in which to work in a secure environment

  • 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 an introductory email and a C.V. This will then be followed by an interview with the counselling Manager

  • Once references and DBS have been obtained (this can take a further 3-4 weeks in some cases) then you will have an induction to the service and be allocated 3 clients

For more information please visit


Or email the counselling manager at counsellingmanagerbccs@btconnect.com

020 8673 4422

91 Bedford Hill



SW12 9HE


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)





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