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 are returning to face to face counselling for all new counsellors and clients, subject to review should government guidance change:


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 there is a fee for supervison

  • 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 the 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



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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