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Paid Counselling Opportunities

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 8 Feb 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Paid Counselling Opportunities

Even though you may have obtained the right counselling qualifications and credentials it doesn’t necessary mean that you will secure the perfect counselling job with ease. Paid counselling work is in great demand, as the number of qualified counsellors continues to steadily increase. This is mainly due to the caring and nurturing aspect of the profession, that attracts and encourages individuals already working in caring professions to re-train to become counsellors.

Paid employment in counselling can be found in a growing number of areas. Counselling is now readily available in the workplace, education, youth work, General Practice and specialist fields like addiction, bereavement, AIDS and eating disorder clinics and centres. The choice in relevant training has also expanded, and counsellors can now extend their skills by acquiring complementary additional counselling qualifications.

Job Search

There are part-time and full-time employment vacancies listed online, in print, through agencies and posted in Counselling centres. Demand for these positions is high however, and to be in with a chance of an interview your skills must be up-to-date, and you must demonstrate an interest in your own continuing personal development.

Dual-responsibility vacancies are also available. These require the counsellor to confidently handle counselling work alongside teaching, nursing or welfare work. Many helpline services are also manned by staff who have a counselling qualification, and who are capable of providing the necessary listening skills to callers.

Other Options

Sessional work is also an option. This type of work requires a counsellor to work shifts that are paid at an hourly rate, and is usually offered as part-time work. Pay is usually at a basic counsellor rate, for two hours, for every client seen.

Counsellors can also consider self-employment opportunities within a Private Practice setting. This type of work will pay considerably more than the basic counsellor rate, but varies according to experience and the type of organisation. With relevant additional training, a counsellor can also work online, or on the telephone.

Some fields of counselling are steadily expanding and may have more employment opportunities available. Youth counselling and addictions counselling are both areas of expansion, and there are generally many employment opportunities to be found within community care.

Related Areas of Employment

There are many other possible areas of employment where a qualified counsellor could potentially find the right job. These include:

  • Community education.
  • Human resources work.
  • Mentoring.
  • Art therapy.
  • Probation work.
  • Adult guidance.

What Do Employers Look For?

Counsellors must demonstrate an understanding of the ethics and principles of counselling, an interest in personal development and the relevant counselling qualifications. Alongside these requirements employers will also be looking for the ability to examine thoughts and problems, motivational skills and the confidence to intellectually challenge others. In order to tick all those boxes a counsellor should be sensitive to the needs of others, mature, non-judgmental, attentive and willing to continue training.

Being confident in your abilities will show an employer that you are a capable counsellor who is focused on your career, and is interested in developing skills and knowledge within the field of counselling.

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Hi there.I have just completed my three year training (advanced diploma) to be a psychotherapeutic counsellor and I have made enquiries to local counselling centres / companies to obtain part time work.I am finding this is rather fruitless and dis-heartening.I have always worked in the field of mental health and this definitely is my calling but finding work is proving difficult.Any suggestions / feedback would be much appreciated, thank you.
Gem84 - 8-Feb-17 @ 10:39 AM
bex - Your Question:
Hi is there any paid training counselling opportunities or aprentiships in this field. It is my dream to be a counsellor but with me being a single mum I couldn't afford to do this unpaid. I currently live in Huddersfield

Our Response:
You may find more in the City&Guilds vocational training, link here .Also, the gov.uk link here offers more information and advice.
TheCounsellorsGuide - 4-Nov-16 @ 11:17 AM
Hi is there any paid training counselling opportunities or aprentiships in this field. It is my dream to be a counsellor but with me being a single mum I couldn't afford to do this unpaid. I currently live in Huddersfield
bex - 3-Nov-16 @ 11:20 AM
Jwicks - Your Question:
I am really interested in becomeing a part time counsellor, possibly self employed and just have a few clients at weekends/ evenings etc but I am in full time work currently and cannot afford to drop my hours. What options do I have in terms of training/qualification ?

Our Response:
The Open University may be able to help you more, please see link here .
TheCounsellorsGuide - 12-Oct-16 @ 11:51 AM
I am really interested in becomeing a part time counsellor, possibly self employed and just have a few clients at weekends/ evenings etc but I am in full time work currently and cannot afford to drop my hours. What options do I have in terms of training/qualification ?
Jwicks - 11-Oct-16 @ 4:52 PM
Hello .Im a holder of an honors degree in counselling and currently pursuing a diploma in theology in Zimbabwe ....Are there any paid counselling opportunities here
deborah - 8-Sep-16 @ 9:56 PM
I am interested in paid counselling work in the Chelmsford area. I am currently in employment with the NHS,working with children who have additional needs and their families; I liaise with schools and many other agencies.
Ju - 16-Aug-16 @ 1:04 PM
Taniat - Your Question:
I've just passed my CPCAB level 3 in counselling and will start my diploma in September. What kind of paid work can I look for with this qualification ?

Our Response:
This qualification does not lead to professional employment in the field as it is designed as a pre- practitioner training for professional counselling qualifications.
TheCounsellorsGuide - 24-Jun-16 @ 11:09 AM
I've just passed my CPCAB level 3 in counselling and will start my diploma in September . What kind of paid work can I look for with this qualification ?
Taniat - 23-Jun-16 @ 11:16 AM
Integrative- Your Question:
I am a self employed, integrative counsellor. I must say I absolutely love my job, but it has its downside. Firstly you have to take into account that a majority of employers will only take you on if you are registered with BACP/UKCP, then you have to have advanced CRB check, that's without insurance on top. This all costs money, then there's supervision every month which also costs. In my own experience, it is incredibly hard to find paid work as a counsellor, even with the aforementioned. Most companies prefer to offer a volunteer post, be prepared to see this a lot.Don't let this put you off! The rewards out-weigh any negative. When you help someone and you see the shift from bad to good, the feeling is magic. If you want to be a counsellor, I would say start with an introduction course so you know what counselling is, and progress from there. You will know instantly if it's for you.

Our Response:
Many thanks for your comments - we are very pleased you enjoy your job and are encouraging others to do the same.
TheCounsellorsGuide - 18-May-16 @ 2:50 PM
I am a self employed, integrative counsellor. I must say I absolutely love my job, but it has its downside. Firstly you have to take into account that a majority of employers will only take you on if you are registered with BACP/UKCP, then you have to have advanced CRB check, that's without insurance on top. This all costs money, then there's supervision every month which also costs. In my own experience, it is incredibly hard to find paid work as a counsellor, even with the aforementioned. Most companies prefer to offer a volunteer post, be prepared to see this a lot. Don't let this put you off! The rewards out-weigh any negative. When you help someone and you see the shift from bad to good, the feeling is magic. If you want to be a counsellor, I would say start with an introduction course so you know what counselling is, and progress from there. You will know instantly if it's for you.
Integrative - 18-May-16 @ 9:43 AM
I'm interested in counselling but not sure how to go about it Regards Gina
gina 888 - 12-Mar-16 @ 12:30 PM
Hi I'm currently waiting to start a level 4 diploma in therapeutic counselling in westyorkshire after completing L3. I work part time & volunteer at a women s centre. Is there anywhere that I could apply for a job as a counsellor at a basic pay while I am on the L4 course. Thankyou
Jango - 5-Mar-16 @ 2:49 PM
None - Your Question:
I am interested in pursuing a career in counselling. I have done Level I and II in Christian counselling some years ago and have worked in pastoral care for a number of years. I have BA and MA in Biblical and Pastoral Studies. At present, I am unemployed and seeking to do some voluntary work in counselling and therefore looking for opportunities. I would be grateful of any information that is available to point me in the right direction.

Our Response:
You could try the DoIt site via the link via the link here . Or you could directly for voluntary positions via the job site Indeed, see link here. I hope this helps.
TheCounsellorsGuide - 11-Aug-15 @ 2:25 PM
I am interested in pursuing a career in counselling. I have done Level I and II in Christian counselling some years ago and have worked in pastoral care for a number of years. I have BA and MA in Biblical and Pastoral Studies.At present, I am unemployed and seeking to do some voluntary work in counselling and therefore looking for opportunities. I would be grateful of any information that is available to point me in the right direction.
None - 9-Aug-15 @ 12:28 PM
@joolz - it is great that you have the type of personality needed in this field, however, in order to become a counsellor, you would also have to hold the relevant counselling qualifications, as it is a very competitive field. I have included our partner article; Becoming a counsellor: A guide, link here which I hope helps.The National Careers website will also hold more information on the qualifications you will need. Good luck and I hope you get to realise your dreams.
TheCounsellorsGuide - 21-May-15 @ 9:47 AM
Im from Lanarkshire Scotland and im extremely interested in being a councillor. I have great empathy and have understanding of peoples problems. I have a caring nature and would take great pride knowing ive helped someone. I am a good at keeping someones confidence and would never betray that. Im non judgemental and am aware of struggles people face today.My friends and family are constantly telling me to train in this field as they say its an ideal job for me. I listen intently to people in need of help I have the ability to switch my own thoughts of and concentrate entirely on the person im listening to. I have masses of life experience which I know would enable me to help other people. Julie Mcdougall
joolz - 17-May-15 @ 2:03 PM
@Jo - there'sVolunteer Now which is active across NIlink here. Also ChildLine is always looking for more volunteer counsellors and switchboarders to speak to children and young people in need on the phone and online. You can access them via link here. Hope this helps.
TheCounsellorsGuide - 28-Nov-14 @ 10:00 AM
Hi all.I am part way through first year or foundation degree in counselling in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.Has anyone suggestions/advice from experience in what to look for/where to apply for suitable work placement in year 2? I have no specific genre of work in mind, just working alongside similar minded helping folk. Thanks for reading.
Jo - 27-Nov-14 @ 3:39 PM
Hello, I am a middle age lady who has worked in housing some years ago where I became involved in some heart rending cases. Through this I felt that I would really like to begin training in Counselling and completed a Relate introductory course and will be starting on a Level 2 (BACP) Counselling Course next week then onto a Diploma. I have also completed a course in Stress Counselling and though that is not BACP registered, it was very useful for contributary information as this is an area that interests me greatly as so many people are affected by stress in many areas of their lives today. I would particularly very much like to find a role within a domestic violence unit as this is also an area in which I have deep heartfelt interest and some involvement in Housing cases previously too. A part-time cousellling work experience placement where I could gain some practical experiential training would be welcome however from any organisation who may be able to help in Herts and/or Beds. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Annie
annie - 19-Sep-14 @ 7:41 AM
I am 45 yrs old and I have spent my entire life thinking and doing what's best for other people around me.On occasions I have been told deep dark secrets by people I have only known a couple of weeks.I have an ability to draw these secrets from people of their own free will.I have been told I have certain natural abilities but I'm unaware of these, it has been suggested that I become a counsellor by a friend who is a social worker. Any suggestions please would be welcome. Thankyou
winpin - 5-Sep-14 @ 9:57 AM
Hi, I am a qualified Counsellor with 12 years experience. I took a break for two years a and now I am looking at getting back in to counselling.I am looking for paid work or voluntary to get back into counselling.I am struggling due to financial year and so many cutbacks. I have 8 years experience with couple therapy, also 12 years of integrative therapy. I drive and live in the Lancashire area, so travelling would not be possible. Please if someone can guide me I would appreciate some assistance.
Riff - 11-Apr-13 @ 3:51 PM
Hello, I am 26 and work as a part time sale assistant. I have always wanted to get in to the field of counselling because i believe i have the ability to listen to people and understand them. I dropped out of university due to personal reasons. however i would like to pursue my interest in counselling and i am currently taking NCFE Level 4 Diploma in counselling, i was just curious is that even worth of taking. NCFE are highly recognised qualification but would that be enough for me to become a counsellor?Thank you.
Rubey - 4-Apr-13 @ 3:31 AM
I would say do voluntary work to get counselling experience, there are lots of companies out there, like place2be who do school counselling with lots of training. I think the problem is there are two many people for few counselling jobs, so just keep gaining experience in the field. and do lots of training, like CBT training.as is in demand.
George - 11-Feb-13 @ 12:55 PM
I want to create a difference with my presence,feel myself eligible for counselling & guiding others,,,,,,,,,highly impressed by Mother Terissa....love listening people & have a nature to help others,M.a english literature & was a master trainer at Roots...
sabee - 6-Oct-12 @ 9:28 AM
Hello. I am 21 and I have just completed a degree in Psychology and Counselling. I am just looking for some advice on what to do next, thank you.
rachx3h - 3-Sep-12 @ 12:05 PM
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