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Paid Counselling Opportunities

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 23 Aug 2018 | 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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Adelyn - 23-Aug-18 @ 1:45 PM
@HD - I think you have to look for counsellor positions and see whether they are temporary or not. Or there are some healthcare recruitment agencies you could sign up to.
Manu - 10-Jul-18 @ 11:50 AM
Hi, I have a Masters in Clinical Counselling but I'm just looking for temp work. Are there any temp agencies for counsellors/therapists out there?
HD - 9-Jul-18 @ 5:54 PM
@LuisaJay - it's so difficult to get jobs in counselling. You've got a 2:1 which is good. Any post-grad study can only work for you. But it sounds like a long haul. Are you working in the NHS as well? Let's hope you get some luck. But finding a job in the area you want is so difficult. I know, I'm trying now. I've had to do lots of voluntary work, so hopefully that will pay off at some point.
Erica - 9-Mar-18 @ 9:49 AM
Hi. I've studied with Salford Uni for 3 years achieving a BSc 2.1 in Counselling, then went on to do a PG diploma but having struggles with passing my last essay, research proposal. I've passed everything else, seven years of study and got told whilst in my clinical placement I can already practice as a counselor with the Degree. However even applying for role such as a Trainee Psychological well being Practitioner within the NHS seems near to impossible as even I myself have 8 years experience in mental health with the NHS and two years of counselling in Healthy Minds. It just seems impossible to get a job unless you go it alone. I feel really unsupported. Especially as I fell behind with studies after a couple of personal tragedies. Any advice? My intention is to just re do the module in research methods. My final essay was literally writing a research proposal of what I will do in year 3 to get my MSc. Which i didn't want to do as I would have got my PG Dip and accreditation after year two. This one essay is ruining my life to be honest. I passed at the now required degree level this module but the course is all about module points.. Seems ethically wrong to me.
LuisaJay - 8-Mar-18 @ 4:41 PM
I have a diploma in addiction and community service worker and trying to find anywhere where I can gain the experience to being able to use my knowledge and skills. If there's any place that you might know of please do let me know.Thank you: Christina
Chrissy - 14-Jan-18 @ 6:12 PM
Hi i have a level 3 diploma in counselling. Is there any jobs at all i can get with this qualification
Amy - 12-Jul-17 @ 9:26 AM
Hi I've just completed level 4 diploma in counselling and want to work with children, what qualifications do I need and how can I access them.
Sam - 9-Jul-17 @ 5:02 PM
Hi, I have a postgraduate Diploma in person centred counselling. I returned to full time work in an unrelated field but feel this isn't for me. I'm really keen to get back into counselling but appreciate it is an area where there isn't much full time work. Living alone I need full time work. However, I would be interested to know where I should start again in terms of starting again/refreshing my skills. My area of interest is youth counselling so I would be very keen to do voluntary work in this area. Thanks
KerryH72 - 24-Apr-17 @ 7:20 PM
I REALLY WANNA BE AN COUNSELLOR IN TWO YEARS TO COME BECAUSE NOW I'M DOING MY GRADE 11 ANDNEXT YEAR I'LL BE DOING MATRICULATE SUBJECT THAT I'M DOING IS AGRICULTURE SCIENCE, MATHEMATICAL LITERACY, LIFE SCIENCES, GEOGRAPHY, ENGLISH, SETSWANA AND LIFE ORIENTATION I REALLY WANNA BE AN COUSLLOR ONE DAY PLEASE GET BACK TO BY SENDING AN SMS WHETHER I'M QUALIFYING OR NOT THANK YOU
LISA - 23-Apr-17 @ 7:41 AM
Cassel Centre in Forest Hill offer wide range of placements for students and qualified practitioner who would like to expand their practice.
Nico - 29-Mar-17 @ 12:20 PM
Hi I am about to enrol on an induction to counselling course. I am interested in doing this as a career. I already work with adults with Autism where I manage supported living services. Is there many job opportunities out there in this field? What would be the best area to specialise in?
Rhona - 28-Mar-17 @ 7:00 AM
I havea level 3 counselling children and young adolescents and just gaineda Grief and Bereavement Diploma allowing me to use E.C.dip after my name. Where can I look for employment.
TAG - 24-Mar-17 @ 10:06 AM
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
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