Find a job
The opportunities for paid employment in counselling field is increasing, but there are still not enough jobs for everyone who is professionally trained. Many roles are part-time and/or voluntary.
We would not recommend going into private practice straight after training. It is safer for newly qualified therapists to work somewhere where they will be allocated appropriate clients and will receive peer support.
As a member, you will receive our Therapy Today journal, which carries counselling and counselling skills job adverts. When you complete your training and upgrade to become an Individual Member of BACP you’ll also have access to our Jobs Online database to help you in your job search.
You can find counselling jobs advertised in:
as well as the more general job boards such as:
There are a lot of opportunities for voluntary work in counselling. Agencies like Relate, Cruse and others select and train volunteers for counselling work within their organisations. It’s useful to have basic counselling skills training before applying, and they may expect you to commit for several years.
Voluntary work will help you develop your skills and give you valuable experience that is looked on favourably when you are applying for courses and paid employment.
You can sometimes find voluntary roles advertised on the main job websites or you may be able to find opportunities through the following organisations.
- Do-it Trust
- National Council for Voluntary Organisations
- Your local branch of the Council for Voluntary Services
You could also try contacting local charities and advice services – see our Useful Links.