Our counselling service provides people with the opportunity to meet in private with a Volunteer Counsellor for 12 weekly (up to 1 year), 50-minute sessions to discuss issues and concerns, which are currently making life difficult.

These could include any of the following and more: addictions, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, self-harm, relationship difficulties, loss of purpose or meaning, family difficulties, loss and bereavement, anger, depression, trauma, etc.

You will enable individuals to identify and explore their concerns whilst reviewing options and assisting individuals to decide on a course of action.

As a Volunteer Counsellor, you will:
  • See a minimum of 3 clients and a maximum of 6 clients per week (1 day).
  • Keep accurate records of work in line with WDP expectations and feedback any issues to your line manager/supervisor
  • Attend ongoing training in discussion with your clinical supervisor
  • Adhere to all WDP policies and procedures
In addition to the above you will be invited to participate in meetings where relevant and to carry out other tasks as deemed necessary to support the needs of the counselling service.
What skills do I need?

The role would be ideal for someone looking to develop their therapeutic experience in the drug and alcohol field and accrue some counselling hours towards your future accreditation with BPS, BACK, UKCP. While some knowledge of the sector is desirable, we are specifically looking for people who have a passion for the work that we do. A positive attitude and the desire to learn are essential, as is a non-judgemental and supportive approach to people who are facing problems with drugs and alcohol.

To ensure good practice standards and to maximise the safety of both the therapists and the clients at WDP we require all students to confirm and adhere to the following’

  • Trainees are in their final year of an undergraduate degree or equivalent, or are at a postgraduate level. Alternatively, students should be in their third year of a Diploma, BSC,or MSC in counselling or psychotherapy training.
  • If students are not in the third year of their Diploma, Bsc, or Msc in counselling or psychotherapy training, trainees need to be in their second year (at least) but have undertaken (or be prepared to undertake prior to seeing clients) significant and appropriate training.
  • Trainees are expected to be a member of one of the counselling governing bodies BACP, UKCP or BPS.
  • Trainees may need to have conducted a minimum number of counselling hours
  • Trainees are working or intend to work towards counselling or psychotherapy accreditation
  • Previous details of supervisor and present college tutor information should be sent to WDP and agree that WDP can ask supervisor and tutor from references.