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Recovery From Domestic Abuse

Becoming a Volunteer Counsellor or Art Therapist – Counselling Placement

Download the application pack here: CounsellorApplicationPack-2019

Exciting opportunity for volunteer female Counsellors/Art therapists to join our team for the East and West London projects (Counselling Placement) Woman’s Trust is a BACP accredited Person-Centred/Humanistic counselling service


East and West London Volunteer Counsellor or Art Therapist essential requirements are:

  • Be at least in the first year of a Diploma course in Person-Centred/Humanistic Counselling or Psychotherapy Course or and Art Therapy course. Applications are encouraged from students in the second year or beyond
  • Provide a certificate of proficiency or competency from your training body that evidences that you have been assessed as safe to practice with clients
  • Can work in the person-centred/humanistic apprach
  • Have been or are currently in personal therapy for a minimum of one year

Please note, if you have accessed any of Woman’s Trust services (counselling, support groups or workshops) as a client, we ask that 5 years have past since you ended with the service before applying for a volunteer counsellor role with us


The benefits of having a placement with us are:

• Free supervision (fortnightly for two hours)
• Travel expenses reimbursed (up to £10.10 per day)
• Telephone expenses reimbursed
• Support by the counselling staff team member
• Possibility of working with clients with a number of presenting issues and from a variety of backgrounds
• Fully insured

Counsellors/Therapists have the opportunity to work in East London (Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Greenwich, Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Waltham Forest) and West London (Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham) during the day and/or evening.

Please note: Due to the needs of women using our service, the minimum commitment is 4 clients per week. Counsellors will be required to attend Woman’s Trust’s 2 hrs supervision on a fortnightly basis and a 2-day induction training.

Additional Information

You can submit your application at any time, as recruitment is ongoing. Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for our September recruitment day. We will be allocating a future recruitment date soon, so are still welcoming applications.

Recruitment days

  • 19 January
  • 16 March
  • 27 April
  • 7 September

Training days

  • 9/10 February
  • 11/12 May
  • 23/24 June
  • 5/6 October

Attendance to training is compulsory if successful at the interview stage.All placements are for female Counsellors/Therapists only. The Equality Act 2010 pursuant to Schedule 9, Part 1 applies. Please note that a CV will not be accepted

If you are interested in applying for a Volunteer Counsellor/Art Therapist placement please download the appropriate application pack and email it to:

“Being a volunteer counsellor at Woman’s Trust has surpassed all of my hopes and expectations; the women I have met in this role have brought new meaning to the words courage, resilience and hope. I have been invited in and joined them on their journey to new possibilities-it is a humbling experience and a privilege.”