A Career in Counselling

Many of our students complete our foundation courses as the first step towards professional counselling training.  Others use our Foundation courses to explore whether counselling training might be for them and discover they’re hooked!

Our students often take up counselling as a second career so for example they may be teachers or nurses who are able to work part time while they train and build up their counselling work after qualifying. Some of our students have been keen to develop a new role post retirement, maybe building on the skills and experience they developed in the course of their work life or maybe seizing the chance to do something completely different!

We offer the opportunity for you to talk to a trained counsellor and trainer with experience of working in a number of settings and who has been involved in counselling training at all levels.  So you’re not sure whether a career in counselling is for you or what kind of counselling training you should be considering, you could book a career development and advice session. These are held over the phone (landlines only) at a time to suit you and last 45 minutes.  The cost is £25 and you can book using the ‘Contact us’ form.  We will reply by email and organise a suitable time with you.

The kinds of questions and concerns people bring include:

  • where can I find our about counselling jobs?
  • What kind of experience is needed to become a counsellor?
  • Am I too young or too old to become a counsellor?
  • How much do counsellors earn?
  • How easy is it to find work
  • What are the different theoretical orientations or approaches to counselling?

Working as a counsellor: is it for me?

‘Prospects’, the official website for post graduate careers provides information on what a counsellor’s work is likely to involve including a section on  salary, training and a case study so have a read through what they have to say:  http://www.prospects.ac.uk/counsellor_job_description

Counselling and Psychotherapy in Organisational Settings by Moore and Roberts, published by Sage in 2010.  This book describes some of the settings  in which today’s counsellors find themselves working and gives an idea of what the work of a counsellor involves.

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) include on their website a number of case studies of people who have trained as counsellors:  http://www.bacp.co.uk/student/stories.php