Volunteer With Us/Placement

We are looking for volunteer counsellors and for new trustees. For counsellors please see the information below. If you would like to be a trustee, please send us an email to info@timeoutcounselling.org.uk.

We welcome applications from qualified and trainee counsellors, and supervisors alike. If you are interested in volunteering for us either for a placement or as a qualified counsellor, please click here to download a paper by Dominic Davies and/or here to download a paper by Dominic and Meg John Barker, about working with our specialist areas, and using these to inform your answers, click here to visit our google document, which has a series of vignettes on it to complete. Once those are sent to us, we’ll be in touch. If you have any queries, please contact info@timeoutcounselling.org.uk.

Why should I consider a placement with you?

  • As a trainee with us you have access to free training on a monthly basis that will gain you a basic level of cultural competency in LGBTQ+ topics that is not offered anywhere else locally.
  • Your own personal development fund of £150 to be used annually on training related to LGBTQ+ areas
  • Access to our growing library of LGBTQ+ and person-centered/humanistic counselling books and papers

In addition, if you are a trainee at Warwick university in your first year, you can count our training towards your work-based-learning hours. Although there is a small charge as an external member (£20 for four hours’ training), it would mean that you had a basic level of cultural competency in LGBTQ+ topics that is unrivalled by any other regional training organisation before you haveeven begun to see clients, and gained valuable experience of working with counsellors who have been specialising in this area for some time. Please visit this page to see what current and past Warwick students have said about our training

We are a specialist LGBTQ+ friendly service and a level of cultural competency will need to be demonstrated through the application and interview process. If you’re not culturally competent and are accepted for a placement, you would be expected to attend our training programme, which would be free to you as a placement trainee.


  • EITHER be a qualified counsellor with or working towards accreditation with BACP or UKCP
  • Have ordinary membership of BACP or UKCP if not accredited
  • Demonstrate an understanding of LGBT communities and a knowledge of alternative relationship styles
  • Have a minimum of 20 supervised client hours (desirable)
  • Be available to attend in-house regular meetings (no more than monthly)
  • Be willing to attend regular training (no more than monthly) on our specialist areas where you have weaknesses
  • Have the understanding and ability to set and hold appropriate boundaries, being particularly sensitive to the needs of clients whose boundaries have been violated
  • Have external supervision with a BACP or UKCP registered supervisor

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