Harbour Counselling Service

Volunteer Counsellors (qualified)


Harbour Counselling Service

Full Job Description

Volunteer Counsellor (qualified)

Harbour Counselling Service is a general counselling service committed to offering free counselling to the people of Perth and beyond. We offer up to twenty sessions of face to face counselling to our clients. A balanced mix of qualified counsellors and students on placement make up our team. As a volunteer with Harbour you will enjoy working long term with a diverse client group; freedom to work within your modality including the possibility of offering Christian counselling and/or relationship counselling with couples; experience of counselling assessments and mentoring students; payment of monthly independent external supervision costs and provision of insurance and administrative support; belonging to a team and working in collaboration with others to a common goal.

Main Task:

Provide regular (usually weekly), confidential counselling to clients within Harbour premises.

  • Work within your professional body’s codes of Ethics and Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP, COSCA, UKCP, ACC etc.)
  • Adhere to Harbour’s policies and procedures for good practice
  • Meet your professional body’s supervision requirements
  • Ensure all client files accurately kept
  • Participate in quarterly team meetings and occasional fundraising efforts

Time commitment:
It is expected that you will see 3 clients on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening (appointments 5:20pm; 6:30pm and 7:40pm)

Required skills, qualifications and experience

Volunteer Counsellors must be post-graduate level trained and be current members of a recognized counselling/psychotherapy body. A small percentage of our overall client load request Christian counselling or Couples counselling. These skills would be seen as advantageous and sympathy with a Christian ethos under which Harbour works would be necessary.

Recruitment process

  • Feel free to meet informally with Catherine Wallace (Practice Manager) and visit the service prior to a formal application.

Email: OFFICE@HARBOURPERTH.ORG.UK or call 01738 449102)

  • Application: Your application will be screened by Directors of our Board and the Practice Manager and you will be advised if you are to be invited for interview.
  • Interview: You will be advised if you have been successful normally within a week of interview date.
  • After completing a PVG update, receipt of favourable references, and evidence of a named supervisor, we will familiarise you with agency procedures and your caseload will build in collaboration with the Practice Manager.