Thanks for showing an interest in Kinergy! We can offer volunteer counselling positions for both qualified counsellors and to students looking for their counselling placements as part of a degree or diploma in counselling or psychotherapy (or equivalent). This training should be accredited by one of the UK's professional bodies, such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the National Counselling Society (NCS), or UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), etc.
Who are we looking for?
We're looking for professional, enthusiastic, and commited individuals, ideally with a minimum of one year's face-to-face experience working with clients in a field such as mental health, domestic violence, or substance abuse, although we will consider exceptions where an individual feels they have gained experience and understanding of the impact on working with clients who have experiences sexual abuse or sexual violence. Candidates should also have an understanding of some of the issues related to rape and how this can impact an individual. Ideally, you will also have at least one year's experience of personal therapy and be willing to return to this if requested by your supervisor.
What commitments do we ask for?
We ask for a commitment of one year post-induction, and ask our counsellors to see 4 clients per week, during a 5-hour block. We also ask that you attend a 1-hour of individual supervision and 1.5-hours group supervision per month, which will be provided by Kinergy (you may need to pay for additional supervision if required by your course etc.). You may also be asked to attend occassional training sessions and workshops - details will be provided in advance. There is no lone working involved, and students will not be asked to work weekends.
We also ask that our staff be committed to equal opportunities.
How do I apply?
'I learnt to hold other people's trauma without devaluing myself. I learnt to model to clients self care. I grew to be a more resilient therapist able to hold clients effectively and usefully.The staff and fellow counsellors were invaluable and my supervisors were fundamental to my professional growth and for embedding my current love for my work.'
'“I learned so much about how to be a counsellor, what my style was and how utterly powerful the work can be. Spending time with new student counsellors in my last year there also allowed me to realise how far I'd come and how much I had to still offer.'