Become a Volunteer Counsellor

The RB Mind counselling service depends on the contribution of volunteers. RB Mind counsellors come from a range of theoretical backgrounds and have varying skills and experience. They commit to offering three sessions a week and attend weekly supervision in groups of three, hosted by RB Mind.

What we offer

  • Induction
  • Ongoing support from counselling team
  • Regular weekly supervision in line with BACP guidelines
  • Administration support
  • Appraisals
  • Further training and experience in assessments


Counselling volunteers should:

  • Positively identify with and respect Richmond’s diverse population
  • Be in at least the second year of a BACP or UKCP recognized Diploma course
  • Must have at least 130 hours experience of working one-to-one
  • Be able to commit to a minimum of two years


We recruit throughout the year and usually have a waiting list. First there is an application form you will need to complete. Once processed you will be asked to attend an interview with the Clinical and Counselling Lead. Once accepted, you will be given an induction, be allocated to a supervision slot and will be allocated three weekly clients.

Occasionally it is not possible to find a time slot that suits a volunteer’s availability and there may be a waiting period until one becomes available.

RB Mind encourages applications from experienced counsellors, as well as those still in training. We also need volunteers who have experience in working with people who have more complex mental health needs, or particular specialist skills.

Application Form

Please complete the Volunteer Counsellor Application Form and email it with a current CV to [email protected]

RB Mind particularly welcomes applications from BME and multilingual counsellors. 

Your completed form will be kept on file until we next have a vacancy at which point our Clinical and Counselling Lead will contact you to request an interview if you are eligible.

For further information please contact us:

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 020 3475 9705