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Sessional Counsellor

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 24th June 2022

  • Advertised from 26th May 2022
  • £25 per hour


North East Edinburgh Counselling Services (NEECS) has been providing counselling – either for free or on a donation basis in North East Edinburgh since 1995. Service users are referred by their GP and can receive up to 12 counselling sessions to support the mental health issues they are experiencing.

Would you like to come and work for an organisation which, in the words of one service user, “saves lives”?

We are currently looking for sessional counsellors to come and join NEECS to provide counselling to our clients on a one to one basis either via telephone, Zoom or face to face.

Counsellors and supervisors are accountable to the manager, who reports back to the Board of Trustees.

  • This particular vacancy requires the counsellor to be able to offer one-to-one counselling, online/telephone and face-to-face.
  • To undertake initial client sessions and make appropriate mutual assessment as to the suitability of counselling/NEECS.
  • To regularly attend the supervision provided by NEECS, and participate in practice reviews. The counsellor must attend a fortnightly Wednesday group from 4.30pm.
  • To regularly record information required for monitoring & evaluation, and to liaise with the Service Co-ordinator on day to day matters.
  • There are approximately 6 team meetings annually, which counsellors are expected to attend.
  • A small amount of in-house training/CPD is provided, which counsellors are expected to attend.
  • NEECS is a member of BACP and COSCA, and all counsellors must work to
  • NEECS Code of Practice, which incorporates the Ethical Frameworks of
  • these professional bodies.
  • All counsellors new to NEECS work an initial 3 month “probationary period”, which allows for mutual assessment, and during which they attend individual monthly supervision in addition to their group supervision.
  • Payment of £25 per hour for counselling sessions is made, according to the Code of Practice.
  • NEECS insurance includes practice insurance for counsellors.

Essential requirements:

  • Counselling training completed to a minimum of Diploma Level of a course involving face to face teaching/learning, and a supervised practice element.
  • A minimum of 2 years post qualifying counselling practice, comprising of no less than 250 hours.
  • Experience in undertaking initial client sessions and assessing the suitability of counselling.
  • Experience of working in the short and longer term with clients.
  • Knowledge of mental health issues.
  • Ability to fulfil the team time commitment required for counselling, supervision, team meetings and training.

Desirable requirements:

  • Familiarity with group supervision (NEECS counsellors and supervisors work within a range of orientations).
  • An understanding of the work of counselling services in the voluntary sector.

Application notes

Please send your CV and covering letter to

Closing date for applications: Friday 24th June 2022.

Interviews: dates/times to be arranged.