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Job description

Will you share your counselling or psychotherapy skills as a counsellor or therapist to join an online counselling service for patients and families affected by a chronic pain condition (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)?

We're looking for 2 qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists ideally with some experience of working with chronic pain patients or lived experience of chronic illness, who may want to volunteer their skills supporting our adult service users (aged 18 & over) and help us to continue developing a mental health support service. 

As a Volunteer Counsellor/Therapist you’ll be providing remote counselling/therapy support services to adults aged 18 and over many of whom are isolated and in need of mental health services. You’ll be providing one-to-one counselling/therapy sessions online via Zoom or by phone. With your recognised counselling qualifications and experience you will be an asset to our small charity and to our services users.  

Depending on your qualifications, skills and experience, our volunteer counsellors / therapists provide person centred counselling (general talking counselling) or integrative counselling, or specialist services such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), ACT, CFT and EMDR for CRPS patients, or their families & close relatives.

People will be referred both by health or legal professionals as well as having patients and carers themselves referring into to the service.

In this role you’ll be able to develop your counselling and therapy skills, organisation, communication and team working skills.

Most importantly you’ll be providing essential services that help make sure no one has to face CRPS alone. Be the hope for CRPS.

What the role involves

This role may vary depending on needs, but is likely to include:

  • Undertake a client assessments, followed by person-centred counselling (via Zoom or phone) to our clients, offering up to 20 sessions for each client plus 4 psychometric assessments

  • Providing one-to-one counselling sessions to clients aged 18 & over

  • Update our database with the client’s basic information and session attendance

  • Maintain succinct, relevant session notes and store these confidentially and securely in acccordahce with GDPR

  • Attending and participating in peer supervision support
  • Attend CPD training to ensure your knowledge stays current

  • Participating in volunteer meetings
  • Maintaining client confidentiality, upholding data protection and equal opportunities principle
  • Attend monthly Supervision and peer support sessions to ensure safe working practices

We can support you to develop the skills you need for this role, including a full induction. You will have a chance to discuss your role and any additional needs with us. We can offer you a supervisor as well as expenses for annual insurance and an external supervisor if required.

What you need for this role


  • Be a member (including student membership) of one of the recognised organisations (see below)
  • Level 4 Diploma level qualifications as a minimum (unfortunately no students at this time), Degree or Masters in Counselling, Counselling/Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, EMDR 
  • Minimum of 100 hours supervised
  • Proof of professional indemnity insurance annually - we may consider paying this as an expense but commitment to the charity is required
  • A valid DBS certificate (enhanced version), which is less than three years old and renewed every three years (the charity can provide where necessary)
  • Able to keep people’s personal data safe
  • Willing and able to provide counselling via Zoom from a private location with a stable WiFi connection

  • Able to support a minimum of 3 clients a week, being three hours of your time for counselling sessions plus time for administration. We ideally hope you to offer the charity a minimum commitment of six months.


  • Knowledge of chronic pain or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Previous experience as a chronic pain or CRPS counsellor or psychologist 
  • Committed to our values
  • Willing to develop skills and experience
  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • Effective administration skills, planning and organisation skills
  • Approachable, presentable, enthusiastic

We also welcome training counsellors and counselling/clinical psychologists who are looking for placements.

Once we’ve assessed your application, you may be invited for interview. If you are successful, we will arrange for you to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service DBS or Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check.

Recognised Organisations You Must Be A Member of:

  • British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)
  • EMDR Association UK
  • Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
  • General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)
  • British Society for Clinical Hypnotherapists (BSCH)
  • National Council for Hypnotherapists (NCH)
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • The National Hypnotherapy Society (HS)
  • National Counselling Society (NCS)
  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP)
  • National Register of Hypnotherapists & Psychotherapists (NRHP)

Making a difference

What impact will the opportunity have?

You will join the charity during a critical and challenging period where referrals are on the rise and your expert knowledge and experience will be invaluable to our success. You will have a key role in not only developing a counselling service for our clients but also ensure we provide counselling services and mental health support to our CRPS patients & their families who are in need of our support and inclusion on a regular basis. With your help we will expand our support and mental health services to ensure our service users receive mental health support that they may not have been offered.

What's in it for you as the volunteer? 

You would be a part of our small, friendly, forward-thinking charity team, focused on reaching people affected by this rare, painful and debilitating chronic pain condition and to provide them with psychological support whether they are patients, their partner, relatives, friends or carers. As this service is rapidly expanding, you would have a key role in developing our counselling and psychotherapy programme and to complement our support services that we offer. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a real difference in our clients' life which is already isolated and painful, who may not have received any psychological support.

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Burning Nights CRPS Support View profile Company size Size: 51 - 100

To drive change for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) & ensure people whose lives have been touched by this condition are not alone.

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Posted on: 17 July 2024
Closing date: 15 October 2024 at 23:59
Job ref: CT03/2024
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