Listening Ear has a great reputation for supporting volunteers and student placements. Both our Adult and CYP services are Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy which we are very proud of. This also means that Listening Ear offer the highest standards of support for not only our clients, but for the students and volunteers who play a huge part in delivering such high quality services.

Starting your journey in the world of Counselling and Psychotherapy can sometimes feel overwhelming and can raise a lot of questions for consideration. Questions such as, “Will I receive the appropriate level of support?”, “Will I be given the correct level of encouragement to really develop as a therapist?” and “Will I receive help to ensure I am working ethically with my clients?” are all important questions to ask at any point in your career. We firmly believe that Listening Ear offer the right level of support to enable you to answer “Yes” to all of these questions.


As a student you will be supported by a dedicated placement manager who will be your point of contact for all things therapy related. We will offer you support and guidance with things such as best practice, developing your skills, working ethically with clients and support around your study as you work towards qualification.


Most importantly, you will be treated as a fellow professional and welcomed into the Listening Ear family.


We have both a Winter and a Summer intake of student placements at Listening Ear and the window for sending in applications will be displayed here, so please keep an eye out for upcoming opportunities.


Applications for Adult Counsellor student placements are now open.

Please email a copy of your CV and entitle the email ‘Student Placement’ to

Please note that the closing date for applications is 29/07/2022 however due to high demand the closing date may be subject to change. We also adopt a fair recruitment policy and therefore all applications will be subject to a shortlisting and interviewing process. Applicants will also be subject to a DBS check. 



Looking to start your career with Listening Ear? Find out about current paid opportunities by visiting our recruitment page.




Whether you are a recently qualified therapist looking to gain further experience within your practice or have a wealth of client experience delivering therapy you can expect the same level of support from our dedicated team. This includes financial and practical support with your client work such as working towards accreditation, supervision and continued professional development.


At Listening Ear, we recognise the importance and value of our dedicated Volunteer Counsellors and welcome applications all year round.


If a volunteer position is of interest to you, please email a copy of your CV and entitle the email ‘Qualified Volunteer’ to



Looking to start your career with Listening Ear? Find out about current paid opportunities by visiting our recruitment page.




  • "Thank you, thank you, thank you, honestly I cannot thank you enough. You’ve been patient, professional, encouraging, and really kind and generous to me with your knowledge and your time. You are really very special. I am tearing up as I type this, I’m going to miss everything about you and Listening Ear"
  • "Volunteering gives me a chance to develop my own counselling skills while giving something back to the community"
  • "I volunteer to give people access to free counselling who otherwise wouldn't get the help they need"
  • "I'm volunteering to support a valuable free service and be a part of a reputable, professional and caring team"

In 2018/19 16 volunteers delivered 582 hours of free counselling for community members in need of mental health support.

4 volunteers have gone on to secure regular paid work within Listening Ear, 1 has secured a full-time position in the NHS and another is now a self-employed therapist.