Join our register of counsellors!

Are you a counsellor? Join our register of volunteer counsellors. You could play a vital role in helping LGBTQI refugees to live fulfilling lives in the UK.
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There are various organisations that provide counselling to LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees in the UK. We often make referrals to them and they do great work. However, many of them run at full capacity and their resources are limited. We hope that one day more resources will go to these organisations who, we believe, are not always recognised for the incredible and essential work they do.

Until such time, we have decided to build a register of counsellors. We are looking for volunteer counsellors who can help us meet our demand for mental health support. We work with hundreds of LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees every year who need this support, including those who are arriving to the UK from Afghanistan. LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers are often managing complex PTSD and other related mental health disorders as a result of their experiences.

Our requirements are:

  • UKCP or BACP accredited
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience
  • Able to commit to one hour a week, for a year
  • Willing to deliver online sessions
  • Willing to discuss the client with your own supervisor if needed
  • Covered by a professional liability insurance policy
  • Experience in working with refugees or asylum seekers is welcome but not essential

If you are interested, please send your CV or your LinkedIn profile to [email protected] and we will contact you for an introductory call. Thank you for considering supporting LGBTQI people fleeing persecution.

Please let us know if you are able to offer counselling in other languages.

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