This vacancy has now closed

Counsellor (Self Employed): 2 posts available

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Edinburgh and Dalkeith*
  • Closing 11th March 2024

  • Advertised from 21st February 2024
  • Terms: Up to 9 paid client sessions per week. Self-employed hours are flexible and can be negotiated between the counsellor and the client to suit. £22.50 per client session (plus clinical supervision paid for by VOCAL)


VOCAL is the Voice of Carers across Lothian, a Scottish charity run by carers and for carers since 1994.

VOCAL's COSCA recognised Counselling Service provides counselling to adult carers (18 and older) who provide unpaid care to a family member, partner, relative or friend who requires help to manage a long term illness, disability, physical or mental health problem or drug/alcohol addiction in Edinburgh and/or Midlothian.

We are seeking a qualified and experienced counsellor to provide counselling sessions face to face and digitally, in line with existing counselling service models and as stated in the Service’s Code of Practice for Counsellors.

The appointed counsellor will hold a postgraduate diploma in Counselling from a recognised educational establishment and ideally have 250 post-qualifying hours (minimum 150); and be registered with a professional body, i.e. COSCA, BACP, UKCP or equivalent. Also, the diploma course will have to be validated by COSCA or equivalent.

*Two posts are available, one post is based at VOCAL’s Edinburgh Carers’ Hub, 60 Leith Walk EH6 5HB. The second post is based at the Midlothian VOCAL Carer Centre, 30/1 Hardengreen Estate, Dalkeith EH22 3NX (and potentially one day at another locality in Midlothian)

Application notes

Download the person specification / job description. Complete the application form and equal opportunities form and return to or by post to HR, VOCAL, 60 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5HB. If you would like further information about the role please contact Angela Genetti (Counselling Service Manager) on 0131 4668082. Previous applicants need not apply.

Closing date: Monday, 11 March 2024, 5pm

Interviews: TBC, March 2024