Placements Opportunities

*At the present time our Adult Counselling team have no vacancies for volunteer or placement counsellors.  Please keep checking for updates.  We would welcome your application at some point in the future.*.

Sunflower Garden are currently accepting applications for Volunteer / Placement Counsellors. Please contact the team for more information. 

For other Volunteering Opportunities click here

Placement Counsellor Opportunities

Simpson House Counselling provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD) placements for counsellors who would like to develop their experience in working with people who are affected by drug use.  We have counselling placements to offer if you have or are working towards a diploma in counselling or have the equivalent training and experience.  Please be aware that our service is one whose clients have experienced significant trauma, and would therefore be more suitable for someone looking for a second placement who already has at least 100 counselling hours of experience or who can bring with them previous experience in working with trauma and people affected by drug use.

We provide:

  • An extensive programme of Certificated in-house training on a range of issues including:
    • Counselling and working with people affected by drug use
    • Working with adult & child protection concerns within counselling
    • Working with diversity & difference
  • Financial contribution of £45 per month toward the cost of clinical supervision based on a minimum 1½ hours per month. 
  • Public liability and personal accident insurance whilst undertaking placement work approved and authorised by us.
  • A supportive working environment.
  • An opportunity to gain experience working in the field of addiction.

Can you offer:

  • A minimum of 3 client hours a week and time for related administration? 
  • A commitment of 18 to 36 months?
  • A genuine desire to work with people affected by addiction?
  • Are you working toward or have a diploma in counselling or equivalent training and experience?
  • Do you have at least 100 counselling hours experience or experience in working with trauma and substance misuse.

We recruit placement counsellors once or twice a year. To leave your name as interested in applying please email us here.  If you have any questions about being a placement counsellor please email Ruth Galloway-Kirkland.


Placements Opportunities within Sunflower Garden

The Team at Sunflower Garden is enriched by the varied and diverse range of students that come and work with us, both on placement and as volunteers. Applications are accepted throughout the year, with a variety of start dates.  

We regularly offer placements to students studying for a professional qualification in:

  • Social Work
  • those completing their HNC in Social Care
  • those who are training to be counsellors
  • those working towards their Masters in Art Therapy


 Alongside this we have offered a variety of other placements to people studying:

  • Play Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Dance and Movement Psychotherapy
  • Psychology and more! 


If you are a student and need to undertake a placement or are simply interested in gaining more experience in your area of interest then please do not hesitate to get in touch! We are happy to help you reach your potential and explore the world of counselling! Please contact the Sunflower office on 0131 220 2488 or email us here.

As a BACP Accredited Service we require placement counsellors to work to BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Ethical Guidelines for Researching Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Professional Conduct Procedure.


For further details and an application pack please download the following information

Download 'Our Commitment to Counsellors on Placement'

Download Job Description for Placement Counsellors 

Download Application form for Placement Counsellors

Email or call us on 0131 225 6028 for more information.

Please return completed applications to:  Ruth Galloway-Kirkland, Service Leader, Adult Counselling & Recovery Team

Simpson House, 52 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3NS

Please see our Research page for clients' views on Simpson House Counselling.

Counselling & working with people affected by drug use

Working with adult & child protection

Working with diversity & difference