Current Vacancies:

Sunderland Counselling Service are very keen to recruit

Sunderland Counselling Service wish to recruit to the following post:

Sunderland Counselling Service is a unique independent mental health charity, which is acknowledged for its contribution to the community by mental health professionals, health practitioners and local and regional voluntary and statutory agencies. We provide a wide range of counselling and talking therapy services in Sunderland and across the north east of England.

We have a proactive approach to providing excellent services for our clients,  in line with BACP guidelines. We offer specialised counselling provision across a range of areas including workplace counselling, sexual violence, long term conditions and bereavement.

Sunderland Counselling Service wish to recruit to the following posts:


IAPT Counsellor

Permanent Position

Talking Changes – County Durham and Darlington 


Sunderland Counselling Service have been asked by Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, who lead on providing the IAPT service for County Durham and Darlington (Talking Changes), to help with delivery of their service by providing counselling to complement the other therapies they currently offer.


The successful post holder will provide IAPT compliant counselling at step 3 of the IAPT stepped care model, specifically Counselling for Depression. We expect the majority of this work to be with people experiencing clinically significant low mood / depression.


This opportunity is available to those who have successfully completed all aspects of their CfD training and are BACP accredited. If you meet these criteria, you would be entitled to a salary comparable to Agenda for Change band 7.


We would also be keen to hear from applicants who have completed the taught element of the CfD course but are currently in the process of completing assignments & submitting tapes and working on their BACP accreditation. If you meet these criteria, you would be entitled to a salary comparable to Agenda for Change band 6. We would expect that you would continue working towards qualification / accreditation while working in the Talking Changes service.


Please note that this position may be expected to work throughout County Durham & Darlington. Confirmation of exact working location will be agreed as part of the offer process.


If you would like to have a discussion about this post please contact Toby Sweet, Chief Executive on 0191 514 7007.

Download the job description

Download the application form

For an informal discussion about this position please contact Toby Sweet (Chief Executive) on 0191 514 7007.

Please return application forms to by Sunday, 22nd September 2019





Trustees / Board members

 To join our board of trustees, known as the Management Committee.

SCS is a well-established and independent mental health charity and company limited by guarantee, which is acknowledged for its contribution to the community by our clients, mental health professionals, and local and regional voluntary and statutory agencies. Originally established as a bereavement counselling service, over the years the organisation has grown and developed in response to need and now provides a wide range of counselling and psychological therapy services across the North East of England.

Trustees may already have a background in the charity sector or may be new to the sector; we would be interested to hear from potential trustees from the public and private sectors. Most importantly we need our trustees to have a clear commitment to Sunderland Counselling Service and the work we do.

This is an unpaid role, but expenses are available.

All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.


If you would like more information or to discuss this role, please contact Toby Sweet, Chief Executive on:

0191 514 7007 or by email

Interested applicants should submit a CV and covering letter, setting out why they are interested in the role and what they would bring to it, by email as above.

You can download a Role Description here.


We recruit volunteer/placement counsellors twice per year, at set times of the year.  We haven’t yet set the dates for 2020. In 2019, the two intakes were in spring and in summer. We have recently recruited the second intake for 2019. Details of our 2020 dates will be added here soon.

Further Information

Our volunteer placements are working with adults within our GP service where clients can self refer or are referred through the NHS and are offered short-term counselling, usually a maximum of six sessions. Our placements are based at John Street, Sunderland City Centre. Two references and a DBS check are required before commencing placement. We require volunteers to commit to their placement for a full year, with a minimum of two clients per week. We have flexibility in the times we can offer placements, including weekdays and evenings. We provide 1.5 hours of supervision per month at no cost to all volunteers.

Volunteers in training will need to demonstrate the appropriate level of competency to work with our clients and therefore we will only accept students with sufficient training hours on a professionally recognised counselling course.

Please note: We will not accept any applications out of the set submission dates, which we will put on the website for 2020 shortly.

If you’d like any further information on the placements we offer, please call our main office on 0191 514 7007.

How to apply (please wait for the dates for applications to be opened)

We do not accept CV applications.

Please complete our application form Volunteer Application Form 2014 and return it via email to Please complete all sections of the application form fully, paying particular attention to the general comments section so we can fully understand your skills and experience.

Please note:  We will only contact you if we believe from your application form that you may be a suitable applicant.

For all applicants please download a copy of GDPR Privacy Notice to find out more about how we use the information you provide us with with here.

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