Freelance/Sessional Counsellor Vacancies

Stepping Stones is a well-established provider of counselling services delivering counselling face to face and via telephone and video calls.

Our current work is funded by the West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, the NHS and the Robertson Trust.

This work fits closely with our vision and mission, aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing and is underpinned by our values.

We are seeking counsellors for people who have experienced common mental health problems – such as depression, anxiety and stress. They may also experience difficult life situations such as, bereavement and other losses.

We offer counselling to individuals who want to explore the issues which concern them and find ways of making changes to help them live a more fulfilling life.

This work will happen during weekdays and in the early evening, delivered mostly from our premises in Clydebank. However, over the past year we have developed our services to include telephone and video counselling.

You will hold a Degree/Diploma qualification in Counselling/Psychotherapy with significant post qualification experience.  You would be expected to work in line with the BACP Ethical Framework and Stepping Stones policies and procedures which you will have access to if you are appointed.

In this freelance (self-employed) role, you will be responsible for your own clinical supervision, have your own professional liability insurance and be a member of the PVG scheme.

Payment of £30 per session (usually one hour) will be made, with full payment when clients cancel at less than 24 hours notice. Contracts offered will be at least six months in duration.

All counsellors are required to have PVG registration.

Records will be stored on Stepping Stones database, but those working from home will have access to the organisations’ cloud. We would expect counsellors to be either registered or accredited with COSCA/BACP or similar professional association or be working towards same.

CORE10 is used to evaluate counselling work and counsellors will need to become familiar with this and to record their work in line with our practice.

To register your interest in becoming a self-employed counsellor, please send your detailed CV and supporting letter to John White, Operations Director, Whitecrook Business Centre, 78 Whitecrook Street, Clydebank. G81 1QF or email with attachments to

If you have any further informal enquiries, please call John White, Operations Director on 01419412929. Our website has information on our work and this can be accessed on .

Closing date for applications:  16th July 2021 @ 4pm.

Selection will take place within two weeks of the closing date.

Counselling Trainees

Volunteer and Trainee applications are now closed! If you make the short list you will hear from us within the next week. For all those that do not hear from us we are sorry, but the demand was very high. We had more than 60 applications and less than 10 vacancies.

We are looking for Volunteers and Trainees at SCQF level 10 and above to contribute to the development of the Stepping Stones counselling service.

Person Centred Therapist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Trainees can apply for a placement in our busy organisation.

We have opportunities for people who are keen to develop their skills with adults aged 16 plus who have a range of mental health conditions.

For instance, we are looking for people who are interested in developing bereavement and loss skills. This is more prevalent given the times we are living in.

Also, we are keen to hear from trainees who may be looking to develop their skills as a therapist in the integrative modality.


Volunteering is something we offer to post-qualified therapists. Are you looking to develop your skills, or need a suitable placement to work towards your accreditation?

Why should I apply?

Stepping Stones has delivered counselling services for more than 15 years to our local communities.

Furthermore, we have well developed support systems in place. The right people will find that Stepping Stones has;

  • Strong governance;
  • Excellent support mechanisms;
  • Experienced staff and mentors;
  • Average turn up rates of 80%;
  • Group work opportunities;
  • Long standing relationships with educational establishments;
  • Other CPD opportunities available on request.

More information about the placement is available here.

Want to apply? Send an email containing a CV and cover letter to us at

Applications for placements are open and the closing date is the 22nd January 2021 at noon.