The Circles South East is organisational member of the BACP, and offers log-term ( max 30 sessions) counselling service to people affected by sexual abuse free of charge.
We are an award-winning charity which works to reduce an impact and instances of sexual harm through prevention, rehabilitation, education and safeguarding. We work together with organisations such as Victim Support, Children's and Social Services, Rape Crisis, Probation Victim Liaison Units, GP Surgeries etc as well as taking referrals from potential clients themselves.
Training, qualifications & experience
The charity consists of a team of specialist professionals who recruit, train, and manage volunteers working in a variety of roles within the community. All volunteers working for the charity receive initial and ongoing training and are professionally supervised.
Added to this we undertake individual and family assessments and provide training and advice to agencies working in related fields.
Circles South East is first and foremost a public protection agency working with and for the community. The project is based on the principles of inclusion, restorative justice and bringing together the community to enhance public safety.
Member organisations *
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
We offer long- term( max of 30 sessions) counselling to anyone affected by sexual abuse, including Survivors, non-offending family members and some ex-offenders.
We are fortunate to provide counselling sessions free of charge at the moment.
Volunteers are at the core of what we do, and operate across all aspects of our work. If you would like to volunteer with us or ask any questions please contact either:
Jelena Richards at Jelena.Richards@circlessoutheast.org.uk
Dom Williams at Dom.Williams@circlessoutheast.org.uk or ring our office on 01235 816050
As a Volunteer Counsellor with our organisation you will get an opportunity to:
· Expand your professional knowledge and experience
· Obtain practice hours required for further professional development
· Help with costs of Supervision, Professional Membership and room rent
· Get your mileage paid
· Regular CPD opportunities
The minimum requirements are that a volunteer counsellor must
· Be over 18 y.o.
· Hold diploma in counselling
· Have a min. of 70 hours supervised face to face client work.
· Hold Professional membership with BASP, UKCP or equivalent
· Have a regular supervision with fully qualified supervisor
· Hold Indemnity Insurance
· Be willing undergo DBS checks
· Adhere to BACP code of ethics