Counsellors are usually office based, but their work may involve travelling to other locations or working from home. Phone and internet counselling services are growing.
Counselling is often undertaken one-to-one, but it can involve work with couples, families or groups. Group counselling is becoming more common as services are under increased pressure due to the high demand for counselling.
Jobs are available in most areas but the concentration is heavier in cities. Some rural areas are poorly served.
The job is potentially stressful because of the painful and sometimes contentious nature of personal problems experienced by clients.
Professional supervision is essential to help counsellors work through any difficulties they experience and it is a requirement for all members of the BACP who are practising counsellors.
Travel within a working day, absence from home overnight and overseas work are not key features of the job but may be required by some employers.
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