Qualified Relationship Counsellor

Organisation: Marriage Care

Location Preston, Lancashire, PR2 1DU
Where the role is based Mainly at home, or mainly at the office.
Travel limit 30 miles
Opportunity type Ongoing role
Reference number J54810

Opportunity description

 Are you a qualified relationship counsellor with 150 hours of supervised couples- counselling experience? Would you welcome the opportuntiy of further training and to volunteer in a supportive, friendly environment?

The role

As part of a local centre team you would prvide a minimum of 84 counselling sessions per year – that’s just two hours of your time per week – two hours that could make a tremendous difference to the lives of couples and individuals in your community.


Required skills

  • Social care / counselling

Person description

Marriage Care counsellors come from a wide range of backgrounds, but all share a genuine desire to help people in distress. We welcome applications from people who share our passion for relationship health and who respect and are willing to engage with our values.

Whilst applicants may be single or in a relationship, what is important is that they:

  • Hold a relationship counselling qualification with Relate, Scottish Marriage Care (The Spark), ICEEFT or another recognised couple-counselling agency or course.
  • Have undertaken at least 150 hours of supervised couple-counselling practice.
  • Be a currently practicing relationship counsellor receiving regular supervision. We will also consider applications from counsellors who have been working regularly with couples in the last 12 months
  • Experience of a long term committed relationship – whether things worked out or not.
  • A willingness to subscribe to the ethos and values of Marriage Care and work within its policies.
  • Empathic understanding and ability to hold couples.
  • Ability to work as part of the centre team.


What impact the opportunity will have

The quality of a couple's relationship has wide-reaching and enduring effects - on their families, their children and society. A wealth of evidence now shows that healthy, stable couple relationships benefit us not only mentally and emotionally but even physically. 

Therefore it is Marriage Cares mission to provide relationship support regardless of a peoples ability to pay. Sessions are provided on a donation-only basis with a one-off registration fee of £10. 

Here are a few quotes from our clients about how Marriage Care counselling has helped their relationship:

‘Saved our marriage, healed us together and individually and helped us pass the healing to our family’.

‘We were re-introduced to the concepts of compromise and sacrifice and this helped us to realise how much depended on communicating well with each other’.

‘The counsellor was a total Godsend – I’m so grateful. Gave us the chance to open up to each other and we feel so much stronger’.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

Volunteering with Marriage Care is a truly rewarding experience and you will find support from like- minded people within your centre team, recieve regular supervision and opportunities to increase your professional knowledge and skills through regional and national training. More experienced counsellors also have opportunities to train and develop as a supervisor or trainer.

Most volunteers stay with the organisation for many years due to the relationships they build and the personal benefits of being involved in the work of Marriage Care.

Time commitment

Either in or out of office hours

A minimum of 2 hours counselling per week, regular supervision and 30 CPD hours per year, attendance to centre meetings and 1-2 annual conferences.

Other details

In most centres counselling sessions are held in community premises hired by
Marriage Care. Centre and supervision meetings are often held outside working
hours at mutually convenient places / hired premises.
Travel and out-of-pocket expenses will be paid.

Most volunteers stay with the organisation for many years due to the relationships
they build and the personal benefits of being involved in the work of Marriage