I really value using my skills with Marriage Care... I feel well supported and enjoy the camaraderie of the other counsellors and chaperones.

Relationship Counsellor

Marriage Care believe that supporting couple relationships is a matter of social justice. Poor relationships lead to greater inequalities and injustice in our society. Couples and families often feel isolated, under pressure and struggle to be open about the challenges they face and seek the support they need. Our volunteer counsellors enable those in need to access professional counselling – regardless of their ability to pay.

Becoming a volunteer relationship counsellor with Marriage Care is a long term commitment that has many rewards for each volunteer and for those that they help. You will find support from like-minded people and have opportunities to increase your professional knowledge and skills in this role.

Marriage Care selects Qualified Relationship Counsellors who have completed at least 150 hrs of relationship counselling and who hold a recognised qualification in relationship counselling. We also select Qualified Counsellors who have at least 100 hrs supervised counselling practice and who hold a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling. Qualified counsellors will need to undertake our Diploma in Relationship Counselling before volunteering with us. We are also planning to run an Initial Training Certificate for those who want to counsel with us but do not have a counselling qualification as yet. Please click on the hyperlinked titles above to find out more about each recruitment route.

Placements at Marriage Care

Unfortunately, due to a lack of resources, Marriage Care is unable to offer counselling placements to students on external courses. The BACP has a placement data base (for BACP student members only) which might be helpful. We would most warmly welcome an application from you when you have completed your studies and delivered at least 100 hours supervised counselling.