If you are paying to see a private counsellor, then yes, they will be fully qualified. If you are seeing a counsellor under other circumstances you may be seen by a placement counsellor. To become a qualified counsellor the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) insist that student counsellors obtain 100 hours of clinical experience toward the end of their training. This is only after they are declared fit to practice. They will have had to pass a number of assessments before being allowed to counsel members of the public. They are fully insured, DBS checked and student members of the BACP. You have a right to refuse to be counselled by a trainee, this will not affect you being able to use our service, it may cause you being on the waiting list a little bit longer.