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Senior Counsellor

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Kingsbury, London
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inc HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and accredited counsellor to join Brent Talking Therapies Service (IAPT) located in the diverse and vibrant community of the London borough of Brent. This is a Senior Counsellor role including clinical and supervisory responsibilities.

You will join a large and well integrated team with experienced staff, fellow supervisors, trainees and colleagues. You must have experience of delivering brief focussed counselling in a primary care setting, and also of offering formal supervision to other staff either in Talking Therapies or in other settings.

Applicants must be BACP Accredited (not just registered), on the UKCP register or NCS Accredited Professional. Please ensure you provide the correct Registration Number in your application as we will confirm .

We are also looking for applicants who have completed a qualification or are in the process of completing training in an IAPT approved modality (such as DIT, Couples counselling for Depression, BCT, IPT or CFD).

Main duties of the job

You will provide a clinical service to adults with common mental health problems in the borough of Brent, and be responsible for the supervision of qualified and trainee counsellors within the Brent Talking Therapies Service.

This role is a good opportunity for those who also wish to develop their leadership skills.You will be responsible for waitlist management, allocating people referred into the service to the most appropriate intervention and to therapists with the most appropriate training and skills to meet their therapeutic need and provide their care. The post holder will also undertake other senior duties as delegated by the Clinical Lead and Joint Lead Counsellors for the service.

Interview date: TBC

About us

The catchment area of the post is the London borough of Brent. The main hub for the service is based at Fairfields House in Kingsbury and there is a satellite hub at Bell House in Willesden Green.

We operate an agile working policy where staff combine remote working and being on-site to deliver face-to-face appointments and other service commitments that require a hub-based presence. The post-holder will work full-time hours and may be required to work at any times between 8am and 8pm on weekdays including an evening clinic as required by the service.

The post is full time and we would consider a 4-day working pattern.

Benefits of working for CNWL include:
  • 27 days of annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS discount
  • Opportunities for career progression
  • New starters will have a 13-week probation period which is a supportive process to allow individuals to learn and work within the key aspects of their role over a period of time
  • If you would like to see what it's like to work for CNWL please have a look at

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For information about the main duties and responsibilities of the role of senior counsellor, please refer to the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Qualified and Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist, current Registrant on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register of Counsellors (BACP, BPC, UKCP, NCS [Accredited Professional], COSCA, UKAHPP) OR Qualified Counselling Psychologist, current registrant with the HCPC
  • Substantial post-qualification experience of generic counselling (minimum of 450hrs client contact), demonstrable through an additional supervisory reference
  • Continued professional development that includes learning/knowledge of other clinical modalities and theoretical models
  • Formal post-qualification supervision training on an accredited course of at least one year's duration.


  • Post-qualification training in one or more additional specialized areas related to primary care mental health eg. DIT, IPT, CfD, Couples Counselling for Depression, mental illness, clinical risk assessment, CBT principles
  • Specialist Supervisor training in an IAPT modality including DIT, IPT, CfD, Couples Counselling for Depression
  • Attended a management or High Intensity Supervisor's training



  • Experience of working as a qualified counsellor with specialist post-qualification experience in the NHS, including substantial post-qualification experience within primary care
  • Specialist level of experience of brief focused counselling, including undertaking assessments, including risk assessment.
  • Experience of professional management and supervision of qualified and pre-qualified counsellors in the NHS in a primary care setting.
  • Experience of working with a wide range of clients over the age of 16 years and including older adults presenting with mild to moderate degrees of severity of mental illness.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' emotional care and treatment including maintaining confidentiality and client records.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural context.
  • Experience of supervising the clinical work of at least two counsellors working in a primary care setting, tested through written verification by at least one referee.
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of managing a specialist and independent caseload


  • Experience of working as a qualified counsellor with specialist post-qualification experience in the NHS
  • Experience in consulting with General Practitioners to provide specialist expertise in the field of mental health and counselling in primary care.
  • Experience of collaborative work with other mental health professionals working in secondary mental health services
  • Experience of teaching and training in professional and clinical areas to other counsellors or similar.
  • Experience in service planning, development and management within the NHS.
  • Experience of working within an IAPT service
  • Experience of working within an IAPT service

Knowledge and Skills


  • Specialised post-qualification knowledge of a range of specialist therapeutic techniques underpinned by theory, acquired through further substantial training or experience and specialist supervision to Master's degree or equivalent level
  • A high level of skill in assessment for short-term counselling, including risk assessment, and application of evidence-based interventions and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Skills in providing professional and clinical supervision, management and training to qualified and pre-qualified counsellors.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BACP or other relevant professional bodies including fulfilling professional clinical supervision requirements.
  • Ability to work independently and manage a caseload, with freedom to act and take decisions about patient care, under supervision.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex and clinically sensitive information to clients and professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to propose changes to service and service delivery and implement policies relating to service provision, including the ability to contribute to policy discussions at a wider organizational level
  • Ability to co-ordinate the recruitment, training and supervision of counsellors on placement
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach which considers the needs of the whole person.
  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.


  • Competency in providing brief focused counseling using an evidence based approach eg focal psychodynamic, client centred, solution focused, humanistic etc
  • Knowledge of more than one model of intervention and the evidence base for choosing different interventions.
  • Familiarity with mental health policies in relation to primary care counselling
  • Familiarity with issues around clinical governance.



  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills.
  • Commitment to the evaluation of services especially within own specialist area, an enthusiasm for service improvement and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.
  • To demonstrate emotional resilience and stability. Ability to establish and maintain working relationships under pressure.


  • Experience of personal psychotherapy.
  • Personal experience of mental health difficulties as a user or carer

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Brent Talking Therapies

Fairfields House, Fairfields Crescent, Roe Green, Kingsbury NW9 0PS

Kingsbury, London


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