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Senior Counsellor

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
Crouch End
£56,388 to £62,785 pro-rata per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Senior Counsellor

This is a role within the senior management team of Haringey Talking Therapies and as such the post-holder will be responsible for line managing a team of therapists. The post is based in Haringey which is an ethnically diverse population with pockets of high social deprivation and need. The IAPT service has approximately 100 permanent staff consisting of CBT therapists, counsellors and PWPs, plus some clinical and counselling psychologists and non-clinical staff. Specialist clinicians with further post-graduate training in psychotherapy provide clinical and supervisory/training input from within specific therapeutic modalities. As such, it is one of the largest psychotherapy/psychological therapies services in London.

All clinicians will work a combination of some days from home and some in clinic.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified Psychological Therapy service specialising in at least one NICE recommended Counselling for Depression models (Person Centred Counselling for Depression, Dynamic Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy or Short-term Psychodynamic Counselling) to clients of the Haringey Talking Therapies service, including assessment and treatment. To provide line management and clinical supervision to qualified counsellors and at times to trainee and other staff in the service. To provide duty supervision and screening supervision of new referrals into the service and deal with a range of issues arising of a clinical and professional nature. To offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trustbelieves that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities


1. To provide specialist Counselling assessments in at least one NICE recommended counselling for depression model of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

2. To formulate and implement plans for at least one NICE recommended counselling for depression model and/or management of a clients emotional and mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

3. To be responsible for implementing a range of Counselling interventions for individuals, groups families and carers, adjusting and refining psychological formulations, drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

6. To provide specialist psychological advice and consultation regarding at least one NICE recommended counselling for depression model to other members of staff, and to clients contributing directly in formulation, diagnosis and treatment plans when required.

7. To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.

8. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

9. To communicate highly complex and potentially highly contentious information in a highly skilled and sensitive manner in situations with patients who may be extremely hostile or highly emotional requiring the highest level of communication skills. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

Person Specification



  • A post graduate qualification in Counselling or Psychotherapy e.g. a Masters
  • Or A registered doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology
  • Be Accredited with the BACP, UKCP or HCPC or similar professional registering body
  • A qualification in a NICE recommended intervention for depression (CfD, IPT or DIT)


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology or equivalent
  • Completion of a clinical supervision training (short course) sufficient to be able to supervise IAPT trainees.

Skills & Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • An ability to formulate and provide treatment within a NICE recommended Counselling model (DIT, IPT, PC CfD or short-term psychodynamic counselling)
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Demonstrable interest in developing knowledge and skills in Counselling, post qualification.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.

Knowledge & Experience


  • Demonstrable experience in providing Counselling post qualification, including experience of specialist Counselling assessments (a minimum of 2 years post qualification is required).
  • Experience of specialist psychological therapy assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in primary care and step2/step 3.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.



  • Personal experience of mental health problems.

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Crouch End Health Centre

45 Middle Lane

Crouch End

N8 8PH

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