Adult Psychotherapist Specialising in Group Psychotherapy

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum + 5% High Cost Allowance
Closing date
4 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled and enthusiastic group analyst and adult psychotherapist to join our well-established, dynamic and friendly clinical South West Essex team. We are looking for a clinician who values innovation and advancing high quality care. EPUT is currently developing a more comprehensive pathway for clients experiencing personality disorders. The Complex Needs and Personality Disorder pathway lead by Psychological Services includes, psychotherapy, psychology and Occupational Therapy, all providing treatments to this client group. We work closely with our CMHT colleagues.

We are looking to recruit a Psychoanalytic Group Psychotherapist/Group Analysist with the ability to provide assessments and group psychotherapy, especially Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) to this client group. The post holder will join a dynamic and experienced team who provide psychotherapy, assessment, consultation and treatment plans to clients who experience severe emotional disturbance often with a history of trauma and multiple morbidities. There is a good skill mix in the team providing individual and group psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy, art psychotherapy, systemic family therapy and psycho-social nursing. The psychotherapy provision is integrated with other colleagues on the Personality Disorder & Complex Needs pathway. Continued professional development is supported and promoted, in line with appraisal and service objectives.

Main duties of the job

  • To work within the context of the Psychological Services Directorate delivering specialist group psychotherapy, interventions and care plans using psychodynamically informed group therapy delivered as appropriate for clients with personality disorders.
  • Develop MBT group provision
  • Work alongside colleagues, taking shares responsibility for developing psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • Providing a highly specialist psychotherapy consultation, autonomously assessing and treating patients with personality disorder using appropriate specialist intervention.
  • Maintenance of a caseload that includes clients with disturbed behaviour patterns and high levels of psychological distress.
  • Providing specialist clinical case consultation and advice; based on specialist skills to colleagues in the CMHT and the CN&PD pathway
  • Provide specialist supervision to honorary staff or students as requested.
  • Working autonomously within professional guidelines and within the policies and guidelines ofthe Trust.
  • To respect diversity. To treat everyone with dignity and respect and act in ways that acknowledge and recognise people's expressed beliefs, preferences and choices.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Open, Compassionate and Empowering. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

Please note that for all roles at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust that fall into the regulated activity criteria, evidence of vaccination status (first and second dose) will become a condition of employment from 1st April 2022. Therefore, please note that if you are successfully appointed at EPUT for one of these roles, your vaccination status will form part of your pre-employment checks.


We now offer face to face interviews as well as virtual.

The decision on which type of interview will be made by the recruiting manager however if you have a preference due to circumstance please contact us.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further regarding this vacancy details please refer to the job description and person specification.

Person Specification Training and Qualification Essential
  • Recognised specialist formal training in Group Analysis or Group Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (UKCP Registration).
  • Recognised qualification in one of the core mental health professionals (e.g. nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, social work) or extensive clinical experiences at post-qualification level.
  • Further training in another modality or type of psychotherapy, e.g. MBT or relevant model
  • Further training or post-graduate qualification in supervision and/or institutional/organisational studies.
Experience Essential
  • At least 4 years post-qualification clinical group work and clinical management experiences as a highly specialist group psychotherapist, as well as providing highly specialist individual psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • Extensive experience of assessing patients for group and individual psychotherapy, particularly those with complex needs and severe difficulties, taking account of a range of theoretical models and the ability to develop a clinical formulation and make recommendations for a treatment plan, including brief interventions and long-term work.
  • Extensive group psychotherapy experience with patients with complex needs.
  • Experience as a supervisor for staff support to multidisciplinary staff teams and other professionals groups.
  • Experience in offering consultation and staff support to multidisciplinary staff teams and other professionals groups.
  • Experience if taking responsibility for developing group psychotherapy services.

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