Counsellor Required (NHS): Blackpool, Lancashire


Closing: 4/03/2021 

Site: YoutherapY

Town: Blackpool

Salary: £31,365 – £37,890 pro rata

Salary period: Yearly

Grade: NHS AfC: Band 6

Contract: 18 months (Fixed term 15 hours per week to 30 09 2022)

Hours: Part time: 15 hours per week

Job ref: 382-FAM18-21


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a fixed term part-time post (15 hours per week), for qualified and BACP (or equivalent) Accredited Counsellors, with a significant amount of experience of counselling children and young people, to become part of an innovative Young People’s Counselling team based in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.

You will be working in YoutherapY and other community venues with 11-25 year old clients.

The post is offered as fixed term until 30 September 2022.

You will be joining a well-established team of young people’s therapists, providing assessment and counselling to young people, who have psychological and emotional difficulties. Significant experience of working with this age group is an essential part of the role.

Our main offices in the centre of Blackpool will also be the base for admin support and team meetings. Occasional evening and weekend working will be required.


Main duties of the job

Assessing and providing therapy to our clients, managing our own caseloads.
Appropriate admin duties including recordkeeping on our electronic clinical systems.
Attending and participating at our team meetings and peer supervision.


Working for our organisation

YoutherapY is a long-established team with a range of professionals and dedicated admin staff.  We have an ethos of person-centred service for our clients as well as good self-care being encouraged within the team.  This also extends to each other as colleagues, leading to a strong and motivated team.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To provide a high-quality counselling service to children and young people aged 11-25 at YoutherapY, referred with a range of generic issues and mild to moderate mental health problems, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of NHS and team policies and procedures.

To utilise research skills for audit policy and service development and research within the areas served by the team.

To provide advice and consultation on client’s care to non-counselling colleagues including school staff and other referrers

To provide mentoring and clinical supervision to newly qualified (Band 5) counsellors, trainees and associate (volunteer) counsellors and other staff as required.


Person specification

Qualifications and experience

Essential criteria

  • Diploma level qualification in counselling from a BACP accredited course or equivalent.
  • Current BACP accreditation.
  • Substantial post qualification clinical work with children and young people, including working within the educational sector.
  • Experience of short-term time-limited work.
  • Evidence of regular supervised practice.
  • Evidence of CPD meeting minimum requirements for continued accreditation with BACP.
  • Experience of working with a diverse client group with a wide range of presenting problems and significant level of distress.

Desirable criteria

  • Qualification in clinical supervision
  • Experience of mentoring trainee counsellors.
  • Experience of collaborative counselling work in the NHS.
  • Car driver and/or ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation.


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