Sessional Therapists and Psychologists

The Retreat York

The closing date is 31 December 2022

Job summary

The Retreat is a world-renowned mental health clinic working with clients across the UK. We have a long and distinguished reputation for being innovators in the field of mental health care, from a pioneering start in 1792 to the present day, where we continue to build our services around the needs of our clients. The Retreat operates both remotely and from bases in York (including Heslington and Strensall) and Manchester, providing high quality, sustainable services for adults, children, and young people.

The Adults Psychological Therapies Service has supported a number of clients to make clinically significant improvements, and an overwhelming majority of clients rate the service as ‘Extremely Helpful’ – a humbling 88%. One hundred percent of our clients report that they are happy with the therapy they receive.

In addition to privately funded therapy for issues including bereavement, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, trauma, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, we offer some services free at the point of delivery, through contracts with NHS partners and charitable funding.

Main duties of the job

The Retreat is looking to recruit talented, clinically strong therapists and psychologists on a contractual basis, in order to meet the needs of our growing client base. We welcome applications from skilled and experienced self-employed people to work in clinic and/or remotely with an agreed caseload of clients. We are particularly interested in applications from therapists with specialist qualifications in CBT, EMDR, Couple Therapy and Psychodynamic therapy, and from clinicians experienced in working with trauma or more complex presentations.

If you’re driven by clinical excellence and outstanding results, if you measure your own achievement by that of your clients, and if you would like to work with an organisation that truly values the process, we would like to hear from you. You will be supported as a professional and as an individual, with consideration of your current capacity, preferences, and expertise when you are offered cases. You will receive support from our talented administrators, enabling you to concentrate on your clinical work.

If you would like to be a part of our history, please apply immediately. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient volumes are received.

About us


Clients are triaged through an Initial Consultation with a senior clinician before being matched to a clinician. You are able to accept or refuse cases without prejudice.

Unlimited access to clinic space on our historic site. Clients are greeted by our administration team and able to wait in our comfortable waiting area.

Ability to work face to face and remotely – either from the clinic or from your own home, using our secure software.

Responsive support from our clinical leads, as required.

Access to quality clinical record management systems to support safe practice, and access to IT support for any queries you may have.

Administration support to allow you to focus purely on your clients and therapy.

Free mandatory training if you have not completed this elsewhere.

The option to join one of our clinical network forums where you can meet with other clinicians working in the organisation.

Access to amenities onsite, including free parking, a library and kitchen, with free tea and coffee available.

Access to our clinician office and desktop PCs, to complete your notes, do additional reading, or connect with other clinicians.

Job description

Job responsibilities

When submitting your application, please ensure your contact details are on your CV

If you are interested in joining The Retreat Clinics and would like an informal chat, please contact:

Cat Adlam, Adult Psychological Therapy Service Manager 


Tel: 01904 412551 

Person Specification



  • Please see attached job description for full details of essential and desirable qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

The Retreat York


Heslington Road


North Yorkshire

YO10 5BN

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For questions about the job, contact:

Cat Adlam


Date posted

01 April 2022

Pay scheme



£45 to £60 a session




2 years

Working pattern

Flexible working, Home or remote working

Reference number


Job locations

Heslington Road


North Yorkshire

YO10 5BN

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Saturday: 9am to 3pm

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