Psychodynamic or CBT therapist (Psychotherapist or Counsellor) Ref:5316

School/department: Division of Student Experience: Wellbeing, Therapeutic and Residential Life Services: University Counselling Service
Hours: 0.8 FTE. Requests for flexible working options cannot be considered for this post as fractional parts of 0.8 FTE do not work due to the needs of the business.
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 5316
Salary: starting at £41,526 and rising to £49,553 per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 16 March 2021
Closing date: 16 April 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Interview date: 4 May 2021
Expected start date: as soon as possible.

Job description

The Department of Wellbeing, Therapeutic and Residential Life Services, within the Directorate for the Student Experience, is seeking to appoint an experienced clinical practitioner to the role of Psychodynamic or CBT therapist (Counsellor or Psychotherapist). We are looking, in particular, for a mental health practitioner with a possible background as a nurse/ social worker and/or has experience of working within acute mental health services and/or secondary mental health services.

The successful candidate will have a post-graduate level counselling qualification; current accreditation as a counsellor/psychotherapist with BACP, UKCP, BABCP, BCP or registration with BPS or HCPC as a clinical or counselling psychologist in addition to relevant experience of brief therapy and group-work in a similar organisational setting. You will need to provide your accreditation/registration certificate at interview.

The University Counselling Service has recently become part of a larger team which encompasses student wellbeing more widely and includes residential life which is critical to a good student experience. You will be joining a team of experienced therapists and a number of post-qualified and trainee Counsellors. Each year, over 1600 students are seen for counselling, either individually, in therapy groups, or in workshops offering strategies for managing in different situations.

You will utilise a range of counselling interventions and techniques appropriate to the needs of the students, provide short-term focussed counselling and wellbeing interventions for students working as part of an integrated Student Experience Division. You will manage student cases collaborating and consulting with the wider divisional staff i.e. disability support and Student Life Centre as well as NHS professionals as required to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students. Your contribution to the delivery of proactive initiatives around mental health and wellbeing as part of the wider mental health strategy will be critical in the development of the service.

An innovative, risk conscious approach, sound judgement and diplomacy, as well as the ability to work under pressure within a complex organisational structure are essential attributes required of the post holder.

Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships, respect confidentiality, and be able to navigate complex situations in a sensitive and professional manner. Highly developed written and oral communication skills are essential as well as a positive and flexible approach to the role and the service.

Due to Covid-19, we have added telephone and video consultations to our offer and may have to continue to work from home until we are advised otherwise. You will need to take this into consideration as you do need to be able to work in a secure environment where information can be managed confidentially at all times. Experience of working online/by telephone is essential.

For full details please see the Person Specification and Job Description. If you have any queries which are not addressed here, please email Ann Mitropoulou but do ensure you read the full particulars first.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 5316) (PDF XKB)

Visa sponsorship queries:

If you require visa sponsorship from the University of Sussex to undertake this role please contact to discuss your personal circumstances and whether you meet the criteria

How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal details and equal opportunties form [DOC 108.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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