The Retreat in York has been helping people for over 200 years. Our expert team are enthusiastic and highly motivated.

The Retreat cares about its staff. We offer continuous professional development, regular clinical and management supervision, a high quality employee assistance scheme, an excellent pension, access to Retreat Rewards, a beautiful working environment, free parking, flexible working (including opportunities to work from home) and a clear and jointly-developed operational framework.

Why not take your career to the next level, and join our passionate staff in helping people to get their lives back on track.

Latest Vacancies

Investing in and developing our people is central to The Retreat’s vision and values. We are committed to providing all of our colleagues with a challenging, fulfilling work environment. 

Please click on one of the recruitment opportunities below

For details and application dates.

Senior Clinician - Psychologist Neurodevelopmental Service


Full Time


Contract Term



Salary Scale

£40,000 to £50,000 a year

Professional Qualifications

See Advert


Closing Date

11th June  2021


Interview Date



Job Link

Job Overview  

 The Retreat York are recruiting a Senior Clinical Psychologist to join our highly skilled multi-disciplinary Childrens neurodevelopmental team.

We have a range of opportunities for those wishing to further their careers within Neurodevelopmental conditions. We provide services for adults, children and young people. Applicants may specialise in one area or across all age groups. We are a dynamic, forward thinking organisation looking for clinicians that can bring a high level of experience working with neurodiverse people. You will deliver diagnostic assessments (mainly ASD) and offer psychological therapy

Our main offices are in York, preference is for on-site working but consideration will be given to applicants who wish to work remotely with occasional travel to our York site

For further details please use the link above. 


For an informal conversation contact Dr Katja Osswald Consultant Clinical Psychologist on 01904 929956 or Applications by CV and covering letter closing date 11th June

About Us

We offer excellent conditions of working at The Retreat; we value our staff and their well-being, and we always promote this. Our values are focused on compassion, care, and community. You will be offered the opportunity to join a valuable company pension scheme, we offer family friendly policies, flexible working, and 25 days Annual Leave (WTE) and all bank holidays. We promote training and development of our staff, encouraging and supporting career advancement. We offer every employee a Retreat Rewards Scheme and we also offer a fully comprehensive Employer Assistance Programme that provides you with access to a range of externally managed and personalised support. Finally, and most importantly we are a great team to work with, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Sessional Therapists

The Retreat York provides community-based psychological therapy and assessment services. We are now recruiting psychotherapists and psychologists to work with us on a sessional basis to provide therapy and assessment within The Retreat’s multi-disciplinary team. We welcome applications from skilled and experienced self-employed therapists and psychologists, to work remotely with an agreed caseload of clients. We are particularly interested in applicants with specialist qualifications and experience in one or more of the following areas: Eating disorders, Trauma, EMDR, CBT, Psychodynamic/integrative therapy, CFT, Bereavement. Occasional visits to our main site in York may be required. We are also interested in Clinicians to work with people referred to the Neurodevelopmental Service for adults and children, providing  assessment, diagnosis and psychological therapy services to individuals presenting with Autism or ADHD, possibly with a wide range of psychological problems, including those with complex issues.

Pay rates range from £45-£56 per session, dependent upon experience, training and qualifications. Hours are negotiable and may include evenings and weekends.

The Retreat York are market leaders in our dynamic Mental Health brand, and we can offer you an excellent package of employment support, including IT packages and training.

For further information and to discuss this flexible opportunity please contact:

Adult Psychological Therapy Service

Yasmin Earl- Service Manager on 01904 412551 or email your cv to 

Neurodevelopmental Service 

Dr Katja Oswald – Consultant Clinical Psychologist  on 01904 412551 or email your cv to 


Psychotherapist / Psychologist

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours). Part-time would be considered, though a minimum of 22.5 hours per week would be expected.
Contract: Permanent
Start date: As soon as possible
Salary scale: £30,000 – £45,000 dependent on experience
Registration required: HCPC or BABCP or BACP or BCP or UKCP and IGA.

The Retreat is seeking talented, experienced and dedicated Psychologists or Psychotherapists to help us to ensure the delivery of mental health services of excellence, which are statutorily and regulatory compliant and congruent with the values of The Retreat. Our vision is to deliver high quality, sustainable, renowned mental health services, alongside Autism and ADHD services, helping people to live well with themselves so that we all live better together.

You will be working in our Adult Psychological Therapies service, which offers community-based psychological assessment and therapy services for adults. We will expect you to be registered with the appropriate professional body and to be able to evidence ongoing CPD. For our Senior Psychologist / Psychotherapist role we will expect you to have 5 years post qualification experience, and specialist qualification and experience in one or more of the following areas;

  • Trauma (including complex and single incident) and trauma processing; EMDR
  • Eating Disorders
  • Bereavement
  • Legal and Court Witness work (Bond Solon training can be provided)

It will be important for you to have experience of developing effective therapeutic working alliances with complex clients and appropriate members of their system. We are currently focused on recruiting people to our adult service, but would welcome discussions with professionals experienced in working with children and young people.

Our service enjoys good links with local universities (York St John’s as well as University of York), with ongoing opportunities for research collaborations and supporting placement trainees.

For further information and the opportunity to discuss this opportunity further please contact: 

Yasmin Earl – Service Manager on 01904 412551 or email 

Sessional Therapist - The Retreat York at Hampden House - Manchester

Job Title

Sessional Therapist 



Contract Term


Start Date


Salary Scale

£40 to £60 an hour

Professional Qualifications

See Advert 

Closing Date

30th June 2021

Interview Date


Job Advert Link

Main Overview of the Job

 For over 200 years, The Retreat has been a source of hope, comfort and care for people with mental health difficulties. We have a long and distinguished reputation for being innovators & world leaders in the field of modern mental health care. If youre driven by excellence, achievement, recognition and the reward that comes from making a positive difference, we would be like to hear from you. We have a head office in York but we have a new location in Manchester and we are looking for psychotherapists & psychologists to work on a sessional basis, to help us to meet the demand for our Manchester services. The Retreat Manchester at Hampden House provides community-based psychological therapy and assessment services, for children, young people & adults. Our sessional staff provide psychological therapy and assessment & we are looking for skilled and experienced self-employed therapists and psychologists willing to take on a small caseload of clients.

About Us

We offer excellent conditions of working at The Retreat; we value our staff and their well-being, and we promote this at all times. Our values are focused on compassion, care and community. You will be offered the opportunity to join a valuable company pension scheme, we offer family friendly policies, flexible working and 25 days Annual Leave (WTE) and all bank holidays. We promote training and development of our staff, encouraging and supporting career advancement. We offer every employee a Retreat Rewards Scheme and we also offer a fully comprehensive Employer Assistance Programme that provides you with access to a range of externally managed and personalised support. Finally, and most importantly we are a great team to work with, and we look forward to hearing from you!

A Great Place To Work

25 days holiday plus bank holidays, Standard Life defined contribution pension, Retreat Rewards scheme which includes various shopping offers, Free on-site parking

Staff Opinion

I love working with a great team of therapists who all have different specialisms and modalities. Sharing our experiences and learning from each other is so valuable. I also enjoy the variety of the therapy work. Each person is so different and they have a high level of motivation to change and overcome their problems. Being part of this change is very rewarding.


Even if there are no opportunities advertised, we still keep CVs on file. Why not contact us and send us your CV for future consideration?

News & Updates

What is Online/Video Therapy?

Our online therapy service allows us to offer help and support to people not able to access our York-based service face-to-face. Online therapy is a developing area for counselling and psychotherapy, and is also known as webcam counselling, e-therapy, web therapy, internet therapy, video therapy and distance therapy. This service allows you all the benefits of face-to-face sessions with a therapist, via your personal computer and from the comfort of your home.

Our skilled counsellors, psychologists and therapists will listen to you in a non-judgmental way in a private, confidential setting. They can help you with your current difficulties, past experiences or anxieties about your future with the aim of helping you improve the quality of your life and relationships.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Any one of us can experience something that we find traumatic. This could be something recent that has happened to us or it could be from our earlier years. Either way, around 30% of people who experience something traumatic go on to develop symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Traumatic events can vary widely, from road traffic or other accidents, involvement in military combat, near death experiences, or some form of abuse as a child or adult.

PTSD is a name given to a range of symptoms that someone may experience. Often, when we experience a situation that is traumatic, we may at first feel quite numb, but later experience symptoms such as:

  • Nightmares or frightening thoughts
  • Re-living the traumatic event, often termed ‘flashbacks’
  • Avoidance of reminders of the event and of talking about it
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Hyper vigilance and alertness to possible danger
  • Problems with concentration and memory.

These are all symptoms of PTSD and are usually very distressing to us.

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.

It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.

Some people with autism can live relatively independent lives, but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support.

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include:

  • Inattentiveness – most people with ADHD will have a short attention span and may be easily distracted.
  • Hyperactivity – there is likely to be some restlessness, fidgeting or overactivity. This can also lead to difficulties in sleeping and increased anxiety.
  • Impulsiveness – people with ADHD may do things without thought for the consequences, without very much reflection and without having a plan.

Some adults will have ADHD without it being diagnosed at a younger age. Those who are diagnosed at a young age are likely to continue to experience problems, though the symptoms might reduce.

What therapies do you offer?

We offer a range of individual and group therapies in line with NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance. All of our therapists are highly trained, accredited, experienced and committed to continued professional development. Many therapists have training in more than one therapeutic modality, and are therefore in the best position to offer tailored, individualised therapy to meet your needs, drawing from the most up to date, evidence-based interventions.

Our therapies can be delivered face to face, in relaxing therapy rooms. However if you are unable to come to The Retreat for your appointments, whatever the reason, we can offer you an appointment via video link, using a secure platform called 3CX. 

How do I access the service?

All therapies are accessed via our Initial Therapies Assessment.

To refer yourself to our therapies services, or just to talk to us about whether we can help, please call us on 01904 412551 or email

Is the service confidential?

All our services are confidential, and our therapists and clinicians follow professional codes of conduct which include principles around confidentiality. This means we will not disclose information about you to a third party without your consent, unless we had significant concern for either your safety or the safety of someone else. We would make every attempt to discuss this with you if the situation arose.

Can I get involved in The Retreat?

We welcome representation from people who have finished their therapy or support within our services. There are a number of ways you can get involved, from joining us at information sharing events, helping us raise the profile of our services through the media, consulting or co-producing with us to help develop new services or recruit new staff. Please contact us for more information.

Get in Touch. Talk to us.

If you need to speak to us, we are here to help. Our team of qualified therapists are at your service in person, or via a video call.

Heslington Rd, York, YO10 5BN

Call Us: 01904 412 551