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.

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Psychologist: Children and Young People's Services

The Retreat is seeking a talented Clinical or Counselling Psychologist who specialises in paediatric or child and adolescent mental health or neurodevelopment, to join a community-based assessment and therapy service. We would be particularly interested in a psychologist with experience in Autism assessment and diagnosis to join a well-established multidisciplinary Autism and ADHD Service.  

Job Description and Person Specification

To apply for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in this role, how you meet the essential criteria and why you think you are a suitable candidate, making reference to the job description supplied, via the following link:      

Closing date: Wednesday 5th August 2020

Interviews: Week beginning Monday 10th August 2020

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.

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 our Service Manager Cat Adlam on01904 41255 or apply through NHS Jobs.

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.

Apply via NHS Jobs:

Closing date: Friday 14th August 2020
Interviews: Week commencing 24th August 2020

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?

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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