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.

Clinical Psychologist Adult and Children Neurodevelopment Services

The Retreat is a world-renowned mental health clinic based in York and Manchester working with clients across the UK. We have a long and distinguished reputation for being innovators and world leaders in the field of modern mental health care providing high quality, sustainable services for both adults and children, including neurodevelopmental conditions, stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders.

In addition to privately funded therapies, we offer some services free at the point of delivery through contracts with NHS partners and through charitable funding.

Our organisation is growing, and we are currently seeking a psychologist to support our ND service. You will work in a multi-disciplinary team to deliver diagnostic assessments to children or adults in line with our NHS contract, all of which is supported by our highly experienced admin team who will be there to provide a full administration service, allowing you to concentrate on your work.

If you’re driven by excellence, achievement, recognition and the reward that comes from making a positive difference, we would like to hear from you. 

Our history

The Retreat was founded by Quakers in York in 1792 and for over 200 years it has been a source of hope, comfort, support and care for people with mental health difficulties.

Founders William Tuke and his family took an innovative and compassionate approach which led to major legal reforms in the care of mental health in the UK and beyond. Every textbook on the history of mental illness mentions the unique part played by The Retreat in the reshaping of attitudes. This approach of innovation and humane care endures to this day and is something which we feel privileged to continue.

 Working at The Retreat

Your work will make a real difference to the lives of your clients. You will have the opportunity, time and space to deliver a tailored, high quality service and have the support of other senior clinicians to offer truly holistic care.

 Our Quaker heritage and values underpin everything that we do, and our team are committed to our core values of compassion, collaboration and community, enabling people to gain hope and encouraging resilience.

You will be supported both personally and professionally with consideration taken to your own wellbeing and development. We actively support the development of our team through monthly supervision and encouraging career advancement. You will receive comprehensive administrative support enabling you to concentrate on your clinical role.

Remuneration and benefits

£47,000 – £55,000 dependent on skills & experience

35 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)

Generous pension scheme

Protected CPD time and negotiable contracted hours and job shares

Professional registration fees and clinical supervision paid

Family friendly policies, including enhanced maternity pay, parental leave and flexible contracts

Flexible & home working

Free car parking

A variety of shopping discounts via our high-street partners

Cycle to work scheme

Employment Assist Programme – giving access to range of advice and support

Well-being support

If you are interested in applying or would like an informal chat, please contact Richard Dunston Brady, Service and Contract Manger: email or phone 01904 412551

All applications must be accompanied by a CV and covering letter.

or, applications can be submitted via NHS jobs:

Closing date: 5th December 2021


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 Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is one of the most effective ways to build mental strength. Learn more about how you can incorporate mindful activities into your life in our blog.

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