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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Clinical or Counselling Psychologist: Autism and ADHD Service

Purpose of the job

The post holder will provide psychological therapy; assessments, training, consultancy and supervision, being responsible for their own caseload which may include groups and/or individuals and assessments, with day-to-day delivery of clinical excellence, ensuring performance and compliance requirements are met.


·           Work with people referred to the Autism and ADHD service for adults, 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.

·           Screen new referrals, provide appropriate documentation and make appropriate decisions and referrals for ongoing treatment by appropriate treatment models.

·           Evaluate and assess clinical practice and outcomes using appropriate and agreed evaluation tools.

·           Maintain an appropriate level of clinical activity as agreed with the Service Lead for Autism and ADHD.

·           Participate in MDT and team meetings and contribute to shared understandings of clinical processes.

·           Provide supervision to internal and external therapists, as required and agreed, and contribute to the development and delivery of training and other CPD activities as appropriate

·           Support and develop the evaluation of the Autism and ADHD services, outcome measurement and research activity.

·           Undertake training, research and/or consultancy services

·           Manage challenging therapeutic work in a way appropriate to individuals and the ethos of The Retreat.

·           Be responsible for own professional self-regulation, accreditation and abide by the legal requirements and statutory rules relating to practice.

·           Ensure all information regarding people using the service, activity, appointments and funding is logged, up to date and entered in the electronic records system.

·           To perform your role in such a way as to have due regard for commercial and business development opportunities

·           To take personal responsibility to protect and enforce the organisation’s brand, reputation and Intellectual Property

·           To have a continual focus on service improvement, making suggestions to your line manager accordingly

·           To work to team/organisational Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and individual objectives as part of The Retreat performance management framework

·           To work evenings and/or weekends if required

·           Carry out other duties that may be commensurate with the post and the skills and experience of the individual as the organisation may require.

Performance measures

·           Productivity, as measured by number of sessions and/or assessments and supervision completed per week, as agreed with the Service Lead for Autism and ADHD

·           Provide high quality therapy as measured by appropriate and agreed evaluation tools.

·           Amount and quality of activity in relation to service evaluation, outcome measurement and research activity, to a level agreed with the Service Lead for Autism and ADHD.

·           Clinical record keeping, as measured by appropriate audits of defensible documentation

The Retreat is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment including any specific duties for their role as identified under the Safeguarding Policy.

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 

Guy Richardson – Service Manager on 01904 412551 or email your cv to 


Clinical or Counselling Psychologist - Adult Psychological Therapies Service

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours). 

Contract: Permanent

Start date: As soon as possible

Salary scale£38,500 to £46,000 a year

Registration required: HCPC

Our team holds a range of therapeutic modalities, all of which add value and allow us to respond to our clients needs. We welcome clinicians from all backgrounds and across all fields of interest. We are looking for individuals who are deeply committed and progressive in their approach and want to bring conceptions of mental health into the 21st century.

At The Retreat, you will be expected to work with clients presenting with a wide range and complexity of psychological problems, individually or as a group, to provide psychological therapy and assessment services.


Main duties of the job

You will work in partnership with Senior Clinicians and the Clinical Lead to assess new referrals by appropriate treatment models, as well as managing a caseload, in keeping with our operational goals. You will be responsible for your own professional self-regulation and accreditation, as well as abide by the legal requirements and statutory rules relating to practice. You will use appropriate and agreed evaluation and outcome measures, with the opportunity to reflect in regular team meetings.

You will have access to clinical supervision and we will support you to engage in promotional and educational activity so that our work can reach the people who need it most.

The role is supported by a dedicated, inspiring and passionate team, who will value your achievements and support you to achieve your goals. The Retreat is committed to uplifting its colleagues, with visible leadership and a culture of empowerment.

Other Details

The Retreat cares about its staff. We offer continuous professional development, monthly clinical and management supervision, a high quality employee assistance scheme, an excellent pension, access to Retreat Rewards, a beautiful working environment, outdoor space that can be used for therapy work, free parking, flexible working (including opportunities to work from home) and a clear and jointly-developed operational framework. In addition, our service enjoys good links with local universities, with ongoing opportunities for research collaborations and supporting placement trainees.  

To apply for this position, please complete the application form fully and in detail via NHS Jobs.  Where you will also find the person specification and job description.  Click here

For any information please contact Jane Cameron Operations Manager


Closing date: 25th February 2021

Interviews: TBC

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: none.
Interviews: TBC

Specialist Administrator – Adult ADHD Service

Job Title

Specialist Administrator – Adult ADHD Service


Full Time

Contract Term

12 months fixed term

Start Date


Salary Scale

£20,500 to £23,500 a year

Professional Qualifications

Not required.

Closing Date

21st April 2021

Interview Date


Job Advert Link

Main Overview of the Job

The postholder will provide administrative support for the Service Manager/Clinicians/Senior Clinicians and Clinical Leads; be first point of contact for clients, ensuring high quality processes are enacted to manage correspondence, phone calls, clinical appointments etc. Deliver a high standard of administration support, including scheduling, taking notes and providing accurate documentation; ensure effective customer relations at all times and apply effective communication to defuse difficult circumstances, ensure complaints are responded to and front-line resolution is applied to de-escalate the formalising of complaints and escalating within the complaints process where appropriate; manage the service area waiting list in partnership with the Service Manager and make every attempt to ensure the time from referral to service is minimised

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