Step One Counsellor – Fixed term

Contract Type: 
Fixed term
Full time
Application deadline: 
Sunday, 24 October, 2021 - 12:00
Salary Scale
Sunderland Counselling Service

Post: Step One (Non IAPT) Counsellor              

Salary: Band 6 Agenda for change comparable (£32,306)

Contract type: Fixed-term for twelve months subject to the successful completion of a six month probationary period.

Hours: Full-time - 37 hours per week excluding breaks and including a minimum of one evening per week .

Closing date: 11.59pm on Sunday, 24th October2021.

Location: County Durham and Darlington

Sunderland Counselling Service is seeking to appoint three BACP accredited (or equivalent) Counsellors who will offer counselling for clients with mild to moderate mental health concerns. The successful Counsellors will work within Talking Changes, the Improving Access to Psychological Service which offers services across County Durham and Darlington.

The post holders will be employed by SCS and subject to our terms and conditions whilst working with colleagues from across the wider IAPT Team.

These posts will be based in Craglea in Lanchester Road Hospital; however, the post holders will be expected to offer face to face sessions throughout the Service bases in County Durham and Darlington according to service requirements. Whilst restrictions regarding COVID 19 and social distancing remain in place, the counsellors may be required to work confidentially from home.

We are seeking accredited Counsellors who will provide time limited therapy to adults referred to the service with clients at step 1, who will have been assessed as below caseness. Counselling will be provided either face to face, over the phone or using a video function and adhere to session limits and models defined by the service.

The successful candidates will be qualified to Degree, MSc, MA, or Diploma level in Counselling as well as holding current accreditation status from the BACP or equivalent.

We require counsellors who can work from comprehensive assessments completed by their colleagues within the IAPT service to determine with their clients their therapeutic and other support needs. The successful counsellors will demonstrate how they develop realistic treatment goals with a client and successfully encourage and support them in using the service, to enable them to address and manage the issues and associated problems that are affecting their mental and emotional wellbeing.

For further information about this post, please visit Applications are to be sent to and the post will close at 11.59pm on Sunday, 24th October.