Experienced Counselling or Clinical Psychologist

With an interest in working with Adults in an Integrated, Cutting-edge and Body-focussed way with experience of working with Trauma & Dissociation

Terms: 3 days a week either on a Consultant basis or Employment contract at NHS equivalent pay Bands, negotiable depending on the level of experience and skill of the applicant. Payment will be on a pro rata basis. Position would potentially suit professional wanting to work extra time, alongside other part-time work or parent wanting to return to work following maternity/paternity leave.

The following skills and requirements detailed below are all inherently important to this unique job opportunity, but we are especially looking for a person who feels a real passion and deep sense of commitment to this work as well as to their own personal development path.

Hours: Part-time, initially, with the potential of building up to full-time work

Based in Witney, Oxfordshire, The Oxford Development Centre Ltd (www.oxdev.co.uk) is an independent and private psychology service which was founded over 20 years ago in 1997 by Dr Claudia Herbert, who is also the Clinical Director. It comprises:

  • Centre for Trauma Healing and Growth in Witney
  • Cotswold Centre for Trauma Healing in Stroud

Our philosophy is to be a service which is committed to personal growth and development, for both our clients and ourselves, as professional therapists. We believe that in order to be effective therapists, we need to feel enthusiastic about and committed to the work that we do and we place a lot of emphasis on creating a pleasant, supportive and stimulating working environment. Our service is committed to helping people strengthen their own inner resources in order to enable them to live their life in a positive and functionally healthy way. We operate from a Positive Psychology framework, where we try to avoid diagnostically labelling or categorising our clients as we understand that many of their problems are caused by survival-based coping strategies, which are no longer adaptive and do not serve them well. Although, some of our work does involve the request for symptom reduction, our preferred focus of working is to help people recognise, understand and transform the underlying patterns and causes of their problems (often related to childhood trauma or ruptures in attachment) in order to connect with their unique authentic Self.

We are seeking an experienced and emotionally mature Counselling or Clinical Psychologist who is able to work adults and adolescents. The candidate will be registered with the HCPC and would ideally (but not necessarily) have a CBT or EMDR accreditation and yet feel comfortable with working in an integrative, broad-based and holistic way. The candidate would have been interested in exploring various modes of therapy, ideally also some form of integrative body-oriented approach, such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Ogden), Somatic Experiencing (Levine) and/or CRM (Comprehensive Resource Model - Schwartz) and/or Pesso Boyden and/or Energy Psychology and/or Yoga for Trauma or other similar approaches. The candidate will have undergone their own personal psychotherapy, have an awareness of and started to integrate their shadow sides and follow an ongoing commitment to their own inner growth and development process. They will be aware of the importance of attachment theory, body-oriented approaches and the concept of establishing safety, grounding, secure boundaries and resources, before engaging in more active treatment work. They will need to have experience of working with complex trauma, including dissociative symptoms and will have had additional training for this or are willing to embark on this. Supervision, group supervision and the possibility of some in-house training to specialise further in these areas will be available.

The work will involve:

  • Assessing and treating adults and adolescents, with a range of psychological problems, such as, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, psychological management of chronic illnesses, etc.
  • Assessing and treating adult, adolescent and child survivors of trauma, both, single incident trauma, as well as, prolonged and repeated trauma (complex trauma) and dissociative symptoms and presentations such as DID, DDNOS etc
  • Ability to work systemically with other professionals outside the Centre, such as GPs or psychiatrists etc., to provide co-ordinated client care, as needed
  • Ability to undertake some medico-legal assessment and treatment work, predominantly in the area of PTSD and family law cases
  • Offering clinical supervision to other professionals
  • Working closely together with other members of the team, including the potential for some shared therapeutic work
  • Commitment and contribution to the development and growth of the service, including some mmanagement and supervision responsibilities
  • Sharing the responsibility of maintaining and updating therapeutic records
  • Involvement in general administrative duties, as necessary

We feel that the following essential skills are required:

  • Sensitivity, warmth, insight, understanding and a sense of humour
  • Commitment to providing an excellent service that is responsive to individual client’s needs
  • Knowledge and experience of using CBT and EMDR treatment approaches as well as specialised mtrauma treatments including some body-oriented, parts-based or attachment-based approaches
  • Interest in trauma work and understanding of issues relating to trauma, abuse and dissociative symptoms, as well as the risk of potential secondary traumatisation of clients
  • Some experience in medico-legal report writing
  • Good communication and people skills
  • Enthusiasm, motivation and a positive attitude to work
  • Being able to work as part of a small team, which requires flexibility and the preparedness to help out and respond to service demands, when needed.
  • Contributing to the overall working atmosphere in a positive, open and non-competitive manner
  • A sense of self-motivation, resourcefulness and openness to new opportunities, as they arise
  • Ongoing commitment to their own inner growth and development process
  • Commitment to the development and growth of The Oxford Development Centre, including all its services and members
  • Understanding of the business implications involved in running an independent psychology service

We offer:

  • An attractive salary (Grade 8A or 8B, CPD budget, pension scheme and paid holidays) or on a prorata, consultancy basis
  • Working in a pleasant, caring and supportive professional environment
  • A strong commitment to an environment that has been especially created to provide a safe and healing space for clients and therapists
  • Relief from much of the administrative burden involved in this work, as the day-to-day running of the service is superbly organised and supported by our full-time practice manager
  • Regular, monthly individual and additional 6-weekly group supervision
  • Access to immediate debriefing for challenging or distressing therapeutic situations
  • CPD training budget and possibility of occasional in-house, specialist training
  • Interesting mix of client responsibilities
  • Potential for development into greater managerial responsibilities
  • Access to a wide range of professional literature as part of our comprehensive in-house library

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please send covering email and current CV to: info@oxdev.co.uk