The Retreat 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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Psychological Therapy Service Sessional Therapist

The Retreat is a world-renowned mental health clinic working with clients across the UK. We have a long and distinguished reputation for being innovators in the field of mental health care, from a pioneering start in 1792 to the present day, where we continue to build our services around the needs of our clients. The Retreat operates both remotely and from bases in York (including Heslington and Strensall) and Manchester, providing high quality, sustainable services for adults, children, and young people.

 The Adults Psychological Therapies Service has supported a number of clients to make clinically significant improvements, and an overwhelming majority of clients rate the service as ‘Extremely Helpful’ – a humbling 88%. One hundred percent of our clients report that they are happy with the therapy they receive.

 In addition to privately funded therapy for issues including bereavement, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, trauma, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, we offer some services free at the point of delivery, through contracts with NHS partners and charitable funding.

 The Retreat is looking to recruit talented, clinically strong therapists and psychologists on a contractual basis, in order to meet the needs of our growing client base. We welcome applications from skilled and experienced self-employed people to work in clinic and/or remotely with an agreed caseload of clients. We are particularly interested in applications from therapists with specialist qualifications in CBT, EMDR, Couple Therapy and Psychodynamic therapy, and from clinicians experienced in working with trauma or more complex presentations.

 If you’re driven by clinical excellence and outstanding results, if you measure your own achievement by that of your clients, and if you would like to work with an organisation that truly values the process, we would like to hear from you. You will be supported as a professional and as an individual, with consideration of your current capacity, preferences, and expertise when you are offered cases. You will receive support from our talented administrators, enabling you to concentrate on your clinical work.


 Clients are triaged through an Initial Consultation with a senior clinician before being matched to a clinician. You are able to accept or refuse cases without prejudice.

Unlimited access to clinic space on our historic site. Clients are greeted by our administration team and able to wait in our comfortable waiting area.

Ability to work face to face and remotely – either from the clinic or from your own home, using our secure software.

Responsive support from our clinical leads, as required.  

Access to quality clinical record management systems to support safe practice, and access to IT support for any queries you may have.

Administration support to allow you to focus purely on your clients and therapy.

Free mandatory training if you have not completed this elsewhere.

The option to join one of our clinical network forums where you can meet with other clinicians working in the organisation.

Access to amenities onsite, including free parking, a library and kitchen, with free tea and coffee available.

Access to our clinician office and desktop PCs, to complete your notes, do additional reading, or connect with other clinicians.

For further information and to discuss this flexible opportunity please contact:  Rebecca Kinnear –  Psychological Therapy Services Manager & Clinical Lead  

T: 0161 445 2099 Extn 434  E:

Or you can apply through NHS Jobs: Sessional Therapist (

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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Hampden House, 2 Palatine Road, Withington, Manchester M20 3JA

Call Us: 0161 445 2099