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Alliance Psychological Services is an independent provider of counselling and psychological therapy services based in the Tees Valley area and working across the North East region. We are accredited as an Approved Provider of Psychological Therapies to NHS Tees.

Counselling Placements with Alliance

Alliance is an independent provider of counselling, psychotherapy and other psychological services based in Stockton and operating across the North East. We provide therapeutic services in Primary Care, Community, Workplace and children’s services. We have a team of more than 150 employees which includes Managers, qualified Counsellors Psychotherapists, Clinical Psychologists and PWP’s.  Within our NHS funded primary care service, Impact on Teesside, we have a managed placement scheme for up to eight trainees annually.

Training & Qualifications

We offer placement positions to trainees who are currently undertaking a Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy or a course providing an equivalent level of training such as a Foundation degree or Counselling Psychology Doctorate Programme. The majority of placements are in Primary Care settings.

We normally expect that trainees will have completed, or be nearing completion of, the first year of training at this level, and will have the support of their Course Tutor in applying for the placement. Trainees are expected to have some relevant experience in working one to one with clients. 

In addition, we offer Postgraduate Internship positions for therapists who have completed this level of training and who wish to gain further experience in the Primary Care setting, or who are working towards Accreditation.

Following a successful interview, trainees attend an induction programme provided by Alliance prior to beginning the placement.  Trainees are also be expected to attend any relevant training offered by Alliance during the period of this placement.

Hours & Working Requirements

Trainee contracts will be for a minimum of 4 hours weekly to include clinical work, admin, supervision and meetings. 

We provide 1.5 hours of in-house 1:2:1 supervision as part of the placement. This supervision meets BACP guidelines for placements but may not meet all training organisation needs.

Code of Ethics

The trainee must be a current member of an appropriate professional body, and work to their Code of Ethics and Practice. It is the responsibility of the trainee to maintain their professional membership throughout their placement.

Conditions of Placement

There will be a written agreement between the trainee counsellor and Alliance.  This lays down the process for effectively managing the trainee’s placement.  Placements and Internships are offered subject to the terms and conditions in these agreements.

In line with other professions such as nursing, medicine and social work, the trainee should not expect or accept payment for work carried out in their placement whilst undertaking initial clinical training.

Next steps

Thank you for your interest in our placement scheme. If you would like to be notified when our next intake is open please complete the contact form below, we will then email you when we are accepting applications. Our placement intake is usually open once/twice a year, we do not have a set date for this.

Placement Positions

Counselling Psychological Therapist

Salary: £27,000 to £29,000 a year Pro Rata to Hours Worked

Contract: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full-time, Part-time

We are looking to recruit a Counselling Psychological Therapist to join the team.

This is an amazing opportunity for a qualified counsellor to join our team of experienced psychological therapists, delivering, with clinical supervision, high-quality mental health interventions to children and young people in schools and other educational settings.

Full time and Part Time positions available. Please specify on your application how many hours you are looking to work.

Our head office is in Stockton-on-Tees, however the post holder will be expected to travel to multiple work locations across Teesside, so access to a car is required as some locations cannot be easily accessed via bus routes.

This is an exciting time to be part of our Children, Young People and Families Team, as children’s mental health has become a national, regional, and local priority. We aim to foster greater collaboration across Tees Valley with other leading partners, such as TEWV CAMHS, Education, Local Authoritys and the VCSE, to ensure collective success in our endeavours. Join us in making a significant impact in the lives of children and their mental health and well-being.

*Previous applicants need not reapply. *

Closing Date: 18th October 2023

Interview Date: TBC from 24th October 2023 onwards

You must have right to work in the UK as we are currently unable to offer working visa opportunities.

Clinical Lead for Complex Presentations

Salary: £40,000 to £41,500 a year Per Annum pro rata to hours worked

Contract: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full-time, Flexible working

We are currently recruiting for the role of Clinical Lead for Complex Presentations within our IMPACT on Teesside service. The successful candidate should have experience working within a Primary or Secondary Mental Healthcare setting, as you will be carrying out in-depth assessments and managing a caseload of complex presentations.

An important part of the role is to network with a range of other services whilst developing and maintaining new and existing relationships. You will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring the delivery of a range of interventions to patients presenting with complex needs (step 3 +), in collaboration with the Clinical Director, Locality Managers and other Pathway Leads and Seniors including non-IAPT pathways and the Foundation & Recovery team. A good sound knowledge of more complex clinical presentations is required. We are particularly interested in people with experience in delivering DBT or similar group-based interventions.

Successful applicants will be employed by Alliance Psychological Services Ltd.

You must have right to work in the UK as we are currently unable to offer working via opportunities. 

For more information on this post please contact us on enquiries@impactonteesside.com. 

Closing date for applications: 16th October 2023

Interview Dates: TBC Dates commencing 20th October 2023 onwards

Clinical Care Advisor

Salary: £30,000 to £31,500 a year Pro Rata to Hours Worked

Contract: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full-time, Part-time, Flexible working

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of this innovative service as a Clinical Care Advisor, which we feel would be attractive to candidates with a Registered Mental Health Nurse Qualification (RMN) qualification or other areas of mental health experience.

The successful candidate will work as part of Impact on Teessides Single Point of Access (SPA) and the Assessment Hub Duty Team based within our Middlesbrough office. They will offer guidance and support to the daily Duty team and others on a range of issues including Risk Management and Safeguarding advice. The post holder will liaise with TEWV Secondary Care services and a range of other organisations, attending daily Team Meetings for case discussions and inter-agency referral management. They will assist in monitoring assessment capacity and efficiency, ensuring the Duty system is working effectively, take part in training and development of the Duty team and being responsible for the continuous development and improvement of this service area. We would expect the post holder to have experience working within Primary or Secondary Care Mental Health teams.

Main duties of the job

The role will be primarily based in our Middlesbrough office, and you will be employed by Alliance within the partnership.For more information on this post please contact us on enquiries@impactonteesside.com.

This position may require flexible hours between 8am until 8pm on weekdays. You must have full right to work in the UK, as we are currently unable to offer working visa opportunities. 

Closing date for applications: 8th October 2023

Interview dates: TBC W/C 9th and 16th October 2023

Workplace Psychological Therapist – Affiliate

Due to obtaining a recent workplace contract in Sheffield, we are currently recruiting for an Affiliate Psychological Therapist within the Sheffield area, to support our Workplace Team. 

The Postholder will provide a range of evidence-based psychological interventions within the guidelines established by BACP Workplace as part of Alliance’s Workplace Wellbeing Team serving public and private sector contractors across Sheffield area. Sessions may be delivered over the phone or online using Microsoft Teams or Zoom or be face to face delivery within Sheffield workplace premises.

Working hours are entirely at the discretion of affiliates. Our commitment to contractors is that we will offer staff an appointment to be seen within five working days of a completed referral. Around 90% of clients are seen within ten days.

We are looking for somebody within the Sheffield area who holds a Diploma or higher award in counselling or counselling psychology or recognised training / qualification in a major psychological therapy approach. You should have Minimum of four years post-qualification experience of working in a mental healthcare setting.

If you would like to apply for this post, please download and complete the attached application form and email it to info@alliancepsychology.com. Please note we are not currently accepting CV’s for this role and the application form should be completed. 

Closing Date: 4th October 2023

Interviews: To be arranged for week commencing 9th October 2023

For more information on this post please contact Adam Hegarty on 01642 352747.

Rates of pay

  • Counselling: £30 per session. 50% of the fee will be paid for DNAs and cancellations without sufficient notice. Counselling contracts are a six-session model with the potential to apply for extra if a clinical need is identified
  • CBT: £50 per session. 50% of the fee will be paid for DNAs and cancellations without sufficient notice. CBT contracts are for eight sessions with the potential to apply for extra if a clinical need is identified
  • EMDR: £50 per session. 50% of the fee will be paid for DNAs and cancellations without sufficient notice. EMDR contracts are for 8 sessions with the potential to apply for extra if a clinical need is identified


Salary: £21,255 a year Pro rata to hours worked

Contract: Permanent

Working Pattern: Part-time

Due to the promotion of one of our team members, we are looking for an experienced administrator to join our existing admin team. 

As a front-line member of this team, you will deal directly with people contacting the service and provide admin support to the team of therapists. You will also assist in providing an efficient appointments administration service by assigning appointments for new patients to the service. You will be the point of contact for referral and first appointment telephone enquiries and any other duties relating to the referral or appointment booking process.

Main duties of the job

The ability to work both independently and with direction is a necessity; experience of the patient management system IAPTUS would be advantageous, however full training will be provided.

You should also have an NVQ Level 2 in Administration/Business subject or substantial relevant experience, and a good understanding and experience of working with database systems. Computer literacy is essential as you will be expected to input information onto a clinical database.

This position is based at our Redcar office within Redcar Civic Centre.

The hours of work required are for 15 hours per week: Tuesday 12:00-20:00 and Wednesday 08:00-16:00. Please only apply if you can work these required hours.

More hours are available from our Middlesbrough and Stockton office locations which can be discussed at interview if of interest.

Salaries will be based on £21,255 per annum pro rata to hours worked.

Closing date for applications: 24th September 2023

Interviews will be held on: 2nd October 2023

You must have right to work in the UK as we are currently unable to offer working visa opportunities.

*Previous applicants need not reapply.

Counsellor: Impact on Teesside NHS Talking Therapies Service

Salary: £27,000 to £28,000 a year Whilst Training Pro rata (£30,000 – £33,500 once qualified)

Contract: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full-time/Part-time

We have an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative service. We are looking for Accredited/Accreditable Counsellors who can bring their knowledge, skills, and experience to our dynamic service where you will deliver short-term, evidence-based interventions to clients presenting with mild to moderate mental health conditions, including low mood, depression, and anxiety. Your recovery and outcome rates will reflect your ability to build a successful therapeutic relationship with our clients and go the extra mile to achieve the right outcomes for them.

We will give you the opportunity to train in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (CfD) at York St John University in either October 2023 (30, 31 Oct, 1 Nov and 9 & 10 Nov 2023 or March 2024(11-13 March and 21 & 22 March 2024) You will be supported to apply for the CfD training course and will need to meet the eligibility criteria for these courses as well as be available to attend the specific training dates.

Please see attached and below website link with more eligibility info:


Psychological Therapist – Workplace

Salary: £27,000 to £28,000 per annum, pro rata to hours

Contract: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full time/Part time

We are looking to recruit an individual to join our busy Workplace team in providing psychological services.

Successful applicants will have in-depth knowledge and training in a recognised psychological model. They will have significant experience in working with a range of patients presenting with common mental health problems, work-related stressors, and more complex presentations. They will also need experience of working within a brief structured approach and of managing a busy caseload in a service whose treatments are in high demand.

We are looking for people from a range of therapeutic backgrounds with a minimum of Diploma in Counselling/CBT and at least three years’ post-qualification experience of counselling, EAP, or other Mental Health Service work. Applicants should be accredited or registered with an appropriate professional body or actively working towards accreditation. Posts will be based at one of our local offices in the Tees Valley area and a degree of home working may be possible as part of your caseload.

Computer literacy is desirable as you will be expected to manage Outlook calendars and input information onto a clinical database. 

For more information on this post please contact Adam Hegarty on 01642 352747.

We are not currently accepting CVs for this post. Please download and complete the attached application form and email this to info@alliancepsychology.com in order to apply.

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