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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 now open for our next 2023 intake working with adults in primary care settings

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.

Please see the below information on the scheme that we offer. Further details will be released once the opportunity is open.

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

To apply for our Counselling Placement Positions, please download the following application form.


High Intensity CBT (HICBT) Therapist

Salary: £38,000 to £41,500 a year Pro Rata to Hours Worked

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

Contract: Permanent

We are currently recruiting for qualified HICBT Therapists.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative service providing high intensity interventions in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), working with adults aged 16+ within the framework of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme. High Intensity Therapists deliver a variety of CBT interventions, including face to face, telephone, and digital based work.

Main duties of the job

The post holders will hold an IAPT recognised qualification in HI CBT, be enthusiastic, hardworking, and able to meet specified targets in order to deliver a high-quality Primary Care Mental Health Service.

Full time and part time positions available.

Whilst we continue to offer a range of ways for people to access our services including face-to-face appointments across the Teesside area, we are also able to consider an element of remote delivery and will be happy to discuss options for hybrid working in line with patient and service needs.

Successful applicants will be employed by Teesside Mind or Alliance Psychological Services within the IMPACT partnership.

Impact on Teesside has responsibility for safeguarding all children and vulnerable adults within our service, part of this is to follow safer recruitment of staff for all appointments. It is also a requirement that all staff understand it is each persons individual responsibility and are committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of our clients.

You must have right to work in the UK as we are currently unable to offer working visa opportunities. For more information on this post please contact us on enquiries@impactonteesside.com.

Closing date for applications: TBC

Interview dates: TBC


Counselling Psychological Therapist

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

Working Pattern: Full-time, Part-time

Contract: Permanent

This is an exciting 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.

Main duties of the job

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 and the post holder will be expected to travel to work locations across Teesside, so access to a car is required as some locations cannot be easily accessed via bus routes.

For more information about this post or to arrange an informal chat, please contact Kaye Hooker on 01642 352747.

Closing Date: 25th February 2024

Interviews: TBC



Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP)

Salary: £26,000 to £27,000 a year pro rata to hours worked

Contract: Permanent

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

We are currently recruiting for qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative service providing PWP Modality interventions in our IAPT pathway, working with adults aged 16+ within the framework of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme. PWPs deliver a variety of IAPT interventions, including face to face, telephone, and digital based work.

The successful post holders must hold an IAPT PWP recognised qualification, be enthusiastic, hardworking, and able to meet specified targets in order to deliver a high-quality Primary Care Mental Health Service.

Main duties of the job

Successful applicants will be employed by one of the organisations within the partnership which will be discussed at appointment. You must have the right to work in the UK as we are currently unable to offer working visa opportunities.

Whilst we continue to offer a range of ways for people to access our services including face-to-face appointments across the Teesside area, we will be happy to discuss options for hybrid working in line with patient and service needs. Although we will consider hybrid working opportunities, please be advised this will not be a fully remote post.

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

Closing date for applications: 1st March 2024

Interview Dates: Ongoing to be confirmed.

*Previous Applicants need not reapply*


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