Associate Counselling and Psychotherapy Project

Qualified and experienced counsellors and psychotherapists can apply to become an Associate Counsellor or Psychotherapist.

Our Associates provide therapeutic services to fee-paying clients on a sliding scale according to the client’s income or family income.

Associates are allocated clients who pay a range of fees. Associates make a contribution to the Cassel Centre for the use of its services and premises on a sliding scale, according to the fee paid by the client.
We have around 20 Associates at any one time, each offering expertise in their own practice area, eg:-

  • Counselling and psychotherapy – integrative, psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, humanistic;
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Couples therapy;
  • Dramatherapy;
  • Art therapy;
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Rational-emotive behaviour therapy.

Important Information: Pre-requisites

Associates must have completed a relevant training to a minimum diploma level together with an appropriate practice placement, a minimum of one year’s post-qualification experience and at least 225 hours of supervised practice.

As a minimum requirement Associates must have attended appropriate weekly therapy for the duration of their training, and if still within 2 years post-qualification s/he must continue weekly therapy with an experienced, approved counsellor or psychotherapist. Other expectations are:-

  • Self-employment: Fees for therapy are paid directly to the Associate by the client, so Associates must be registered as self-employed with the Inland Revenue.
  • Requirements: Associates are responsible for their own fees for personal therapy, supervision, insurance, membership body subscription and the cost of an enhanced CRB disclosure.
  • Clinical supervision: Associates are expected to attend weekly supervision sessions with an appropriately qualified and experienced practitioner who is approved by the Centre.
  • In house meeting/training: Associates should expect to attend at least 1 in-house meeting per year.
  • Policies and procedures: Associates are required to abide by CASSEL Centre’s policies and procedures.
  • Shared tasks and referral generation: all Associates are expected to contribute actively to the tasks that support the project, and to introduce fee-paying referrals in proportion to their client allocation.

Important Information: Applying for an Associate Position

First, make sure you can meet all of the requirements stated above. Then please send your current CV with a covering letter for the attention of the Chief Executive.

The recruitment process is competitive, so you need to provide full information- we are interested in your transferable knowledge and skills, so include details you consider relevant about your previous working and student life.

New applications can be submitted at any time and are reviewed monthly by our supervisors group. After this, we will contact you to provide feedback and to let you know if we would like to invite you to take the process to a formal application and interview.

The Associates Project helps Associates by providing:-

  • A secure base to work in a clinical setting;
  • Opportunity to develop practice in a preventative, non-statutory setting;
  • Clients from diverse backgrounds and with a broad range of presenting issues;
  • Development opportunities, such as in-house training and access to free or low-cost training;
  • Shared learning opportunities with other practitioners;
  • Evidence of practice for accreditation or qualification requirements;
  • Work-based references for related course or job-applications

The recruitment process for an Associate Position is competitive, so you will need to provide full information- we are interested in your transferable knowledge and skills, so include details you consider relevant about your previous working and student life.