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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

The Bridge Foundation is a Bristol based charity which provides a range of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and counselling services to individuals, children, young people and families. The Bridge Psychotherapy Service is based in Sydenham Road, Cotham. Alongside our fee paying services, we are committed to delivering accessible free counselling services for children and parents in outreach settings such as schools.
This post is suitable for a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist with experience of work with parents, children, adolescents and families.

This post offers an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified person to join a lively and experienced team working in the Bridge Psychotherapy Service.
There will be opportunities for individual work with children, parents and families. There might also be opportunities to provide supervision.
We are looking for qualified psychotherapists who are registered with the ACP.

The successful applicant would need to be able to demonstrate experience of bringing psychodynamic thinking to working with individual children, parents and families.

The post will be required to work over 3.5 days to be agreed and to offer a minimum of one late evening (5 – 7pm). You would attend a fortnightly team meeting and supervision group on a Wednesday from 12.00 to 2.00.

Closing date for applications: 17th April 2019
Interviews to be held on: 25th April 2019

To apply please email to request an application pack.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please telephone;
Tessa Weir-Jeffrey, Clinical Services Manager or Gail Walker/Georgina Taylor Senior Psychotherapists,
The Bridge Foundation, 13 Sydenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5SH.
Tel. 0117 9424510

Psychodynamic Child Therapist/Psychotherapist
Bridge in Schools Programme

The Bridge in Schools is looking for a suitably qualified and experienced therapist to join a lively, experienced team of clinicians. The team provides specialist services to children, families and staff in a range of local schools. It is an excellent opportunity to bring mental health expertise to the heart of the local community. The current post is Maternity Cover for work in two schools: a Bristol primary and a Specialist School for children with autism, with a start date of 25 June 2019.

The Bridge Foundation is a Bristol based charity, which has been delivering a range of clinical and training services relating to the needs of children, young people, families and adults for over 30 years.

Applicants need to demonstrate experience of bringing psychodynamic thinking to working with vulnerable children, including children with special needs and their families. They will be qualified as a UKCP/ BCP/BACP/HCP accredited psychodynamic child counsellor, or a qualified child psychotherapist accredited with the ACP. Child psychotherapists experienced in schools work and close to completing their training may be considered.  A professional education, mental health or social work background, a good understanding of child development, and an experience of personal analysis would be highly relevant.

The work includes:

  • Work with the school to develop effective emotional/learning support strategies in school
  • Supervision of specialist SEN and support staff
  • Classroom observations and assessment
  • 1:1 school-based therapy for children and young people
  • Family work; work with parents; liaising closely with school staff

The therapist will join a psychoanalytic supervision group at The Bridge Foundation.

The post will be for 14 hours a week, including 3.5 hours a week to cover administration and attend supervision/meetings on a Wednesday afternoon at the Bridge Foundation. The post is for 46 weeks a year which include 7 weeks paid holiday (outside school term times). There may be some flexibility to negotiate hours.

Salary:  pro rata equivalent to £31,522 p/a FTE.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 29 April 2019. Interviews will be held on Thursday 9 May 2019.

For an informal discussion of the post, contact Dr. Emily Ryan, Service Manager. Mob: 07948 530644. (NB Emily is on annual leave 15 – 22 April inclusive).

Application pack from: Esme Hammer, Adminstrative Assistant,The Bridge Foundation, 13 Sydenham Road, Bristol BS6 5SH. Office: 0117 942 4510

Sessional Therapists

We are always keen to hear from qualified and experienced psychodynamic child therapists and psychotherapists who are interested in joining our Bridge Psychotherapy Service (BPS) or Bridge in Schools (BiS) teams.  For an initial informal chat please contact Tessa Weir-Jeffery (BPS) on or Emily Ryan (BiS) on or phone the office on 0117 9424510 .

Honorary Child Counsellors – Bridge in Schools Service

The Bridge Foundation, occasionally has vacancies for honorary child counsellors.

These posts are based at diverse and vibrant inner city Primary Schools, with children from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

We look for candidates with skills and experience in building therapeutic relationships with children from a breadth of social and cultural backgrounds. A professional background in education, health, mental health, or social work is highly relevant. Successful applicants need to demonstrate some experience of bringing psychodynamic thinking to working with children.

Posts are usually for 1 – 1.5 days per week, comprised of 2-3 sessions in school and half a day attending a supervision group and staff meetings on Wednesday afternoons based at the Bridge Foundation.

Volunteer therapists/counsellors carry a caseload of up to 3 clinical sessions a week and will be required make a commitment to weekly work during term time for a minimum of one year.

Child protection and other relevant training is provided in line with service requirements.

Volunteers are eligible for reimbursement of some expenses incurred while delivering work for the Bridge Foundation.

Applications are invited by letter/email, including an up-to-date CV.

Please send applications to:

Emily Ryan
Schools Team Manager
The Bridge Foundation
13 Sydenham Road
Bristol BS6 5SH

or email: