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Anchor Counselling is keen to hear from fellow health professionals who may be interested in:
- Our Approach to Counselling and Therapy
- Working with us – Clinical Opportunities
- Our Trainee Placement Programme
- Collaborating in Research and Learning
Our Approach to Counselling and Therapy
Counselling is increasingly recognised as a specific professional discipline, as distinct from the use of counselling skills, which are employed routinely by most health service professionals in the course of their work. It is likely that this area of psychological therapies will become legally regulated within the next few years, with titles such as ‘counsellor’ and ‘psychotherapist’ being protected. The minimum level of training that is generally recognised by the professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy is a diploma, which includes both theory and practice.
Anchor Counselling offers a ‘one stop shop’ for counselling and psychotherapy services for adults, adolescents (over the age of 16 years), couples and businesses. Throughout the service, the emphasis is on sustaining the essential requirements of a professional counselling practice:
All our counsellors are properly trained and experienced for the work they carry out; belong to recognised professional bodies with a code of professional practice and a complaints procedure; and are subject to regular clinical supervision as required by their professional body. The primary focus of their counselling is the needs of the client and at all times that requires avoiding situations that give rise to conflicts of interest between their responsibilities to their clients and other parties. This usually means they do not have any other role with their clients. Our therapeutic work also takes place in appropriate settings that ensures the confidentiality of the relationship between the client and the counsellor.
Our key indicators of service quality include:
- Clinicians are available to respond to enquiries within advertised hours;
- Hours of access and counselling provision reflect the needs of service users;
- Waiting times for first appointments are routinely monitored against an agreed standard;
- Venues are located in centres across West London;
- Promotion of the service through creative and sustained public campaigns;
- Counsellors are suitably qualified, trained, supervised and supported to deliver service;
- Assessment procedures are in place to determine suitability of clients for the service offered;
- Clients are referred to other services where assessment and/or treatment identifies that their needs cannot be met by the service;
- Client feedback on their experiences of the service is routinely sought;
- Counselling endings are routinely monitored and the reasons for unplanned endings are examined;
- Recovery rates are closely scrutinised;
- Under represented groups are identified and appropriate strategies are developed to encourage their use of the service;
- Interpreters are used as and when required;
- Service development and training needs (including CPD) identified through this process and addressed;
- The levels of planned, attended and unattended sessions are routinely monitored;
- Results of monitoring are fed back into the development of service policy and procedures;
Anchor Counselling offers a rich palette of both brief therapy and longer-term/open ended therapies. Our EAP work utilises the six-session model. For more enduring mental health conditions, the ten-sessional ‘Counselling for Depression’ or the sixteen session ‘Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy’ are often more appropriate and effective treatments. We also offer counselling for couples (ten sessions) and sexual therapy (for individuals). Longer term interventions are also available and represent an integral part of Anchor Counselling’s service. Opportunities to work for periods of up to one or two years with members of our clinical team are available. We also offer a programme of group-based therapies for clients looking to address their psychological needs in the company of others. We particularly emphasise the importance of providing an inclusive counselling service such that no-one is excluded for reasons of ethnicity, culture or language.
Working with us
Anchor Counselling maintains a register of clinicians interested in contributing to its work and, as such, we welcome expressions of interest from suitably qualified counsellors. You will need to be appropriately trained and accredited with one of the leading counselling professional bodies (e.g. BACP, UKCP) , ideally, have prior experience of delivering brief models of therapy (from six to sixteen sessions), and a capacity to work with interpreters should the need arise. Knowledge of NHS and/or EAP requirements would be an additional benefit.
To apply, please email a cover letter and CV. Those who meet our criteria will be asked to complete a brief information sheet which will be kept on file as and when an opportunity arises.
Anchor Counselling manages an in-house placement programme for counsellors in training. As well as bringing a new and innovative dimension to our therapeutic work, the programme offers trainee counsellors concrete opportunities to acquire clinical practice experience in a vibrant and progressive therapeutic setting: whether contributing to the delivery of IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services or offering counselling support to self-referrers. Excellent relations have been built with training agencies in the locality, including the Metanoia Institute, Universitie of Roehampton Birkbeck, and WPF Therapy with good representation on the placement programme from many of their respective students.
Trainee counsellors interested in the placement programme will need to be in the advanced stages of a professionally recognised training; ideally, have up to 100 hours of clinical placement experience, with supervision; and be in personal therapy. Placements are offered for one year with each trainee counsellor allocated three clients per week on an on-going basis. All trainees adhere to a six-session brief intervention protocol with regular in-house supervision a mandatory requirement. Additional benefits are access to a vibrant CPD programme and on-going contact with Anchor Counselling’s clinical team.
To apply, please send an email expressing your interest in the programme. You will be sent an application form which should be completed and returned as soon as possible. After shortlisting an interview will take place, and subject to satisfactory references you will be offered a role with us.
Collaborations in Research and Learning
Anchor Counselling is mindful of the imperative of keeping abreast of research findings such that its therapeutic work is firmly rooted in robust rationale. Maintaining our position at the cutting edge of best clinical practice ensures that the know-how and methods of treatment we deliver are up to date and our clients have access to the most appropriate of interventions delivered in an ethical way. We are also receptive to forging partnerships with academic institutions or research bodies where opportunities for mutual learning to shape better outcomes for our clients can be derived, in part, from collecting relevant information and data from our clinical work. We offer a rich experience – operating in both the voluntary and public sectors – of working over a sustained period of time to address the mental health needs of a multi-cultural and complex urban environment in West London. Whilst we are hugely committed to improve our performance, governance and impact, as well as grow the work in other locations in the UK, this will most effectively be accomplished through objectively exploring our experience to date, identifying what has, or has not, worked, and having the conviction to take lessons forward into new ventures. This experience might also uncover important issues for policy makers in addressing the mental health needs in contemporary Britain.
So, in conclusion, we would welcome opportunities for discussions with academic and/or research bodies on possible collaborative work. In the first instance, please contact Anchor Counselling to arrange an informal discussion.