Senior Counsellor - Part Time - Temporary

Salary: From £28,779.00 to £30,214.00

Hours per week: 30.00

Job Status: Temporary

Closing Date:

Job Type: Part Time

Responsible To: Clinical Manager

Location: Simpson House Counselling & Recovery Service
52 Queen Street Edinburgh EH2 3NS

More info


Simpson House Counselling and Recovery are looking for a qualified Senior Counsellor; ideally with experience of working with people experiencing significant trauma, who are affected by drug use.  


As a Senior Counsellor you will carry a small client caseload, will be responsible for overseeing a team of counsellors carrying their own caseloads and, depending on your skillset, will ideally also be involved in training delivery and clinical supervision.  Knowledge and experience of the substance use field and/or trauma is desirable although not essential.  It will be necessary for you to be a strong self-motivator and be able to work to a broad remit where priorities can change on a daily basis.

This is a temporary post until end March 2022, subject to funding.

Days of work are Monday to Thursday with one evening working until 7.30pm.  You must be prepared to work from home and at our Edinburgh city centre premises on Queen Street for at least two out of the four days. 

Salary is pro rata of 38.5 hours per week.

Main Function

Working within CrossReach Counselling Services, you will work as part of a holistic team to deliver a service that ensures that the needs of our clients are fully met.  You will be expected to assist in the development of a high quality counselling, therapy and support service, work to the highest professional standards and ensure that the aims and objectives of CrossReach Counselling Services are met.

You will promote a therapeutic environment and ensure that our services reflect CrossReach's Christian ethos and mission statement.

Main Duties

  1. Hold specific responsibilities for the day-to-day operation of the service and to hold clinical responsibility in relation to referral assessment and allocation of clients.
  2. Manage the clinical aspects of the client waiting list and referrals to the service. To take a lead role in assessing new referrals into the service, conducting initial assessments and allocating clients to counselling staff and volunteers, and to hold a small client caseload.
  3. Contribute to developing policies and procedures and work within the policies procedures and guidelines set down by CrossReach including human resources policies, health and safety guidelines, and child protection guidelines.
  4. Participate in recruitment, selection, induction and training of a multi-disciplinary team including volunteer counsellors, supervisors, therapists and fundraising volunteers. Co-ordinate PVG Disclosure applications and act as counter-signatory.
  5. Provide clinical and management supervision for staff and volunteers as appropriate and liaise with other professionals around safeguarding issues for adults and children.
  6. To assist in developing expertise and links within local area networks.
  7. Contribute to the development & delivery of training and personal growth opportunities for volunteers within the centre.
  8. Assist the service manager to promote fundraising, publicity, social media and training and education.
  9. Together with the service manager, monitor standards required to maintain COSCA Service Recognition and work within the ethical framework laid down by COSCA and BACP/BAAT.
  10. Liaise with relevant professional, statutory and voluntary organisations as required.
  11. Any other duties as requested by the Clinical Manager.
  12. To demonstrate and share Christian love and support including sharing with others the leading of worship in accordance with CrossReach policy and by ensuring all staff meetings are opened with prayer and Bible reading.



  • Diploma in Counselling or other relevant qualification e.g. Art Therapy
  • PSA registered


  • A qualification in CYP Counselling or evidence that you meet the BACP CYP competencies
  • A qualification in Clinical Supervision and/or Training
  • ACTO approved online counselling qualification or evidence that you meet the BACP online competencies


As we do our work in Christ’s name the job you have applied for requires you to have a Christian faith and be able to work within and uphold our Christian Ethos.  This is an Occupational Requirement under Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010.

This post requires you to be a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and undertake the necessary vetting checks.

Skills and Abilities


  • Significant post qualifying practice hours.
  • Good communication and team working skills.
  • Basic computer literacy skills including use of Microsoft Office and the internet.


  • Experience in working with staff and volunteers.
  • Experience of being able to work across a multi-disciplinary team.

Please support us

Are you able to help CrossReach again at this most crucial time? You can set up a regular donation or make a one off donation below.

Donate with JustGiving