School Counsellor and Psychotherapist

07 Dec

We require a School Psychotherapist and Counsellor to offer a professional and confidential service to both pupils and staff.

Immediate Start Preferable

Based in the stunning Kent countryside and close to the cathedral city of Canterbury, Junior King’s is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country. Within the heart of the school lies a strong sense of community.

We require a School Psychotherapist and Counsellor to work for 8 hours per week, during term time, offering a professional and confidential service to both pupils and staff, helping them to navigate the inevitable difficulties that arise during the various ages and stages of development, and to grow into truly confident individuals in the midst of stressful and turbulent times.

The post holder will be based at the King’s Junior School in Canterbury- Sturry, where they will work alongside another School Counsellor. They will be part of the wider team of four Counsellors and Psychotherapists who work within the three parts of The King’s School – Canterbury (i.e., Junior-King’s; Senior-King’s; and King’s-International College).

Role Requirements:

  • The ability to engage with young people and staff who face a variety of personal challenges
  • Experience of working with primary/middle school children in a school setting
  • Qualification in counselling or psychotherapy with children and adults
  • Excellent understanding of child development and attachment theory, and the ability to apply theory to practice
  • Being able to carry out assessments and formulations in collaboration with the children’s parents and teachers
  • Ability to work creatively with children, utilising play and art materials, appropriate to their developmental stage
  • Qualifications in trauma informed work would be welcomed
  • Must be committed to offering our young people a stable, containing environment, including regular days each week (days to be agreed)
  • Experience of effectively managing your own diary and case load
  • Must be literate in order to collate detailed case reports
  • Experience and skills in liaising with other professionals
  • Good listener, approachable, relatable
  • Up to date safeguarding training and a willingness to undertake training
  • An understanding of the school environment and an ability to see themselves as part of the school community
  • Good team worker
  • Willingness to work with the senior leadership team for the better care of both pupils and staff.

The successful candidate must hold a qualification recognised by the BACP/UKCP and have a minimum of two years post-qualifying experience.

Interested parties are invited to contact Sarah Morton, School Counsellor (, or Adam Pape, Deputy Head (Pastoral) (

Applications including a CV and covering letter must be submitted online, only through the King’s School website, If you are unable to apply this way, please contact Human Resources on 01227 595763.

The King’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

King's School Canterbury is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18.

  • Kent
  • Part-time
  • 07 December 2022

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King's School Canterbury

25 The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2ES

01227 595501

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