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1) Head of Counselling

2) Staff Counsellor

3) Child and Family Service Counsellor

4) Group Facilitator


Head of Counselling

We are seeking an innovative and skilled Head of Counselling to lead and develop our Clinical Services. The post is soon to be advertised and we will be looking for an experienced, credible and confident leader to ensure the ongoing delivery of an established and highly respected counselling service.

We are looking for a transformational leader who will bring new and innovative ideas about service delivery and how this excellent service might evolve in the next 5-10 years, drawing on best practice from across the sector. You will work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to organise and co-ordinate our services and improve performance and productivity.

You will need to be practical, flexible and have excellent people skills. Finally, the person recruited must have the emotional resilience to respond professionally to counselling staff and clients alike.

This is an ideal opportunity for an ambitious person with energy and intellect to develop and progress a growing team. The post will be in the region of 28 hours per week and is supported by clinical administration and clinical leads.

To discuss this post further or register your interest, please contact Emma Griffiths on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



We are experiencing increasing demand for our psychodynamic, adult counselling service and as a result, we are looking to increase the number of experienced psychodynamic counsellors working within the service. We would like to appoint a counsellor that has completed a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and has knowledge of the organisation. The applicant should have a minimum of one year’s experience post qualifying.

The current vacancies are:


Counselling: in Gloucester (Eastgate House and/or Acorn House) late afternoon/Evening.


Counselling: in Cheltenham (Imperial Square) in the late afternoon and evening.

The balance of availability is negotiable. This is to enable GCS to provide a regular service at these venues. Weekly Clinical Supervision for the vacancies would be provided at our Stroud Venue.

Applications are by letter and CV, which should include:

· details of why you want to join GCS as a Staff Counsellor

· the skills, knowledge and relevant experience in and outside of counselling you would bring to the Service

· your availability  for counselling

· your philosophy of counselling in the light of the development of counselling locally and nationally


Please send this to Emma Griffiths on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The salary for counsellors is £13.50 per session and £17.50 for couples counselling, both payments include a holiday entitlement based on that of a full time employee.

Payments for counselling reflect the ‘charitable’ element of the work but do include supervision, use of a room, Professional Indemnity Insurance and regular client work. Working in GCS does have advantages of collegiality and support, plus regular client work where the agency carries clinical responsibility. In addition to this there is the opportunity for involvement and other paid work in areas of the Service such as in training, time-limited contract work, Problem Gambling Counselling or posts of responsibility.


Child and Family Service - Counsellor

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part-time counsellor within the Child & Family Service (C&FS) at GCS. This exciting team has developed a lot over the last few years and is looking forward to further growth in the next few years. We are looking for a dynamic counsellor to join the shaping of this development.

The C&FS offers a counselling service to families, including adults, children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in family life. Our counsellors provide individual, specialist therapeutic intervention for individuals or multiples of the family unit.

We provide a safe confidential place for children, young people and adults to talk to a skilled counsellor who will listen and help understand and make sense of feelings and the situation.

We are able to offer appointments in our main premises in Stroud as well as appointments in our Cheltenham, Cirencester and Gloucester venues.

Group supervision is provided on a weekly basis on Monday from 9.30 to 11.00 in Alma House, Stroud.

The appointed counsellor should be:

  • BACP accredited or UKCP/BPC accredited.
  • An experienced counsellor and
  • Have a family systemic training or
  • Child and Adolescence post graduate qualification
  • Have a clear DBS clearance.
  • Experience of working with this age group and
  • Flexible and motivated to develop the role.

We aim to appoint as soon as possible and any interested counsellors should email a letter of interest and CV to Emma Griffiths on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Course Group Facilitator - Cheltenham 8pm - 9.30pm

A vacancy has arisen for the post of Course Group Facilitator for our Certificate in Counselling Skills Course which begins in September 2015. The vacancy is for the Tuesday evening course group which takes place at the Isbourne Holistic Centre in Cheltenham.

The role of the Course Group Facilitator is to conduct groups that are experiential in nature for up to 15 students. The purpose of the experiential group is to explore what is of concern to individual members and the group as a whole in the here and now, in a manner that is appropriate and educational for students on this level of training. It is an exciting and fulfilling role, giving the successful applicant the opportunity to work with people at an early and formative stage of their professional development.

The successful applicant will join an existing team of seminar tutors and group facilitators who work with the CPD and Skills Course manager and Training Administrator to deliver this established and well-regarded course. Applicants must be qualified group analysts or in training as group analysts on a recognised course. They must be able to show that they understand the differences and similarities between experiential and therapy groups.

We intend to appoint by mid-September 2015, ready for the course start date of September 29th.

The remuneration is £1217 per annum for 1.5 hours per session over 30 weeks.

For further information and or an informal discussion about this positions, please contact Mike Keating, Head of Training on: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 01453 766310



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GCS specialises in providing counselling and training of counsellors to professional standards. GCS was established in 1980 and has over 60 counsellors offering high quality affordable, counselling to the community of Gloucestershire in venues across the county including Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Almondsbury and Cirencester.