Careers at Big Life

Go back

Trainee High Intensity CBT Therapist (x4)

About us

Big Life is in the business of changing lives. We fight inequality by working with people and places to create opportunities and inspire change. Whatever service we deliver to help people to change their lives, we do things the Big Life Way. This role is based in Macclesfield, within our East Cheshire Talking Therapies team.

What you’ll be doing

As a Trainee High Intensity CBT Therapist (HIT), you will work alongside a team of psychological wellbeing practitioners, counsellors and therapists, within a stepped-care model, to provide a range of NICE-approved interventions for common mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression.

There will be a mixture of homeworking, attending clinics within East Cheshire and attending lectures at Chester University. There are 4 positions available.

What we need from you

  • You will work within the NHS Talking Therapies (formally known as IAPT) service providing High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions to clients with Depression and Anxiety Disorders.
  • You will manage a varied caseload of clients.
  • You will work with clients to achieve their goals.
  • You will be enthusiastic and confident in working flexibly without close direction.
  • You will promote the service where needed to generate referrals.
  • You will support events within the community.
  • You will support the service to meet targets and outcomes.
  • You will need an enhanced level DBS check for this role.

 What we will offer you in return

  • An annual salary of £35,392 (NHS B6 entry fixed).
  • A 12 month, fixed term, full-time contract (37.5 hours per week).
  • 25 days holiday, and 30 once you’ve been here five years.
  • Ongoing personal and professional development through regular supervision
  • A supportive, flexible approach to managing staff health and wellbeing, including a wide range of perks, schemes and support.

What next?

If you are passionate about improving mental health, then click apply and complete the short application process.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 22 July 2024.

If you need more support or for information in a different format, please contact Paula Albiston, Team Leader,

Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace and would especially like to hear from applicants from Black, Asian and other racially marginalised communities.

Big Life strives to be diverse and inclusive - a place where we can all be ourselves. We strongly encourage applicants from all parts of society. You can read on our careers site about the actions we are taking ourselves to fight inequality and inspire change.

We actively value the lived experiences and expertise of our staff, volunteers and the people who use our service and see the extra value that they bring to our organisation.