• Part Time
  • London

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The Maya Centre

Hours per week: 28 Hours ( 4 days per week)
Salary: £36,000- £38,000 pro rata + 3% pension
Annual leave: 30 days plus Bank Holidays, pro rata
Location: The Maya Centre,
Unit 8, 9-15 Elthorne Rd, London N194AJ
(based at home during Covid-19 only)
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Background & Context

The Maya Centre is a unique women-only charity based in Islington, offering free specialist psychotherapy and holistic support to women on low incomes, whose mental health and wellbeing have been affected by experiences ranging from deprivation and isolation to racism, exploitation and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). 65% of our clients come from Black, Ethnic Minority and Refugee backgrounds and we adopt specifically intercultural and intersectional approaches in supporting them towards greater voice, choice and control in their lives. Offered in over 13 languages, our trauma-informed services are BACP accredited and include:

  • 1:1 psycho-dynamic counselling
  • Group therapy including psycho-education and arts therapies
  • Complementary therapies including Reiki, Massage and Yoga
  • Targeted support: Irish Women’s Project and Black Women’s Group
  • Community development, outreach and support

The Role

We are looking for a warm, energetic Counselling Director to help transform the Maya Centre into a thriving Women’s Hub, taking our psychodynamic ethos into the community and developing services which are inclusive, accessible and relevant to any self-identified woman in need of our support.

This is a real opportunity to shape our future model and impact, working closely with a creative and diverse team of therapists, staff and trustees who share a passion for women’s wellbeing.  Ideally, you’ll have a strong track record in delivering anti-discriminatory, trauma-informed mental health services, the ability to support and manage a diverse clinical team working part-time, and a keen eye for detailed monitoring and reporting.  You will be supported by the CEO and Clinical Governance Group, with opportunities to influence other aspects of the charity, from fundraising and cultural events, through to thought-leadership and conferences.

Please note this post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

We want our organisation to reflect the diversity of the women we serve, and we particularly welcome applications from those with lived experience of the issues we work with, and from women from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic or Refugee groups.

Job Description – Key Responsibilities

1.     Lead on all clinical aspects of organizational planning and management.

2.     Support development of the Maya Centre Clinical Model via the Clinical Governance Group, drawing on women’s wellbeing, VAWG and trauma-informed practice.

3.     Oversee the intake, assessment and allocation process according to different funding streams/ targets/ priorities.

4.     Manage and support the centre’s clinical staff including the Clinical Administrator, Sessional Therapists and Placement Volunteers.

5.     Act as Designated Person for Adult Safeguarding to include oversight of staff training, risk management, recording/ reporting in line with company policies.

6.     Promote a culture of learning within the clinical team, ensuring therapists are up to date and engaged with data collation and monitoring.

7.     Support better participation, co-design and representation within the organisation from women with lived experience, particularly those from minoritised communities.

8.     Carry out any duties consistent with the efficient and effective management of the organisation as may be required.

Person Specification


1.     Clinical leadership within a small organisation, department or unit.

2.     Experience of managing assessment, intake and allocation of clients with mental health issues.

3.     Successful experience of line managing a diverse clinical team.

4.     Experience of clinical monitoring and reporting systems which support both targets and outcomes.

5.     Training and direct experience in using psychodynamic and trauma-informed approaches to psychotherapy.

6.     Accreditation with the BACP, UKCP or similar relevant body.

7.     Experience of working with minoritised or deprived groups with multiple barriers and limited access to psychotherapy.

8.     Demonstrable commitment to the spirit and practice of Equality & Inclusion within mental health services.


1.     Knowledge of the CORE outcome measures database.

2.     Direct experience of managing VAWG services.

3.     Experience of maintaining organisational accreditation and/ or quality standards in counselling and psychotherapy with a relevant body e.g. BACP.


To apply for this post please send us a CV and detailed covering letter which demonstrates how you meet the person specification, including relevant examples from paid and/or voluntary work.

Email your CV and cover letter to admin@mayacentre.org.uk

For an informal conversation about the role, please feel free to contact CEO Emma Brech at emma@mayacentre.org.uk

The closing date for applications is:

Wednesday 10th March 2021  at 5pm.

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis depending on applications.


To apply for this job email your details to admin@mayacentre.org.uk.