Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist / Family Therapist

Schoen Clinic Chelsea


At Schoen Clinic Chelsea we are looking for exceptional individuals who can combine clinical expertise with a caring approach to patient care to join our highly specialised private outpatient and day clinic treating adults, adolescents and children with eating disorders, anxiety & depression at Chelsea.

With a drive to exceed expectations and work collaboratively, the Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist / Family Therapist is tasked with leading  specialist systemic assessment and therapy to families and groups, offering specialist systemic advice and consultation regarding the treatment and care plans of patients and their families

There will be opportunity for specialist training and clinical supervision to develop your knowledge and skills.  Our programmes are psychologically informed and holistic so the right candidate would demonstrate our commitment to a collaborative approach to clinical interventions.  The ability to form good therapeutic relationships is essential and the role requires the candidate to be a strong and consistent voice within the multi-disciplinary team.    


  • Working within the specialist eating disorder outpatient and day care services, and mood and anxiety service to provide systemic assessments of patients based on the interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including systemic psychotherapy interviews with the patient, the patient system, and others involved in the patient’s care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a patient’s disorder drawing on the range of approaches available within systemic psychotherapy and employing methods based upon current research findings and evidence of proven efficacy with regards to eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of highly specialist systemic psychotherapy interventions for individuals, carers, families, groups and patient systems within and across the outpatient and day programme teams, drawing upon different explanatory models and adjusting and refining hypotheses in response to feedback to maintain an effective treatment alliance. 
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for relevant patients, which should include risks to the patient as a result of their eating disorder, including the protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships. To provide advice to other professionals on these issues.
  • To recognise in the formulation and implementation of treatment programmes the impact of contextual issues (gender, race, religion, age, disability, class, culture, ethnicity and sexual orientations) on patient systems and on the development and maintenance of a patient’s eating disorder. This includes an ability to understand and to offer therapeutic interventions to a variety of family constellations.
  • To communicate, in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients and patients’ systems and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of treatment.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients receiving systemic psychotherapy and communicating with the multi-disciplinary team, referral agent and others involved with their care on a regular basis.
  • Will be able to design, implement and evaluate cognitive behavioural interventions according to best practice.



  • To work jointly and collaboratively with other multidisciplinary team members in order to facilitate their work with families, to include attendance at MDT meetings. 
  • To provide input with carers in terms of the provision of parents groups and Carers’ Skills Training Workshops, based on the Maudsley Carers’ Skills programme for carers of those with eating disorders and other work with carers, such as the Carers’ Support group, as required. 
  • To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of systemically informed care by all members of the treatment team.
  • To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external Continuing Professional Development training and development programmes.
  • Day to day contact with patients from outpatients or the day programme for systemic psychotherapy assessment and intervention.



  • Competitive salary range
  • Employer matched pension scheme.
  • The opportunity to develop your skills and expertise by working in a specialist environment alongside leading experts.
  • A chance to be at the forefront of best practice with our award winning approach to quality outcome measurement.
  • Be part of new exciting projects to inspire and challenge you.



Our culture of world-class medical excellence is based around our five key values:

Accountable: Taking ownership of the things I say and do

Caring: Treating others as I would like to be treated

Collaborative: Working together to make a winning team

Courageous: Being proud to be different and challenge the norm

Determined: Seeing things through to meet and exceed expectations


Please note: 

Due to the volume of applications we receive, Schoen Clinic reserves the right to close roles prior to the specified closing date if a suitable candidate is identified. 


Due to the commitment to continuous improvement, it is likely that the post will evolve over time. These duties will be subject to regular review and any amendments will be made in consultation and agreement with the post holder.


Unfortunately the application deadline has passed, but please send us your CV for future consideration.
Schoen Clinic Chelsea
Part Time (3 Days a week)
up to £55,000 (pro-rata)
Closing Date
27th March 2020