Our vacancies are 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.


Hours: One half-day per week — up to 4 hours, including 3 hours for group work

Location: The Maya Centre, Unit 8, 9-15 Elthorne Rd, London N19 4AJ

Reports to: Clinical Director

Fee: Travel expenses covered

Application Deadline: 19th August 2022

This is a volunteer placement opportunity for a trainee

About The Maya Centre

The Maya Centre is a community-based charity in Islington offering free psychodynamic psychotherapy and holistic support to women on low incomes who have experienced gender-based violence or exploitation. 65% of our clients come from Black, Ethnic Minority and Refugee backgrounds and we offer our services in over 11 different languages.  

We offer a safe and nurturing women-only space which invites service-users to build trust, increase resilience and self-care and form effective support networks both within and beyond the experience of therapy. Our services include one-to-one psychotherapy; group and arts psychotherapy; a range of complimentary therapies and wellbeing workshops.

This is an exciting time to work with us as we develop both our intersectional and intercultural practice in women’s mental health and wellbeing, seeking to reach more women across London who otherwise might not access timely and appropriate support. 

We are currently looking to expand our language/ cultural provision and welcome applicants with fluency in Turkish, Spanish, Arabic or Somali, as well as applicants with Irish heritage for our Irish Women’s Project.

We want our organisation to reflect the diversity of the women we serve, and we particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups including women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.


1. To provide support to the Art Therapist in conducting clinical assessments, co-facilitating group sessions to women from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds on low-income.

2. To work collaboratively with other staff members and wider stakeholders in promoting awareness of women’s mental health and wellbeing, with a focus on experiences of gender-based violence, exclusion, and discrimination.

3. To provide a responsive, culturally sensitive service and support the Art Therapist in maintaining appropriate records using the Maya Centre database and client feedback forms.

4. To prioritise the safeguarding and confidentiality of all clients, following Maya Centre policies and procedures.

5. To contribute clinical insights and case studies in support of funding applications and reports if requested.

6. To work within allocated premises.

7. To participate in training and workshops on the mental health and wellbeing needs of women and keep up with developments and research in the field of psychotherapy, gender-based violence, intersectional and intercultural practice

8. To follow good practice guidelines via attendance in clinical meetings, team meetings, regular group management supervision and fortnightly clinical supervision sessions provided by The Maya Centre.

9. To maintain professional ethical boundaries, impartiality, and confidentiality at all times in keeping with The Maya Centre’s vision and values.



1. At least diploma-level qualification in art therapy (BACP or UKCP accredited), or integrative counselling/psychotherapy with a strong psychodynamic component. A year two trainee would be the best fit for us.

2. Experience of working therapeutically with adult women, especially those who have experienced violence and abuse, in a group setting and individually.

3. Student membership with an appropriate professional body.

4. Ability to work under own initiative and as a member of a team.

5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; good IT skills, experience of using Microsoft Office

6. Experience of working in the voluntary or public sector


1. Experience of working with inner-city deprivation

2. Understanding of issues of relevance to inter-cultural work in the therapeutic relationship

3. Understanding of mental health, social and primary care services

4. Experience of group work

5. Fluency in another language reflected in the communities we serve, detailed above

Equal opportunities

The volunteer must always carry out her responsibilities with due regard to the Maya Centre’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

Health & safety

All volunteers are subject to the Health and Safety at Work Act and is required to pro-actively comply with their duties as described by the Maya Centre’s Health and Safety Policy.


All volunteers are required to work in a confidential manner in all aspects of their work and with due regard to the Maya Centre’s Confidentiality and GDPR Policies.

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.

How to Apply

Please email with a covering letter and CV to express an interest.

Please put ‘Art Therapist Co-Facilitator’ in the subject line. Deadline: 19th August 2022.