"A values driven team and organisation, that also supports other social enterprises and not for profit organisations"

Established in 2011, Catalyst Psychology has built an excellent national and local reputation

Development opportunities include action research and therapeutic interventions


Research suggests that people who work for social enterprises are happier with their jobs and life in general....

Catalyst psychologists say:

“we are a supportive and creative team that works collaboratively and celebrates success!”

“we love working at The Old Parsonage – our office base gives us inspiration”

“we enjoy flexible working conditions, free parking and dedicated admin support”

“we prioritise building relationships with our link schools and maintain continuity wherever possible”

“we like the opportunity to work across this diverse, exciting and ever-changing city. The work can be challenging and complex but never dull”

“we welcome the commitment to organisational development and we are enjoying working towards Investors in People”

“we are a not-for-profit organisation that is driven by the values of social enterprise”

"our annual conference provides inspiration and energises our practice"


Opportunities with Catalyst Psychology


Work experience

We have an established work experience link with Edge Hill University. Each year we are pleased to be able to offer work experience placement(s) to second year undergraduates on the Educational Psychology degree course.

We are not able to offer shadowing placements or unpaid internships, as we focus our resources on the provision of employed assistant psychologists. We receive many requests for shadowing opportunities. Although we do try to respond to all requests with an explanation of our position on shadowing, it is not always possible to respond to every enquiry.

Assistant Psychologists

We employ assistant psychologists to support our delivery of services to schools and other commissioners. We currently employ 2 Assistant Psychologists. You can read about our Assistants on our team page here.

Trainee Educational Psychologists

We are committed to supporting the training of educational psychologists. We have close links with the training course at Manchester University. Catalyst Psychology is pleased to be hosting a Context Placement for Trainee Educational Psychologists in Year 1 of their training course.

Educational Psychologists

We are a core team of 5 Educational Psychologists, working in conjunction with 8 Partner Psychologists. Our Strategic Director, Maria Heffernan, is also an experienced Educational Psychologist.

As an organisation we are therefore uniquely placed to offer a quality educational psychology service from the perspective of a social enterprise. 

Partner Psychologists

We work with 8 Partner Psychologists, each of whom brings an area of additional specialism to the work of our service. Our Partner Psychologists are self-employed. They work with us on a negotiated basis, with work tailored to suit their availability and special interests.You can read about our Partner Psychologists on our team page here.

We are always happy to hear from educational psychologists who might be interested in working for us as a Partner Psychologist.

Please look at our website, talk to us, come and meet us, get in touch by email or phone at any time and without any obligation