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Talking Therapies Employment Service

What we offer

We support people going through the national therapy service IAPT in the Lambeth borough to overcome employment challenges. These could be:

  • finding a new job
  • retaining a current job
  • supporting those returning after a period of sick leave
  • career planning
  • starting education or training
  • signposting to relevant resources
  • starting your own busines

How we help

Our IAPT colleagues refer you to Status Employment

You are matched to an employment advisor who introduces the service and makes an initial plan

You receive personalised 1:1 support to create and attain your goals

Agreed ending with employment guidance and plan in place

Working with IAPT

Lambeth Talking Therapies Service is part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service (IAPT). IAPT offers talking therapies for people experiencing mental health challenges. Status Employment have worked in collaboration with IAPT since 2009, jointly supporting people to achieve their goals. We are both passionate about the relationship between work and wellbeing.

What healthy employment gives us:

  • Connection to others
  • Sense of achievement, purpose & identity
  • Routine
  • Improved finances
  • Distraction from negative thinking

Please contact us to find out more:

Meet our team

We are an experienced, committed and fun group:

Jennifer Sacupima
John Dempster

Mark Allan

Max Steinhoefel

Daniel Dempsey

Julia Rowe

Estrella Hernandez

Victoria Simpson

Steven Gill

Jason Soares

Yuri Penagos

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“When I first met my employment advisor I was in a difficult place. Many years ago I had self-harmed at/due to work and could feel my mood dropping again. I didn't want to go back to that place so reached out for support for my mental health. When my therapist told me about the employment team it was a great relief. It really helped to have someone who both understood the challenges around mental health without judgment and could provide clear and practical support to improve my work situation.

They were knowledgeable about how to manage my health at work and provided guidance on specific employment related topics

My employment advisor has helped me resolve my current workplace difficulties and provide information advice and guidance that empowered me to make informed decisions.

I have decided to find alternative employment and with the help of my advisor am reviewing my transferable skills, what I want to do and ways in which I can select the right employer and working environment.

I’m grateful for the support that I have received and would encourage others to reach out for support”

Talking therapies team client Designation

Tara has really helped me to see my pre-existing skills and achievements are attractive to employers. She has inspired me to actually apply for new jobs, and not just look at them. Tara has helped me to feel less disheartened by the pandemic and to stop thinking that I won’t get another job because of the pandemic. Tara has helped me to see that my anxiety won’t get in the way of me working so long as I’m working for a a decent company doing something I enjoy.


I couldn’t have asked for better support. I always looked forward to speaking with Max. He made me feel heard, always understood my point of view and gave incredible advice that I was able to put in place. This came at such a low and anxious time in my life and I just couldn’t see a way forward. Following the support I received, I’m now back at work full time and making amazing progress. I couldn’t have imagined being in this position 3 months ago. I’m so grateful to Max for getting me here!


The balance of listening with practical advice and empathy was invaluable. This has been one of the toughest experiences of my life and I am truly grateful for the support.


“This was a service that I feel I've needed for a long time. I had a complicated situation with my previous workplace where I felt like there was no support and was being pushed out. It was a toxic environment and my adviser really helped guide me through a tough period. I decided to leave that place and take time to really consider what I wanted to do. My adviser was very accommodating and allowed me time to get my mental health back to a sustainable level. Now we are working on an action plan to get me a job in an industry I want to work in and I'm looking forward to getting to looking for a new job and start, something that hasn't been there for years. “

Anonymous Designation

“Although I was stressed, I was reassured, and given great advice not only about work but how to manage my day-to-day activities to alleviate stress and other factors that impacted stress in my life and performance at work. Max remained patient when i was going through so much and listened to and understood and helped me design a strategy tool to move forward with work and just life and through that i obtained a new job role. Very grateful for the service Max provided.

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