Therapy and Wellbeing for Children, Young People and Families


The Apple Tree Centre provides Counselling, Play Therapy, Art Psychotherapy and Family Therapy to children and young people up to the age of 25 and their families. We also offer individual and group support for parents and carers, and training, supervision and consultation for professionals.

Latest news:

Summer Opening:
We will continue to provide counselling and therapy over the summer holidays, and existing clients should now know their therapists’ availability during this time. Office cover will be limited so it may take us longer than usual to respond to phone calls and emails, but we will respond to all messages as soon as we can.


Referrals and Assessments:
Due to increased demand and to feedback from parents and therapists, we have updated our referral and consultation process. When parents contact us, we will now discuss their families’ needs by phone or email and then arrange a more in-depth assessment with the therapist who is most likely to work with them on an ongoing basis. More details of our referral process are here, and you can read about the reasons behind this decision and the benefits we hope to see on our blog.


Professional Training:
We are delighted to offer a new in-depth training programme for 2017-18. Our two-day ‘Non-Directive Play Therapy: Principles and Practice’ will provide an overview of the theoretical basis for Play Therapy, as well as an opportunity to experience the skills involved. Our ‘Certificate in Creative Counselling for Young People‘ is a six-month course, designed to equip counsellors and therapists to work with young people aged 11-18+.


Therapist Recruitment:

We are currently recruiting qualified counsellors and therapists with experience of working therapeutically with children and young people. Please see our recruitment page for more information. Please apply via cv and covering letter, or contact us if you have any questions.


Parenting Support:

Beginning in September, we will be running two different groups for parents. Our well established Child-Parent Relationship Therapy programme teaches parents and carers to engage their own children in regular half hour ‘special play’ sessions. The new Mindful Parenting course will help parents and carers to find space and calm within difficult and stressful parenting relationships.


Professional Referrals:
We are happy to accept professional referrals. We offer an integrated package of support, and are able to design tailored interventions to meet the needs of specific families, including therapy to address trauma, grief, behavioural and attachment difficulties. Please contact us to discuss your requirements, for more information, or to arrange a visit to the Centre.