All of our Associate Therapists hold a relevant professional qualification and are full members of their appropriate accrediting body. We have clear DBS (police and criminal record) checks, adequate insurance, and undergo ongoing training including clinical supervision.
Most of our therapists work at the Apple Tree Centre on a part-time basis. Please discuss availability with us if you are interested in working with a specific therapist.
Rosie Dymond – Play Therapist
Rosie qualified as a BAPT Play Therapist in 2009. She uses a variety of creative materials (including toys, games, art & craft materials, puppets and sand) to enable children to explore their difficult experiences, express their feelings and thoughts, process trauma, and make sense of and feel in control of their responses. Rosie uses sensitive, attuned therapeutic techniques to promote self esteem and confidence in the children she works with, with the aim of facilitating the development of self control and regulation of their behaviour and emotions. She has considerable experience of working with parents in the play therapy room, where this appropriate, to reduce children’s anxiety and improve attachment.
Rosie has experience working with a wide range of issues including low self-esteem, anxiety, behavioural difficulties, anger, family illness and bereavement, neglect, trauma, domestic abuse, PTSD, attachment difficulties and self harm. Rosie began her therapeutic career in 2003 working providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to parents with substance misuse difficulties which had an impact on their parenting. She then moved into Solution Focused Family Therapy with families whose children were at risk of Local Authority care proceedings. She is fully accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT), registered with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
(Age range: 3-10)
Jenny Reid – Play Therapist & Young Person’s Counsellor
Jenny qualified as a BAPT Play Therapist in 2005. She uses creative and playful techniques to help children and young people to work through their worries and confusion in a concrete way, while enabling them to develop better self control and self esteem. Jenny works with children and young people aged from 4 to 25, adapting the Play Therapy approach to suit different age groups. She has worked with children affected by a wide range of issues, including domestic abuse, sexual violence, family illness and bereavement, school refusal, self harm, selective mutism, PTSD, depression, anger and attachment difficulties, and questions around gender and sexual identity.
Jenny also offers clinical supervision to counsellors and therapists working with children and young people, and professional training to groups and organisations. She is a fully accredited member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT), registered with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
(Age range: 4-25)
Suzanne Davis – Chartered Physiotherapist / Family and Systemic Psychotherapist
Suzanne aims to create an empathetic therapeutic environment which enables safe and constructive discussion. This can include working with individuals or with family members, talking together to develop shared understanding and exploring ways forward for whatever challenges they are facing.
As a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, Suzanne can facilitate conversation around family and peer relationships and the impact of social contexts (such as school) upon problems that are presented. She also has extensive experience as an Extended Scope Principal Physiotherapy Practitioner working with children and young people experiencing long-term pain and chronic health conditions, and can support families to discuss and consider a wide range of strategies to develop resilience and coping skills.
Suzanne works flexibly to meet individual and family needs and to collaborate upon what aspects of therapy might be most helpful and supportive. Alongside an emphasis on promoting positive, creative and therapeutic discussion, examples of strategies include: considering posture, movement, activity levels and sensory input; relationship skills; sleep and relaxation; mood regulation; behaviour; time management; and pain-specific information.
As a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist since 1983, Suzanne completed her MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy in 2015. She is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC), and a member of the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
(Age range: 4–25, family groups, parents)
Fiona Wright – Art Psychotherapist
Fiona has experience of working with a wide range of difficulties and diagnoses alongside adults and children from diverse backgrounds. She works in an adaptive and essentially non-directive way, through the use of art materials, and on the premise that the production of an art object, or play and experimentation with these materials, can offer a powerful non-verbal element to therapy which can feel safer and more accessible at times of difficulty. It can enable the expression and processing of upsetting feelings and experiences, and the development of confidence, autonomy, self-esteem, and ways of coping.
Fiona has worked with clients both in the community, and in secure settings including a perinatal mental health inpatient unit with mums and their babies, and a children’s home with young offenders. During the course of this work she has supported people with behavioural and social struggles due to diagnoses such as Aspergers Syndrome and ADHD, and through difficulties and crises such as depression, anxiety, suicide attempts, and acute mental distress such as psychosis. This has involved working with harmful ways of coping such as drug and alcohol misuse, self-injury, and eating disorders, resulting from traumatic experiences such as family illness and bereavement, violence, sexual exploitation, loss and separation, and removal to foster care. This has also involved supporting clients in working through the consequences of their own offending behaviour.
Fiona is HCPC registered.
(Age range: 4-25)
Rachel Taylor – Integrative Psychotherapist/Counsellor
Rachel works using an integrated model of counselling. Rachel’s approach to therapy is strongly influenced by the values and principles of both psychoanalytic relational and person-centred therapy. She places great emphasis on providing individuals with a safe environment in which they can be empowered to explore their difficulties and realise unused resources. Rachel uses various techniques including mindfulness based relaxation and trauma-based body awareness to help individuals with coping strategies and develop a positive sense of self and identity. Rachel is able to offer cognitive-behavioural based interventions, if appropriate, and can provide a creative environment in which to work therapeutically with all age groups.
For a number of years, she worked with individuals who had experienced early trauma or abuse and continuously develops her expertise in this area; including post-traumatic stress disorder, self-injury, risk-taking behaviour, feelings of shame and guilt, poor sense of self and identity and difficulties in maintaining close relationships. During her clinical work, Rachel has been inspired by the body-psychotherapist and author Babette Rothschild and firmly believes that therapy should be flexible to the needs of the client. Rachel has also supported young people with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, suicidal feelings, low self-esteem, bereavement and the effects of domestic violence and bullying.
Rachel is BACP registered.
(Age range: 11-25)
Liz Thompson – Child and Young Person’s Psychotherapist
Liz qualified as an Integrative Child and Young Person’s Psychotherapist in 2009 and as an Adult Counsellor in 2002. She uses a range of creative methods to help children and young people work through and make sense of the muddled thoughts and feelings they may be left holding after they have experienced difficulties or traumas in their lives.
Liz has worked within a range of settings with individuals and families. She has extensive experience of working with bereavement and loss, bullying, childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse, dissociation and trauma processing, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, self-harm & suicidal behaviour, substance misuse, self-esteem and attachment difficulties and learning difficulties.
Liz is accredited to level 3 through AVIGuk for Video Interaction Guidance which is recommended in the NICE guidelines for attachment difficulties. Liz is also trained in Lifespan Integration level 2, a trauma processing technique for young people and adults and Bilateral Stimulation for younger children.
Liz is fully accredited through the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
(Age range: 8 – 25, families)
Jen Walsh – Counsellor / Family Therapist
Jen is a trained family therapist, and has worked extensively with individual children, teenagers, adults, as well as couples and families. She has 12+ years experience working in the USA and the UK in various settings, using play and creative techniques for children 3 and older. Jen specialises in helping children develop their language skills to communicate how they are feeling, and helping parents to learn skills in emotion coaching. Jen also works with parents to explore challenges they face in building their relationships with their child, and offering a safe space for young people to express their difficulties. Jen works with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma recovery, parenting support, and many others.
Jen is a Registered Member of the BACP and a Member of the AFT.
(Age range: 3-25, families, couples)
Fiona Hutchings – Person Centred Counsellor
Fiona is a qualified person-centred therapist and she is committed to maintaining a safe and ethical practice, working alongside clients in an collaborative and creative way to help them explore their difficulties in a way that feels right for them. Fiona completed her training working with students at the University of Sheffield Counselling Service and also has previous experience as a social care worker supporting vulnerable young adults in the community.
Fiona believes that building a safe and trusting relationship is the key to successful therapy and that it needs to be flexible to meet the needs of each individual. Since qualifying she has also worked as a therapist within the voluntary sector alongside clients of all ages, backgrounds and seeking therapy for a large range of issues. She has also continued to undertake training to explore using and making images, writing and mindfulness alongside talking in therapy.
Fiona has experience of working with a variety of issues including family and relationship breakdowns, bereavement, eating difficulties, depression, low mood, self esteem and self image difficulties, addictive or risk taking behaviours, self harming, difficulties attending school, academic anxiety and issues relating to disability.
Fiona is a registered member of the BACP.
(Age range: 12-25)
Sarah Harvey – Communication Skills Therapist
Sarah qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2009. She helps people to understand more about how we communicate, and to build their communication skills, self-esteem and confidence.
Sarah specialises in supporting young people who struggle to communicate in a way that is socially appropriate, safe or effective. There is more information on this here in the Therapies section of the website. Sarah often works with young people who have had difficult life experiences and/or mental illness, and have missed the opportunity to develop social skills suitable for their age. She has extensive experience working with young people with social communication difficulties, mental illness, abuse histories, offending behaviours and learning disabilities, and specialises in autism.
Sarah works hard to understand what motivates the people she works with, and to help them feel ready to engage in therapy sessions. She is registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professionals Council.
Katie Lewis – Dramatherapist
Katie qualified with her MA in Dramatherapy in 2014. Since qualifying she has focused on working with children who have experienced trauma and may be at risk of mental health problems. Some issues Katie has covered include bereavement, behavioural difficulties, sexual abuse, domestic violence, anxiety and a particular interest in Attachment Difficulties/disorders. She has completed a course in Attachment in the Early Years via the Open University.
Katie uses a variety of techniques from the arts such as role-play, movement, game-playing, puppetry, improvisation, art and much more to help children express their feelings and worries and reach a mutually agreed therapeutic outcome. She is also experienced in using standardised outcome measures. These can be very helpful for other professionals and for identifying risk factors in individuals as well as recognising improvements during the therapeutic intervention.
Katie is a fully accredited member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) and is a registered Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) member.
(Age range: 4-18)
Emma Barnes – Art Psychotherapist
Emma qualified as an Art Therapist in 2007. Her experience has ranged across a number of different clinical areas including community, inpatient and forensic settings. Emma’s Art Therapy practice incorporates psychodynamic, attachment and person centred approaches with a focus on the importance of developing a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. She uses an empathic and attuned stance to promote emotional awareness, resilience and feelings of confidence and self worth.
Emma aims to offer a safe place for exploration of difficult thoughts, emotions, experiences and relationships through the use of a variety of art materials. She works alongside young people to help them begin to understand their art work, start to make sense of the things which have happened in their lives and find new ways of coping. Emma has developed significant experience in working with attachment difficulties, complex and severe mental health and learning disabilities as well as work with individuals affected by domestic violence, abuse and trauma, autism and Asperger’s syndrome, self-harm, bereavement and substance abuse.
Emma is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
(Age range: 11-25)
Helen Rufus – Play Therapist
Helen has had the pleasure of working with children and young people for 18 years. Since qualifying as a Play Therapist in 2010 she has worked in a Sure Start Counselling service, an SEN school supporting young people with social, emotional and mental health problems, and then more recently in a local charity supporting families affected by cancer.
Play Therapy is offered to children and young people who may have had experiences that have been confusing, frightening or overwhelming to them. Children will often use symbolic play instead of talking to help them sort out their confused feelings. Helen has experience of working therapeutically with children who have experienced developmental trauma, including PTSD, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, domestic violence, parental separation, parental mental ill health, attachment trauma, anxiety, depression, selective mutism, family illness and bereavement.
Helen aims to work closely with parents and carers, as she believes that through the support of their closest family members, whether in their fostered, adopted or birth family, children can heal and recover from trauma most effectively. When first meeting parents, she works with them to identify the strengths and experiences of resilience of the child alongside their most challenging life experiences. In 2017 Helen completed training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), which has influenced the way she works with parents and carers within Non – Directive Play Therapy. She is a full member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT), accredited by the Professional Standards Agency (PSA).
(Age range: 3-13)