Our Mission and Values

The Apple Tree Centre aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

We are committed to:

  • providing excellent quality, developmentally appropriate creative and talking therapies to children and young people.
  • contributing to the professional development of practitioners working therapeutically with children and young people.
  • promoting dedicated, appropriate and effective services throughout the field of child and adolescent mental health.

We will meet these goals through the provision of:

  • A dedicated centre for children and young people, where the needs of this age group are central to the design of both the service and the building.
  • Individual therapy sessions for children and young people up to the age of 25, delivered by expert practitioners who work reflectively within robust guidelines.
  • Group based therapy, psychoeducation and activities designed to promote wellbeing in young people.
  • Training and consultancy for parents and carers, to improve parenting skills and enhance communication and relationships between parents, carers and their children.
  • Training, supervision and peer support for practitioners, including a commitment to the continuing professional development of our associate therapists.
  • Continuous evaluation of all of our services.
  • A model of care which is person-centred and child focused, taking into account both the developmental needs of the child or young person and systemic factors affecting the whole family network, and honouring each child’s strengths and resilience.
  • Policies which contribute to improving standards throughout child and adolescent mental health, including raising awareness of Play Therapy and other creative approaches, contributing to research and development, membership of appropriate professional organisations, and realistic rates of pay for therapists, to increase the professionalism of the sector.