Become an Apple Tree Therapist

The Apple Tree Centre offers both employment contracts and sessional work. 

Our self-employed therapists provide work to the Apple Tree Centre on a sessional basis, offering between 5 and 15 client appointments per week. Our employed therapists work on a pro-rata basis for three or four days a week.

Therapists must be fully qualified to postgraduate level and members of the appropriate professional body. Successful applicants will usually have at least two years’ post-qualifying experience.

If you would like to apply to become a therapist at the Apple Tree Centre, please complete and return the attached Therapist Application Form and return it by email to , along with a covering letter highlighting why you would be suitable for this role.


The Apple Tree Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our recruitment procedure includes DBS checks and overseas checks (where applicable), as well as references from previous employment. Prospective associates will need to provide evidence to show that they are legally permitted to work in the UK.

We are looking for therapists who are able to offer both face-to-face and virtual appointments as circumstances allow.

All of our therapists offer long and short-term individual therapy in accordance with our Model of Care, including consultations and therapeutic review meetings with parents and carers. We are currently looking for therapists with the following skills and experience:

Play Therapist

A suitably qualified and experienced Play Therapist to work primarily with children aged 4-11. Knowledge of child development, trauma and attachment and of supporting parents and carers is essential, and experience of working with Looked After and/or adopted children would be an advantage. 

Systemic Family Therapist

A qualified Systemic Psychotherapist with a minimum of two years’ professional experience of working with children, young people and families. This role will include supporting parents and carers as well as working with family groups, and may include post-adoption support.

Creative Arts Psychotherapist

This role is open to any therapist trained in a creative approach, including Dramatherapy, Art Psychotherapy, Music Therapy or similar. The post is primarily to work with children aged 6-11, although experience across a wider age range would be an advantage. 

Young People’s Counsellor

This counsellor will provide primarily talk-based therapy to children and young people between the ages of 12 and 25. The therapist must be able to work flexibly and creatively within our person-centred model of care but counsellors trained in any modality are welcomed. 

Other applications

We are always happy to receive applications from therapists with specific training and considerable post-qualifying experience in working with children and/or young people. Our service is still expanding and we are open to interviewing suitable candidates to meet developing areas of demand.

All applicants will hold full membership of their professional body and a relevant academic qualification, such as:

  • Play Therapy
  • Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Counselling
  • CBT
  • Clinical Psychology (specialising in children and young people)
  • Music Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Dramatherapy
  • Art Psychotherapy

In addition to a competitive sessional rate, our therapists are offered discounted access to our Continuing Professional Development programme, ongoing peer supervision, and use of our specially designed children and young people’s therapy rooms.  We offer flexible working patterns.

If you are interested in becoming an associate therapist at The Apple Tree Centre, please submit a completed Therapist Application Form and covering letter/email. (The application form should download directly to your computer when you click the link; please let us know if you have any difficulty accessing this.)