Become an Associate Therapist

All of our therapists are self-employed and provide work to the Apple Tree Centre on a sessional basis, offering between 5 and 15 client hours per week. Therapists must be fully qualified and members of the appropriate professional body. If you would like to apply to become an Associate Therapist, please complete and return the attached Associate application form and return it to us by post or email, 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 and our recruitment procedure includes DBS checks and overseas checks (where applicable), as well as references from previous employment. Please note prospective associates will need to provide evidence to show that they are legally permitted to work in the UK.

All of our therapists are currently offering virtual appointments using Zoom, a video conferencing platform. We are looking for Associate Therapists who are able to offer both face-to-face and virtual appointments as circumstances allow. We are accepting applications now and hope to begin interviews in late September.

We are currently looking to fill the following vacancies:

Young People’s Counsellor / Psychotherapist

A qualified and experience counsellor / psychotherapist with either specific training to work with young people, or extensive experience of working with this age group and willingness to undertake further specialist training (equivalent to BACP Training Curriculum Stage 2).

This therapist may be trained in any theoretical orientiation but must be able to work within our Model of Care, which is based on Person Centred principles. Some knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy would also be an advantage although a specialist qualification is not required.

This post is primarily to work with young people aged 11-25, but the therapist may also be asked to provide support to parents and carers from time to time by mutual agreement.


A qualified Dramatherapist with experience of working with children and young people, ideally from the ages of 7 upwards.

This therapist will offer long and short-term therapeutic individual therapy in accordance with our Model of Care, including consultations and therapeutic review meetings with parents and carers.

Systemic Family Therapist

A qualified Systemic Therapist with a minimum of two years’ professional experience of working with children, young people and families.

This therapist will offer short and long-term work within our Model of Care.

Autism Specialist

An appropriately qualified practitioner (Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or equivalent) to offer support to children, young people, their parents and carers in relation to autism. This may include:

  • language and social communication
  • sensory processing needs
  • emotional regulation and understanding
  • supporting families around diagnosis
  • increasing understanding of autism


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 rapidly so it is useful for us to be able to recruit suitable therapists at short notice to meet new areas of demand.

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

  • Play Therapy (British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) accredited)
  • 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 (when it is safe to do so).  We offer flexible working patterns.

If you are interested in becoming an associate therapist at The Apple Tree Centre, please contact us with a completed Associate 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.)