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 appointments per week. Therapists must be fully qualified (usually 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 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. 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 currently looking to fill the following vacancies:

Parents’ / Carers’ Therapist

A counsellor qualified to work with adults, with substantial experience of supporting couples and/or parents. This therapist will work alongside our children and young people’s therapists to provide holistic support for families, as well as providing individual support to individual parents and carers, couples and groups of co-parents.

This role may also include providing one-off supportive consultations to parents whose children are on our waiting list.

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.

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

Creative Arts Psychotherapist

This role is open to any therapist trained in a creative approach, including Play Therapy, 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. 

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

Autism Specialist

An appropriately qualified practitioner (Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, counsellor or equivalent) to offer child-centred, affirmative and acceptance-based support to children and young people, their parents and carers. This may include:

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

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 (BAPT or BACP 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.)