Therapeutic Principles

We have recently partnered with The Apricot centre who offer assessments and specialist interventions for children, young people and families with complex needs. The Apricot Team consists of  experienced CAMHS practitioners from different fields collaborating to deliver high quality therapies and support. They provide psychiatry, clinical psychology, process oriented psychology, child & adolescent psychotherapy, art psychotherapy, mental health nursing, social work and counselling. This parnership enables us to provide a comprehensive bespoke therapeutic package to meet a young persons needs,  using both internal and external expertese
Psychological and Emotional Wellbeing

The Ryes values the core principles of a therapeutic community that provides care and support to children and young people in a nurturing environment at our community-based facilities. We place an emphasis on creating a warm and supportive environment within clear boundaries, enabling young people to feel valued and safe; where they can develop positive relationships and internalise resources that generates resilience. Each young person will require varying levels of support to maintain and promote their psychological and emotional growth.

The therapeutic approaches at the Ryes are supported by staff trained and experienced in working with children and adolescents. Our practices are informed (and clinically supervised) by understanding childhood development and attachment; psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive behavioural and systemic theories, and the Positive Behaviour Support Model.

The Secure Base Model
(psycho-dynamic, attachment)

Our therapeutic approach is framed by the Secure Base model (Schofield & Beek, 2014), promoting positive attachment and resilience, which serves well those children and young people coming into our services, who ...

Planning Live (systemic, humanistic)

Planning Live, as the name suggests, takes place in the here-and-now with up to date knowledge and accounts being brought to the table, rather than solely depend upon a person’s history. Planning Live is a systemic approach ...


Positive Behaviour Support Model  (Humanistic, behavioural theory)


PBS is the preferred approach when working with people with learning disabilities who exhibit behaviours described as challenging (British Institute of Learning Disabilities, BILD).....



Evaluation and Outcomes

At the Ryes we value the use of standardised assessment and outcomes measures/tools to inform formulating therapeutic strategies and to monitor progress and change. We commonly use the Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire (YP & carer versions), Secure Base Checklist, and Sensory Processing Checklist and will access respected resources as required.

We also value reflective practice as a learning tool and to inform and improve Young Peoples outcomes.

Core Values of a Therapeutic Community:


Healthy attachment is a developmental requirement for all human beings, and should be seen as a basic human right. 


A safe and supportive environment is required for an individual to develop, to grow, or to change.


People need to feel respected and valued by others to be healthy. Everybody is unique and nobody should be defined or described by their problems alone.


All behaviour has meaning and represents communication which deserves understanding.


Personal well-being arises from one’s ability to develop relationships which recognise mutual need.


Understanding how you relate to others and how others relate to you leads to better intimate, family, social and working relationships


Ability to influence one’s environment and relationships is necessary for personal well-being.  Being involved in decision-making is required for shared participation, responsibility, and ownership.


There is not always a right answer and it is often useful for individuals, groups and larger organisations to reflect rather than act immediately.


Positive and negative experiences are necessary for healthy development of individuals, groups and the community.


Each individual has responsibility to the group, and the group in turn has collective responsibility to all individuals in it.