" A lot of people care, but they don't understand.
When I come here, they understand."

(men's group participant)


Heart Wood is a mental health charity based in Hexham, Northumberland. We offer person-centred therapeutic group counselling in woodland, for people with complex and enduring poor mental health. We currently have a particular focus on working with men.


We offer something different, for people who cannot engage with indoor services. Heart Wood is unique in offering group counselling in this way. 

The charity is building on the success of the 2018 pilot project 'Ecotherapy Group for Men who identified with suffering with depression'. There is qualitative evidence of positive outcomes for a majority of the participants, who had been psychologically and socially isolated.

Our core programme includes:

Men’s Group - meeting once a week for six-months in local woodland

Active Survival - a project in development for 16 – 24 year old men

Lads & Dads – working with fathers and sons

We will be offering CPD training for psychotherapists in the Heart Wood model of contact-oriented person-centred ecotherapy in a nature setting.

To find out more any of our activities, please contact the Emma at admin@heartwoodcharity.org or call 01434 607726.



We are looking for Trustees to join our growing team.

Please go to the Vacancies page to find out more.

Charity Reg in England and Wales: 1182889