Sunny site pic.jpg
" 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 a natural environment. We currently have a focus on working with men, including those with complex and enduring psychological distress.


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 18 – 24 year old men

Lads & Dads - working with fathers and sons

CPD training - for qualified humanistic or person-centred counsellors based in the North East who are potentially interested in working with Heart Wood.

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