About us

**Currently, we are offering counselling via telephone and online only.
We will be returning to face to face therapy as soon as possible.**

The Swan Project acknowledge that it takes a great deal of courage to seek help and we are a charity dedicated to ensuring that counselling is available to those who most need it.

We offer low-cost counselling primarily to those suffering from addiction, however we won’t turn anyone away if we think we can help (must be over 18).

We understand that addiction is not a stand-alone issue, it’s a means of trying to cope with more underlying issues.

There are other areas of your life that we can help you to explore and change
such as:

  • Bereavement
  • Stress
  • Confidence
  • Phobias
  • Anger
  • Abuse
  • Loneliness
  • Isolation
  • Domestic violence
  • Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Health Problems
  • Depression
  • Mental Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual Abuse

“The SWAN Project is aimed at empowering the personal recovery and growth of any person who is committed to either reducing their drinking and abstinence, in a way which helps the individual to connect to their environment”

Swan has been offering low-cost counselling to the Bristol community for over 15 years. We have over 40 counsellors and counsellors in training. Sessions are available Monday-Friday, 9am to 8pm and occasionally on Saturdays too.

Training, qualifications & experience

We have a mix of qualified counsellors and also counsellors in training. All are registered with a professional organisation like BACP or UKCP.

All counsellors who work at Swan receive rigorous and specialised training for working with people with addiction difficulties. All counsellors are supervised by experienced and qualified supervisors who have many years of experience working in the addiction field.

Member organisations *


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

We offer low cost, long-term therapy. We ask for a contribution of £10 for a weekly session if you are unemployed and between £15 and £30 for a weekly session if you are in part-time or full-time work.

Therapy can last for up to two years.


Monday-Friday 9am-8pm.
A few therapists also work on Saturday.

1 Fairlawn Road

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults