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About us

Face to face, online and phone sessions available.

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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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


From £10.00 to £30.00
Free initial in-person or telephone session

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.

When we work

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

1 Fairlawn Road, Bristol, BS6 5JR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults