Our Blues Project – Low cost Therapy Service


The Blues Project is for people aged over 18 and who would not otherwise have access to psychotherapy because they are on benefits or a low income (under £15,000 per year). There is no upper age limit.

All clients are expected to make a commitment to come for therapy twice a week for at least two years. The therapist will usually be either a trainee in weekly supervision, or (occasionally) a psychotherapist who has completed their training with The Bowlby Centre.

Applicants must be able to attend sessions twice a week in person (e.g. at the Bowlby Centre in N5) or online if the therapist works remotely. The cost is £10 per session, i.e. £20 per week. Priority will be given to applicants who are also able to consider online therapy sessions.

Subject to availability, the Blues Project will be open for applications in June and October 2023 and January 2024. We are currently CLOSED for applications.

Please note that BLUES SPACES ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED and subject to application an assessment. It is not always possible to match assessed clients with a suitable therapist.

To apply, please read the terms and conditions and download and return the application form (currently not available due to applications being closed)

Eligible clients will be offered an assessment interview. This is a one-off non-refundable fee of £35.

Download the application form and terms and conditions here/below

Some of our therapists may have space for lower cost therapy. Please see our Find A Therapist.

Assessment interview

The first step is an Assessment interview with a member of the Bowlby Centre Referrals Group. This is a chance for us to have a talk about you – your experience your history and your needs, and to then begin to think about who would be the right therapist for you. Interviews take up to 75 minutes. There is a fee for the interview, usually £35.

Costs for the therapy sessions are £10 for a minimum of 2 sessions per week – a weekly total of £20.

The Blues Project Special Projects are usually not available to people in the mental health professions or trainees in those professions.

17th November 2023 : The Blues Project is currently full, and we are closed to new enquiries for now. We anticipate there will be further therapy spaces later this year, and we will post a message here when it is open to new enquirers.