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Project information

Enabling women to make positive changes

Providing psychotherapy and practical support for women with low incomes who have experienced violence and abuse by offering:
• Individual and group psychotherapy
• Practical support and signposting: including help with childcare and travel costs, advice on housing benefits,

January 2012 - December 2015

Charity information: Women's Therapy Centre

Women's Therapy Centre logo
  • Need


    The project will support women experiencing social exclusion, poverty and mental and emotional ill-health and provide them with a programme of psychotherapeutic and practical support to enable them to make positive changes in their lives. We know there is a clear correlation between poverty and mental ill health and that improving someone's mental health can lead to better outcomes in life expectancy, physical health, educational achievement, criminality and employment status.


    It will enable women the to talk about their own internal worlds in a therapeutic setting, where they will not be judged and to talk safely about their feelings, often for the first time. This will enable women to gain an understanding of the underlining caused of their issues. This understanding and insight will enable women to make changes to improve the quality of their relationships with others and to reduce feelings of low self esteem, depression and lack of confidence.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Women will have a greater understanding of the challenges they are facing in their lives.


    » Provision of thorough comprehensive assessments carried out by skilled psychotherapists
    » Provision of individual and group psychotherapy.

    What success will look like

    Feedback from women taking part in the project.

    Aim 2

    Support women accessing therapy.


    » Provide childcare and travel support and costs
    » Provide advice, information and signposting on a range of issues including housing, benefits, education, physical activities.

    What success will look like

    Monitoring the level of pracitcal support requested and offered.

  • Impact


    Women will report feeling less depressed, anxious or suicidal. They will report a reduction in relationship difficulties and an ability to relate better to those around them. They will also report a reduction in self destructive behaviours including alcohol/ drug misuse, eating disorders and self harming.


    Women not taking up therapy.
    -We will liaise with community organizations to promote the project.
    -We will offer information sessions about the project in community settings.


    Annual report with details of output and outcomes.
    Evaluation report including case studies.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,646

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      Amount Heading Description
      £24,326 salaries provision of psychotherapy
      £2,520 sessional workers provision of clincial supervision
      £3,700 other direct costs travel, childcare, monitoring, publicity
      £3,500 premises rent, heating, lighting, insurance
      £2,100 office costs postage, stationery, IT
      £4,500 managment cost project and line management
  • Background


    The project will be based at the Women's Therapy Centre in Islington, the 8th most deprived borough in England and Wales.


    Women with limited social networks, who are at risk of worsening mental health and emotional wellbeing and stability. They urgently need access to both types of support offered: psychotherapy, for existing problems, and practical information and support, Islington is ranked eighth most deprived local authority area in England (IMD 2007).
    On average 35,000 people experience mental health problems in one week in Islington.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Women's Therapy Centre was founded in 1976 and provides high quality psychotherapy for women. The Centre is recognized as a model provider of gender and culturally sensitive psychotherapy. It has developed services with and for marginalized women, including women experiencing domestic violence, refugee and asylum seeking women and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachel Thomas

    Staff psycotherapist with expereince of working with women with complex needs including women who have expereinced trauma.

    Banu Aydinoglugil

    Link worker providing advice and practical support for women accessing therapy.

    Ann Byrne

    Chief Executive who oversees and ensures the effectiness of projects.