Who may apply?

We invite applications from people living in Cambridge and its surrounding geographical area, a radius of approximately 20 miles, who are seeing an analytically-trained therapist in the area, or who are working in the area. At least two of these three criteria must be met. We aim to be a truly local charity.

As a general rule we do not give grants to those who are training in psychotherapy as we aim to help ordinary patients who are not professionally engaged, and trainees can get support elsewhere locally, for example from the B. B. Zeitlyn Psychotherapy Training Fund.

How to apply?

If you are seeking psychotherapy, you must first find a therapist. We can help with this. You will need to discuss the possibility of an application to the Trust with your therapist. This applies equally to those who are in the course of their psychotherapy. Grants are not given where the therapist does not support the application.

Before an application can be considered the therapist must register with the Trust, if he or she is not already registered.

The usual procedure is that the applicant applies to the Trust by letter, and either the applicant or the interviewing Trust representative asks their therapist to provide a short letter supporting the application.

After making an enquiry, if the applicant fulfils the conditions under ‘Who may apply?’, a representative from the Management Committee will invite him or her to interview with regard to their financial situation and to their expected expenses for their therapy. It is not the role of the interviewer to enquire into the confidential details of the therapy.

After the supporting letter from the therapist and interview, the application is discussed by the Management Committee at its next meeting, and a decision is made as to whether (and how much) help can be given.Please note that the Committee meets monthly with the exception of August.The process of considering an application from initial enquiry to a decision is thus, on average, two months ( longer if it is over August).

Where the Trust provides a grant to support the therapy, we expect the therapist to support it by reducing his or her fee, and the person who receives the therapy to also pay something towards its cost, wherever possible. All applications are considered on their own merit but the maximum individual grant that can be made available is about £1000 for one year.

Grants are made unconditionally. However, as a small charity, it is much appreciated when those who have received grants later find themselves able to repay all or part, as this additional income can make a significant contribution to our ability to help others with the costs of their psychotherapy.