Welcome to Wellspring

Thank you for visiting Wellspring Counselling. Here you will find information about all the services we offer, as well as how you can support us. We hope you will find what you are looking for.

Wellspring Counselling is proudly still open for business as usual during the Covid-19 crisis, with all our teams now supporting around 150 local clients by phone and online each week. Thanks to our amazing staff for working so hard and adapting to continue supporting local vulnerable people. 

Wellspring also has a new service for local young people during the Covid-19 crisis - see the poster on the right of this page to find out how to access it or for more information click here: Wellbeing support for 11-18's

If you want to donate to support our amazing local charity, to help us keep going, please follow the links to our JustGiving campaigns on the right of this page. Thanks from our wonderful team to those of you who are donating

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • About Wellspring Counselling

    Wellspring provides affordable, professional Counselling for adults local to Nailsea and surrounding towns and villages, as well as Donation-based Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for young people age 11-18. Many of the CBT sessions for young people take place in local Secondary Schools thanks to a grant from The National Lottery.

    Wellspring was established as a registered charity in 1994 by local Church Leaders and GPs. Wellspring offers confidential help and support to people in our local community. We offer our services to all who seek help whatever your gender, ethnic origin or religious beliefs.

    Wellspring offers a unique service in the North Somerset area making Counselling accessible to all in a timely and cost effective manner. Clients all self-refer to Wellspring, often after being recommended to come to us by their GP. Wellspring is well respected in the area and has excellent links with local GPs and use their premises for evening and Young People sessions.  

    Wellspring currently has no statutory funding but receives grants and donations from many local town and parish councils in North Somerset as well as local churches, other groups Trusts, individuals and through fundraising events.

    Wellspring has a team of dedicated, professional  Counsellors who provide sessions for adults facing loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, stress and anxiety, depression and issues resulting from physical, sexual or emotional abuse as well as other distressing situations. Our adult clients come from all walks of life from age 19 upwards.  

    Our Donation-based Young People Service provides Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)  for Young People between ages 11 and 18.

    Our Counsellors and CBT Wellbeing Practitioners are professionally trained, have regular Clinical Supervision and engage in Continued Professional Development (CPD) as recommended by BACP.  Wellspring Counselling is an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abides by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

    Our Mission Statement:

    'Wellspring is a Charity underpinned by a Christian ethos, which exists to provide affordable, professional and accessible Counselling for the whole community.'

  • Trustees

    Wellspring Counselling is governed by a board of Trustees - you can meet them here.

  • Fundraising

    See our latest news and events top right.

    A recent alternative group Christmas Card organised by the congregation of Nailsea Methodist Church, raised a wonderful £250. Thank you to the designer of the card for her inspirational and beautiful card and thank you to all who donated for their generosity.

    Christchurch Nailsea and Tickenham chose Wellspring as the charity for their Annual Giving Day and raised an impressive £714.50. Thank you for your ongoing support and generosity.

    Waitrose in Nailsea chose Wellspring as one of their charities for their green token scheme in December 2019 which raised £350. Thank you to everyone who put their tokens in for Wellspring.

    Thank you to the many others who have raised funds for Wellspring during 2019. Without the generosity of local people Wellspring would not be able to continue supporting so many local people each week.

  • Friends of Wellspring

    Wellspring offers professional and affordable Counselling to anyone seeking help. Our young people service also offers Donation-based Counselling and CBT to many local young people age 11-18 each week.

    For as little as £5 per month you could become a ‘Friend of Wellspring’. By joining this growing community of Wellspring supporters you will be helping us create regular accessible funds to help secure these services both now and in the future. We invite you to offer us a regular donation, ideally by standing order which, if you are a taxpayer, can be gift aided (please use the blank standing order/gift aid form - please complete and return by post to Wellspring).

    By doing this you can help Wellspring in the following ways.  In one year:

      - £5 per month helps provide two sessions of young people Counselling
      - £10 per month helps us provide a Counselling room for 20 sessions
      - £20 per month will help provide Counselling for 1 client (based on an average of six sessions)

    For more information on how to help Wellspring please call us on 01275 810879.

  • Area Covered

    Wellspring serves the communities of Nailsea & Backwell, Clevedon, Portishead and surrounding towns and villages.

  • Photos

    Thanks to Grete Howard for generously giving Wellspring permission to use some of her photos in our Website.

Latest news

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Wellspring Director's job advert

Please see the information here Director's job advert and application pack

Young People Counsellor job advert
Please see here to apply: Young People Counsellor job. Apply here

Covid-19 update

All Wellspring sessions will be by Telephone or online during the Covid-19 outbreak.

If you want to join our waiting list, please contact us by email or phone and leave us a message. One of our Admin team will call you back - possibly on a withheld number - and explain what happens next. We only have a short waiting list, so if you feel Counselling will help you, please get in touch and ask for help.

Please let our Admin team know, as usual, if you are unable to attend your Telephone/online session.

Adults' donations and telephone & online session payments

Help Wellspring to fund our Young People Counselling by donating here
Donate here

NEW Collection at Tesco Nailsea on Saturday 14 March raised £289.56. Thanks to everyone who donated.

Wellspring Brass4Youth concert on 31 January 2020 at Backwell School Hall raised £746.94 for Wellspring and £479.28 for Brass4Youth! Thanks to everyone for all your hard work and generous donations.. Events

Collection at Tesco Clevedon on Friday 24 January 2020 raised £217.90. Thanks to everyone who donated. 
Wellspring's Christmas Laptop Appeal
- Thanks for helping us raise £510 to replace 2 vital laptops to support the admin of our charity. 

Raise funds as you shop! using Give as You Live at no extra cost to you

Access to Services

For a detailed description of the services offered, who they are aimed at and how they are delivered, please visit the "Access to Services" page.

What is Counselling?

Counselling is talking to someone independent who is professionally trained and who can help you become clearer about your thoughts and feelings and help you find your own solutions.  You might want to make changes in your life and you could use your Counselling sessions to help you.

Counselling is confidential and non-judgemental.

Wellspring Counselling has a team of skilled Counsellors who are trained to listen attentively and sensitively to your concerns, to give you the space to talk freely and to stay with you no matter how distressing or disturbing your experience or feelings might be.

Counsellors do not give advice, offer solutions or tell clients what to do, but will seek to understand and support you enabling you to find your own way forward.