Young People Services

Wellspring now has 2 different services for young people age 11-18

Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Please see our separate pages for more information on each one. 

We have included some information here to help you think about which service may be most helpful for you. If you're not sure, please contact us to discuss it with one of our team. Contact

1. What is Young People Counselling?

Young people Counselling is talking to someone who can help you become clearer about your thoughts and feelings and help you find your own solutions. You might want to make changes to your life and you could use your Counselling sessions to help you. Counselling involves mostly talking as well as some other activities that help you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a different way.

The Counsellor is there to help you with a wide range of problems including things that have been worrying you for a long time and are feeling very difficult to manage. Counselling can be helpful if you think you will need sessions for longer.

What do people talk about?

You can use your Counselling sessions for any concerns you have. Some of the things young people talk to our Counsellors about are:

  • Feeling shy or lonely 
  • Self-confidence
  • How to overcome fear and worries
  • Making decisions about school or relationships
  • Being bullied
  • Wanting to improve relationships with family or friends
  • Parents
  • Bereavement
  • Making Changes
  • Things that feel private and concern you
  • Sexual matters
  • Eating problems
  • Childhood
  • Feeling like hurting yourself
  • Feeling angry
  • How the past has affected you

You can talk about anything, it's up to you

 "Time to explore my feelings, time to be myself and know I would be accepted."

2. What is young people Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a more structured and shorter-term way of working. Its ideal if you are struggling with early signs of anxiety, low mood or behavioural difficulties. You will decide on a clear goal with your Wellbeing Practitioner and agree on some activities and some individually designed work sheets that will help you with your difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours. You will often agree with your Wellbeing Practitioner on some tasks and activities in between sessions to help you overcome your difficulties more quickly. 

CBT can help with similar things to Counselling, but is not suitable if you are feeling in danger of hurting yourself or somebody else. CBT is also not suitable if the main thing that's worrying you is a bereavement.

CBT can be helpful if you think up to 8 sessions will be enough.

Some problems that are very suitable for CBT include:

  • Low mood or feeling sad
  • Worry
  • Panic
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress/tension
  • Difficulties self-organising
    Behavioural and emotional difficulties
  • Social anxiety 
  • Some phobias
  • Self-Esteem
  • Anger 

Other problems our Wellbeing Practitioners may be able to help you with include 

  • early signs of OCD
  • Health anxiety
  • Compulsive behaviours
  • Assertiveness/interpersonal challenging (e.g. bullying response)
  • Self-harm (if not considered high-risk) 

Some things are the same for all 3 services


What is shared between you and your Counsellor or Wellbeing Practitioner is confidential.  Nothing about you is told to anyone outside Wellspring Counselling without discussion with you first. We would only break confidentiality if you or someone else connected with you may be at risk of harm from themselves or other people. Your privacy will be respected as fully as possible.

The Therapy Agreement

During the first session you will decide with your Counsellor or Wellbeing Practitioner whether you want to arrange more sessions.  You will sign an agreement with your therapist. If you're under 14, your parent or carer will need to sign as well.


Each session lasts for 50 minutes.  If you are late you may not be able to have a whole session.  You will be offered regular sessions at the same time/day with the same therapist.  It is up to you to contact us if you want to change an appointment for any reason.  If you miss your first appointment we will assume you do not want our services as this time.  We won't chase you up more than once - but you are welcome to return or phone at any time to make another appointment.

You will be allowed a small number of 'missed sessions' without being asked to make your usual donation. However, beyond this, your usual donation will be asked for, whatever the reason for missing your session.

Sessions for young people age 11-18 are now available in a wide range of locations in Nailsea, Backwell, Clevedon and Portishead. Please see our 'Access to services' page for more details Access to services


We ask you to come to your session free of mind-changing drugs or alcohol.  We ask you to treat anyone who you meet at Wellspring Counselling respectfully . We do not condone sexism or racism.   Violent or sexual behaviour is not acceptable in a therapy relationship.

 "It enabled me to change the way I saw my problems so I could tackle them constructively."