This page is still in development - please be patient with us....

What is 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. 

Wellspring offers low-intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) interventions. This means your Wellbeing Practitioner will work to help you explore your thoughts, behaviours and emotions - and the link between them. They can offer this type of therapeutic support in a number of ways: face to face, by phone, by email, individually and in groups.

Some young people find that having CBT with one of our Wellbeing Practitioners is enough to give them some immediate relief from a particular worry, and they then don't need to come for Counselling. 

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.

If you choose CBT to help you, you will have up to 8 sessions to complete the work on one agreed goal.

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) 

What is a Wellbeing Practitioner?  

Wellbeing Practitioners work with children and young people who may be struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings. This can include stress, feeling worried or anxious, low mood, having problems sleeping or experiencing low self-esteem. 

They aim to support young people to develop skills that help identify thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may be getting in the way of them feeling good. 

By setting achievable goals together they aim to support young people make the changes they want - on a journey towards better wellbeing. 

This service at Wellspring is currently being offered by a team of 5, who are piloting the model in North Somerset, and who have recently completed their training at the University of Exeter. 

When and where are the CBT services for young people available?

CBT services for young people are available by appointment only at the following times:

Monday daytime: Clevedon School, Backwell School and Nailsea School
Tuesday daytime: St Katherine's School Pill, Backwell School and Nailsea School
Wednesday daytime: Clevedon School, Backwell School and Nailsea School

Some individual and group sessions are also available in community settings on other days. Please email the Wellbeing Practitioner team to find out more 

How much do the sessions cost?

Wellspring provides young people CBT sessions in schools at no cost, thanks to the generosity of Trusts, donations and fundraising events. 

We understand that your family/carers  may not be able to afford to donate anything for your school CBT sessiosn, but if you can, all funds donated will help us to provide more sessions for other young people locally who need Wellspring's help. You may choose to help in another way such as running a fundraising event, or encouraging somebody else to organise a fundraising event or make a donation. You may choose to help by volunteering your time and/or skills. Some people choose to become a regular monthly donor through our 'Friends of Wellspring' scheme. To find out about any of these, please email or call our admin team using the details on the Contact page. Contact

Thank you.

If you're not able to do any of these things, please accept your sessions as a gift, willingly given, by others you don't even know, who care about your wellbeing and your future.


What is shared between you and your 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.

Please note that if you are seeing your Wellbeing Practitioner in one of Wellspring's partner Secondary Schools, any concerns about risk of harm to you or others, will need to be shared with the School's Safeguarding team, after discussion with you.

The Therapy Agreement

During the first session you will decide with your 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 your Wellbeing Practitioner if you want to change an appointment for any reason.  You will be given their work email address and mobile number in case you need to contact them. If you're not able to contact them this way, please contact us through our main Wellspring email address or phone number. Contact

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.

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

How can I book a session?

If you want to book to see one of our Wellbeing Practitioner team, please speak to the Safeguarding team or your tutor or Head of year in your Secondary School to arrange an appointment. Wellspring is offering CBT during school hours for students in Nailsea School, Backwell School, Clevedon School and St Katherine's School, Pill.

If you prefer to make an appointment without going through this team, phone us or email using the main office details on the Contact information page. Contact

You could also email one of our Wellbeing Practitioner team instead. Here are the email addresses of our Wellbeing Practitioners if you want to find out about booking a session out of school hours: 

Hattie:  Hattie

Krissie:  Krissie  

Beth:  Beth  

Roisin:  Roisin  

Remick:  Remick 


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."