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 concerns you have, but some issues you people talk to us about are:

  • Feeling shy or lonely 
  • Self-confidence
  • How to overcome fear and worries
  • Making decisions about school or relationships
  • 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
  • How the past has affected you

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

When and where do young people Counselling sessions take place?

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

 Monday afternoon: 3.30-6.30pm at The Link, Nailsea School and Portishead Medical Group
 Monday evening: 6.30-8.30pm at Tower House Medical Centre, Stockway South, Nailsea
Tuesday evening: 3.30-8.30pm at Tower House Medical Centre, Stockway South, Nailsea
Wednesday afternoon: 3.30-6.30pm at Backwell Medical centre and Portishead Medical Group 

Thursday afternoon and evening: 3.30-8.30pm at The Link, Nailsea School; 3.30-5.30pm at Backwell Medical Centre and 6.30-8.30pm at Tower House Medical Centre, Stockway South, Nailsea

Please make sure you let our Admin team know which location you prefer and all the times you can be available

How much do the sessions cost?

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

We understand that you may not be able to afford to donate anything, 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 Counsellor, DMT therapist 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  whether you want to arrange more sessions.  You will sign an agreement with your Counsellor. 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.

Sessions for young people age 11-18 are now available in a wide range of locations in Nailsea, Backwell and Portishead. Please see above

How can I book a session?

If you want to book to see one of our Counselling team, please phone us or email using the details on the Contact Information page. Contact


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.

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