Dan’s story*

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“Last Christmas was tough.

Everything seemed to have lost it’s sparkle. I felt sad and couldn’t seem to enjoy anything, even though I tried. It was easier to spend time on my own in my room as I just couldn’t find the words to talk to people, but then my thoughts would get really loud inside my head.

My Mum tried to help, but it seemed like someone had built a brick wall between us that I couldn’t see around. I had a drink to help me feel better about myself, to give me more confidence but really I knew that I needed help, I just didn’t know what.

That was when I came to Wellspring. Because of everything that I’d gone through as a child my confidence was really low so it took a huge leap of faith to come, but I’m so glad I did. Over several months, my counsellor helped me to see and talk about the things that were important to me – somehow the words came.

I felt listened to and understood, and began to feel better about who I am.

Because Wellspring helped with the costs of the sessions it meant that my Mum could pay what she could afford for the time that I needed with my counsellor.

It really helped. I have now finished my counselling and can look after myself better, I don’t drink alcohol as much and can actually think about my future without feeling stressed. I am closer to my Mum too. I still have my bad days, but I’m able to talk about things which really helps.

This Christmas will be different because of Wellspring.”

Many of our clients, like Dan, need up to 6 months of counselling. Every client is unique and our affordable counselling model allows us to help regardless of circumstances.

Giving £15 a month would help us to support even more people like Dan. You can set up a regular donation here.

We are so grateful for your support. Thank you.

* Name has been changed to maintain confidentiality

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Wellspring House

78 High Street, Starbeck
Harrogate, HG2 7LW

01423 881 881

Opening times

Monday 9am - 8.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 8.30pm
Wednesday 9am - 8.30pm
Thursday 9am - 8.30pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed

We work to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for Good Practice and the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) Code of Ethics.

Wellspring is an Affiliated Organisation number AT 326 of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) and a partner in the Route One VCS Partnership.