COVID-19 UPDATE: Great news! On 21 September we re-opened our building to clients for face-to-face counselling. Since lockdown, all sessions have been either over the phone or through Zoom. Please note that we still have a reduced capacity at the moment. If you would like to enquire about counselling, please use the contact details at the bottom of the page. See our Resources page for more support and links.
Who is this service for?
Professional, confidential, affordable counselling, tailored specifically for young people aged 8-18 years old.
We recognise that young people often go through tough times and benefit from talking to someone who is outside their situation and trained to offer support. Our aim is to enable young people to move forward with improved coping strategies and greater resilience.
Wellspring is a charity motivated by Christian faith, but our services are offered to people of any faith or none, and whatever their financial situation.
We help young people with many different issues, including:
- eating disorders
- substance misuse
- low self-esteem
- relationship problems
- problems at school
- help to cope with life transitions and emotions
Facts about youth mental health
How does counselling help?
Unfortunately talking doesn’t make everything go away…we know this. However, a Wellspring counsellor will help the young person understand the issues they face by encouraging them to talk about what is bothering them, listening carefully and prompting thoughtful exploration. We won’t judge or criticise, but will offer support and encouragement to express difficult feelings and to make sense of their ‘world’. This provides an opportunity to re-think things and make some positive changes.
Through our person-centred approach, young people’s needs are of primary importance, resulting in an inclusive, friendly service that is supportive but also challenging in order to move young people forward with improved strategies and greater resilience.
Watch one young person’s experience:
How many sessions will I have?
A parent or carer may accompany a young person during their first appointment – if this is helpful. Following this the number of sessions is worked out between the young person and counsellor on an individual basis.
How much does it cost?
The service we provide would cost a minimum of £40-£50 per session from a private counsellor. As a charity, Wellspring seeks to provide professional, affordable counselling, but to ensure our service is sustainable we rely on clients contributing towards the cost of their sessions. When you apply for counselling, you will be asked to indicate a weekly session fee which is affordable to you: £15 £20 £25 £30 £35 or £40. If you are on income-related benefits, please indicate this to qualify for a reduced rate of £5 per session.
The more you are able to contribute, the more you will be helping us to continue to offer our services to adults and young people who cannot afford private counselling.
How do I get an appointment?
Please complete our Children & Young People Counselling Referral form below. Once you have submitted the completed form, we will put the child/young person’s name on our waiting list and will contact you as soon as we have a suitable slot available.