HISTORY OF WELLSPRING
was founded in 1978 by a group of about two dozen people who shared a vision of
a new centre where young and old could find understanding, and help in working
out new and creative directions.
group was chaired from it's beginning in 1979 by a university chaplain, Fr Marcus
Lefebure and was convened by Dr
Winifred Rushforth. She had founded Wellspring's precursor the Davidson Clinic
in 1939. The first of it's kind in Scotland, the Davidson Clinic had fulfilled
it's purpose when it closed 24 years later, NHS services for children and families
having been established. This
clinic had, however built in Edinburgh a solid base of interest in psychotherapy.
Wellspring's first director
was Winifred's daughter, Dr Diana Bates, who after retiring from a GP
practice in England, saw the first client in one room, generously lent
by the Salisbury
Centre. After eight years in a small flat, the Centre moved in 1986
to it's present premises at 13 Smith's Place.
In 1996, Wellspring was formed
into a charitable company limited by guarantee; it currently has 15
contracted therapists and 6 students in training.
fully trained and highly committed staff possess a wide variety of skills,
fulfilling the vision of 1976. Some have practised in Wellspring for
many years, providing a bedrock of experience; others are more recently
arrived, providing a continual renewal.