Wellspring was founded in 1978 by a group of 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.

This group was chaired by a university chaplain, Fr Marcus Lefebure and 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. Wellspring moved to its current premises at Smith’s Place 1986.

In 1996, Wellspring was formed into a charitable company limited by guarantee.

Our fully trained and highly committed staff possess a wide variety of skills continuing to fulfil Wellspring’s original vision. Some have practised here for many years, providing a bedrock of experience; others are more recently arrived, providing a continual renewal.

We currently have 17 contracted therapists and 3 students in training.

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