Wellspring Counseling Expands Trauma-Resolution Program for Youth

Bounce! Therapeutic Program focuses on children who have experienced a serious traumatic event in their lives

MIAMI (July 20, 2017)Wellspring Counseling has expanded its successful Bounce! Therapeutic Program, opening a second one-week intensive session that allows for an additional number of children to ‘bounce back’ from traumatic events in their lives. The second camp is now scheduled for July 24-28.

The Bounce! Therapeutic Program is a one-week therapeutic program offered in the summer, designed to resolve traumas for youth who have experienced events such as the death of a loved one, child trafficking, abuse, experiencing violence, and other major traumatic events that would lead to life-long emotional handicaps.

“This is a very big step for us, but our success rate in prior years has been nothing short of compelling,” says Tova Kreps, LCSW, President of Wellspring.  “One week of intensive therapy, along with the ancillary services we provide these children could easily cost $20,000 for the week in a more conventional setting.  Our professional staff volunteering a portion of its time, along with other subsidies and funding has allowed us to stretch and provide a second week.”

Using evidence-based curriculum and its own trauma education content, the Bounce! program helps children deal with what is often un-processed trauma. The goal of Bounce! is to promote Post-Traumatic Growth instead of Post-Traumatic Stress, allowing traumatized youth to experience themselves as safe and empowered, resilient individuals.

“Diagnosing and treating a trauma episode in a child is crucial to not only their long-term mental health, but their ability to function as a meaningful adult in the future,” adds Kreps. “It is our belief that even a moderate trauma episode in a child’s life, left untreated, can lead to long-term negative emotional ramifications throughout their entire life. We want to help bring healing through a proven, successful protocol.”

Children ages 10-17 are referred into Bounce! by local agencies serving at-risk youth, local therapists or parents. They are carefully screened for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) prior to entering the program. PTSD is curable if it is attended to with specialized treatment. Untreated, however, PTSD symptoms can lead to complications in children of depression, poor school performance, social and emotions handicaps, and at-risk behaviors, all of which can permanently affect the child's future potential, and ultimately emotionally handicap a child for life.

Pre and post assessments for prior years of Bounce reveal a 25%-37% reduction in PTSD Symptoms for participating youth.

Staffed by therapists from Wellspring and volunteers, Bounce! includes trauma education, group and individual therapy, equine and art therapy, and parent participation in the context of a fun, experiential camp environment.  

“What this staff does for these children is nothing short of miraculous,” adds Dr. Leigh Byers, Wellspring’s Executive Director.  “The empirical proof of success has encouraged us to expand the summer program, and as importantly, seek additional funding to drive Bounce! as a year-round program.  The vast majority of these children come from very under-served areas, over 90% from free-breakfast and lunch school communities. There is no chance they would ever have the opportunity to benefit from such a program without outside financial support.”

For additional information on Bounce!, or to donate to this life-altering program, visit

Published in South Florida's CityBizList.

Wellspring Counseling Receives Lighthouse Project Award from BB&T

As a Lighthouse Project recipient, Wellspring updates offices in three of its locations

MIAMI (June 22, 2017) – A calm, welcoming, serene environment is essential for therapeutic success, and this week, Wellspring received an upgrade through a corporate grant. On Tuesday, June 21st, BB&T bank employees and Wellspring staff rolled up their sleeves to beautify and update the décor of three of its four locations.

After an application process, Wellspring Counseling was awarded over $5,000 for new furniture, signage and decorations and an incalculable amount in goodwill from volunteers.

Volunteers descended on Wellspring offices in Palmetto Bay, Coral Gables and Kendall and immediately took to painting, deep cleaning, assembling furniture and hanging brand new signage in the lobbies. Groups led by a team leader cheerfully and humbly got on hands and knees to clean and paint.

"At Wellspring we are very grateful for BB&T and The Lighthouse Project for making our offices a welcoming, cohesive environment for our clients. A visually pleasing reception environment is one way to communicate how much we care to our clients. Our mission is healing hearts and minds, and that begins with helping people feel at ease. We've had over 700 clients walk through our offices this year.  We hope these refreshed spaces show them we care about their comfort as they seek healing." Said Leigh Byers, Wellspring Counseling Executive Director.

As part of their corporate responsibility initiative, the BB&T Lighthouse Project provides financial support to charities, while employees volunteer their time to work landscaping, painting, preparing meals and any fill other needs the charity requests. Since the Lighthouse Project began in 2009, BB&T has contributed more than 475,000 volunteer hours and improved the quality of life for more than 13 million people.

Published in Miami's Community Newspapers. 


May 16, 2015, 7pm

Join us for our fundraising dinner to support our trauma resolution outreach program, BOUNCE.

Wear your country best for this energetic and fun event, and enjoy shopping at our silent auction, sipping a cocktail, perusing our interactive displays of the work we do with children, dining and dancing. Save the date and bring a friend!

Help us make this a successful event:

     Individual Attendees and Table Sponsor's Register Here 

     Register as an Event Sponsor/AdvertiserView package details here 

     Forward our invitation letter to friends!

     Donate an item for the silent auction.

For detailed information, email

Meet Our Counselors!


Get to know Heather, Jeff, Lyle, and Vicki, four members of our licensed mental health counseling team! We change lives every day through our faithful staff, and supporters just like YOU. Like, comment, and share if you love what we do @WellspringMiami

Vicki Gray talks about Bullying at Westminster Christian School


Last week Friday, one of our LCSWs (Licensed Clinical Social Workers), Vicki Gray, was invited to speak to parents on the topic of Bullying at Westminster Christian School in Palmetto Bay, FL. She shared with parents how to identify bullying, ways to empower children against bullying, and key steps in teaching their children to positively resolve conflicts.

To request a presentation or training session(s) for your school or community organization, e-mail Click here for a comprehensive list of presentation topics.

Enjoying Valentine’s Day as a Single Mom

An article by Carmine Vidaña, LMHC

Valentine’s Day, with its love and romance, can be hard for single moms. Legend reveals that Saint Valentine was a man who loved people and was known for sacrificing for them. Sacrifice? That is what single moms do daily! Single moms are to be saluted for their tenacity, their surrender, and the sacrificial love they demonstrate daily for their children.  This Valentine’s Day, may single moms celebrate their children, family, friends and the love they have.  May they celebrate their love with joy! To read this full article, click here.

If you want information about Carmine's new, 8-week Support Groups for Single Moms starting in March for , click here.

We've added yet another great therapist: Liz Taquechel!


Wellspring welcomes Liz. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Qualified Supervisor. She adds expertise in Child and Family Psychotherapy, Anxiety, Phobias, ADHD Specialist and as a Behavioral Consultant. To read more about Liz, click here.

If you want information about her new, 10-week support groups starting in March for Children of Divorce, click here.

Do the Next Right Thing in 2015!

An article by Tova Kreps, LCSW


Although society may challenge the idea of right and wrong, most of us still have a sense of "right". We want justice, and we feel angry or guilty. It's a new year, so be encouraged that doing "right things" has its rewards. It's tempting to take the easy, instant way, but consistent right actions do lead to desired results. Up-front costs of energy, endurance, and courage, eventually have rewards. Commit to make good choices before a choice is at hand. Don't let go of that new resolution…

To read the rest of this article, click here.


A Moment of Dedication at Christ Journey Church

Some of the leaders at Christ Journey Church joined the Wellspring team for a moment of prayer and dedication of our new offices. They shared devotionals and prayed over the rooms for health, healing and protection. You can find more dedication photos on Wellspring's Official Facebook Page!

Click here to learn about how you can make an appointment at our Christ Journey location in Coral Gables.


Wellspring Welcomes Carmine!


We are so excited to have Carmine Vidaña join us as our newest Licensed Mental Health Counselor! Carmine specializes in marriage counseling, individuals dealing with relational conflicts and mood disorders, as well as adults and children who are suffering with unresolved trauma. She's passionate about women's issues and she's a bilingual therapist, offering counseling in both English and Spanish.

Click here to see her full bio!


"Happy Holidays" is a Choice 

by Tova Kreps, LCSW

That's right, happiness is a choice, even over the holidays. You can experience more happiness by taking the following steps:

1) Choose to be happy
2) Focus on and express your gratitude
3) Connect with others
4) Forgive
5) Imagine and ask for what you want
6) Engage in meaningful activities
7) Accept your past losses and live in the present
8) Give to get



For more advice on the art of happiness, click here. If you need a little professional help to experience life to its fullest, click here for Wellspring Counseling. 


How-To Video: Donate While You Shop

Learn how to set up Amazon Smile to donate to Wellspring! Heather Hendry, a Wellspring therapist, shows us how to set up and use Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile features the same products and services as, but with Amazon Smile, a small percentage of your order is donated to the select charity of your choice at no cost to you! 




Our Health Insurance Network is Growing!

You or someone you know might be eligible to receive benefits for mental health care. We now have more therapists that are approved to see clients with out-of-network benefits with Tricare, United Healthcare, Signa, Value Options, AvMed, Medicare and Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield providers! Give us at call at 786-573-7010 and we will help you see if you qualify for out-of-network benefits with these providers.

We're an Amazon Smiles Charity!

This season, it's easy to donate to Wellspring while you shop on Amazon! We are now registered as a charity within Amazon Smile, an Amazon page that gives back to your preferred charity whenever you make a purchase. The website features the same products and services that Amazon offers. Just visit and select "Change Your Charity" in your account settings and search for "Wellspring Counseling, Inc". Verify that the location is Palmetto Bay, FL and you're good to go! A percentage of all of your purchases made through this site will be donated to Wellspring, so get ready to shop for the cause!

Meet Our New Medical Director

We're very excited to announce Dr. Janellie Ramos-Azaret as Wellspring's Medical Director! Dr. Ramos-Azaret is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida. She specializes in treating children, adolescents and young adults with a wide range of developmental and behavioral problems. 




Wellspring Missionary Serves in The Mediterranean 

For eight days, Christine Schlottman traveled through the Balkan Region of Europe with a mission: to spread the Good News and to encourage other missioners there doing the same. During her time in the Mediterranean, she led a one-day seminar on relationship skills for a team of other missionaries in the area; she visited a home that was established by that very group to aid women and children who are victims of domestic violence. One of the most memorable moments of the trip was her experience meeting a woman who came to Christ following a dramatic vision of the risen Lord. Christine recounts her trip in amazement at God’s provision and care for her as He provided transportation and housing in unexpected ways, expressing gratitude for all the prayers and support of this ministry from Wellspring and her community.
Christine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Wellspring specializing in issues of grief, loss, abuse and trauma. You can reach her at .

Wellspring Needs Your Help!

We're opening a new location in Coral Gables soon, and we need your help! Most donations are tax deductible. Take a peek at our wish list...

We are Now Accepting TRICARE and Medicare!

We are pleased to announce that Wellspring Counseling is now accepting clients with TRICARE and Medicare insurance, allowing us to offer our services to veterans, retirees, and the disabled community.

Christ Journey Church - Our Third Location

Wellspring is going to be opening its newest location at Christ Journey Church in Coral Gables, 624 Anastasia Avenue. The new offices will open in November 2014, and we will be hosting a dedication event in January 2015. 

Wellspring Gets Approved for Medicare!

We are happy to announce that Wellspring has been approved for Medicare! We've also added an Insurance Specialist, Aileen Newell, who will be assisting clients and working with insurance providers to better serve our clients.

Bounce Program Expands

Bounce 2014 was a challenging and rewarding experience for the 35 volunteers and 5 staff of Wellspring who participated this year. Bounce is an outreach program of Wellspring that teaches resilience skills to children from a Biblical perspective.This year, Wellspring incorporated the Bounce Level 1 curriculum into 4 other youth programs in Homestead, Palmetto Bay, Overtown and in an impoverished area of the Bahamas. Over 190 children had an interactive, educational and fun experience while they learned the Six Steps of Resilience, "how to bounce back when bad things happen".