Castaway Therapy Counselling, Addiction & Sex Therapy

Psychotherapeutic Supervision (including PST) also offered for Student/Qualified Therapists & Counsellors

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A warm welcome to my website
I am Lesley Inglis and I invite you to consider what I can offer, if you are struggling with issues, or if you are stuck and would like to find a happier place to be, within yourself. I touch on numerous topics below and in my Nightbird's blog, it may feel a little overwhelming to some, so I suggest in the first instance, find what is relevent to yourself then read as much or as little as you wish. If you know you want to work with me but your particular difficulty is not mentioned here, just send me an email to ask if I work with that and I shall happily reply.

Ladies, research has found when it comes to sexually compulsive behaviours, it is even harder for women to come forward, to ask for help in comparison to our male counterparts. Why is this? Woman are sadly still labelled in derogatory ways, leading to stigmatisation, self-blame, and outright shame. If you have a sexual problem that you feel you can not share with anyone, e.g. sexually compulsive behaviour, (or compulsive behaviour around love), please be reassured that I am very experienced in working with female issues and unwanted behaviour. Don't turn away and tell yourself - 'I will manage on my own', you will know how hard that is if you have already tried to stop 'acting out'. If you are worried about embarassment, please don't let that hold you back, You will not be judged, I am only interested in helping you to understand yourself better & helping you to choose positive behaviours, leaving the destructive behaviours behind and therefore leading a happier life.

As a Sex and Relationship Psychotherapist, Online Counsellor (& Pychotherapeutic Supervisor)
I have been providing Counselling and Psychosexual Therapy in the Scottish Borders, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Berwick upon Tweed, over the past seventeen years. I specialise in treating various difficulties that I address on these pages and work within a sunny atmosphere of respect, acceptance and confidentiality. . I understand how painful emotional distress can often lead to feeling vulnerable and afraid. Let me help you to find the strength and courage to move forward from a state of angst and closer to a calmer, more positive way of being. If you have Fibromyalgia, are Expats, with relationship difficulties & Mental Health conditions, I will also be happy to hear from you.
I am able to Supervise Clinical & none Clinical personnel & PST (Psychosexual Therapy, students and qualified Therapists),

There are literally hundreds of Therapists to choose from, so why choose me?
The majority of clients I work with, are happy with their achievements in our work together.

I am a bona fide Sex Therapist that works online (as well as face to face) - this is still not common.
I have plentiful & varied experience- (not just qualifications) and confidence in working with complex difficulties
I can work sucessfully with fetishes and addiction, (both substance & behavioural)- this is not readily available
I have experience working with the devastation of Love addiction, and it's impact on both males & females, again this is a specialised area of work, (particularly with men that have compulsive behaviours around Love.
I have experience working with 'Celebrities/people in the Public eye & understand the resulting increased stress.
I have experience helping Partner's heal and do not blame them for their partner's addiction.
I have experience of working with Couple's 'in recovery'. Addiction has stopped, but their relationship has suffered.
I have experience of working with common mental health condidtions e.g. anxiety, depression, OCD etc
I have experience in working with adult children of Toxic parents (including where emotional incest has occured).
I can work flexibly & creatively, (not rigidly tethered) as I understand & appreciate that everybody is an individual.

I specifically bring Compassion to the therapeutic work. Promoting understanding & healing from self-criticism & shame.
Online work covers the UK & worldwide clients. Face to face appointments held in Kelso & Hawick. Currently Berwick upon Tweed is a challenge venue wise, I continue to try to remedy this. Venue premises are discreet i.e. do not indicate the nature of work carried out and clients could be attending for a number of reasons. Everybody is welcome and I encourage women with e.g. Sexual or Love addiction to come forward. I will put you at ease and help you feel less shame. 'Nobody' is ever judged, as my role is to understand your struggles, their impact and how we can work together to help stop any destructive behaviour & embrace new, positive behaviour. I specialise in working with Sexual & Relationship difficulties, however I also work with mental health condiItions such as anxiety, (e.g. general, social or health anxiety), low mood, panic, phobia s, compulsions distress intolerance and many more conditions

Contact me now Email Enquiries for a Free no obligation 30 min online Consultation session

Confidential, comfortable & discreet premises for face to face appointments in Kelso and now in Hawick

Online Psychosexual Therapy
* Sex, Porn & Love Addiction (women are stigmatised re 'sex addiction' & men as 'love addicts').
* Fetishes; I urge you not to fear disclosure of fetishes. It's just another human activity & all in a day's work for me.
I am very experienced in making people feel comfortable & a sense of humour definitey helps.
We shall explore to bring understanding and help to stop any unwanted fetish behaviour.
* Relationship Therapy, help you understad yourself better & your partner & how you work together as a couple.
* Individual Therapy & Counselling for a wide number of issues that impact on your happiness.

I also work to prevent sexual offending with individuals, partners & relatives to keep behaviour within the UK legal system *

What can you expect from working with me on difficult issues?

I shall listen carefully to you and will ask questions to help me understand your difficulty, i.e. the assessment process. I shall also be specific about what is helpful and what is unhelpful if you wish to change any behaviours that are problematic. I consider all aspects of human behaviour without embarrassment and will put you at ease. I have wide experience of people and their challenges. I feel privileged to help you understand yourself, situations and relationships better and to take steps to make positive changes, if that is your wish.

What kind of people problems do I work with?

  • General relationships e.g. communication, affairs, arguments, IVF, internet affairs, expats.
  • Sexual dysfunctions e.g. erectile, ejaculation, low desire, pain, orgasm, phobias, fetishes, cross dressing.
  • Sex/love addiction e.g. pornography, women, deserve help too, anyone aged 18+ is welcome.
  • Prevention of Sexual Offending STOPSO for the first time or prevention (and treatment) of relapse.
  • Partners of people with distressing sexual behaviour that is often traumatic for partners.
  • Substance misuse e.g. illegal and legal drugs, alcohol and meds. Affected relatives welcome.
  • Expats lifestyle, Army & Offshore personnel, e.g. relationship separation difficulties.
  • Mental health e.g. trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, bereavement, other losses.
  • Chronic pain e.g. fibromyalgia & CFS, understand how pain is affecting your life and relationships.

    How many sessions do people need? Initial Free 30min Consultation -overviewing difficulties

    I work with individuals and couples on an open-ended basis or a set number of sessions. I am very experienced at providing brief therapy (6 session model) for mild to moderate mental health difficulties. A lot of couple work is helping partners to have difficult conversations, to understand each other as individuals and your needs as a couple. Online Psychosexual Therapy and Addiction work is likely to be a longer term therapy. If you just want one session to find out if working with me is right for you, that is also ok. What is most important is that I work with 'people' not just conditions or diagnoses. I offer a safe, trusting and genuine therapeutic relationship built on empathy and compassion.

    Prevention of Sexual Offending STOPSO

    I work confidentialy & none judgementally having trained with StopSo to help prevent Sexual Offending. Whether you are having difficult thoughts e.g. tempted to explore illegal websites or you have been cautioned or charged with an offence, I will work with you to help you stop any further sexual offending and to also understand why this behaviour occurs and what you can do to stop it, in order to keep others and yourself safe.

    With easy access to sexual websites, porn, chat lines, hook up sites and more, it is becoming increasingly tempting for people to start exploring ‘edgy’ activities and this can easily spiral into illegal behaviour. Young men/teenagers are particularly at risk of becoming dependent on porn. If you are worried about sexual offending and want to work to stop this, please email me. Partners and other family members who are emotionally impacted by this behaviour can also access help. I am particularly reaching out to women as well as men to have courage to come forward for help

    Working as Qualified Online & Face to face Counsellor UK using Instant Messaging, Email and Voice

    As a trained and qualified Online practitioner, I provide Online Psychosexual Therapy via instant messaging,(no webcam protecting identity) Email Therapy and voice - i.e. talking via Zoom, Online platform . This means that I can work as a counsellor with people from any geographical area from WV1 7AD to ZE and TD postcodes. Successful online work is tremendous in helping people who; feel embarrassed, live in rural areas, are parents with small children, have physical disabilities and people in the public eye. I welcome, and offer women, love addiction counselling online , as they may be able to engage with Online counselling via instant messaging, whereas the thought of having to speak face to face in a session may be too overwhelming.

    If you wish to work with me or just want to find out more, I look forward to hearing from you. I now offer face to face appointments in Kelso, for people in the Scottish Borders,(e.g. Eyemouth, Chirnside, Duns, Greenlaw, Gordon, Kelso, Earlston, Galashiels, Selkirk, Hawick, Innerleithen and Peebles areas) and also Berwick upon Tweed. I provide a contract of terms and conditions covering all necessary points to help protect both of us from a legal, professional, moral and ethical point of view.

    Face to Face appointments available in Kelso TD5 area and Hawick TD9 area in the Scottish Borders. Please Email for more information.

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