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About Us...

At Insight Youth, we are passionate about supporting the mental health of children, teenagers, and young adults across the Scottish Borders.  We believe everyone should have ready and equal access to high-quality, clinically proven therapeutic treatment, delivered by qualified and certified professionals.

Our cutting-edge approach aims to deliver counselling and therapy that is not only compelling and effective, but is also truly designed around the children and young people of our modern age.  Intended to stand alone or complement the work of our colleagues in the NHS and other organisations, our collaborative and inclusive approach is designed to maximise the aims, ambitions and positive outcomes of the individuals we work with.

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Ross Irvine

Head of Service & Lead Practitioner

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Wha we do
How we do it

What we do...

Counselling and therapy

At Insight Youth we specialise in counselling and therapy for children, adolescents, teenagers, and young adults between the ages of 8 and 25 years old.  Working with thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, we use a range of psychotherapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychoanalytical, and humanistic.  As client-centred practitioners, our therapists work collaboratively to help individuals achieve their therapeutic goals.    

Wha we can help with

What we can help with...

Thoughts, feelings, and behaviours

In short, we help individuals struggling with a wide range of difficulties they may be experiencing that involve thoughts, feelings, or behaviours.

These may be connected, but are not limited to:

  • Abuse

  • Addiction

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD)

  • Anger management

  • Anxiety

  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

  • Bereavement

  • Bullying

  • Depression

  • Disabilities

  • Domestic abuse

  • Family Issues

  • Gender dysphoria

  • Hearing voices

  • Low self-confidence

  • Low self-esteem

  • Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)

  • Panic Attacks

  • Phobias

  • Relationship problems

  • Self harm

  • Separation and divorce

  • Stress

  • Suicidal thoughts

How we do it...

Learning ways to work out problems

From one of our specially designed therapy rooms, our professional therapists use a wide range of stage appropriate talking-style or play therapies.  These are aimed at helping clients better understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.  Working collaboratively with the help of their therapist, clients are then supported to use this understanding to work towards restoring and improving their mental health.  It may also be used to alleviate any unwanted behaviours that have a psychological origin.

How much does it cost...

Access to therapy for all is our priority

To enable everybody the option of potentially life-changing treatment and therapy, our sessions at Insight Youth are free.  There is no charge for our work, and you will never be expected to pay.     

As a charity, we are fortunate to have the support of a tremendous team of therapists who volunteer their time.  However, it is only through the generosity of those who donate financially, that we can create and maintain our leading facilities, train and develop our therapists, and continue to manage our crucial service.  We raise this finance each year by a range of means including grants, trust funds, and donations from clients and supporters.  

A typical session with a therapist specialising in working with children and young people can cost anything from £50 per session.  To help us meet this cost, we suggest that if you can contribute towards your course of therapy, you make a donation of whatever you can afford. 

To make a donation, click the button below or ask your therapist.


Our ethics and regulation

BACP British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy

Internationally recognised, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is a professional association for members of the counselling professions whose register of members is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). As an organisational member of the BACP, Insight Youth has committed to providing safe, ethical, and professional counselling and psychotherapy services.  Additionally, all our therapists have individual membership of the BACP, and as such, have pledged to work in accordance with the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. 


What we are not able to help with...

Are we the right support for you?

There are some things that involve thoughts, feelings, or behaviours that we cannot help with, as they require different professionals who are not currently in our team.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Direct severe trauma resolution

  • Personality disorders

  • Serious psychiatric conditions

  • Providing a diagnosis

However, we may be able to help direct you to an appropriate professional or support you whilst you are on a waiting list.  For more information or to check whether counselling and therapy is right for you please get in touch.

Cannot Help

Where we are located...

Tweedbank, Kelso, and Jedburgh

We currently have three specially designed clinical bases. Located in Tweedbank, Kelso, and Jedburgh, each has been purposely adapted to help facilitate the therapeutic process and engender a relaxed, comfortable, and welcoming environment. 


Unit 6,

Tweedbank Ind. Est.

Galashiels. TD1 3RS


  • On-site parking

  • Bus stop

  • Rail station

  • Hearing loop

  • Step free access


Abbotseat Road,

Kelso. TD5 7SL


  • On-site parking

  • Bus stop

  • Hearing loop


The Old School,


Jedburgh. TD8 6BP


  • Close parking

  • Bus stop

  • Hearing loop

  • Seated stair-lift access

Our story so far

Our story so far...

Clinical excellence rooted in youth work

Several years ago, youth work charity Cheviot Youth boldly supported a move to try and help bridge the gap between soft touch emotional wellbeing interventions and highly specialist psychological services, such as those provided by Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). 

What had become abundantly clear within youth work, was that many young people struggling with their mental health had little or no access to life-changing professionally delivered and individually tailored counselling and psychotherapy.

Branching out from their work in emotional health and resilience, Cheviot Youth established what would ultimately develop into the dedicated service Insight Youth.  A game-changer in youth-focused mental health treatment, what began as one lone project worker specialising in youth mental health, has now become a leading psychotherapeutic service.

Our ambition is driven by a passion for improving the mental fitness of children and young adults.  By combining the latest science of psychology with the principles of compassion, empathetic understanding, and unconditional positive regard, we continue to strive to bring about ever more effective and lasting positive outcomes for the young people of today.

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