A Positive Start CIC is a  Community Interest Company, founded  on a People First philosophy and delivering new solutions to support and empower people who my have encountered trauma  and/or abuse in their lives. We  provide a safe, non- judgmental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, both on and off line. 

Our holistic services include; Person-Centered Counselling, trauma informed therapies, training & development.


We provide face to face and online  Counselling, for adults on low and no incomes on a Pay-What -U-Can basis.

Following an initial free 1 hour assessment, which provides the opportunity for you to decide whether Counselling is for you, all subsequent sessions are delivered on a Pay What You Can basis charged on a sliding scale of £10 to £25 according to your ability to pay. This service is delivered on a trust basis – we will not ask you to provide details of your income – and the amount you pay can go up or down if your circumstances change, subject to the minimum fee of £10 per session. Payment can be made online via secure pay by visiting our Pay What You Can page. We ask that you make payment prior to your appointment

We also provide full price therapies including Cancer Counselling, Counselling for Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Abuse, prices start from £45.00 per session.

We offer a range of holistic therapies, including Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique,  Drawing and Talking Therapy, Musical & Visual Alchemy and CBT. 

Emotional Freedom Technique is a leading energy therapy suitable for people of all ages. 

Drawing and Talking & Creative Arts Therapies help young people 16+  and is delivered face to face on a one to one basis  by an qualified and professional practitioner as an associate service.

At  A Positive Start we use our skills & life experiences to create and deliver our own brand of survivor led Early Intervention Awareness & Prevention Training called S.T.A.N.D©,  educating & raising awareness of vitally important issues that are often difficult subjects to talk about such as Sexual  Abuse, Domestic Violence  and  Adult Grooming. We deliver training to Individuals & Organisations tasked with safeguarding, reinvesting funds to provide counselling services & support for survivors of abuse.

 'It's not what you know, but what you do with what you know that counts'

We are proud our and small friendly, like-minded team, who are compassionate, committed & caring and absolutely

determined to make a difference wherever we can.

At A Positive Start CIC We SEE you  

Support, Empower & Encourage.  



                                                                      'If you are looking for that one person to change your life - look within'

'A Man cannot be comfortable without his own approval' (Mark Twain)

S.T.A.N.D for Prevention

Original workshop safeguarding against


that lead to the Exploitation, Manipulation,

Abuse & Coercive Control of others.

This Training has been developed in the face of growing recognition that children and adults can become victims of Manipulation, Coercion, Control, Abuse and Exploitation from others who seek to gain from their misery. Understanding how this happens is crucial if we want to prevent it.  

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Senses© 12 weeks transformation program is a person-centered, trauma informed, emotionally intelligent program, delivered by a team of highly skilled, professional practitioners and coaches which is specifically designed for adults who are looking for positive, sustainable change 




Well-being in the Workplace

Counselling is used in a variety of ways to help employees in dealing with their problems

Mental health issues at work affects more than the person under stress. Managers may be able to identify employees who may not be performing as effectively as they once were. This could be because of increased workload or other productivity-related issues in the workplace, but could just as easily be caused by unhealthy relationships with other colleagues. Whatever the cause, stress, anxiety and pressure will continue to impact on staff and efficiency, until it results in illness, depression and a decrease in job satisfaction.


Offering formal counselling sessions to stressed employees will help them feel valued, and will enable the individual to identify the cause of their problems and issues. Counselling can help increase staff morale, boost confidence and self-esteem, improve productivity and efficiency and create a more relaxed working environment.

We provide businesses with a professional Well-being in the Workplace counselling service for their employees. Our Counsellor's who are experience and accredited under ACCPH are able to provide a safe environment for staff to explore their thoughts and feelings, and with support, find their own solutions.

Why Counselling Makes Sense

  • An estimated 141.4 million working days were lost because of sickness or injury in the UK in 2018, the equivalent to 4.4 days per worker.

  • The report says 15.4 million working days were lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18 (Labour Force Survey) with an average of 25.8 days lost per case. In total, 57 per cent of all working days lost to ill health were due to stress and anxiety.

  • Workers living in Wales and Scotland had the highest sickness absence rates in 2018, at 2.4%

  • The groups with the highest rates of sickness absence in 2018 were women, older workers, those with long-term health conditions, people working part-time, and those working in organisations with 500 or more employees.

  • The groups with the greatest reduction in sickness absence rates between 1997 and 2018 are workers with long-term health conditions, workers aged 50 to 64 years, and those in the public sector.

  • The four most common reasons for sickness absence in 2018 were minor illnesses (including coughs and colds), musculoskeletal problems (including back pain and neck and upper limb problems), “other” conditions (including accidents, poisonings and diabetes), and mental health conditions (including stress, depression and anxiety).



(Work-related stress, anxiety or depression statistics in Great Britain, 2019,)

Hse.gov.uk. Oct 2019. Work-Related Stress, Anxiety Or Depression Statistics In Great Britain, 2019. [online] Available at: <https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress.pdf> [Accessed 17 July 2020].

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During Office Hours:  01450 376682  




 A Positive Start CIC, Unit 5, Liddesdale Road. Hawick , TD9 0BN,

Roxburghshire, The Scottish Borders, Scotland, UK
Company No. SC581017 | UKRLP : 10068484. 

Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists & Hypnotherapists 

Member of the EFT & Mindfulness Centre
Association of Child Protection Professionals Membership No 08657


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