Meet The Team
Hello, I'm Deborah,
I am passionate about helping people overcome the effects of trauma in their lives; supporting & empowering them to regain hope and possibility for the future.
Our services came about as a result of my own journey of recovery from trauma, having failed to access any kind of support that did not leave me feeling judged, labelled, inferior and at least partly responsible for the violence and abuse that had traumatized, and continued to adversely impact every aspect of my life.
I know from personal experience that genuine understanding, compassion and empathy that are important to the person who is seeking support in the devastating aftermath of trauma.
Founded on a People First philosophy, our team are informed by lived experience, so if you came here looking for understanding & support, you can be sure you are in safe hands.
I provide trauma informed person-centred therapy, which means I put you first. I will not try to coach you on how to be you, or tell you what I think you should be thinking or feeling. You are the expert on you, my role is to listen, aim to understand without judgement, care and support you.
I appreciate how frightening it is to take that first step. To have to trust a stranger at a time when recognising the truth and trusting your own judgement may have been compromised, which creates its own set of problems, I know.
When you feel you are ready to take that step, know I am here
to listen and to provide support.
To get in-touch, simply send me a message via the instant chat, email or text and I will get back to you as soon as I'm available or you can Book an appointment online and I will be in touch.
I hope to hear from you,
Training, Qualifications & Experience
A Positive Start was established as a community interest company in 2017 (SC581017), however I have been delivering the same person-centred, trauma informed services for more than 10 years; working on my own personal development for more than 25 years.
Advanced Professional Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Qualification in Applied Psychology .
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Drug and Alcohol Awareness Diploma
Accredited qualification in Dealing with Stress, Anxiety & Depression in the Workplace
Certificate in Equality, Diversity & Discrimination
Safeguarding & Child Protection Levels 1& 2
Counselling is a confidential service. We adhere to the ethical framework as set out by BACP.
Hi, I'm Sharon,
They say you can let the negative experiences life has given you, make you bitter or make you better. This is a crossroads I was all too familiar with myself after living through what I can only describe as "a chain of unfortunate events", which began from a very young age.
I engaged in many destructive behaviours over the years, trying to hide the pain I had inside me, ruining many great opportunities, which of-course, was always someone else's fault.
I always knew I had so much more, better to offer myself. Not anyone else... but myself.
When I finally turned everything back to myself and realised that how my life played out from then, was entirely down to me.... it changed my whole perspective of life, It's how I dealt with things, its how I reacted to what was going on around me and it was the pain I was carrying that shaped the life I was living.
I began engaging in talking therapies, figuring myself out and understanding the fundamentals of who I was and why I was. It was the best thing I have ever done.
Fast forward to today, I now make it my duty to help others to realise their own capacities and see the true potential that lies within. We all have the ability to love the life we live and be the best version of ourselves, however, sometimes we need some support to achieve it. It takes a brave and determined soul to reach out and ask for help. If you are reading this, you have already shown how brave and determined you are.
Follow that little voice that says you can do this and let us help you find yourself again.
We all get a little lost sometimes... I look forward to supporting you
Training Qualifications & Experience
Professional Diploma in Counselling
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
A qualification in Mental Health Awareness
Qualification in Mental Health of Children & Young People.
Fully trained Generalist Adviser for Citizens Advice Bureau