Founder at A Positive Start CIC

Counsellor, NLP Master Practitioner, EFT Practitioner, Law of Attraction Practitioner, Life -Coach, Author & Training Instructor

Hello, I'm Deborah, 


I am passionate about helping people overcome the impact of trauma in their lives; supporting & empowering them to regain hope and possibility for the future. 

A Positive Start CIC came about as a result of my own journey of recovery from trauma.


Although it was many years ago now, I know from experience that genuine understanding, compassion and empathy are what's important to the person seeking support for any reason, and this remains at the heart of the services that we provide. 

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.  

We provide trauma informed care and support, which means we put you first. We will not try to coach you on how to be you, or tell you what we think you should be thinking or feeling.  You are the expert on you, our role is to listen, aim to understand without judgement, care and support you. 


I appreciate how hard it is to take that first step. To trust a stranger at a time when recognising the truth and trusting your own judgement may be difficult.

When you feel you are ready to take that step, know we are here to listen and support you.

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,


Warmest Wishes,


Dip. Coun, Registered Member M.ACCPH (Snr. Accred.)

Training, Qualifications & Experience 

Accredited Diploma in Counselling with Distinction, from the Blackford Centre for Counselling

Advanced Professional Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Qualification in Applied Psychology .​​

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Business Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic  Programming (NLP), Practitioner & Master Practitioner Accreditation

Law of Attraction Life-Coaching 

Certificate in Emotional Freedom Technique & Mindfulness (ongoing Practitioners Qualification with Helena Fone)

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Diploma

Accredited qualification in Dealing with Stress, Anxiety & Depression in the Workplace

Certificate in Equality, Diversity & Discrimination

Safeguarding Children Certificate

Safeguarding & Child Protection Levels 1& 2 


Counselling, Training  & Mentoring 



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 

Best Wishes,


Sharon :0)


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


Training, Mentoring & Cycle Mechanic 

Hi, I'm Andy, 

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Drawing and Talking Therapist


Judith Murray is a Drawing & Talking Therapist & an Associate Practitioner at A Positive Start CIC.

Drawing and Talking is an early intervention self -help therapy which is already used successfully across the UK,

helping young people (16+) with underlying emotional difficulties or who have suffered trauma in their lives and is affecting their learning and behaviour and therefore, their attainment. 


We are delighted to welcome Judith to our team as an associate to deliver this vital service. Judith, 33 years an Art Teacher, is passionate about Art & Art therapy and is committed to helping young people improve their mental health, self-esteem & sense of well-being.

Drawing and Talking Therapy works by encouraging each side of the brain to work together to process difficult or painful memories by combining drawing (a right brained activity) and talking (a left brained activity).


Painful emotional memories are stored in visual form in the right-hand side of the brain and can be expressed in symbolic form in a young persons drawings. 

By talking about the drawing an internal acceptance process can take place enabling the person to acknowledge the experience is in the past.

Drawing and Talking gives the child a feeling of control over events, building their confidence which leads to increased motivation and self-esteem.

If you would like more information or to Book with Judith please Contact Us here.


Musical & Visual Alchemist  


Dawn Berry is a Creative Arts Practitioner delivering Musical &

Visual Alchemy, and is an associate at  A Positive Start CIC.

Dawn is an experienced and creative professional with a variety of experience, with over 6 years service in the HM Armed Forces, and over 7 years as a freelance arts practitioner.

A professional musician, composer and filmmaker with a keen interest in experimental film and sound, Dawn is a member of several arts collectives, including Electron Mass and the Moving Image Makers Collective and is currently a resident artist at Mac Arts Centre in Galashiels.


We are delighted to welcome Dawn onboard as part of our team as an associate delivering this vital service. 

Dawn helps young people to explore their inner most thoughts and feelings, creating a safe space for them to express emotions through the creative mediums of Music and Film-Making.

Dawn  uses music, sound and moving image to help improve people's emotional well-being, relieve stress and build confidence.

A talented musician herself, Dawn

is also a skilled and passionate youth worker. Her Client -focused and trauma informed approach together with her encouraging & empowering style earns Dawn the respect of the young people she works with and sits perfectly with our ethos at A Positive Start CIC.

Dawn is passionate about Music and Film-making and is committed to helping young people improve their mental health, self-esteem & sense of well-being through the use of the creative arts. 

Contact Us for more info.


IT Consultant /Full Stack Developer

Jake Bown is a 

Full Stack Developer having graduated with BSc (Hons) in Web Development from the University of Greenwich in 2014.


The lead developer at MyAppuccino, Jake is passionate about code, new technologies and creating exciting solutions to problems and has enjoyed working on some really cool projects including; Beano, Jaguar Land Rover and Pearson and has been part of some awesome London based start-ups.


Jake's passion for IT started when he was an infant and has never waned - his talents are limitless. 


His most recent side project which is a free to use, shareable, online mark down editor was rated #4  Product of the Day on Product Hunt

Jake, who has been actively involved with APS since its launch in 2008,  is responsible for creating the companies logos which have evolved many times over the years. 


Jake's latest update have been the new 'People First' logo for A Positive Start CIC and both the S.T.A.N.D and Senses Workshops logos are his creations.


A freelance developer and IT consultant, Jake remains a valuable member of our team at APS CIC sharing his knowledge and talents. 

If you are currently seeking solutions for your business, Jake can be contacted via the Contact Us page.

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