Healing for the Mind, Body & Soul

A Positive Start is an asset locked, profit for social purpose, Community Interest Company, founded on a people first, person-centred philosophy.

Professional Counsellors and Lived Experience Practitioners, we support people who have been adversely impacted by trauma. Our services include Trauma Healing, Person-Centred Counselling, Spiritual Counselling, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnotherapy, Coaching and e-Learning.

We support adults of all ages to recognise, cope and heal from trauma.

We provide Trauma Informed training for individuals, services and businesses, and offer individual and group e-learning accounts.

“Experience is, for me, the highest authority. The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person’s ideas and none of my own ideas are as authoritative as my experience. It is to experience that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming in me.” – Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person, 1954


“There are only two ways to influence human behaviour – you can choose to manipulate or inspire!”

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Counselling First

Dealing with life's challenges through understanding and empowerment

Counselling & Therapy

Person-centered counselling provides the opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental setting. The first appointment is an initial assessment and an opportunity for you to meet your therapist to discuss whether the services we provide will be of benefit.
Our services are focused around ongoing support, prevention and recovery.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a powerful tool that has been clinically proven to help with psychological and emotional issues.

A non-invasive, easy to learn tapping therapy which can be self-applied. When being used in a therapeutic manner, it should be administered by our competently trained EFT Practitioner who is in regular supervision and who is experienced in mental health a qualified counsellor.

You may hear EFT being referred to as ‘meridian therapy’, ‘tapping therapy’ or ‘energy psychology’. It is often described as being similar to acupuncture but instead of using needles, the meridian points are gently tapped with the fingertips. EFT is a relatively new branch of complementary therapy that also utilizes the mind/body* energy system to bring about positive changes in emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
Visit our EFT page in the menu dropdown box under healing for further information on EFT and to book a free 30 minute consultation.

If you are in a crisis or any other person may be in danger - don't use this site. Call the Samaritans who can provide you with immediate help.

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S.T.A.N.D A Toolkit for Prevention

S.T.A.N.D is an acronym for
Stop, Think, Act, Never Doubt - a strategy to be applied in a situation where an individual may be triggered due to previous experiences of trauma.

Grooming Behaviours

CPD Certified e-Learning for Instructors, Trainers, Organisations for the purpose of further professional growth.

Developed in the face of growing recognition that children and adults can become victims of behaviours that can lead to the Manipulation, Exploitation, Abuse and Coercive Control, 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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Coaching for Personal Growth

"The human mind can achieve, what the human mind can believe!"

Foundations of Freedom

Foundations of Freedom is a new & exciting, fun-filled, innovative online course written & delivered by our Professional Life Coach Philip James. Phil's straight talking, no nonsense approach guarantees to set you on the path to becoming a more focused, deliberate creator!

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A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval

— Mark Twaine

Evidence- Based Practice

As Lived Experience practitioners, we use a combination of personal experience and evidence-based practice to inform our decision-making.

While Lived Experience provides a depth of feeling to our understanding, Evidence Based Practice, achieved through critical thinking and drawing on the best available evidence, ensures the services we provide have the greatest chance of success.

As Individuals we experience life differently, it does not follow that a similar experience will result in a similar outcome. Accumulating the experience of many people is generally more accurate.

As practitioners we are consistently learning and developing using information gained by listening to peoples firsthand experiences, reading the latest scientific literature and undergoing continued personal development.

Training & Development

We use combined lived experience and the latest scientific literature to create innovative training courses, Workshops and Webinars covering a wide ranged of topics that we are passionate about including mental health and wellbeing, Grooming Behaviours, CSA and domestic abuse and abuse prevention, overcoming addiction, emotional healing and personal development.

We manage a Lived Experience support group for members on Thursday evenings, providing an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings, coping strategies, or firsthand information about illnesses or treatments, while supporting each other, gaining insight and understanding.

Holistic Therapies & Spiritual Wellbeing

Spiritual wellness does not mean that you need to become religious, although the two often have overlapping practices and principles. Rather, your spiritual health should focus on how you are connecting with your inner soul and the greater world around you.
Ways you can support your spiritual health:
Spend time in nature, Practice Mindfulness, and spend a few minutes each day meditating, and
if you are religious, take the time to practice your faith.

Holistic health is often defined as a form of healing that looks at the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.

Together with our associates, we are able to offer a wide range of holistic therapies, including creative art with the attentive artist, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and coaching sessions.

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