Welcome to A Positive Start

Supporting, Encouraging & Empowering - Mind, Body & Soul.

A Positive Start is an asset locked, profit for social purpose, Community Interest Company.  Founded on a People First philosophy, supporting and reinvesting in people.

Based in the Scottish Borders, Our services include Counselling, Holistic Therapy & Spiritual Healing, CPD certified Bespoke Training, Coaching, Mentoring & Personal Development.

We deliver services both online and face to face, both group sessions and one to one.

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Counselling First

Dealing with life's challenges through understanding and empowerment


Person-centered counselling provides the opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental setting. The first appointment is a free initial assessment and an opportunity for you to meet your therapist to discuss whether the services we provide will be of benefit.
If you are in a crisis or any other person may be in danger - don't use this site. Call the Samaritans for Free on 116 123, they 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

Grooming Behaviours

CPD certified online course for Instructors, Coaches and Organisations. The first in the STAND a toolkit for Prevention online courses is Grooming Behaviours; 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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Personal Development, NLP & Life Coaching

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

Coaching for Success

Do you have questions about the law of attraction and how to apply it to your life? Would you like some help in developing your manifestation skills? Do you want to be a more focused conscious creator? If the answer is yes to all or any of these questions, you may benefit from working with a Law of Attraction Coach.

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A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval

— Mark Twaine

Counselling Services

Person-Centered Counselling is a confidential service, delivered weekly or fortnightly depending on your preference, in hourly sessions. Concessions are available for people on low and no incomes.

As lived experience practitioners, we know first hand that genuine understanding, compassion, and empathy are what's important to the person seeking support whatever the reason, and this remains at the heart of the services that we provide.

Your first appointment is a Free initial assessment which can be booked online via our appointments calendar. For more information about the cost of counselling visit Fees in the menu bar.

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.

Training & Personal Development

Lived experience practitioners, we create and deliver training courses and workshops covering topics that we know and are passionate about, including mental health and wellbeing, domestic abuse and abuse prevention, overcoming addiction, healing from trauma and much more. Our courses are CPD certified and can either be classroom-based or delivered online.

STAND A toolkit for prevention is an online course for instructors who are interested in raising awareness of grooming behaviours whilst empowering people who may become victims of grooming.

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 art therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques, and coaching sessions.

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(+44) 01450 376682


Unit 5 Liddesdale Road

Hawick, Roxburghshire

Scottish Borders, TD9 0BN