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Employee Assistance (EAP)

An employee assistance programme (EAP) is an employer funded service that allows staff to contact an independent adviser to access free and confidential counselling and advice services and a wealth of online self-help resources.

From £35.00

per member per annum

If you are an Employer seeking more information about our Employee Assistance Programme, use the button below to register your interest and we will contact you to provide further information.

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Hello & Welcome

We are so glad you are here! As a Free member, each month you'll have access to;

2 Free downloadable resources created by resident Counsellor Deborah Jane Crozier, founder at A Positive Start CIC

This months Free Resources are available to download here:

A Free Mindfulness Meditation Guide and Journal created by 

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A Free Mindfulness Worksheet created by

This months Free Self Discovery Worksheet is called Bringing Basic Awareness and is available to download here:

Exclusive Members Discounts

Access to Free Groups & Events

  • APS Trauma Group - meets once a month at our premises in Hawick to discuss topics such as; The Impact of Trauma,  Trauma Healing, Trauma Book Study
  • Law of Attraction - Ask and it is Given - meets one evening per month at our premises in Hawick; Discussions, Vision Boards, Manifesting, LOA Book Study

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Free access to The Attentive Art Night, delivered by our friend Sophie Walker - The Attentive Artist.

Sophie Walker, is a mixed media artist, using textiles, paint, print, photography and stitch. A qualified Mindful Creativity coach with a diploma in Modern Psychology and a certificate in Solution Focused Therapy, Sophie also teaches Attentive Art with a series of courses and workshops designed to alleviate many of the issues that hold us back in life, to reconnect you with yourself and find your sense of purpose.

Attentive Art is just that - Intentional creative expression, listening to the inside while making art on the outside. Creativity benefits our wellbeing in so many ways. Sophie's specialism is using it for greater understanding of ourselves. "Once we can understand what is going on, then we are in a better position to make changes. It is a lighthearted and enjoyable approach to making truly life changing transformations" (Sophie Walker)

Attentive Art Night is a one hour zoom call where we listen to a five minute piece of music, put ourselves on mute, create separately but together then rejoin to share (only if you want to) and support and encourage. Get creative, enjoy yourself, make some friends.

We hope you take advantage of your free membership perks which we aim to update monthly.

Any comments, thoughts, or suggestions, do not hesitate to Get in Touch

Warmest Wishes

Deborah J Crozier

Founder, A Positive Start CIC

































































Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Sometimes issues or concerns at work or at home can affect your employees and lead to absence or presenteeism, but sympathetic, impartial support and advice may be all that’s needed

An employee assistance programme (EAP) is an employer funded service that allows staff to contact an independent adviser to access free and confidential counselling and advice services, to discuss any issue that is troubling them, causing stress, or interfering with effective job performance or attendance.

It is the single most effective support solution for an employer wanting to provide genuine mental health support to their employees.

Counselling First is a person–centred Counselling and psychotherapy service provided by A Positive Start CIC, a community interest company. Counselling First allows Employees and their family members over the age of 16 to easily access online resources covering a range of self-help topics and mindfulness techniques. Staff can also access our employee assistance programme to get immediate emotional and practical support and advice from a qualified, ACCPH accredited, locally based professional Counselling service.

Whether you want to minimise stress, reduce absence, manage trauma, or address a workplace issue we have the expertise and flexible approach to deliver a high-quality solution that is tailored to your needs.

We provide online and face to face support including for employees;

  • Trauma Informed therapy
  • Person-centred counselling
  • Psychotherapy / counselling
  • Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
  • Emotional Healing Technique (EFT)
  • Mindfulness & Meditation


There are many benefits of an Employee Assistance Programme to your business,

  • Early intervention means less time away from work, and reduced absenteeism. Healthy employees are also happier and more productive.
  • Attract and retain talent by rewarding your employees with a service that can improve their day to day lives.
  • Provide healthcare access for all showing your employees your care outside of the office

For more information Contact Us.


1- 25 Employees

£50 per member per annum
  • 12 Months Membership
  • Immediate Emotional Support & Advice
  • Easy Access Online Resources 24/7

51 -100 Employees

£35per member per annum
  • 12 Months Membership
  • Immediate Emotional Support & Advice
  • Easy Access Online Resources

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