Who We Are

“For so long, people thought A Positive Start was just a Counselling service, but really we are all about people. Founded on a People First philosophy, we are truly Person-Centred and Inclusive. Every person is heard, valued and respected, we know that everyone has the ability to achieve their fullest potential with the opportunity to participate in and contribute in every aspect of life”

Deborah Crozier

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Founder | Lived Experience Practitioner | Counsellor & Therapist

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I am Deborah

A Yorkshire lass, I now live in the beautiful Borders in Scotland. I am the incredibly proud Mum of 3 amazing adult children,  joyous Nanny to no less than 7 gorgeous, lively Grandchildren. Happily married to my teammate Andy,  and bestest buddy to Coco Chanel, our demanding deva Shitzu.

I’m a qualified Counsellor, a senior registered member of Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists (ACCPH) and a certified EFT practitioner.
I am also a Project Manager,  dividing my time between A Positive Start CIC and Just Cycle, the bicycle recycling charity – I’m incredibly grateful to be here and I enjoy making the very most of my time investing in people & worthy causes.

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Sharon Paxton

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Lived Experience Practitioner, Employability & Youth Wellbeing Coach.

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Sharon is a lived experience practitioner (LXP), an employability and youth wellbeing coach, supporting young people ages 16 - 25.

Sharon's inspirational journey of self-discovery and emotional healing following a traumatic and adverse childhood experiences, have helped to inform her authentic and refreshing approach to coaching.

Both a Director and regular Blogger at APS, Sharon has Diplomas in Psychology, Counselling Skills and CBT, adding certificates in Child Safeguarding and Mental Health and Wellbeing in Children and Young People to her growing list of achievements.

Sharon credits her successes and accomplishments to her firm resolve to pursue her passions and to helping and supporting other young people to heal from trauma and go on to live healthy, happy fulfilling lives.
In Sharon's words;

"Throughout our lives we all face some level of traumatic experiences.

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Jim Inglis

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Professionally Trained Hypnotherapist, Law of Attraction Coach, Author, Public Speaker & Showman

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Jim Ingles is a trained Hypnotherapist, author and showman, living and working in the Scottish Borders.

Like Deborah and Phil, Jim is a Law of Attraction Coach and public speaker.


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Philip James

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Lived Experience Practitioner, Life Coach & Entrepreneur

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Phil is a professional Life-Coach & Entrepreneur. Author of Foundations of Freedom, a motivating and inspirational course, written and developed by Phil, available NOW

Phil's energy, enthusiasm and creativity knows no bounds, as witnessed by his students. Making the move to rural Scotland in 2018, Phil is a keen gardener, and an instructor at A Positive Start CIC.
In Phil's words:

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Alison McNeil - MBE

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Peer to Peer Trauma Group Facilitator

My name is Alison
I work in mental health support services, and I am a trained co-facilitator in mental health recovery workshops in WRAP (wellness recovery action plan), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and Stepping Stones to mental health recovery.
I am trained in Trauma Informed Practice (T1) and Trauma Skilled Practice (T2).
I facilitate the Peer to Peer trauma support group at A Positive Start, using my lived experience and trauma informed practice to show understanding and empathy to the people we support.

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We want to hear from you!

“It’s not what you know, its what you do with what you know that counts.”

Sharing lived experiences can be really helpful to others, letting them know they are not alone. If you enjoy writing, and are happy to share your lived experience in a blog post, please get in touch.

We encourage you to Only ever share information that you are happy and confident for people to learn about.