Meet the Team


Company Director

Sarah launched New Start in September 2016 after working for nearly eight years in a local Hospice. By day, Sarah is focusing her time on developing and growing the service and by night she does the regular things like cooking dinner, homework, taxiing to footy and golf and generally running around like a headless chicken for her two very lovely sons. Aside from starting New Start, Sarah’s biggest achievement is raising two handsome, clever and very funny boys.

Likes: Holidays, Italian food and shoes.

Dislikes: Snakes, cold coffee and bullying.

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Marie joined New Start after having previously worked in Secondary and Primary education for over fourteen years. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family and walking in the Lake District with her two Working Cocker Spaniels, one very well behaved Molly and a much younger energetic black dog named ‘Dylan the Villain’.

Likes:  Thai food, catching up for a meal with friends, she is interested in Textile Design in particular the Arts and Crafts movement and anything connected to William Morris!

Dislikes:  The latest gadgets and bad manners!



Counsellor (MBACP)

Edwana has a deep belief in a child’s innate capacity for positive change and growth. She utilises the power of play and art therapy to facilitate the expression of thoughts and feelings and to foster problem-solving skills.  She nurtures her own well-being in the open spaces of nature with walking, camping and her relationships with animals.

Likes: She enjoys digging in her vegetable garden, helped by her two hens, Bluebell and Agatha.



Counsellor (MBACP)

Katrina worked taking 999 calls for North West Ambulance Service for nearly a decade. She has worked for the both National Health Service and in the voluntary sector as a counsellor. In her spare time, Katrina loves to spend time with her family especially her little boy and husband. They love day trips to lakes or visiting theme parks.  She is also kept busy training her house rabbit, Colin, to do tricks!

Likes: Candles, reading and Harry Potter.

Dislikes: Onions and scary films.



Counsellor (MBACP)

Debbie has worked with children, families and adults within childcare settings and children’s centres for many years. She has a grown up beautiful daughter. In her spare time she loves to go on dog walks with her little Westie and she also loves to swim and dance as well as spend time with her friends and family!

Likes: Camping and feeling cosy and safe.

Dislikes: Prawns and conflict.



Counsellor (MBACP)

Stephen has a diploma in counselling children which followed his foundation degree in counselling and psychotherapy. In earlier careers Stephen has been a farmer, an estate agent and ran his own gardening business supporting adults with disabilities.

Stephen’s family is all about the care and support of others, being married to a nurse and having a 20-year-old son with autism who performs Punch & Judy shows and a 15-year-old daughter whose passion is musical theatre.

To relax Stephen loves walking his two whippets by the river.

Likes: Genuine people, sportsmanship, and nature.

Dislikes: Wind and rain.



Counsellor (MBACP)

Alli originally became interested in becoming a counsellor nearly 25 years ago when she was volunteering as a telephone listener with a local child line service. Since then she has enjoyed working within education, local authority, the third sector and private practice.  This includes 2 years in primary education, 7 years in secondary education and three years in post 16 education. She has vast experience of working with children, adults and families. Alli is incredibly  passionate about the work she does and enjoys the challenges this can bring.

Alli is a mum of four, enjoys travelling, walking her dogs and eating out.

Likes: Music, yoga, reading, baking.

Dislikes:  Technology and rudeness.