Meet the Team

Sarah

Sarah

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.

Lorna

Lorna

Counsellor (MBACP)

Lorna has many years’ experience working with children and young people as both a teaching assistant and a special support assistant, working with SEN pupils and using BSL to support deaf children in mainstream schools. Counselling is very important to her, and she feels a great sense of pride in helping support children and families in such a varied role. She has a lot of experience in bereavement counselling. In her spare time Lorna enjoys spending time with her partner, 17-year-old son and her 13-month-old daughter. She has a 4-year-old Cockerchon named Henry, who is a very cheeky dog and teams up with her daughter to cause chaos and destruction whenever they are together!

Likes: The night sky, kindness, and loyalty.

Dislikes: Eggs, bad manners and clutter.

Joshua

Joshua

Counsellor (MBACP)

Joshua qualified as a counsellor in 2021. He has gained a wealth of knowledge whilst working for New Start and really enjoys his counselling sessions with the children and young people he supports .  Joshua, in his spare time likes to play and teach guitar supporting students on to graded qualifications. Joshua also has a daughter that he loves to spend time with, going for walks to parks and swimming. Joshua loves camping and being in a nature setting. 

Likes: Playing guitar, going to gigs, spending time with his daughter and going to the cinema.

Dislikes: Football, photos.

Sadia

Sadia

Counsellor (MBACP)

Sadia is a qualified bilingual counsellor and psychotherapist. She started her journey as a counsellor in 2002 with a level 1 in counselling, and recently completed a BA degree. Over the years she has worked with health visitors working with trauma and grief and has years of experience working with children and young people in schools as a TA and a counsellor. Sadia volunteers at her local youth club and runs a ladies group in the community called Awaaz (voice), where she uses NLP and motivational interventions and offer systematic family therapy. Sadia love spending time with her family and has two amazing children that keep her on the go.

Likes: Psychological thrillers, enjoys meeting new people and empowering women.

Dislikes: Bullies , road rage and cold tea.

Laura D

Laura D

Counsellor

Laura qualified as a counsellor in 2019 and did her placement with Place2Be. Laura thoroughly enjoyed working in a primary school, using lots of therapeutic play with the children. Laura has also worked in a children’s home, working closely with teenagers, so has experienced working at both ends of the scale with children and young people. Laura is a mother to three children, a daughter and two sons who she loves spending time with. Laura, her partner and children really enjoy travelling and having family days out.

Likes: Travelling, arts and crafts, cooking and coffee.

Dislikes: Swimming in the sea, bullies, liars.

Margaret

Margaret

Counsellor (MBACP)

Margaret has many years of experience working with young people. She has been inspired by the many wonderful individuals she has met whilst working with children and young adults, Margaret has learnt so much from their honesty and bravery, they have been inspirational to her. Margaret decided to become a counsellor when she experienced the value of listening, especially whilst having counselling herself. Margaret loves quality time with family and friends.

Likes: Being creative; active; and peaceful moments.

Dislikes: Bullying and unkindness.

Catherine

Catherine

Business Development Manager

Catherine has a number of years' experience as a School Secretary and Personal Assistant. Catherine is Mum to three gorgeous, unique boys who keep her busy! In her spare time, she likes to do online fitness classes and boot camps, dog walking on the beach and caravanning with her family.

Likes: Crime novels, jigsaws and loyalty. 

Dislikes: Rudeness and dishonesty. 

Christine

Christine

Counsellor

Christine worked in the NHS for over thirty years as a clinical physiologist in cardiology. In that role she experienced how empathy and kindness made a big difference in helping people cope with difficult situations. Training to be a counsellor was always on the cards, and Christine completed a post-graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy in 2015. Over the last five years she has worked in education as a counsellor with children age 6-18, in universities mentoring students and in the voluntary sector counselling adults. In her spare time Christine can be found cycling over the Bowland Fells, swimming in the lakes or riding horses.

Likes; Spending time out in nature with her husband and grown up sons. Interested in making natural skin care products at home and renovating old furniture. Crime and medical dramas on TV, learning new things and travelling in campervans across Europe.

Dislikes; tyre punctures and any cruelty

Amanda

Amanda

Counsellor (MBACP)

Amanda has many years’ experience working with children and young people in both primary and secondary school settings as a Teaching Assistant, Youth Worker and now Counsellor.  In her spare time Amanda likes to spend time with her friends and family outdoors, listening to live music and attending music festivals when possible.

Likes: Good food, holidays, chocolate and kindness

Dislikes: Bullies and selfish people

Mat

Mat

Counsellor (MBACP)

Mat has a degree in working with children and young people. This was followed by a diploma in counselling and he is working hard, towards accreditation. He spends his free time with his children and wife, trying to get outside as much as he can. He loves a bit of camping and also enjoys going to festivals. Mat is also really interested in bushcraft and carves spoons to relax. He also enjoys playing the X-box, except when his son forces him to play Fortnite!

Likes: Learning something new, being outside and exploring nature

Dislikes: Getting beaten on the X-box by his son and rude people

Stacey

Stacey

Counsellor (MBACP)

Stacey joined New start after previously working in Primary schools. Prior to this she has worked mainly in the area of trauma and bereavement with both adults and children. In her spare time she enjoys a busy family life with her two children, husband and mischievous Beagle. She especially enjoys boating on the Cumbrian coast, with her family.

Likes : Crime documentaries, holidays and good food

Dislikes : Being tickled, rudeness and coffee.

Alli

Alli

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.

Laura

Laura

Counsellor (MBACP)

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in counselling and psychotherapy and is continuing to undertake her integrative psychotherapy postgraduate/MA at the University of Central Lancashire. Laura has dedicated 17yrs within the mental health sector, which unearthed her ingrained humanistic qualities. This has enabled her to provide the highest standards of quality care and best practice for children and adolescents with complex mental health, critical needs and cognitive developmental learning disabilities. Laura has worked within schools, hospitals, hospices, specialised residential and home settings. Laura holds vast experience within complex personality disorder, post-traumatic stress, psychosis, attachment disorder, self-harm, depression, and adverse childhood experiences. Laura lives for her family and adores motherhood with her beautiful 8yr old daughter, who loves to dance the day away. In Laura’s down time, she loves nothing more than travelling, the great outdoors, fresh air, good food and sensory stimulation to ensure her overall health and emotional wellbeing is maintained.

Likes: Animals, Cheese, Music, Humility and Friendship

Dislikes: Unkindness, Social Media, Being Cold and Early Mornings

Debbie

Debbie

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.

Edwana

Edwana

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.

Marie

Marie

Counsellor

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!