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.
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 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 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
Having qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor, David decided to continue studying to be able to counsel children, knowing the value and importance of how early intervention can change a young person’s life for the better. He became a counsellor after having counselling himself and realising the power of talk therapy in facilitating change for an individual and the impact it can have on self-worth, confidence and ultimately happiness and life expectation. He is passionate about what he does and loves learning, which is good, as he is married to teacher and is father to two daughters who are two and ten.
David enjoys spending time with his family and friends, going on walks, camping and listening to music.
Likes: Kindness, running and exercise and working on, reading about and driving classic cars.
Dislikes: Cucumber, injustice and bad coffee.
Vikki has always wanted to support people with mental health and help people to work through difficult times, so counselling really fitted that goal perfectly. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Salford and volunteered in children’s counselling for just over 12 months. Vikki believes that helping children to process and understand their emotions helps them develop into well rounded adults. She has two young daughters of her own, who she loves spending time with, also her husband and two border collies.
Likes: A good crime novel, painting, walking and rugby
Dislikes: People being unkind, bad manners and bullies.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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!