Meet Our Therapists

CancerCare is currently supported by an experienced team of Therapists.


David Faratian


David is a professional hypnotherapist, mindfulness success coach and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioner.
He helps people in all walks of life to overcome and manage a full range of limiting beliefs, behaviours and emotions using a range of approaches.
With over twenty-five years of experience David has helped to guide adults and children to achieve more effective learning outcomes in all areas of their lives.
Having successfully run his own business for more than  a decade, David now treats people across the county up as far as Carlisle and Scotland and down as far as Lancaster and Preston as well as in the West Lakes.
Through his extensive experience in teaching and coaching, David now uses his skills mainly in subconscious coaching, for the purpose of self-development and positive thinking. This is highly effective when helping people to successfully overcome most generalised anxiety disorders, phobias and to reverse negative behaviours and thinking patterns to relieve and manage stress and pain through drug free methods, helping to compliment and positively reinforce any medical treatment already being received.

Sandra Dacre CancerCare Aromatherapist

Sandra Dacre


Sandra trained in Aromatherapy with Shirley Price over 20 years ago having previously worked as an Admin Manager for a Finance company.

She says: "I've got to meet such wonderful clients at CancerCare and I hope I have contributed in some way to providing comfort during their cancer journey."

In her spare time Sandra enjoys walking, wildlife, cats, yoga, pilates, healthy cooking/eating and  reading.


Samreen Khan





Samreen has been a member of our Counselling team since July 2014.  She says: "It’s been a real privilege to have the opportunity to work with people who are facing difficult situations and be by their side on their personal journey.

"I really value the trust that each client places in me to share their experiences and I learn continually from each therapeutic relationship I form. As a young person I went through some difficult experiences myself and accessed Counselling which really helped me. Therefore is it was my life ambition to train towards becoming a Counsellor and offer to others what I had experienced."

Before training to be a Counsellor, Samreen worked within the charitable sector for the last 15 years in various roles with vulnerable young people and their families in crisis situations, in order to support them towards rebuilding their lives and to reach their full potential. 

Samreen is also passionate about arts and crafts, going to the theatre and reading.

GeorgieWGeorgie Whittle



Georgie was born and raised in Morecambe and started her professional career in General Nursing. Fulfilling her love of travel as well as gaining a qualification, Georgie served in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps where she gaines wide clinical experience both within UK military hospitals as well as overseas.

Studying Hypnopsychotherapy was originally part of Georgie’s ongoing personal growth work as well as continuing her interest in complementary therapies.

Georgie has worked for CancerCare for nearly 11 years.

She says: “Working at CancerCare whilst often demanding, is such a varied job. Sad and emotional at times, yet equally heartening to witness other peoples’ personal growth. My main areas of interest in nursing were always Communication and Health Promotion so to focus on these alongside my therapeutic work could not be more satisfying”.

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David has previously worked in the book trade most of his working life and has also volunteered as a Samaritan. David later decided to go back to University to study Counselling and has never looked back! He has been with CancerCare since 2014.

He says: "I work with a range of ages and backgrounds and enjoy meeting lots of different people.

"I love working at CancerCare as it gives me the opportunity to support people who really need it. I love being able to offer people a space to offload and feel that they can be themselves. I am proud to work for an organisation that values the person as soon as they walk through the door."

Outside of Counselling David loves reading books,  running and meeting up with friends.

Ruth Law


Ruth's professional background was originally in nursing and midwifery. She later decided to train as a Counsellor a few years ago having worked for some time with young people and adults within a counselling and bereavement support team in a hospice.  After qualifying as a Counsellor she  moved into  Children and Young People's Counselling in several schools in Cumbria and joined CancerCare in the autumn of 2013.

Ruth says: "CancerCare is a very enjoyable place to work. I really appreciate the warm and friendly atmosphere in both centres and feel very privileged to meet and work with our clients."

Ruth loves walking in the beautiful Lake District with family and friends and tries to fit in time for artwork whenever possible – always aiming for that work/life balance!

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Alexander Technique Practionner

Helen trained to teach the Alexander Technique at Fellside Alexander School in Kendal from 1991-1993. She worked as a post graduate on the training course before setting up a private practise in Clitheroe and South Cumbria.

Helen started working at CancerCare in 2001 where she enjoys working with the wide range of people she meets and introducing them to something they can put in to practice for themselves and feel benefit from.

Helen also teaches Circle Dancing and enjoys fellwalking, horse riding and gardening.

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Diana trained in Massage and Aromatherapy between 1997 - 1998 at Kendal College.

She has also undertaken training in Biodynamic Massage at the Body Psychotherapy Centre in Cambridge and is also a Reiki practitioner.

Diana began working for CancerCare in April 2005 and feels privileged to be able to support people throughout very challenging times in their lives.

In her spare time she  enjoys walking, yoga and spending time with her grandsons.

Dany Brown Dany Brown


Dany trained at a health farm in Yorkshire and qualified as a Massage and Beauty therapist in 1972.  She moved to Cumbria in 1973 and has lived in the South Lakes ever since.

Dany has worked at CancerCare since March 2015 and provides Aromatherapy and Swedish massage.

She says: "I enjoy working in such a caring environment, with a helpful and friendly team. It is rewarding to know that you are making  such a difference to peoples lives by giving them something to look forward to each week."

In her spare time Dany enjoys cooking and entertaining, and pottering in the garden .

 Elaine HaleElaine Hale

Alexander Technique Practionner

Elaine originally trained as an actor where she was introduced to the Alexander Technique and qualified as a teacher in 2006.

Elaine has been teaching individual students alongside running courses and classes for the last six years which she absolutely loves.

She says: "Working at CancerCare, I feel privileged to have an opportunity to share the work that helped me in so many ways, often with people who would not have ever encountered it. 

"What continues to amaze and delight me at CancerCare is how different people are despite having a common link. Most people I see have a very positive attitude towards life - including staff and volunteers - it is extremely uplifting and rewarding."

Lorraine Grisedale


Lorraine began her professional life in nursing and later trained in Remedial Massage, Aromatherapy  Massage, Stress Management and Yoga.

Lorraine started working at CancerCare in April  2004, providing a therapeutic space, offering Aromatherapy and Therapeutic massage.  In conjunction with the Lymphoedema  Specialist,  she also offer clients support in self-managing their Lymphoedema.

Lorraine says: "I value being able to offer clients support at such a vulnerable time in their lives and working as part of a diverse and talented and dedicated team. Working here offers the opportunity for Personal and Professional development."

Lorraine also enjoys fell walking, gardening and craft.

Kim Keith 

Indian Head Massage Therapist

Kim's interest in holistic therapies started a number of years ago and decided to undertake training in Indian Head Massage.  Kim practices privately with a wide variety of clients as well as attending pamper nights on occasion. She  joined CancerCare in January 2014.

Kim says: "It is totally different from carrying out a massage on a private client and much more rewarding. When you see the improvement in people as the weeks progress and hear that they are coping better in everyday life it makes it all worthwhile."

 Fiona MacDonald


Fiona has worked in nursing for 40 years.

She qualified as a Counsellor in 2000 and has worked with organisations including MIND, CRUSE, St. Marys Bereavement Service and with local G.P's before joining CancerCare in 2005.

Fiona says: "I enjoy working with CancerCare clients as it gives me a different perspective from Palliative Care."

In her spare time Fiona likes walking, birdwatching, reading, Scottish Folk music and eating and meeting up with friends.

 Helen Fry


Helen started working at CancerCare in July 2013, providing Counselling support to adults and also for our Children and Young People’s Service.

Helen qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor in 2001 and worked in the Counselling Service at Lancaster and Morecambe College for 11 years. She is currently studying for an MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Central Lancashire.

Helen says: "I think the most important thing about Counselling is that it’s a space in which to feel heard and understood. Working in the Children’s Service I never cease to be amazed by the ingenious, creative ways children find to express what’s happening in their lives.

"My commute to work is a cycle ride along the peaceful canal where I get to see kingfishers, herons and all kinds of wildlife. I find being in nature very soothing. I am interested in things that help us be more present in ourselves such as martial arts, meditation, and walking in the mountains. And I also like knitting, though am very much a beginner!"

 Rachel Walker


Rachel has a degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.  She has worked in a variety of different settings including running  a Counselling service in a primary school.

Rachel works as a Counsellor for our Children & Young People's Service and also provides support to adutls.

She says: "I aim to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which adults can share their thoughts and feelings. I love working with children, families and adults to help them through one of the most difficult times of their lives, and  I feel very privileged to be part of their journey.

"I have been with CancerCare for about 5 years although i have been a counsellor for over a decade now. It has brought me some of the most challenging, emotional, funniest and kindest moments of my life."

Rachel loves spending time with her family, time with friends, reading fiction, and is currently learning to horse ride!

 Rachel Hearne

Jewellery Group Tutor

Rachel facilitates our Creative Metals/Jewellery group at the Lakes Centre in Kendal.  

She first joined CancerCare as a volunteer in 2004 and before setting up the new group a few years later. 

She says: "I really enjoy using my skills to encourage creativity and witnessing how a group can help each other so profoundly in life.  I find working at CancerCare is like being part of a larger local family and the people I meet are an inspiration."

Rachel started her career with an A.A degree in Art and Design at Moorpark College and then trained under the renowned art jeweller David LaPlantz while at Humboldt State University in California earning a B.A in Metalsmithing.  She has worked in the jewellery world as a product designer, production manager, gemstone buyer, bench jeweller and educator.  She currently has own jewellery business and teaches jewellery for Lancashire Adult Education. 

In her spare time Rachel enjoys cooking and cuisine, travel, gardening, rock climbing, sailing and scuba diving. She is also interested in Natural History, Psychology,   Geology and Archeology and is "enchanted by stories, ideas, adventures and memories."

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Mike provides support to CancerCare as one of our Adult Counsellors and as been with us since 2013. He is also trained in Psychodynamic therapy and has competed  courses including ADHD awareness, trauma, P.D, Somatic Experiencing and Self Harm. .

Mike says: "I enjoy working at CancerCare because of the huge variety of clients that I work with with from all backgrounds and ages. I feel part of a special team and definitely enjoy helping people as I come from a medical background."

Mike's hobbies include travel, DIY,reading and swimming. He also loves football and is an avid Manchester United fan!

 Shelley Price


Shelley has a background in community and youth work and is an experienced Counsellor, working in a variety of settings including schools.

Shelley has been with CancerCare for over 10 years, working part time with the Therapy Coordination team for many years whilst also working as a Therapist. 

She says: "I love what we do and offer here at CancerCare. I love that we can support and journey with people through times that are frightening, sad and painful.  I am endlessly in awe of the courage of the clients we meet and feel privileged to do this for a job."

Shelley enjoys reading, travel, art, cooking and much more, but mostly, spending time with friends and family (preferably with good food and good wine).

 Karen Slinger

Art/Craft Group Tutor

Karen's career began in general nursing. before later deciding to follow her other passsion, Art! She then achieved a 1st class honours degree in Fine Art at the University of Cumbria in 2010.

Karen joined CancerCare in 2012 and currently facilitates our weekly Art and Craft groups.

She says: "I love the knowledge sharing, using art as a medium that aids communication, relaxation and pain management, which is an empowering and rewarding experience. It promotes self confidence and social interaction, whilst facilitating creativity."

Karen loves being outdoors to explore urban architecture and also enjoys geo-caching, pylon spotting, nature, photography, music, culture and all arts - not forgetting Formula 1 racing!

Lara Stuart


Aromatherapist Lara has worked at CancerCare for 2 years and is also qualified in Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Reiki and Dr Bach Flower Remedies. She also gained a BSc (Hons) Health Sciences for alternative medicine and trained in Homeopathy. 

Lara says: "I like working at CancerCare because it is a lovely organisation with a real passion for helping people and I like to feel a part of that.  I also enjoy the variety of working with both patients and carers and also being part of the CancerCare team."

Denise PasseyDenise Passey

Tai Chi Tutor

Denise teaches Tai Chi and Qigong and has been at CancerCare since February 2015.  She also volunteers as a receptionist at our Lakes Centre.

She has studied and practiced Martial Arts for over 20 years, attending various courses such as a Medical Qigong Therapist course.

Denise's other interests include art and trying to learn to play the harp. She says: " I really enjoy working at CancerCare and meeting different people and hearing about their experiences.

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Adam has been counselling since 2010, after spending all of his 20’s moving around and trying different things. He’s lived in Glasgow, Cumbria, London, Brighton, Bristol, Exeter, Cornwall, Hull and Manchester.

Since qualifying he has worked in many different counselling settings, working with adults as well as children and young people.

Adam was attracted to counselling due to his own struggles with depression and anxiety throughout parts of his life, and wanted to work for CancerCare following his own experiences of providing palliative care for his dad.

“There’s a lot of pressure on people around cancer and grief as to how they should feel and behave. What I like about counselling is giving people the opportunity to talk about how things really are for them, without fear of being judged or criticised”

Adam’s hobbies are not interesting, but he enjoys them never the less! 


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Shirley originally started her working life in biological research, but after undertaking some stress management training and some voluntary work with St Monica Trust (Bristol), decided to retrain as a counsellor.

After completing her initial counselling training in Bristol, Shirley has been committed to developing an interest in working with trauma, illness and bereavement. Alongside starting private practice in 2013, Shirley has worked and volunteered in various organisations including Mind (Cumbria), CRUSE (Cumbria), GP surgeries (Bristol) and the counselling service at St Richard’s Hospice (Worcestershire). Shirley has recently joined the team of therapists at CancerCare in 2017.

“I feel privileged to join the CancerCare team and contribute to such a valuable local service. Already, I can see the difference this organisation makes to those using the services and facilities provided by CancerCare and how dedicated the staff are in their roles. For me, trauma, illness and death are among the most pivotal of life experiences we face, so it is great to be a part of a multifaceted team, offering services that can support people in the way that is most helpful to them at such times in life.”

Jacqueline Knight

Jacqueline Knight


Jacqueline is an MBACP registered Counsellor. She studied for her Psychotherapy and Counselling Degree at the University of Central Lancashire, and her Diploma adv. at Kendal College. She also studied Humanities and Religion with the Open University.

She works with a vast range of issues and enjoys working with a very wide variety of clients. Her main body of work is in counselling adults in addition to this she has a special interest in working with young people, and children. 

She has gained valuable experience in counselling with SAFA (Self Harm and Awareness in the Furness area) and also works with Mind in Ulverston with postnatal depression and anxiety etc., and runs support groups in the Furness area.   

During her studies she also worked as a trainee counsellor at the Furness homeless centre in Barrow -in -Furness for 6 years, which allowed her to gain further experience and understanding of working with young vulnerable people, whilst working full time at Marks and Spencer’s (and attaining her Degree).

"I am passionate about the work that I do, especially her work at CancerCare and the wonderful people I have met, especially my friend Samreen Khan who sign- posted me to such a wonderful organisation."

Jacqueline's approach is caring, warm, and collaborative and she says she has always had a real heart to help others. She adds that she has learned that just being there to listen, and for people to be heard can mean more to someone than you can ever imagine.

 “A smile, a kind word or a small act of kindness…All have the potential to make a person’s day.” – Kyle Garrett  

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