Our therapists

Charlie Weston – Shiatsu, reflexology and massage

Charlie has provided care through Cavendish Cancer Care since 2003. He came to the centre to be invoved with integrated healthcare and be part of cancer care and support. Charlie also works under our umbrella at the Cancer Information and Support centre at Weston Park Hospital. Charlie also provided his services at Rotherham Centre for Cancer Care and also works in programmes to help in drug rehabilitation. Like his colleague Jane King, Charlie also likes growing things.


Delphine Sayre – Medical herbalist and diet advisor

Delphine was drawn to work for the Cavendish in 2003 by its ethos of providing free therapy to all and working closely with mainstream healthcare. She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, has been working as a herbalist in private practice in Sheffield since 1988 and is also involved in teaching about herbal medicine in a variety of settings. Recently, Delphine has trained to be an assessor for the Cavendish Centre.

When not at work, Delphine enjoys being the mother of a teenager, working on an allotment, walking the hills with her dogs and singing!


Lisa Esmonde – Shiatsu

Lisa began working at the Cavendish Centre in November 2011 and has worked as a Shiatsu therapist since qualifying in 2005. Lisa has also worked as a health services researcher since 2000 and is presently also studying the effects of Shiatsu with Teesside University. She runs a private practice from the London Road area of Sheffield.

Read more on Lisa’s website.


John Hillman – Counselling

John has worked at The Cavendish Centre since 1995, having retired after 21 years as a headteacher in a special school. He is qualified as a body psychotherapist and is a member of the European Association of Body Psychotherapy. John is a practitioner of mindfulness-based therapy especially the Hakomi method.

He organises trainings in the use of poetry in therapy. Read more on John’s website.


Mick Whincup – Hypnotherapy and rieki

Mick qualified as a nurse in 1996 and became a specialist nurse with the Acute Pain Team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in 2003. It was while working in the Acute Pain Team that he became interested in hypnosis as an effective therapy for managing pain, so he trained as a hypnotherapist. For years Mick noticed that people fell asleep while he was talking to them, so found that becoming a hypnotherapist was a natural career progression. He joined us in 2008 and uses hypnosis to effectively manage a wide range of problems and from 2010 has also added Reiki to his portfolio. He divides his time between working here at the centre and in private practice.

Mick is a bit of an expert in pain and suffering as he has supported Barnsley Football Club since 1977.


Jane King – Aromatherapy, massage, reflexology and reiki

Jane joined the Centre in 2006, after moving from Kent. She previously worked as a complementary therapist for Macmillan, Rotherham Cancer Care Centre and The Cristie Hospital after 25 stressful years working in the pub and hotel business.

Jane is married to Colin and lives in Doncaster, where she enjoys spending time with her bee’s and chickens and on their allotment growing fruit and vegetables.


Sharon Levett – Healing and physiotherapy

Sharon, who started working at the Centre in 1997, has over 30 years physiotherapy experience and is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. She has also been a Healer for more than 15 years. She combines both in her specialist rehabilitation of cancer patients following radiotherapy or surgery, eg mastectomy, neck surgery, where scar tissue or pain and joint restriction may be an issue. She also works as a private physiotherapist and healer outside the Centre and as well as general physiotherapy, specialises in treating Headache/ Migraines and Jaw problems. Read more on Sharon’s website.


photoFiona Jeffrey – Massage Therapy

Fiona joined the centre in 2013. She works as a massage therapist at The Northern General Hospital on The Macmillan Palliative Care Unit and Cystic Fibrosis Ward, in addition to offering sessions at the Cavendish Centre. She is a registered practitioner with The Massage Training Institute. Her background is in counselling, meditation and focusing and she has been a therapist for 20 years. She is a practising Buddhist and Buddhist chaplain. In her free time she loves poetry and yoga and when she can, she heads for the wild landscape of the west coast of Scotland.


Pauline Nunn – Reflexology, reiki and massage

Pauline works from our Sheffield base the Cavendish Centre and has been part of our team for a number of years undertaking both group and outreach projects for us.


Lou Jackson – Reflexology and healing

Lou has worked on behalf of the Centre at the Northern General Palliative Care Unit, the cystic fibrosis unit and more recently at Weston Park Hospital. Lou works as a healer and reflexologist and runs a successful private practice in the Stocksbridge area. Lou specializes in sleep and chronic fatigue problems and uses visualization and relaxation techniques in her work.


Penny Wragg – Counselling

Penny qualified as a counsellor in 2003 after ten years in Christian pastoral work, and is accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She started working at the Centre in 2005, having previously worked in the voluntary sector and at Sheffield PCT in GP surgeries. She has specialised in bereavement counselling, having trained with Cruse Bereavement Care, and facilitates the bereavement support group at the Centre.


Jenny Reid – Young people’s counselling, play therapy

Jenny has worked with children and young people for many years, and qualified as a Play Therapist in 2005. She is a member of the British Association of Play Therapists, and takes a mostly non-directive approach, supporting children and young people to identify and express their own worries and to build on their individual strengths. You can learn more on Jenny’s website.


Rosie Dymond – Children and young person’s therapist

Rosie began working with parents, children and young people in 2005 as a family therapist and qualified as a non-directive play therapist in 2009. She is a member of the British Association of Play Therapists, and uses non-directive play therapy, cognitive behavioural and solution focussed techniques to help her clients to identify and express their own thoughts and feelings and to build on their strength & resilience. Rosie uses many different materials in her therapy including sand, toys, books, games and art & craft materials.

You can learn more about play therapy at the British Association of Play Therapists.


Lesley Neal – Children and young person’s therapist

With a background in Children’s Medicine and General Practice, Lesley Neal has worked at the Cavendish Centre since 2000 and developed our Children and Young People’s Service. She is a member of the National Counselling Society and draws on a range of therapeutic models in her work, such as person-centred and solution-focussed counselling and cognitive behavioural, family and play therapy.

In addition to one to one sessions with children and young people, she works with parents who are exploring the difficulties of supporting their children while coping with their own illness or distress.


Vicky Gaughan – Counselling

Vicky Gaughan has been a body psychotherapist since 1994. She has a Bsc in Therapeutic Counselling, an MA in Psychological Therapies and also practices and teaches Hakomi. Vicky is a member of the European Association of Body Psychotherapists. Vicky has been involved in the Cavendish Centre since 2005. ‘A client recently shared that she’d found a refuge inside, this I think came about because Cavendish is an external refuge’.


Kit  Moran – Cavendish acupuncture therapist

Kit Moran has worked at the Cavendish Centre since 2011. She has a background in social work and retrained as an acupuncturist 10 years ago at the Northern College of Acupuncture .She a member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) . She was drawn to working at the Cavendish Centre as she feels that is is important to treat the whole person and not just an illness or a condition. Kit also works in private practice in Sheffield