We have a team  of experienced and qualified practitioners to present a range of workshops, programmes and retreats, ensuring they are fun and relevant, allowing you to build upon your skills and increase the connection and communication between all family members for a happier life and increased well-being.

The directors have worked, both professionally and personally, to develop strategies that support effective communication and strong, healthy relationships within the family.  

Emma Lenihan

Emma Lenihan

Director

Emma has 34 years of experience, working with children and their families, mainly in educational settings.

Emma has a BSc in Education Studies and Psychology and is a qualified teacher with a passion for delivering emotional development work and outdoor learning. She is a qualified Youth Mindfulness teacher and has also worked as a communication ambassador and Early Years Inspector.

As a mum of two teenage boys she has first hand experience of some of the difficulties faced by children, young people and their parents.

Paul Wolstenholme

Paul Wolstenholme

Director

Paul is experienced in meditative practice and has been using mindfulness techniques with his family for several years, with very positive outcomes.  He is currently training to be a psychotherapist and is passionate about personal and spiritual development and empowering others to be who they wish to be.  

Paul loves working with children and has previously worked as a primary school teacher in Key Stage 2.  He also has a great deal of experience working in the corporate world – overseeing projects, solving problems and managing people. He has delivered mindfulness training sessions, personal mentoring and coaching in corporate environments.

Dr Danielle White

Dr Danielle White

Chair of Board

Founder of DCW Consultancy – Education and Training Consultant

Danielle runs a training consultancy facilitating a small portfolio of workshops for PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers at Universities to support transition either into or out of an academic post.  She has a practical knowledge and a deep understanding of the problems experienced during life transitions both for individuals and families, drawing upon many years working with a range of families experiencing complex transitions within the South Manchester region and then going on to explore this through her Doctorate at the University of Manchester and subsequent lecturing in the same area.

Danielle is keen to support Calm Connections in their vision to support families to develop stronger relationships with each other.

Catherine Banks

Catherine Banks

Board Member

Founder of Elestial Therapy

Catherine is an accredited Mindfulness and Meditation Practitioner.  She holds holds a Dip.MBSR qualification from the British School of Meditation and is their accredited Meditation Teacher Trainer in the North West region.

Catherine works with both adults and children, teaching meditation and mindfulness techniques to help improve their mental well-being and build emotional resilience.  She has previously worked with Barnardo’s Charity UK, introducing meditation practices to young carers, to help them cope with emotional trauma, anxiety and stress.

With a background in Law, Catherine is used to working in a high-pressured environment and has personal experience of practicing mindfulness in her everyday life to overcome issues such as stress, anxiety and depression, which she utilises in her work with Calm Connections.

Catherine is keen to support the work of Calm Connections as she strongly believes in and advocates the importance of practicing mindfulness to improve relationships and general well-being.

Our team of holistic practitioners

Our team of holistic practitioners

Go team!

Our Team of Holistic Practitioners
We have a fully-qualified team of practitioners who support us to deliver a range of holistic therapies, talks and workshops and can work with your family to build skills, connection, communication and well-being.