Meet The Management Team

Course Director & Placement Manager

Katrina Fassnidge Bsc.

Course Consultant & Placement Co-Ordinator

Nicole Joyce Registered MBACP (Snr Accredited)

Registered MBACP (Accredited), Dip. Psychodynamic Counselling

Martin Chester

Course Director & Placement Manager

Katrina Fassnidge Bsc.

Katrina has a degree in Law & Computing and in 2013 qualified as a Facilities Manager with a background in education, business management as well as the legal and corporate sectors. Having a keen interest in counselling development and training Katrina took over the School as Course Director from March 2019 and is fully committed to maintaining the Course Programme BACP accreditation status to Gold Book Standards. She has extensive working knowledge of a wide range of legislation including equal opportunities, health & safety, risk management, complaints, human resources and General Data Protection Regulations. As Course Director Katrina assumes overall responsibility for the professional delivery of the course programme and as its Placement Co-ordinator overseas all students’ placement and supervision arrangements including monitoring their placement portfolios. She is not however involved in student selection and assessment outcome.

Course Consultant & Placement Co-Ordinator

Nicole Joyce Registered MBACP (Snr Accredited)

Nicky qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor in 1992 and achieved her individual BACP

Accreditation in 1996. She founded the LIFE-FORCE Centre in 1990 and established the Life-Force School of Counselling in 1995. After much development the Counselling Course Programme initially gained BACP accreditation in February 2005 and subsequently was the first to achieve course re-accreditation to Gold Book Standards in 2010 and then again in 2015.She currently provides professional managerial support and consultation to the Course Director and assists with the management of the students’ clinical placement arrangements and the checking and signing off of their placement portfolios.

Registered MBACP (Accredited), Dip. Psychodynamic Counselling

Martin Chester

Martin qualified as a Psychodynamic Counsellor in 2000 and as a Supervisor in 2012. He writes and delivers a wide range of CPD training courses for counsellors and school support workers. He has many years of experience in health & safety and is actively involved in maintaining a suitable and safe learning environment at the Centre. He also delivers the Risk Management session to School students and oversees their ongoing implementation of risk assessment procedures for clients while on clinical placement. Martin provides support to those students who have a learning difficulty or medical health condition. He meets with these students to assess their learning needs and to ascertain what reasonable adjustments can be implemented into their Support Plan in order to best enable their learning experience. He is truly passionate about helping students to become qualified counsellors.

Meet The Stage 4 Tutors

Stage 4 (Saturday Cohort) Course Leader

Nileema Conlon Vaswani

Stage 4 (Saturday Cohort) Co-Tutor

Tobie Glenny

Stage 4 (Sunday Cohort) Course Leader

Sara Swinn

Stage 4 – (Sunday Cohort) Co-Tutor

Heather Lewis

Stage 4: (Saturday & Sunday Cohort)- PD Group Facilitator

Wendy Pavitt

Stage 4 (Saturday Cohort) Course Leader

Nileema Conlon Vaswani

MBACP (Accredited) PhD Medical Ethics, Dip. Intergrative Counselling, Cert. Couples Counselling

Qualifications – Dip. Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative Approach).
Therapeutic Approach – Integrative
Qualified – 2014 Clientele: Individuals & Couples
Areas of Special Interest – Abuse, Academia, Bereavement and End of Life, Premature Birth and Baby Loss, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Stress, Suicide, Trauma, Workplace Challenges

Nileema qualified as an integrative counsellor in 2014 after completing her training at the LIFE-FORCE school. She then went on to achieve BHCP accreditation in 2016. Nileema joined the teaching team in 2019.

Stage 4 (Saturday Cohort) Co-Tutor

Tobie Glenny

Registered MBACP (Accredited) PG Cert. Education, Dip. Intergrative Counselling, Cert. in Creative Therapy, Cert. Couples Counselling

Qualifications – Dip. Integrative Counselling
Therapeutic Approach – Integrative
Qualified – 2014 Clientele: Individuals, Couples & Young People
Areas of Special Interest – Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum, Bereavement, Depression, Drug & Alcohol, LGBT, Relationships, Stress

Tobie competed a Diploma in Integrative Counselling at LIFE-FORCE in 2014 and obtained BACP Accreditation in 2018 and has been a member of the schools teaching team since 2019.

Stage 4 (Sunday Cohort) Course Leader

Sara Swinn

Registered MBACP (Accredited) Dip Intergrative Counselling, Cert Couple Counselling, PFOA Approved

Qualifications – Dip. Counselling
Therapeutic Approach – Integrative
Qualified – 2009 Clientele: Individuals
Areas of Special Interest – Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Inner Child, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma

Stage 4 – (Sunday Cohort) Co-Tutor

Heather Lewis

Registered MBACP (Accredited) BA Hons Intergrative Counselling, Cert. Supervision, Cert. Education

Heather qualified as an integrative counsellor in 2012. From there, Heather went on to complete a BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling at Greenwich University and then undertook an MSc in Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute. Additionally, Heather has gained a Certificate in Education, a Diploma in Supervision (distinction), and has undertaken relationship counselling training. She also achieved individual BACP accreditation and joined the teaching team towards the end of 2019.

Stage 4: (Saturday & Sunday Cohort)- PD Group Facilitator

Wendy Pavitt

Wendy qualified as an Integrative Counsellor at Life-Force School in 2009. She is a certified supervisor and has additional training in Creative and Sand Tray Therapies.

Wendy has extensive experience of working within the NHS, both as a counsellor and as a GP nurse. She has facilitated self-help groups both independently and through LIFE-FORCE Centre, covering issues of anger, assertiveness and self-awareness.

Wendy uses techniques from Gestalt, Existential, Focus-Based, Psychodynamic, and Person Centred therapies, to help facilitate her clients during their sessions. Through her own personal life experience and counselling, she strongly believes in the uniqueness of the individual and encourages exploration and understanding of their issues, in a safe and secure environment to achieve their own personal development.

Meet The Stage 2 & 3 Tutors

Stage 2 & Stage 3 – Course Leader

Colin Jones

Stage 2 & Stage 3 – Co-Tutor

Pam Evans

Stage 2 & Stage 3 – Course Leader

Colin Jones

Registered MBACP Dip. Intergrative Counselling

Qualifications – Dip. Integrative Counselling, Cert. Barnardo’s Adoption Counsellor, CPD Cert. Couple Counselling
Therapeutic Approach – Integrative
Qualified – 2006 Clientele: Individuals & Couples
Areas of Special Interest – Adoption, Anger Management, Depression, Employment Issues, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationships, Road Traffic Accident Trauma, Sexuality

Colin gained his counselling Diploma at LIFE-FORCE school in 2006. where he now practices as a counselling team member as well as private practice. Colin joined the teaching team in 2008.

Stage 2 & Stage 3 – Co-Tutor

Pam Evans

Registered MBACP (Accredited) Dip. Intergrative Counselling, Bsc Hons Intergrative

Pam completed a Diploma in integrative counselling at LIFE-FORCE school in 2013. after further study she obtained a BSc (Hons) in integrative counselling in 2014 and her BACP accreditation in 2016. Pam joined the schools teaching team in 2013.