Meet The Management Team
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.
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.
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
Registered MBACP (Accredited) PG Cert. Education, Dip. Intergrative Counselling, Cert. in Creative Therapy, Cert. Couples Counselling
Tobie competed a Diploma in Integrative Counselling at LIFE-FORCE School of Counselling in 2014 and obtained his BACP Accreditation in 2018. Tobie became a member of the school’s tutor team in 2019 originally as Co-Tutor for Stage 4 Saturday Cohort and has taken on the role of Course lead for Stage 4 Saturday Cohort.
Qualifications – Dip. Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative Approach).
Therapeutic Approach – Integrative
Qualified – 2018 Clientele: Individuals, Young people & Couples
Areas of Special Interest – Abuse, Anxiety, Childhood Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Inner Child, Loss and Bereavement, Sexual Abuse, Post-natal depression, Trauma
Helen qualified as an integrative counsellor in 2018 after completing her training at the LIFE-FORCE school. She has over 25 years teaching experience in a variety of educational settings. Helen joined the teaching team in 2020.
Registered MBACP (Accredited) Dip Integrative Counselling, Cert Couple Counselling
Sara qualified as an integrative counsellor in 2009 after completing a Diploma in integrative counselling with Life-Force School of Counselling.
Sara first joined the tutor team as a Co-Tutor to support Colin with the Stage 2 and 3 cohorts and then took a break from teaching n 2017. The school feeling delighted that Sara returned to the tutor team in 2019 as the Course Lead for Stage 4 Sunday cohort.
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.
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.
Nileema Conlon Vaswani
MBACP (Accredited) PhD Medical Ethics, Dip. Integrative Counselling, Cert. Couples Counselling
Nileema qualified as an integrative counsellor in 2014 after completing her training at the LIFE-FORCE School of Counselling. She then went on to achieve BACP accreditation in 2016. Nileema joined the Stage 4 Saturday Cohort tutor team in 2019 and she currently supports the school as a substitute tutor and is the school’s allocated trainer for the students telephone counselling.
Meet The Stage 2 & 3 Tutors
Registered MBACP Dip. Integrative Counselling, Cert. Barnardo’s Adoption Counsellor, CPD Cert. Couple Counselling
Colin completed a Diploma in integrative counselling at LIFE-FORCE School of Counselling in 2006. He joined the tutor team in 2008 and works from an integrative framework; drawing on Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural and Creative Therapeutic approaches.
Registered MBACP (Accredited) Dip. Integrative Counselling, BSc. Hons Integrative Counselling.
Pam completed a Diploma in integrative counselling at LIFE-FORCE school of Counselling in 2013. After further study she obtained a BSc. (Hons) in integrative counselling with Matrix College in 2014 and her BACP accreditation in 2016.
Pam uses a mindful and phenomenological approach to her work and has gained a certificate in Eco-therapy and uses this within her private practise. Pam joined the school’s tutor team in 2017 as Co-Tutor for Stage 2 and Stage 3.