Meet The Management Team

The LIFE-FORCE office staff are here to help you in any way we can.

NICOLE JOYCE MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor
Director & Centre Manager

Nicky qualified as a Person-centred Counsellor in 1992 and gained individual BACP Accreditation in 1996. She has been running LIFE-FORCE as sole Director since 1998. Her many years experience along with her genuine approach and well developed organisational skills, ensure LIFE-FORCE is always run in a smooth and efficient manner. She will be pleased to answer any enquiries regarding the range of activities offered at the Centre.

MARTIN CHESTER MBACP Accredited Dip Psychodynamic Counselling
Service Support Manager

Martin is a vital member of the management team. His position as Service Support Manager covers a variety of essential areas including; health & safety, risk management, building maintenance, implementation of equality and equal opportunities, and providing caring and ethical support to team and student counsellors. His competent and dedicated approach enables the Organisation to maintain high professional standards and provide a safe and welcoming environment.

Counselling Service Manager

Alison qualified as an Integrative Counsellor in 1998, and has been helping to run the LIFE-FORCE office since 2000. She has back ground experience in the Financial Sector and this, along with her counselling training and methodical administration skills, enables her to deal with the everyday running of the office in a highly efficient manner. She always has a welcoming, friendly & informative approach when answering enquiries regarding our specialist service.

Clerical Administrator

Abbie joined LIFE-FORCE in August 2023. She has a comprehensive background in marketing, web design and events management. This means she brings a wealth of knowledge along with a strong set of specialist IT skills and creative capabilities to the Centre. Her friendly, organised, enthusiastic approach along with extensive all-round digital office experience facilitate the insightful ongoing development of our IT systems for the benefit of the Organisation as a whole.

Counselling Service Assistant

Sarah joined the office team in February 2020. She has a wide background in administration, management and customer service within a variety of office and educational settings. Sarah’s organised, self-motivated and conscientious approach means she provides a very professional and efficient service. Her attention to detail along with a warm and welcoming manner make her an invaluable and dedicated member of the team.

Centre Housekeeper

Angela joined the team towards the end of 2013. She has many years of cleaning experience and her friendly and obliging personality means all tasks are carried out in a dedicated and thorough manner. Angela puts a lot of effort and hard work into ensuring the Centre is cleaned to a high standard at all times. She is a vital part of the team that contributes to the smooth day to day running of the Centre.


Nicole Joyce

MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor

BACP Accredited

3 East Hill, Colchester, Essex CO1 2QL
Telephone Number 01206 791661