THE COUNSELLING TEAM

  • The LIFE-FORCE Counselling Team is comprised of fully qualified counsellors who offer specialist help according to qualifications and experience.
  • All team counsellors who receive referrals via the LIFE-FORCE Counselling Service are required to be members of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). This means they all work within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions which includes the requirement for on-going monthly supervision.
  • LIFE-FORCE as an organisation has a responsibility to ensure the counselling service provided is of a high professional standard. To meet this need, we run a C.P.D. (Continuing Professional Development) Scheme, which involves the on-going monitoring of professional development of all the counsellor team members.
  • Each member on the team also holds a DBS Enhanced Certificate which is renewed every 3 years.
  • Also each team counsellor has individual ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) registration.
  • Please click HERE to view Team Counsellor Membership Policy (PDF)



    Team Counsellor Categories

    Senior Team Members

    This category includes Team Counsellors who have gained individual BACP Accreditation and have been on the team for more than 5 years.


    PAULA APPLETON Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
    Qualifications - Dip. Counselling Individuals, CPD Cert. Couple Counselling, Cert. Clinical Supervision
    Therapeutic Approach - Integrative/Person-Centred
    Qualified - 2006 Clientele: Individuals & Couples
    Areas of Special Interest - Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Bereavement, Confidence, Depression, Loss, Trauma, Sexuality, Work Issues


    MARTIN CHESTER Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
    Qualifications - Dip. Psychodynamic Counselling (Children), Cert. Person-Centred, Cert. Clinical Supervision
    Therapeutic Approach - Psychodynamic/Therapeutic Creative Play, Integrated CBT & Behaviour Modification
    Qualified - 2000 Clientele: Individuals & Children
    Areas of Special Interest - Anger, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Behavioural Difficulties, Conflict, Depression, Loss,  LGBTQ+ Friendly, Self-Harm, Suicidal, Trauma


    TOBIE GLENNY Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
    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


    CHRISTINE HARRISON Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
    Qualifications - Dip. Therapeutic Counselling, BSc.(Hons) Addictions Counselling, Counselling for Depression (CfD) Certificate of Competence and Diploma in Supervision
    Therapeutic Approach - Integrative, Transactional Analysis, Person-Centred
    Qualified - 2001 Clientele: Individuals
    Areas of Special Interest - Addictions, Bereavement, Change, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Redundancy, Relationships, Self- Esteem, Weight Control


    DONNA PAGANO Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
    Qualifications - Dip. Humanistic Person-Centred, Dip. Professional Studies, Cert. Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills, DBS Checked, Cert. Risk Management, Emergency First Aid
    Therapeutic Approach - Humanistic Person-Centred
    Qualified - 2002 Clientele: Individuals
    Areas of Special Interest - Anger, Abuse, Assertiveness, Childhood Issues, Inner Child, Life Changes, Obsessions, Self-Esteem, Separation/Divorce, Trauma


    JACQUELINE ROSE Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
    Qualifications - Dip. Integrative Counselling
    Therapeutic Approach - Humanistic / Integrative
    Qualified - 2010 Clientele: Individuals
    Areas of Special Interest - Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Bereavement, Depression, Divorce, Family Conflict, Relationships, Self-Esteem


    ELIZABETH SCOTT Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
    Qualifications - BA (Hons) Counselling Studies, DIP. Person-Centred Counselling.
    Therapeutic Approach - Person-Centred
    Qualified - Dip. 2013, BA (Hons) 2014 Clientele: Individuals & Couples
    Areas of Special Interest - Anxiety, Addiction, Depression, Domestic Abuse, Divorce, Loss, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Stress, Trauma


    Certified Team Members

    This category includes Team Counsellors who meet all the requirements of being a team member of a BACP Accredited Service.


    SUE ABDI-JONES Registered Member MBACP
    Qualifications -
    Dip. Counselling
    Therapeutic Approach -
    Integrative
    Qualified -
    2022 Clientele: Individuals
    Areas of Special Interest - 
    Anxiety, Childhood Issues, Coping with Change, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Loss & Bereavement, Relationships


    DAVID ARCHARD Registered Member MBACP
    Qualifications -
    Dip. Counselling
    Therapeutic Approach -
    Integrative
    Qualified -
    2021 Clientele: Individuals
    Areas of Special Interest - 
    ADHD, Anxiety, Bullying, Conflict, Depression, Panic Attacks, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Stress, Work Issues


    DIANE ARNOLD Registered Member MBACP
    Qualifications -
    Integrative Counselling, BSc. (Hons) Psychology, Adv. Cert. in Creative Therapies and Therapeutic Play (CPD)
    Therapeutic Approach -
    Integrative
    Qualified -
    2018 Clientele: Individuals, Children & Young People
    Areas of Special Interest -
    Attachment Issues and Co-dependency/Counter dependency, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dementia, Personality Disorder


    HARRY BEER Registered Member MBACP
    Qualifications -
    BA Hons Counselling and Psychotherapy
    Therapeutic Approach -
    Person-Centred
    Qualified -
    2023 Clientele: Individuals
    Areas of Special Interest -
     ADHD, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Emotional Distress, Hoarding, Men's Issues, Older People, Parenting, Relationships, Trauma


    NICOLA BIRCHLEY Registered Member MBACP 
    Qualifications - Dip Integrative Counselling. MSc Psychology. Adv Cert in Creative Therapies
    Therapeutic Approach - Integrative
    Qualified - 2018 Clientele - Individuals
    Areas of Special Interest - ADHD, ASD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Climate Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ+ Friendly, Loss and Bereavement, Self-Esteem, Trauma


    SUSANNAH BLAKE Registered Member MBACP 
    Qualifications - Dip. Integrative Therapeutic Counselling 
    Therapeutic Approach - Integrative
    Qualified - 2021 Clientele: Individuals
    Areas of Special Interest - Anxiety, Change, Depression, Domestic Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Loss & Bereavement, Relationships, Trauma


    HELEN BOUD Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
    Qualifications - Dip. Integrative Counselling, BA (Hons), Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Fluent in French
    Therapeutic Approach - Integrative
    Qualified - 2018 Clientele - Individuals & Young People
    Areas of Special Interest - Abuse, Anxiety, Childhood Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Inner Child, Loss and Bereavement, Sexual Abuse, Post-Natal Depression, Trauma


    ELEANOR CORNELL Registered Member MBACP
    Qualifications - BA Hons in Integrative Counselling, Cert. Supervision
    Therapeutic Approach - Integrative, Psychodynamic, Jungian
    Qualified - 2017 Clientele: Individuals, Children & Young People
    Areas of Special Interest - Addictions, Anxiety, Attachment, Childhood Sexual Abuse and Trauma, Depression, Domestic Abuse, Eating Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationships, Self-Harm


    ANNA GILBERT Registered Member MBACP
    Qualifications - Dip. Integrative Counselling.
    Therapeutic Approach - Integrative
    Qualified - 2015 Clientele: Individuals & Couples
    Areas of Special Interest - Anger, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Breast Cancer, Depression, End of Life and Bereavement, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Spirituality, Stress


    DARYL HAILES Registered Member BACP
    Qualifications - Dip. Integrative Counselling
    Therapeutic Approach - Integrative
    Qualified - 2015 Clientele: Individuals, Couples & Young People
    Areas of Special Interest - Addiction, Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Autistic Spectrum, Bullying, CBT, Depression, Relationships, Suicidal


    LAURA HEDGES Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
    Qualifications
    - Dip. Integrative Counselling, CPD Cert. Couple Counselling
    Therapeutic Approach
    - Integrative
    Qualified -
    2018 Clientele: - Individuals & Couples
    Areas of Special Interest -
    Abuse, Addiction, Anxiety, Conflict, Depression, Divorce, Loss, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Suicidal

    CHERIE HIPKINS Registered Member MBACP  (Accred)
    Qualifications -Dip. Integrative Counselling, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
    Therapeutic Approach - Integrative
    Qualified - 2018 Clientele: Individuals
    Areas of Special Interest - ASD, Anxiety, Bereavement & Loss, Carers, Change, Depression, Long Term Health Conditions including ME, CFS & Long Covid, Peri Menopause, Self-Esteem, Trauma

    CHRISTINA TOWNSEND Registered Member MBACP
    Qualifications - MA Psychodynamic Counselling, Post Graduate Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling (Child and Adolescent), BA (Hons) Child Psychology and Mental Health
    Therapeutic Approach - Psychodynamic, Humanistic
    Qualified - 2021 (MA), 2019 (Diploma) Clientele: Children, Young People, Adults
    Areas of Special Interest - Anger, Anxiety, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Behavioural Issues, Bullying, Childhood Sexual Abuse and Trauma, Depression, Family Conflict, PTSD, Self-harm



    Client Feedback

    “Many thanks to ***, I will always be grateful for her help.”

    “I would just like to thank *** in helping me find my old self.”

    “We feel we have learnt a lot from ***, we felt very comfortable in his company.”




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