Meet 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 members of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). This means they all work within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy 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 and personal development, of all the counsellor team members.
  • Each member on the team also holds a DBS Enhanced Certificate which is renewed every 3 years.

Click here for member photos and profiles:

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.”


Dr Ari Badaines: Psychologist Psychotherapist…

Ari will be returning to LIFE-FORCE in September 2015.

He will be running his popular Training Courses .

Gestalt in Action
Friday 11th – Sunday 13th September 2015
19.5 hours of certificated CPD training
With Ari Badaines Ph.D
At LIFE-FORCE £195.00

Choose Life at Whatever Risk
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September 2015
9.30am – 4.30pm
With Ari Badaines Ph.D


Click here for more information, including links to the application forms:

Here is a video that may be of interest:

Here is Ari’s own website:


first aid


There are no previous qualifications needed to attend the following course



This one day course is designed specially to meet the needs of different professionals
who deal with clients in their practice

As First Aid becomes part of the requirements of certain professional bodies,
we have worked to design a special course for you to meet your needs

What you will learn:

* Basic life-saving First Aid and the relevant regulations

Course Content:

*Managing an incident & calling for assistance
*Medical emergencies & recovery position
*Treatment of unconscious casualty
*Blood loss, bandages & bleeding
*Airway management techniques
*Resuscitation techniques
*Priorities of First Aid
*Burns and fractures
*Treatment of shock

*Course fee includes “First Aid Quick Guide Handbook”

Course Tutor: TONY JOHNSON


Leading to an HSE Approved Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate
From T. J. Training

Date: Saturday 20th June 2015
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: £60

Application form available here:

Group / Training Room For Hire…


The Coral Room: The tasteful theme of rich russet & gold along with the beech furnishing blend to give a more modern impression to the Coral Room. This room is located on the first floor and being the larger of the therapy rooms is also suitable for groups and meeting as well as individual & couple work.


For more information about room hire please click here:

Training / Group Room For Hire…


The Rainbow Room has undergone major renovation which involved opening up the space by restoring & using the original beams. It is a light space due to large period windows at either end of the room and is easily accessible being on the ground floor. There are also tea & coffee facilities at one end of the room. The room is suitable for training courses, meeting and groups, has a capacity for 12/18 people and is mostly available week days during the day, and also some evening and weekends.


For room hire information please click here:

Is Counselling Training for You?

Is Counselling Training for You?

Are you considering?

*A career change?

*Improving your communication skills?

*Becoming more self-aware?

LIFE-FORCE School of Counselling
Invites you to the following


Sunday 25th January 2015
Sunday 10th May 2015
Sunday 13th September 2015

We look forward to meeting you any time between 10.30am and 4pm
**No need to pre-book, just turn up!**

*An opportunity to meet Tutors and ask questions.
*5 day Introductory courses run at weekends throughout the year leading to

Diploma in Integrative Counselling

BACP Accredited Programme
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Previous Counselling Training Recognised

Annual Report for 2014…


What has LIFE-FORCE been up to during 2014?

In January, May and September LIFE-FORCE held three successful Open Days for potential counselling students. Our Counselling School remains popular with students from all walks of life. Not only does LIFE-FORCE provide students with an onsite library and IT room, students also have access to all of their essential forms and course handouts from a secure area on the LIFE-FORCE website.

Martin Chester of Therapeutic Creative Solutions ran his Supervision Training Course for professional qualified counsellors again this year which proved to be very popular. LIFE-FORCE continued to support our team counsellors by hosting an ongoing professional CPD group throughout the year, facilitated by Pam Miller. We also hosted an HSE Approved Emergency First Aid at Work course taught by Tony Johnson, which we run every year, along with several courses ran by individual practitioners including Mindfulness and Steiner Study Group. Ari Badaines Ph.D returned to facilitate the annual CPD weekend Gestalt training course at the Centre.

One of this years summer building maintenance projects involved the redecoration of the Georgian windows in the Emerald and Coral rooms and the replacement of the secondary double glazing units which are now a lot easier to maintain and open, which makes airing and ventilating the rooms easier for all therapists.

We are very pleased to announce that LIFE-FORCE celebrated its 20th Anniversary on Tuesday 16th September 2014. We received lots of kind cards, gifts and congratulatory messages on the day which were much appreciated.

On Thursday 23rd October our Marketing Administrator, Karen Waddy and two of our Team Counsellors, Christine Harrison and Melanie Skeet, ran an information stand at a Cancer Research Fundraising Event named The Pink Party put on by Ellisons Solicitors at Wivenhoe House, Colchester. They handed out leaflets and discussed the Counselling Service as well as the Counselling School with many of the invited guests. Ellisons thanked LIFE-FORCE after the event for our participation, and for helping them to raise £600 for Cancer Research. We hope to be able to attend their next Pink Party in 2015.

LIFE-FORCE are proud to announce we achieved BACP Endorsement for our Working With Couples Course , which will be run by Paula Isgrove and Ian Rattray during February and March 2015.

We continued to seek out new advertising options and were actively involved with highlighting our online presence through our regularly updated website and multiple regularly updated online advertisements for our services. We continued to embrace online social networking and created a Blogger account which has had 340 views so far. Our Youtube video has had almost 900 views to date and our Facebook Business page remains popular, with almost 150 likes. We have 335 Twitter followers and our WordPress blog has had 1,150 views, with nearly 50 followers.

Fundraising Event for Cancer Research…

Well done to Ellisons Solicitors for their fundraising event in aid of Cancer Research.

I’m proud to say that LIFE-FORCE were there to support this event.

Thank you to Chris Harrison and Mel Skeet for representing

the LIFE-FORCE Counselling Team.









Link to Ellisons Solicitors Website:

From Ellison’s ‘Latest News’ webpage:

Ellisons were in the Pink this October!

27 October 2014

Ellisons Solicitors held their annual Pink Party on Thursday 23rd October, to not only highlight some of the legal issues affecting women, but to also help raise money for Breast Cancer! 

The event was held at the beautiful Wivenhoe House and was open to female clients, friends and staff of the firm.

Guests were welcomed to the event and taken straight to the beautiful function room in the newer part of the building. Here, the guests were treated to an array of stall holders. These included Pause for Torte (cupcakes by Emma Berry), Puzzle Styling, PO:SH Handbags; Image and Style Consultant, Thomasin Newton; Colne Contemporary Therapies; Colchester Institute Beauty, Badu’s Indian Feast; Scentsy and Artwork by Emma Closs.

What’s more, Ellisons were delighted to welcome a new element to the event by organising counsellors from Lifeforce (based on East Hill); and Amanda Green a gynaecological nurse from the Colchester Hospital to attend. They were on hand to raise awareness of various health issues.  

All stall holders gave up their time for free and each donated raffle prizes or 10% of their takings to the charity.

Jayne Scott, Partner at Ellisons Solicitors, said: ‘‘Breast Cancer is unfortunately a disease that affects so many and so we wanted to put on an event that would bring women together, enable them to relax with friends for the evening and raise money for the charity. It was once again a great success and we look forward to next year!’’

The evening raised £600 for Breast Cancer.

Mindfulness Course…


Eight week mindfulness programme starting September 2014

at the Life Force Centre – Monday eves 7.30 -9.30

Mindfulness for Healthy and Contented Living

Learn mindfulness meditation techniques to bring balance and harmony into your life.

Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and fear

and can be helpful for managing chronic pain and other chronic conditions.

Boost energy and happiness, manage stress, change your brain!

Next course commences

15th September 2014.

Cost £190.00

Contact Louise Fortunato (BWY Dip Yoga teacher, Integrated Yoga Therapist and Mindfulness trainer)

on 01206 272453 /

20th Anniversary…



LIFE-FORCE will be celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary

on Tuesday 16th September 2014.

Celebratory messages appreciated on the day!

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