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.
Director & Placement Manager
Katrina Fassnidge Registered MBACP
BSc Law & Computing, Dip. Psychodynamic Counselling
Katrina is a Qualified Humanistic Psychodynamic Counsellor and is a registered member with the BACP. She initially started her counselling training journey with the Life-Force School of Counselling where she completed the Level 2 in 2016 and the Level 3 in 2017. Prior to this, Katrina completed a Law & Computing degree in 1996 and is an active member of IWFM. She qualified as a Facilities Manager in 2016 whilst working for the NHS in Prison Health from 2009 – 2017. Having a City & Guilds Qualification in Adult Education means Katrina has a keen interest in counselling development and training. She 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 and experience of a wide range of legislation including equal opportunities, health & safety, risk management, complaints, human resources and General Data Protection Regulations. She oversees the co-ordination of the students’ placement and supervision approvals and arrangements including checking and signing their placement portfolios. She is not however involved in student selection and assessment outcomes.
Rosemary D. Shaw Registered MBACP (Accred)
Rosemary qualified as a psychodynamic counsellor in 2003, gained BACP accreditation in 2005 and also trained as a supervisor in 2007. She runs her own successful private practice working with adults and provides professional supervision as an integral part of her therapeutic practice.
Previously, Rosemary was an Associate Therapist for Northampton NHS Psychotherapy Department and ran their CPD group. She worked for 16 years at Northampton Counselling Service (NCS) as a counsellor and supervisor, and as part of the Management Committee. For NCS she jointly delivered a CPCAB Level 6 Supervision Course as co-tutor. For 9 years she was an Associate Therapist for Stress at Work, working with a wide range of clients from the NHS, Education, and other Government organisations.
She provides course supervision and professional support to the Course Director.