Families for Life is an independent and confidential counselling service for people affected by complex life circumstances and the people who care about them.
The organisation was founded by Nicola Benyahia. She is an Accredited Member with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, with specialism in the psychological process of extremism. Being a mother personally affected by violent extremism, her son Rasheed was killed in Syria in 2015.
These experiences give her a unique insight and empathy into families dealing with complex concerns, including trauma, violence, migration imprisonment and extremism.
Nicola has many years of experience working with a wide range of issues and prides herself on her ability to work with individuals of various age groups and of different social -economic sexual and cultural backgrounds. Her wealth of experience spans across both the social care and counselling field with specific in-depth knowledge of the needs of young people, relationship issues, including couple and family counselling.
As well as providing therapy and counselling services, Families for Life also delivers a mentoring programme for girls, dealing with topics of self-esteem, relationships, communication, and connecting and contributing to society.
The organisation was founded by Nicola Benyahia. She is ‘an accredited BACP’ counsellor
with a wealth of experience in social care, including specific expertise
in brain injury and working with young people aged 14-25.