Nicola Benyahia

Counsellor and founder of ‘Families For Life’

Nicola Benyahia has extensive experience within the social care sector, spanning over 30 years with extensive work in the context of mental health provision. She is a fully qualified, registered BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) Counsellor with specific experience in mental health, brain injury and most recently working and counselling young people aged 14 to 25 years old. As a mother personally affected by the impact of violent radicalisation processes in her own family, she has recently stepped forward for other families sharing similar problems. She founded a counselling organisation, 'Families For Life' following the death of her son Rasheed in Syria in 2015. She hopes, through her organisation, to support and empower families to combat the shame of radicalisation and provide them with a platform for their voices to be heard.