Meet the founders

Joanna Sant Fournier


Julian Sant Fournier

Julian Sant Fournier

Julian Sant Fournier



Stephen Camilleri

Team Leader Education


Dr Amanda Mizzi



Josef Mizzi

Team Leader Therapy

Julian Azzopardi

Team Leader Connecting Colleagues


Rev Vicente Micallef OP



Pamela Cuschieri

Suzannah Bonello



Nadia Vassallo



Johanna Marie

Ina Vella



Benjamin Calleja



Noel Zammit Pawley



Michelle Debono



Joanna studied Systemic Family therapy , has several year experience working with children  as a Learning Support Assistant in a Primary School. Since 1999 she has dedicated part of her life doing voluntary work with children and families. Together with her husband Julian in 2012 they have set up the foundation to reach out and help others build strong relationships.

Julian has worked as family court mediator with the Family Court in Malta since for 14 years. He hold a Master in Business Administration from Brunel University and Diploma in Business Management from Brunel University. Since 1999  he has dedicated part of his life doing voluntary work together with his wife Joanna preparing couples for Marriage. Together with her husband Julian in 2012 they have set up the foundation to reach out and help others build strong relationships.

Stephen is a counsellor by profession.. He is currently the Education Officer in charge of Personal Social and Career Development (PSCD) subject with the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Malta. He was one of the founders of the Executive Council of the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession (MACP) and was a member of the Children and Young Persons Advisory Board. His main areas of interest include PSCD, emotional literacy, career education, sexuality and relationships education. He occupied various positions with the Education Department, that of a teacher, a Guidance teacher and also as a counsellor.

Dr Amanda Mizzi is a Lecturer at the Institute for Education. (IfE). For the last three years, she was a Head of Department of Personal, Social and Career Development (PSCD) within the Maltese Ministry for Education and Employment. She is a Visiting Assistant Lecturer at the University of Malta . For ten years, she has also been a guidance teacher and the President of the Malta PSD Teachers Association. In this role, she used to organise a series of conferences focusing on addictions, self-esteem, holistic well-being, sexuality and career development. She also used to assist PSCD teachers in their concerns and needs. She is also a member of the Board of Governors at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, Malta.

Josef graduated in education from the University of Malta in 2007 followed by the Masters in Counselling in 2016. He is currently a full-time counsellor at the Malta College for Arts, Science and
Technology (MCAST). He also offers his services as counsellor at Richmond Foundation and SOS Malta.

Josef is serving a term on the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession Council and he also a member on the Council for the Counselling Profession.  Josef has also been involved in the voluntary sector for a number of years in the social sector.

Julian is CEO of UP Your Level since 2019 and is heavily engaged in the development and delivery of the FIRE Model. With a background in Socio-Economic Development, International Relations and many years of voluntary work involvement across the globe, Julian brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of working in multi-cultural environments, high-demand industries, and people leadership.

Rev Vincent Mary Micallef OP is the Provincial Dominicans in Malta. Upon entering the Order, he continued his studies at the Philosophical and Theological College of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rabat, Malta. In 1978 he was sent as a missionary to the Maltese Dominican community in Brazil, where he remained for 30 years. In Brazil, he served as parish priest in various parishes, as well as master of postulants, novices and student brothers. He was also Vicar of the Provincial for the Maltese missionaries in Brazil. He was elected provincial of the Province of Bartolomeu de Las Casas in Brazil from 2006 to 2009. He also pursued further studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, where he obtained a License degree in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Religious Sciences.

Pamela aims to provide genuine healing and wholeness to individuals and families. She earned a Diploma in Psychology from the E.I.E., a Social Work Degree and a
Master in Counselling from the University of Malta.

Pamela has over ten years’ experience with survivors of domestic violence and their children. She has also provided counselling services in a variety of NGOs. She has a base of experience in counselling children and adolescents. Areas of emphasis with children include anxiety, conduct disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, eating disorders and phobias. Pamela also has a base of counselling experience working with adults in a wide variety of settings. Speciality areas include grief, depression, anxiety, trauma and life changes.

Pamela strives to create a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which individuals can be supported in their efforts to change and grow as well as become reconnected to their strengths.

Suzannah graduated as a Primary School teacher from the University of Malta in 2009. She then read for a Masters Degree in Education, specialising in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. She is currently furthering her studies in the area of education and spirituality.

Nadia has graduated as a teacher in 2001, has taught across all levels and specialised in the area of Family Literacy; Dyslexia and Literacy Specialist Intervention (York); and Literacy and Language in Education (Sheffield). Throughout her career Nadia has been working within different roles in various educational settings from Trade Schools to Primary, Secondary, Post-Secondary, Vocational and Tertiary Education. After 9 years of teaching in a Church School, since 2010 she worked in a VET setting, occupying various roles including six years in Senior Management up to Deputy Principal Curriculum and Student Affairs.

Dr Nadia Maria Vassallo is currently serving as Senior 2 Lecturer at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, MCAST and visiting lecturer on the Masters Programmes at the Institute for Education and the University of Malta. Nadia is also an active member on various Boards and committees within local institutions and voluntary organisations.

Johanna is a newly graduated counsellor who has been working in schools for the past three years. Her passion is working with children and adolescents as she believes that the earlier an individual benefits from therapy, the better. In the past, Johanna also supported students with educational needs in schools. She also worked closely with adults with intellectual, physical and mental illnesses and children going through parental separation and living in unsafe environments.

Ina Vella graduated B.Ed. (Hons) Accounting and Economics in 1990. Presently Learning Support Zone teacher at San Gorg Preca Middle School Blata l-Bajda and helps in running Prayer Spaces in the same school.

Ben is a warranted counsellor and a qualified counselling supervisor. Since 2010, he provided counselling in school settings where at present he holds the grade of Principal Counsellor.  During the past decade, Benjamin worked as a counsellor in four colleges including that of Gozo.  He also holds an independent practice.  He participated in several courses, locally and abroad in order to stay abreast in the counselling profession.  Recently, he was part of the committee that worked on the development of the Therapy Cards.

He served in the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession (MACP) Council for over three years and was mainly active in the Complaints Procedures committee, in the discussions leading to the legislation of the Counselling Act, and at the embryonic stage of MACP becoming a registered union.  He also served as the first president of the Association for Reality Therapy – Malta (ART-M) for six years.

Coordinator at St Patricks Salesian School. St Patricks Salesian School. Malta.

Noel graduated in B. Communications with Psychology from the University of Malta. He has also read for a Master Degree in Youth Ministry, where his study focused on youth moral panics in Malta. Currently he is reading for a Master Degree in Counselling. In these last three years he’s been working as a Student Mentor for the Foundation Level students within MCAST. This role entails mentoring students in personal, social and academic aspects, as well as organising projects such as Debating Tournaments and Integration with the aim to boost student skills and participation. Noel’s main academic areas of interest include
counselling related to disability, community-based counselling, attitudes and values of young people and their holistic wellbeing. In the past he also occupied other positions such as a journalist within RTK Radio and a youth worker within Aġenzija Żgħażagħ.

Michelle has worked as a GT for most of my teaching career in Malta working with youths having challenging behaviour, an area which she loves.  Michelle moved on and worked as Director of Fejda and Jean Antide, a residential home for young females. This gave her the experience of living and breathing their life experiences, which as a professional gave her a different perspective and view of their lived experiences, the ‘unspoken’.

She then moved on to the UK for seven years working again in a specialized school for drop-outs, due to their behavioral challenges.  Michelle became a registered Counsellor with the BACP.  She recently came back and went back to working in Child Abuse.  She is also a part-time lecturer with the Uni of Malta teaching social integration to migrants and with an institute whereby she teacher various psychology topics.

Silvia works as counsellor within the educational sector and as a counsellor supervisor. Her experience covers counselling children, adolescents and adults, couple counselling and family counselling . She also supervises counselling trainees as part of their Masters qualification at the University of Malta and works privately as counsellor and supervisor.

Silvia graduated with a B.Psy (Hons); and has an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma from Portman (NHS) in systemic therapy. She has a Masters Degree on Counselling and a Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision. Currently she is working on a PHD proposal and is intensifying her studies in emotional regulation in a multi-family setting.

She is past president of the Malta Association of the Counselling Profession and was also on the board of Directors of the Malta Red Cross for ten years and a member on the technical committee for childcare for five years.