Heal For Life Foundation: About Us

Guests dealing with differing traumas or abuses can find both guidance and community at the Heal for Life Foundation. Our not-for-profit charity incorporates support programs and other services for those who wish to begin or to continue the healing process as a result of childhood trauma or abuse.

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The Heal for Life centre as a whole consists of 340 acres of beautiful Cessnock countryside. The acreage hosts several facilities for a wide range of age groups and program types. We have also worked tirelessly to spread the reach of our services to the United Kingdom, as well as the Philippines and West Australia. This means that individuals all over the world can benefit from the programs and services we provide.

In addition to the main centre just outside of Newcastle, there is also a Trauma Centre closer to the centre of Newcastle NSW. Here, we are able to provide psychologists to assist with mental health services and support, as well as counsellors and other mental health professionals.

Joy Jones

Director of Community Relations Psychiatric Institute of Washington

What Do We Do Differently?

Our certified and friendly staff at Heal for Life draws upon years of training at the best institutions for trauma and abuse research,

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as well as real-life experience in the field in order to provide some of the most high-quality services for those who would like the opportunity to heal and grow with the support of our programs.which is why we only hire the best and most qualified employees to aid and assist clients through their healing process at our beautiful centre in the Hunter Valley area.We understand just how difficult it can be to begin the process of healing through childhood trauma,

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We also see the value of knowing what healing from trauma is like. That’s why everyone who is a part of the Heal for Life community is able to relate to and understand the struggle of every other individual in at least some capacity. This is a beautiful thing to experience considering how difficult it can be to be dealing with trauma alone.

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Many of our guests at Heal for Life deal with anxiety disorders or depression and want to begin the process of seeking mental health treatment for these illnesses.Some individuals who already receive medical attention for trauma have received a referral from their medical professional or hospital.Guests who may have been dependent on anxiety medications may visit with the hope of starting the process of the Recovery Model in order to get back to a life without the need for medication in order to manage everyday living.

Who Are Our Guests?

Thinking about and revisiting trauma can be a big step. Some of our guests want to make that step at a place like this, where they are safe and a part of a larger community that understands and empathises.The Heal for Life Process There are a number of important factors to take into consideration when it comes to beginning a difficult healing process. At Heal for Life, our process focuses on:Safety. One such factor to be considered is safety. Our facility is run with the utmost consideration taken to ensure that confidentiality is maintained for each and every visitor of this or any centre.

Respect for Privacy

Any information shared within the healing process among staff or visitors is strictly to be kept within the space and not repeated elsewhere. Heal For Life is a place for you to learn how to trust again, which is why maintaining our trustworthiness is of the utmost importance.Strong Community. Along these lines, this space is meant to help survivors of trauma and abuse to build back new and better relationships and to feel at home in a safe community. For this reason, Heal for Life facilitators and guests all participate together in activities and work throughout the healing week. Just like in a household, those who stay at the main centre will cook and eat together, as well as reflect spiritually on the week before and the tasks ahead.Trust Building. While individuals who have been abused need to begin the process of trusting again and building relationships, it can be difficult for them to do this out in the world where there is potential to be taken advantage of again. The community building tasks that visitors participate in at Heal for Life help to establish a beautiful connection between everyone at the facility and allow victims of trauma and abuse to practice relationship skills in a safe environment where they will not be taken advantage of by an abuser.

Meet Our Team

Paul Gionfriddo

Paul Gionfriddo

President and CEO

This is a self-motivated space. That means that no one who is visiting the Heal for Life centre is being forced to be here. Individuals can make use of our services when they feel the desire to confront their past trauma and begin to work on building a support system and practising skills to help them heal and move forward from the abuse or trauma.

Taylor Adams

Taylor Adams

Manager, Programs and Operations

Guests in the space are accountable for their actions and behaviour, they are not at the mercy of any of the staff. The Heal for Life centre offers support, community, and encouragement, but does not make any decisions on behalf of visitors.

Jennifer Cheang

Jennifer Cheang

Digital Marketing Manager

Our way of working through trauma means that everyone’s journey with us is going to look a little different. Some individuals may want to stay with Heal for Life the week and then return to their lives. Others may want to make Heal for Life a more consistent part of their lives.


Our Clients

The only time constraint is a recommendation that guests space out their time spent here in increments of at least three months each so that they can have time to apply the things they learned about themselves to their daily life.

Shirley Roberts


All of this helps to empower the individual who is facing their trauma. The path to healing is in their own hands.

Helena Smith


Residential treatment for all age groups to start healing from trauma Newcastle-based Trauma Centre for mental health counselling and therapy with trained and certified psychologists Education for educators (schools or teachers) in Trauma Informed Practice Indigenous services.

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