My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- Nat Addiction Centre Cert: Drug Dependence,
- English Nursing Board 616: Drug Dependence,
- LCCH Dip Clinical Hypnosis,
- LCCH Practitioner Dip CBH.
My professional experience:
I have worked as an addiction therapist since 1989, initially for the Chemical Dependency Centre at Thurston House then, from 1991 – 1996, for the NHS at both the Maudesley and the Royal Bethlem Hospitals Addictions Directorates. In 1996 I accepted the post of manager at a RAPt rehabilitation unit. In 1999 I co-authored the RAPt treatment manual which became the first addiction treatment programme in the UK to achieve accreditation. In 2000 I was appointed to the position of Director of Clinical Policy from which I retired in 2005. Since then, in addition to returning to individual practice, I have worked as a consultant and therapist to organisations, including RAPt, the Drug & Alcohol Foundation, Seventy4 Foundation and Stepping Stones, setting up treatment programmes, training staff and providing patient aftercare.
At the Nightingale Hospital, I currently provide Addiction: assignment, education, therapy and aftercare groups.
My personal Statement:
Having specialised in the field of addiction with many patients over many years, I recognise that active addiction generally stems from an attempt by the individual to overcome emotional issues or problems by use of an outside “fix.” The fix, (commonly, but not exclusively, alcohol or drugs), eventually becoming a devastating problem in its own right. My preferred method for helping clients to overcome these issues is within a group setting and I have found the understanding, empathy, identification and support, found within a facilitated group of recovering individuals, to be without parallel.