Experts in our Field
Meet Our Team
Steve is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and has worked for many of the world's leading private addiction, eating disorder and mental health treatment centres. He has several years’ experience in private practice, specialising in the psychology of addictive behaviours and holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Addiction Psychology and Counselling from London South Bank University. He also holds master practitioner status in eating disorders, nutrition and obesity. He draws on a wide range of therapeutic models and looks at how addiction forms psychologically, genetically and biologically.
Steve also worked with a major UK charity specialising in working with children of dysfunctional families who may experience bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma. Not only does he specialise in addiction, mental health and eating disorders, but he has also held a number of senior roles with some of the world’s leading blue chip organisations and therefore fully understand the complexity and difficulty of how addiction, stress, depression and eating disorders impact the workplace.
CPCAB accredited Diploma
Primary Therapist and Sex Addiction Lead
Robin completed his training in addiction counselling at Clouds in 2002 and has spent the last 13 years working for major addiction treatment providers in the UK. He is a strong advocate of both 12 Step treatment and long term recovery through the 12 Step programme. Robin believes in encouraging clients to engage honestly with others whilst in treatment and to continue this process by meeting regularly with other recovering people for support. He is particularly keen on involving the family in the treatment process and has considerable experience of facilitating groups in the family programme. Robin also holds a CPCAB accredited Diploma in Sex Addiction Counselling.
Counsellor - Primary Therapist and CBT Lead
Jan is a CAPCB accredited therapist in integrative therapeutic counseling. Her approaches are psychodynamic, person centred, existential and cognitive behavioural. Jan holds post graduate qualifications in CBT and in group therapy as well as further training in mindfulness based stress reduction. Jan has a professional relationship with Life Works spanning more than 2 years and as CBT lead she leads on Life Works treatment for those client presenting with primary conditions of depression and anxiety.
Barry holds a MA in Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame), a BA (Hons) in Drama from the University of Manchester and a PGDip In Counselling from the University of North London. His professional background prior to training as a Dramatherapist was as a therapeutic counsellor. He has many years experience of working within both the private and voluntary sector. His work experience includes: LGBT clients, people recovering from problematic alcohol or substance misuse, mental health issues (depression, personality disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders and OCD), dual diagnosis, older clients, loss and bereavement, children and young people, sexuality, gender, sexual health and HIV.
Dr Mas Syed
Dr Mas Syed completed his undergraduate medical qualification at The University of Leicester Medical School in 2004. He qualified as a General Practitioner in 2008 having worked in many London Hospitals. He has been practising in Surrey thereafter and has been a GP Partner since 2011. He has also previously worked as a Medical Director for an Out of Hours company covering South West London. He has special interests in Mental Health, Chronic Disease Management and also Men’s Health.
Dr Fatima Khan
MBBS, BSc, DRCOG, MRCGP
Dr Fatima Khan completed her undergraduate medical qualification including her BSc (in pharmacology & therapeutics) at Imperial College London in 2007. She qualified as a General Practitioner in 2013 after completing her training in various South West London hospitals gaining clinical experience in Care of the Elderly, Paediatrics, Womens health (obstetrics & gynaecology), Accident & Emergency, Psychiatry, General Surgery, General Medicine and Primary Care. The experience gained has given her the confidence and competence to fulfil her role as a GP and provide personalised patient centre care. She believes patients should be empowered to make decisions regarding their healthcare management.
Kate has an FDA in counselling and is an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). She has worked as a counsellor within the NHS for several years and as a supervisor at a support centre for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Kate adheres to the BACP code of ethics and conduct
As an Equine Assisted therapist she values each person as a unique individual. She has over 1000 hours of experience working as an Equine Assisted therapist in addition to those gained in a traditional setting. She specialises in trauma recovery and has recently embarked on a project involving serving and ex-serving military personnel, for which she has received funding from Help4Heros.
Rebecca is a registered Nutritionist with the AfN after completing her MSc in Human Nutrition. She is currently undertaking the Master Practitioner course in eating disorders as well as an applied ‘intuitive eating and not-diet approaches in practice’ course. Alongside working at the centre, Rebecca has her own private practice as well as consulting in sports nutrition at Chelsea Ladies Football Club. Rebecca is passionate about helping people to understand their eating habits and feel at ease making choices that are catered towards their personal needs and goals. Her nutritional approach follows the belief that everyone is different, but food is ultimately to be enjoyed in a healthy and balanced way, without judgement.
Chipo has successfully run the Housekeeping Department for over 10 years. Her goal, along with Dawn and the rest of the housekeeping team is to make sure that The Cottage is maintained to a high standard of cleanliness and ensure the stay of our clients is as comfortable as possible.
Jill has been head chef at Life Works since 2009 and leads a team of three others. Jill has over 40 years of experience as a Chef both in the public and private sector, including 9 years as Head Chef for House of Fraser. She was formally Head Chef at Farm Place, a Priory owned residential facility for addictions. Jill has extensive experience in catering to clients with eating disorders as well as clients with food requirements that are underpinned by their cultural and religious beliefs.
Jill cooks using only the most wholesome, nutritious ingredients and prepares all dishes fresh, onsite, to the highest standards. The team respond to each individual’s catering needs, working alongside our dietician and personal trainer to ensure that you receive the balanced nutrition required to support you recovery.
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