Team

FullSizeRender Simon Bowen, Managing Director

Apart from a wealth of experience in his own 13 years and 6 months of recovery, Simon has Certificate IV’s in Alcohol and Other Drugs, Training and Assessment, and Business Management, is currently finishing his Diploma in Counselling. Simon has worked in the UK since 2008 in management posts in drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, and was an Admissions Manager for one of the UK’s largest private rehabilitation organisations, with over 350 beds nationally over 5 rehabs.


Justine Martin, General Manager (Degree in Psychology)

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Justine has a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Certificate III in Community Services and Health. She has many years’ experience supporting people with a range of substance and behavioral addictions in both live-in rehabilitation treatment and community settings. Justine is passionate about helping people to achieve freedom from addiction and brings a wealth of personal experience and knowledge to her role.

 

Stella SwanStella Swan, One to One Counsellor (Masters in Counselling)

Stella Swan is another Masters in Counselling graduate from Tabor College. Stella is our one to one counsellor for a lot of our clients, and helps the client to have a more personal focus on their journey into their recovery. Affirmation work, inner-child work and many other useful techniques have enabled Stella to reach understanding with clients about their addiction, and enabled them to look at and change behaviours that enable their addiction.


IMG_43711Sian Snedden, Group Therapist and One to One Counsellor

Sian Snedden is a skilled counsellor with more than ten years experience helping clients in the area of addiction. Originally from the UK, Sian has a background in film and theatre. These creative talents have recently led her to add art therapy to her counselling skills, having achieved a Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy in 2015. Sian has a client-centred holistic approach to therapy, incorporating spiritual aspects with her passion for meditation, mindfulness and self development. Narrative and Gestalt therapy techniques are predominant in her group therapy sessions. In her private practice, Sian works with individuals and small groups, helping clients with issues of mental health and addictions (including alcohol and other drugs, gambling and food addictions). Sian assists those that are not afraid to do the deeper work of which the Art Therapy is instrumental.

Gandalf Gandalf, The Wonder Dog

Gandalf is Simon’s 4 1/2 year old Golden Retriever, and visits the house regularly, sharing his unconditional love and freely offers his expertise in living in the moment to all and sundry. Pet therapy at it’s very best, and lovingly delivered by a friendly, enthusiastic and nurturing specimen. See this article about one of the leading 12 step addiction treatment centres in the USA, The Betty Ford Clinic, and their amazing results with their Golden Retriever and two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels. Click Here for the article and video.

 

Smeagol, The Wonder Pup

Smeagol is our newest addition to the family here and joins us officially on the 20th May. Golden Retriever Puppy Goodness!