Apart from a wealth of experience in his own 14 years 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)
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 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. Stella is currently on leave travelling around Australia, and will be joining us again in 2019.
Sian 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.
Vanessa Daughtry, One to One Counsellor (Masters in Counselling)
Vanessa is a very skilled trauma specialist, and works with grief and loss and PTSD that our clients can present with. Vanessa is a Masters graduate and lectures at Tabor College here in Adelaide, and also has her own private practice. Vanessa is also a Clinical Counselling Suprervisor for other counsellors, and is highly regarded in this field.
Dr. Paul Vaska – Detox Doctor
Dr. Vaska manages all of our detoxes for all of our clients prior to admission to Visible Recovery. A very understanding man and a real professional, he is a pleasure to work with and have on our team.
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, 2017. Golden Retriever Puppy Goodness! (She is now a little over a year old!! Time flies…)