Having experienced active addiction for almost thirty years and then been fortunate enough to find personal recovery, Connor began his career in the addictions treatment field in 1998 and worked as a counsellor in the voluntary sector during his study of counselling and psychotherapy at Birmingham University.
For the ensuing five years Connor worked in a prison setting, offering group and individual therapy as well as managing the drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit. During this period Connor studied experiential psychotherapy at the University of East Anglia, a program of study created to inform practitioners more readily as to the nature of change within the human organism and how any such change might better be facilitated.
During Connor’s career he has practiced in both statutory and private day care and residential treatment settings, while also undertaking a further period of study at Warwick University, qualifying as a supervisor of counsellors and psychotherapists. Having recently completed a five-year tenure as the clinic manager at The Recovery Lighthouse in Worthing, Connor will now serve as the registered manager at the Banbury Lodge clinic where it will be his responsibility to oversee the day to day running of the clinic and ensure that all treatments are created and delivered in an innovative, safe, caring and effective manner.
Having had more than enough personal experience of the vagaries of addiction and with some 20 years experience as a practitioner, Connor is excited to be leading a new team brought together at Banbury Lodge, to address eating disorders and addictions with an added emphasis on the potential for early interventionist treatments with those individuals spanning a 16 -18 years of age group.
Rebecca has worked as a clinician within the addiction/mental health field since 1999, in the UK and Ireland and Internationally, in both managerial and therapy positions. She has worked within a number of Priory Healthcare Organisations and other reputable and leading treatment providers and she is accredited with ACI (Addiction Counsellors Ireland)
As a qualified Addiction Therapist, to post graduate diploma level, she then went onto obtain further post graduate qualifications at Birmingham University in Integrative Counselling and London South Bank University in Addiction Counselling and Psychology.
Rebecca is also a trained cognitive behavioural therapist and is a certified relapse prevention specialist. She has extensive experience of, and training within, working with families and family systems affected by addiction and trauma. She is EAGALA and LEAP trained in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and has witnessed the benefits of this powerful therapy in releasing unresolved trauma, allowing clients to engage in growth and change. She has a wealth of experience of working with dual diagnosis and all aspects of addictive behaviour including eating disorders, pathological gambling, sex and love addiction, co-dependency, alcohol, drugs and other process addictions.
Rebecca is also a trained EMDR therapist and integrates this into her practice when working with complex trauma.
She is an avid believer in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and how this can positively impact the client engaging in change, and much of her work is focused around this. She is both an empathetic and compassionate therapist however will provide therapeutic boundaries and safety for clients within her work.
Susan Pritchett has been working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy for Twenty years, during this time Susan has completed the study of integrated counselling and experiential psychotherapy.
Susan has worked both in the statutory and private sectors and has offered individual and group therapy for a wide variety of presenting problems including eating disorders, addiction and substance misuse prevention work with adolescent client groups.
Susan comes to Banbury Lodge with a wealth of experience and a passion for helping to facilitate those individuals who wish to find their fully functioning capacity in life.
Addictions and Eating Disorders Therapist
Dimitra Theofili holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and an MSc degree in Forensic Psychology and Criminology. She has extended training in Systemic and family therapy, systemic counselling, eating disorders counselling, psychological support for refugees, education psychology and dyslexia.
Dimitra is an experienced therapist with a proven history of working in mental health care. She started her professional career in the addiction & recovery field in 2004 as a member of NGO “Return” in Greece. There she completed her bachelor’s research in women’s alcoholism. It was rated as “excellent” and published by the University of Crete. During her research, Dimitra had first-hand experience of the struggles people with addiction would face. She could see what was required to free oneself from addiction; both of the person suffering from the illness and of their loved ones.
Her areas of expertise are group therapy, eating disorders and addiction counselling, couple’s therapy, crisis intervention, anger management and individual counselling.
Dimitra had also worked as a special consultant in the Haemodialysis Unit of Henry Dunant Hospital of Athens, in the mental health rehabilitation Center “Iremia” and in the recovery and rehabilitation centre “Filoktitis”. For the past 10 years, Dimitra is also working as a systemic and family therapist in her private practice.
Charlotte has been working as an addiction counsellor since 2016. She had graduated from the University of Leicester with a distinction in Drug and Alcohol Counselling and Treatment and is familiar with using modalities such as Motivational Interviewing, Person Centred Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Previously, Charlotte worked in the health and social care sector and has experience of delivering training in various subjects. Charlotte is passionate about promoting recovery and emotional wellbeing and has several years’ experience of organising workshops and facilitating groups that incorporate aspects of psycho-social interventions, relapse prevention and behavioural approaches.
Sasha is a therapist and yoga teacher with an MA in dance and movement psychotherapy. She.has experience facilitating therapy groups, individual therapy sessions and movement classes in private, public and voluntary sector settings, with young people and adults with substance misuse and mental health needs.
She has personal experience with addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder which is what led her into this field of work. During her MA degree, addiction was her specialist area of research, focusing on addiction and the impact it has on the individual and the family, and looking at approaches to treatment that can be particularly helpful at addressing the trauma that underlies addiction. She is passionate about working in recovery and at being able to support individuals on their journey.
Bernie came to Banbury Lodge with a keen interest in working within the addiction field and in utilising a person-centred approach to help individuals with addiction to become more readily capable of appreciating their lives from a fully functioning perspective.
Bernie has completed a BA Honours degree in Counselling, Bernie’s core model of counselling is person-centred therapy and she is also an NLP Master Practitioner. Bernie enjoys learning and developing new creative ways of working with clients and also the challenges it brings to be able to work them in a person-centred way.
Recovery Support Worker
Angela started her career by obtaining a Diploma in Criminology and Psychology from The Open University. Angela worked as a community carer before eventually joining the team at Banbury Lodge in February 2018 as a Recovery Support Worker.
As someone with a desire to help others and encourage them along their journey, Angela aims to help everyone that comes through their treatment at Banbury Lodge in any way she can.
Recovery Support Worker
Seyda has spent her professional life working in roles that are supporting of others. Seyda qualified as a Learning Disability Nurse in 1989 and having spent 10 years in this specific role, Seyda continued to work within the social health, mental health and homelessness sectors of health and social care.
Having regularly encountered those struggling with addictions and or dual diagnosis in this past professional roles, Seyda joined Banbury Lodge with a view to learning more about addictions and mental health and how Seyda might best contribute to this particular treatment setting.
Recovery Support Worker
Zoe began working in the support field in 2013 within a medium-secure psychiatric unit. This experience allowed her to develop a vast understanding of challenging behaviours, substance misuse and mental health disorders. During this time, Zoe completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at The University of Northampton, and graduated in 2016.
Zoe then spent 6 months volunteering in a mental health hospital in Sri Lanka, working with patients who suffered from both mental health disorders and addictions combined. It was a period of time that allowed her to put the theoretical background of her degree into practice. Zoe continued support work in 2017 and worked with clients with a range of physical disabilities and terminal illnesses, such as stroke victims and clients with motor neurone disease.
Recovery Support Worker
Lianne started her career in the care industry in 2001, Working within the NHS and completing NVQ level 3 diploma in health and social care within the accident and emergency
department. During Lianne’s time working for the NHS, Lianne worked with individuals presenting with substance misuse and or mental health disorders.
Lianne left the care field in 2010 to start a new career in the procurement industry, however following a period of absence from the field of health and social care, Lianne has decided to make the move back into the caring profession by joining the team at Banbury lodge to utilise the skills she had previously obtained during her time in the NHS and to learn new skills associated with working with those struggling with addiction concerns and supporting them as they begin their journey towards long term recovery
Recovery Support Worker
Tom joined Banbury lodge seeking to be part of a team that focused on person-centred care within the field of addiction, having worked in a non-patient facing environment for several years, Tom is looking to have direct client interaction within the treatment setting and providing support on to clients on a daily basis.
Tom’s working background is mainly in Histopathology and Cytopathology laboratory support, spending 3 years working for a private laboratory before moving into the NHS service in Oxford for a further 3 years. Tom has completed a degree in health-related exercise and fitness from Leeds metropolitan university leaving in 2012. During his time at university, Tom spent a year volunteering with Young people in Bradford as part of the Rugby League foundation, teaching the sport in schools to a range of age groups in the Bradford area. Following this, Tom volunteered and later worked in a gym environment supporting people who had health concerns to become more active as part of the GP referral scheme.
Laura joined Banbury Lodge team in November 2018, driven by the desire to help people who have come across addiction in their life, and she believes that substance misuse treatment should not only be replaced by prescribed medication but part of a holistic approach towards recovery, following a plan put together by a multidisciplinary team, covering all the aspects of one’s well being.
She has been using her general medical knowledge to help the clients at Banbury Lodge achieve an acceptable level of physical wellbeing whilst undergoing detox treatment, in order to be able to focus on the personal and psychological aspects of their lives, and ultimately, achieve recovery from substance misuse and addiction.
Her professional experience begins when she qualified as a general adult nurse in 2015 and began her career working as a nurse in elderly, dementia and palliative care field. She acquired a wide range of experience in the medical field while working in a nursing home, dealing with a variety of illnesses commonly occurring in elderly patients.
In 2018 she started working on a surgical ward, where she gathered experience in managing patients post-op. She underwent extensive training in order to fulfill her nursing duties and provide the best of care towards her patients, with a portfolio comprising venepuncture, catheterisation, BLS (basic life support), ILS (immediate life support), AIMS (acute illness management), early warning signs of deteriorating health, use of AED, intravenous drug administration, pain management, extensive wound management and more.
During her time spent as a nurse in the surgical ward, she developed a particular interest in pain management and how it is sometimes associated with substance misuse.