Fabiana Leaf - Centre Manager
Fabiana Leaf
Centre Manager
Fabiana holds a Diploma in Psychology Studies and is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with Counselling. Fabiana has worked for several years for the Criminal Justice System supporting people with addictions and substance misuse, mental health issues, homelessness and suicidality within prisons such as HMP Bedford, HMP The Mount and The Probation Services.
Previously, Fabiana managed a supported living accommodation with people suffering from homelessness and challenging behaviours. Also, Fabiana has created/delivered several programmes within the Probation Services, for the youth to deal with behavioural issues, and programmes for domestic abuse perpetrators. In addition, Fabiana worked as a Treatment Practitioner supporting people suffering from gambling addictions for many years. Finally, Fabiana has developed a passion in supporting people suffering from addictions and substance misuse and is very excited to be part of the Banbury Lodge team. Finally, Fabiana has chosen the path to support people with addictions due to having personal family experiences and wants to support other people in their recovery journey.
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Ravinder Soor - Administrator
Ravinder Soor
Administrator
Ravi is an experienced administrator who has worked in administration for over ten years. Having worked in various corporate companies for many years, working for UKAT was a refreshing change.
Not only does the job role offer a more meaningful and purposeful aspect to her work, her involvement with the clients and supporting the team means that Ravi has an important role to play.
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Rebecca Wood - Banbury Lodge - Senior Therapist
Rebecca Wood
Senior Therapist

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.

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Laura Ene - Banbury Lodge - Nurse
Laura Ene
Nurse

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.

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Bernie Wilkie - Banbury Lodge - Therapist
Bernie Wilkie
Therapist

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.

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Sonya Price - Therapist
Sonya Price
Therapist
Sonya Price joins us with a Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy - (CBT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She has previous experience working with individuals in mental health and Wellbeing. She has 25 years experience working in health and social care fields, starting off as a care practitioner through to therapist. She has worked with neurological disorders, mental health, wellbeing, eating disorders and addiction.
Sonya uses a holistic approach which is underpinned by CBT, enabling clients to gain the knowledge and understanding of their own feelings, emotions and thoughts that can lead to certain behaviours around addictions and eating disorders. “I am excited to be part of the team and part of the client's journey through residential treatment”.
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Sian Lewis - Addiction Therapist
Sian Lewis
Addiction Therapist
I am a qualified Counsellor practicing in Person Centred Therapy and Wellbeing, currently working as a Counsellor and Wellbeing being Therapist for West London University. Trained in depression, trauma, substance abuse and bereavement, the majority of my background has been working in the mental health sector. Over the years I have worked with both children and adults with autism and a variety complex mental health issues.
When applicable, I have also started to introduce the medium of art into my practice. I feel this can help to unblock negativity and aid clients in understanding their emotions, this allowing clients to express feelings and thoughts that they otherwise struggle to. In my private practice I run Walking Talking Therapy, giving people the opportunity to talk, exercise and have new surroundings. I am thrilled to be joining Banbury Lodge and helping in the recovery journey for clients.
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Dimitra Theofili - Banbury Lodge - Addictions and Eating Disorders Therapist
Dimitra Theofili
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.

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Melissa Sadler - Banbury Lodge - Recovery Support Worker
Melissa Sadler
Recovery Support Worker
Melissa came to Banbury Lodge having already worked in the health and social care sector for some time, working in residential care providing support for individuals with developmental and or behavioural needs. Melissa came to Banbury Lodge with a view to broadening her skill set and knowledge of addiction treatments.
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Elizabeth Foulds - Banbury Lodge - Recovery Support Worker
Elizabeth Foulds
Recovery Support Worker
Elizabeth joined the Banbury Lodge team with a good level of previous experience of working in the health and social care sector, Elizabeth is excited to have joined the recovery support team and in particular, as this relates to her own ongoing psychology studies.
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Tom Davies - Banbury Lodge - Recovery Support Worker
Tom Davies
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.

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Linda Tobin - Support Worker
Linda Tobin
Support Worker
Linda started work at Banbury Lodge in November, originally as a Housekeeper. She has since changed career direction and is now a valued member of the Support Team. Her past work experience in the Health & Social Care Sector for many years means that she brings to her job role many valuable skills.
Having worked with vulnerable adults with varying needs, Linda shows sensitivity and empathy with the clients she deals with. Always eager to learn new skills she is looking forward to broadening her skill set and understanding more about addiction.
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Trevor Thomas - Support Worker
Trevor Thomas
Support Worker
Trevor Joined Banbury Lodge in October 2021 and is a valued member of the Support Team. Having worked in Social Care for fourteen years, Trevor brings a wealth of experience to his role.
He is not only popular with the clients but is highly regarded by all staff members. Trevor hopes to broaden his skill set and knowledge of addiction treatments and believes Banbury Lodge offers him this opportunity.
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Olivia Palin - Support Worker
Olivia Palin
Support Worker
Olivia Palin has joined Banbury Lodge with a ‘Health & Social Care Degree’ of which some of her studies included, parental substance misuse and the impact it has on their children.
Drug Addiction is an area in which Olivia holds a keen interest and working at Banbury Lodge as a Support Worker offers her the chance to further her career and broaden her knowledge in this field. She is eager to help people in their recovery and is looking forward to working with the team to achieve this goal.
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Kevin Bancroft - Walking Night Support Worker
Kevin Bancroft
Walking Night Support Worker
Kevin has worked with substance misuse clients since the year 2000. Having worked for the 'Ley Community', a 51 bed therapeutic residential rehab for over 10 years. He has also worked front line for 'St Mungos 'and other related homeless residential hostels and projects in and around the Oxfordshire area.
Having a wealth of experience working with vulnerable people for over 20 years in various settings he has a very good understanding and knowledge of both Addiction and Recovery. Feeling Positive about working alongside the staff team and supporting the clients with their journey into recovery at Banbury Lodge.
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Andreea Anin - Housekeeper
Andrea Anin
Housekeeper
Andreea started at Banbury Lodge on the 25th April 2022 and is currently working as a Housekeeper. She studied Psychology and linguistics in Romania and is presently doing a business foundation course with Suffolk University.
Andrea hopes to eventually work in social care and feels working at Banbury Lodge will be an ideal opportunity to eventually progress in her career. Andreea has proven to be a valued member of the team and works hard in her daily tasks.
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