Anyone who works in a private rehab facility will tell you that the most important factor in a successful centre is the staff. It is probably true of most businesses, but particularly true when talking about addiction treatment. As part of the treatment programme, we ask all residents to complete an evaluation of their experience here. Last year 96% of residents rated the team as excellent (5/5).
At The Providence Projects, we really are fortunate to have some of the leading therapists in the UK who are not only highly skilled and knowledgeable but also incredibly passionate about what we do. This is not a job to us; you only have to come and spend a day here to see that we do this work because we care. We know we have the potential to transform lives and put families back together.
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I can honestly say that heading up this incredible organisation is an honour and a privilege. I have worked in the field of addiction for approximately 15 years and the team of people who work at The Providence Projects, are, in my opinion, the best team I have ever seen.Learn more about Paul
Daryle has been worked in the field of addiction treatment for approaching 20 years after joining The Providence Projects from another residential rehab centre. Daryle is passionate about individual treatment planning as opposed to a one size fits all approach and is keen to ensure that treatment delivery at The Providence Projects continues to evolve with latest evidence based practices. Daryle loves facilitating group therapy sessions and helped to design the aftercare programme at The Providence Projects.
Steve, our founder, officially retired in 2013 but we can’t keep him away! Steve’s passion for helping people in recovery is unparalleled and you will still regularly see him around the centre. Steve still facilitates group therapy sessions, workshops, assignments and delivers his famous relationship workshops.
Clinton started with us in our project in Weymouth many years ago and moved to our Bournemouth facility in 2008. Clinton also has an advanced diploma in Counselling and is accredited with BACP. He is passionate about recovery and has an incredibly fun and infectious spirit. He has a great ability to help people develop a positive outlook and self-belief. Clinton is also a fully qualified auricular acupuncturist.
Nicole has a degree in addictions counselling and is an accredited Drug and Alcohol Professional with FDAP. Nicole is a superb counsellor who has the ability to nurture our clients through the early stages of their recovery and manages to find that balance of kindness and challenge to ensure a balanced treatment approach. Nicole is passionate that every addict / alcoholic deserves a chance at recovery.
Tara has an Advanced Diploma in counselling and is a member of the BACP. Tara is also trained in both Mindfulness and meditation. The combination of her counselling skills along with mindfulness and meditation really helps clients to be in the moment and explore their feelings. Tara strongly believes in everyone’s ability to change and her infectious positivity ripples throughout the centre. She is passionate about supporting our clients to believe in their innate goodness and kindness. Tara has always had love for The Providence Projects, has many years of successful recovery and values how all clients are treated with dignity and respect.
Dougie has been working at The Providence Projects since 2010. Initially working in the support team, Dougie always felt that he would have more to give as a therapist. He was keen to pursue his ambitions, helping clients to get recovery and reach their full potential in life. He achieved an Advanced Diploma in Counselling, gaining accreditation with BACP. He has also recently undergone training in interpersonal group therapy with Action on Addiction, accredited by the University of Bath. Dougie's passion for his work as a therapist is clear to see. He has a beautiful, laid back manner and is a very calm and composed counsellor. In long term recovery himself, Dougie knows exactly where addiction leads and what is required to make the journey into recovery.
Helena was the first person under the age of 25 to gain a full Honours Degree in Addictions Counselling from Bath University. After working at another treatment centre for 8 years, she joined The Providence Projects in January 2017. She has developed and presents the Relapse Prevention Programme using the latest evidence based techniques and is always there for our clients with a listening ear and kind supportive words. She brings youth, vitality and enthusiasm to the team and is loved by the clients.
Martha is the newest addition to the counselling team. She is in the process of completing her training to gain the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and accreditation with BACP. Martha brings energy and youth to the counselling team, and is incredibly passionate about supporting our clients to become the best versions of themselves.
Dean Lyons is our newest addition to the counselling team. Dean was himself a client at the Provy years ago, where he turned his life around and was inspired to want to help other addicts. Dean has spent the past 5 years working in community and residential addiction services, and we are so excited that he is making the leap to become an addiction counsellor at the Providence Projects. His passion and commitment to helping people, and his caring and warm nature make him an asset to the team and of great benefit to the clients he will work with.
Having joined the organisation in 2000, Lou is the longest serving member of staff! She manages all finance operations at The Providence Projects and runs a tight ship! Fortunately for us, Lou strongly values continuing investment in the organisation, meaning that the staff team continue to keep up with the latest training, accommodation standards are kept high and The Providence Projects remain leaders in the field.
Jon is the admissions manager and oversees the process from your first contact through to the day you start treatment. He joined us at The Providence Projects in 2008 and is able to take you through the entire admission process. He will explain how the treatment works, help you arrange transport into rehab, liaise with the family and be your point of reference right through to the day you start treatment. It would be fair to say that Jon is the gatekeeper!
Lisa has about fourteen jobs at The Providence Projects. As well as assisting Jon with the pre-admissions, Lisa’s main role is administrative supporting all staff teams including counselling teams, support teams and accounts teams. She has the superb ability to remain calm while multitasking!
Normally the first person you will see on arrival, Anita oversees reception duties. Whenever you walk through reception, you will always see at least one of the residents talking to Anita. She has that natural personality that means people want to tell her their problems! Between groups, residents love chatting with her. Anita is also the voice at the end of the phone for families calling in.
Cherril has been with us since 2004 and is now part of The Providence Furniture! An absolute natural carer, nothing is too much trouble for Cherril who is always prepared to go that extra mile to ensure your stay is comfortable.
Carl is Mr Dependable. He has been at The Project for many years and is a model of professionalism and consistency. He is passionate about recovery and supports clients with all non-therapeutic needs. Working at Providence is far more than a job for Carl.
Les began volunteering at The Providence Projects in 2013 and went on to become a full time employee in 2016. He is full of enthusiasm and kindness, and is passionate about 12 step recovery. Les is an excellent support worker, always ensuring that clients receive the support they need
Chris is the newest addition to the support team, having been a client himself at the Providence Projects in 2013. He always has a smile on his face and his passion for recovery and helping others means he is loved by clients and staff alike!
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Grace heads up our Marketing and Communications department, overseeing all social media activity, content creation, PR and website management. She is an avid writer and runs our Providence blog, keeping it updated with a range of her own articles covering all aspects of mental health, addiction and recovery.
The Provy has a very special place in Grace's heart, and she is dedicated to ensuring as many people as possible know about the service we offer, and that recovery is possible. Grace jointly runs the Providence Family Day - for the loved ones of those in treatment - as well as helping the admissions and counselling teams with new arrivals.
Jay oversees alternative therapies at The Providence Projects. Her therapies receive wonderful feedback from all of our clients who get a huge amount from both her reiki and head massage sessions. Jay has a very peaceful aura and has the beautiful quality of helping you feel at ease straight away.
You know when Suzy has put you through your paces. Suzy runs our fitness classes and specialises in boxercise which is a combination of Boxing and Aerobics. These classes are very popular due to Suzy’s fun and energetic spirit. Suzy, who is a highly respected personal trainer was in treatment at The Providence Projects 20 years ago!
As well as her fabulous reiki and head massage skills, Jay is one of our overnight support workers ensuring that those on the alcohol detox programme have 24 hour care and support. She has a kind and gentle personality who people instantly feel safe with. She is passionate that all clients have a positive experience and always has time for chat and a cuppa.
Russ joined The Providence Projects in 2016 and became a full time employee at the beginning of 2017. Russ is a real professional and understands first-hand what is required to be successful in rehab and then in recovery post treatment. He offers a great level of support in the evening and overnight to clients and is able to reassure those who are nervous or unsure of themselves.
Les is now approaching 25 years in personal recovery himself and has worked in treatment centres all around the world. He worked with us at The Providence Projects over 15 years ago and has come full circle, re-joining us in 2018 after setting up an addiction treatment centre in Thailand. He still loves to travel but has an incredible passion for helping people in early recovery. Although he has worked in a variety of settings, Les eventually realised that The Providence Projects is the best treatment centre in the world!
Richard has been working closely with the therapeutic team in a volunteering role. His caring and compassionate nature means he is loved by the clients, who feel relaxed and at ease with him. In recovery himself, Richard knows the challenges and rewards our clients will encounter, and is always there to help and support them along the way.