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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.

Paul Spanjar

CEO

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.

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Counselling Team

Daryle Fortescue

Daryle Fortescue

Registered Manager

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 Spiegel

Steve Spiegel

Counsellor

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 McIntosh

Clinton McIntosh

Counsellor

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 Rakestraw

Nicole Rakestraw

Counsellor

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.

Dougie McDonald

Dougie McDonald

Counselling Team

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 Boote

Helena Boote

Counselling Team

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 Clarke

Martha Clarke

Counselling Team

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

Dean Lyons

Counselling Team

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.

Kelly Morrison

Kelly Morrison

Counselling Team

Kelly graduated from treatment at The Providence Projects in 2016. She went on to gain work experience in a range of settings whilst studying hard to achieve her Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Therapuetic Counselling and gain full accreditation with BACP. After 5 years in active recovery, Kelly had the opportunity to come back home!! Kelly is a naturally positive person with great energy and is an inspiration to our clients.

Beth Wignall

Beth Wignall

Counselling Team

Beth is a new and fantastic addition to the team. She is currently in the process of completing her Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and gaining full accreditation with BACP. Beth has a beautifully kind and gentle nature and has the fantastic ability to help people in treatment express themselves. With a background and a degree in acting, as well as a passion for Creative Writing, Beth also delivers a range of workshops enabling clients to express their feelings.

Greg Carroll

Greg Carroll

Counselling Team

Greg is a highly experienced addiction professional. Having worked in the field for over 10 years both in residential treatment settings, and frontline community settings, Greg really does understand all aspects of addiction and alcoholism. He is passionate about recovery and strongly believes that anyone suffering from addiction can recover given the right support. Unfortunately Greg is an Arsenal fan, but I guess we all have our shortcomings!

Operations Team

Louise Spanjar

Louise Spanjar

Finance Director

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 Radcliffe

Jon Radcliffe

Admissions Manager

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 Taylor

Lisa Taylor

Administrator

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!

Support Team

Anita Rowe

Anita Rowe

Support Team

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 Moore

Cherril Moore

Support Team

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 Jones

Carl Jones

Support Team

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 Richardson

Les Richardson

Support Team

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 Gregory

Chris Gregory

Support Team

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!

Therapists

Suzy Curtis

Suzy Curtis

Therapist

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!

Night Staff

Russ Watts

Russ Watts

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 Fryer

Les Fryer

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!

Ed Lloyd-Smith

Ed Lloyd-Smith

Ed joined us in 2018 and knows just how tough the treatment journey can be. He is passionate about supporting from the very start of their recovery journey. He approaches recovery with optimism and a sense of humour and is very skilled at helping people through those difficult early days of detox.


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