Rosie started her career as a volunteer counsellor, working for the mental health organisation MIND. Having benefited from the 12 step model of addiction herself her goal was to complete training to enhance her knowledge of addiction.
After completing her Diploma in counselling at Birkbeck University in London she undertook a 3-year MSc in addiction psychology and counselling at London South-bank University.
Post qualification she started working as a counsellor, Snr counsellor and then became the centre manager for TTP Communities in Luton, which was a quasi-residential rehabilitation centre.Rosie was to remain with TTP for 8 years until its closure in 2015.
She then went on to gain employment with the NHS in Luton as Clinical Lead at Reconnect which offered community-based support for all those affected from addictions, including families.
Rosie was with Reconnect for 2 years; however, her commitment to the 12 step model of recovery from addictions led her back to working in Residential Rehab.
Stephen has been working at Liberty house clinic since the end of March 2017. He originally joined the team as a support worker while he completed his post- graduate diploma, in which he specialised as an addiction therapist. Since he has qualified, he has become an integral member of the LHC therapy team. Stephen is now completing his MSc in addiction psychology and counselling from London South Bank University.
Stephen is also in recovery from drug addiction himself and to date has over five years of abstinence. He has first- hand experience of the struggles, facing people with addiction and what is required for a person to free themselves from the shackles that addiction places not only on the suffering individual but also on the family and loved ones close to the person concerned.
Stephen has experience of many different forms of therapeutic approaches used to treat both chemical dependency and process addictions. Stephen decided to pursue a career in the field of addiction firstly, due to his personal experience but also as he is acutely aware of the social stigma associated with addiction-related problems and how these stigmas only serve to keep the people concerned stuck and marginalised rather that helped and supported as they try and battle their demons.
While the field of addiction is a very challenging environment to work in. Stephen feels a great sense of achievement and enjoyment to see a person leave a treatment centre ready to embark on a new life which will be a voyage of self- discovery without the need for harmful substances or self-destructive behaviours.
Sharon is an addictions counsellor; she began her career in this field almost five years ago. She first worked as a support worker in a rehab centre in Northamptonshire, progressing to local drug and alcohol services, a bespoke rehab. Sharon was a housing officer for a charity working with both homeless and substance misuse clients. During this time, Sharon also completed a degree in Drug and Alcohol Counselling and Treatment at the University of Leicester.
Sharon is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, though she strives to implement an individual approach for each of her clients to find what works best for them.
Sharon also has knowledge of the twelve-step approach and believes in the power of group therapy providing tangible hope and support. Sharon is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about her work and she strongly believes in empowering her clients to create positive change in their lives.
Tom Joined Liberty House in 2018 as an addictions counsellor. He is trained in various therapeutic techniques including CBT, DBT, 12 Step Therapy, Person Centred Counselling and SMART Recovery. He specialises in relapse prevention.
Tom Graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in addiction counselling. He began his Mental Health career with Mindful, providing Mental health awareness and mentor training to children and young people. He trained in addiction with Rapt on the island day programme before moving to the children’s society in their hidden harm programme. In 2014, Tom joined Focus 12 where he worked as senior counsellor for 3 years where he implemented various therapeutic programmes and initiatives.
Pablo has been working within the drug and alcohol rehabilitation industry for 13 years covering a range of roles such as a counsellor, music therapist, behavioural therapist, and family therapist.
Pablo completed his bachelors’ degree in Psychology and a master’s in Music Therapy And Behavioural Therapy. He also completed a post-graduate qualification in Family Therapy as well as a certificate in Psychodrama.
He has a passion for this industry because of his own first-hand experience in substance misuse and seeing the effects of addiction in a close relative. Pablo uses many different therapeutic approaches, such as motivational interviewing and solution focussed therapy, to support a client through their recovery journey.
Pablo finds positive client outcomes as a great motivator because it is evidence that when a client is ready to make a change then with the right support and tools they can achieve their recovery milestones. He identifies with the holistic approach offered at Liberty House Clinic Ltd because long-term recovery also includes taking care of your mind as well as your body. We offer meditation, sound and yoga therapy as these are just as important as one-to-one/group sessions.
Pablo also believes that the strength of the therapeutic programme in Liberty House Clinic Ltd is the team and the group work. Peers and staff working together play an equal part in a client’s recovery.
Senior Support Worker
Steven is the Senior Support Worker at Liberty House Clinic. His role is not only to support the clients but also his team with any queries they may have so that they can work to the best of their abilities.
Steven’s role varies on a day-to-day basis but involves administering medication to the clients as required by company policy.
Steven has a vast amount of experience within the industry. One key aspect is interacting, communicating and building a good relationship with clients in a way that promotes dignity and respect. Steven offers support to the clients in fulfilling their goals within their recovery plan. He can provide emotional support by talking to clients and listening to their problems and concerns. Steven ensures that all support workers perform their duties in accordance with the company’s policies and procedures, as well as all administrative tasks associated with their role.
As an ex-problem drinker, Steven was admitted to drug and alcohol treatment centres during his recovery. He decided to continue helping others go through the same process as he once did. While working in the industry, Steven found he is able to provide the help, resources and information that can aid clients to receive the best support to improve their quality of life.
This role has helped him develop as a person and expand his knowledge and experience through the structured training programs (coaching, supervision, support) and the ongoing range of development opportunities provided by the company.
Steven has completed his Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, Industry standard care certification, First Aid, Administration of Medication, and Motivational Interviewing and is currently working through his Level 5 Diploma Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care.
Steven aims to bring happiness and joy into the lives of vulnerable people and help them achieve their potential.
Costas has been working at Liberty house clinic as a support worker. He is an ex client who started volunteering and found the role of supporting clients very rewarding.
Costas is in recovery and believes that his experience as a client who has lived with addiction and alcoholism is a valuable tool that he can use to get through to another person who is still suffering from the effects of their addiction.
Costas has used the same 12 twelve-step program that is introduced to clients at liberty house clinic to stay clean and has used the tools that he learnt to gain long term abstinence. He believes that the therapeutic value of treatment i.e. group sessions and one to one counselling is paramount as they help to deal with underlying issues that need addressing in order to move forward.
Costas believes that liberty house clinic offers a comfortable and safe detox for drugs and alcohol and there is a lot of support for clients whilst going through this first step of their recovery journey. Costas had a very good experience as a client at Liberty House, the support of other peers who are in the same position proved invaluable as everyone was able to support each other. At Liberty House Clinic, we do also add fun group activities such as a quiz night or karaoke as we do believe that a balance of hard work and downtime are both important elements in treatment.
Jabulani has completed his Level 3 in Health and Social Care. He worked at St Magnus low secure, recovery and dementia hospital (adult males) as a senior support worker.
He has a strong passion for dealing with members of the community who may need help with their wellbeing. When he was introduced to Liberty House Clinic Ltd, he discovered that this particular area of healthcare was where he would be able to offer his help and support and decided to join permanently as a night support worker.
Jabulani works with integrity and serves with a smile. He aims to support the complete rehabilitation of clients suffering from substance addiction. The most rewarding aspect of his role is seeing clients progress through their treatment and the positive changes which take place during this time.
Previously Jabulani has been a club president of rotary international for three terms 1996-7, 1997-8, and 1998-9. Studied business administration at the University of Zimbabwe and also did a one-year executive development program.
Jabulani is currently studying for LLB (law) with criminology.
Jade has gained a great deal of experience working in healthcare, in particular, learning disabilities, and is new to the field of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. She became interested in a career in substance misuse rehabilitation around five years ago.
Jade has seen the struggles a client goes through taking the first step into treatment but also the progress that is made daily. She enjoys her role because she has seen people get better and start to repair their lives.
Jade started her career in the unions as a Student Liaison she has a degree in Politics and Women’s studies. She would like to supplement her practical training by completing level 3 in health and social care.
HR and Operational Support
Bina has over 14 years of people management experience within the retail sector. She has gained a vast amount of experience with managing client expectations through the team. She joined Liberty House Clinic after spending a year in the industry and felt that she would like to put her energies into helping people.
Bina works closely alongside the registered manager to ensure that all aspects of administration, training and operational tasks are completed. One of her gratifying moments is when she sees clients successfully complete their treatment programme and start to rebuild relationships with their families and friends.
A number of colleagues have been through addiction and seeing them develop to be able to support others through their recovery is one area that she finds very rewarding. Bina has gained a greater understanding of what is involved in setting up a new rehab centre and recruiting a team that is qualified and experienced to deliver a programme that will help our clients get the best out of their treatment with us.
Binas’ aim is to ensure that the team have all the tools and knowledge they need to deliver an exceptional experience to all our clients. This includes making sure colleague training is completed and up to date and that the team receive regular one to ones as well as development opportunities.
Bina would also like to develop herself in areas such as CBT, NLP and life coaching so that she can have a more hands-on approach to helping clients through their recovery journey. Bina is inspired by the commitment and dedication both the team and clients have towards recovery and would like to get more involved in client work to diversify her skills.
In Terry’s role as the Maintenance person at Liberty House Clinic Ltd he is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the clinic, including the garden and the car park. Terry takes a leading role supporting the centre manager with fire, as well as health and safety checks.
Terry has over 30 years of experience in building and maintenance work. He liaises with both staff and clients to make sure the clinic is kept to a good standard for the safety and well-being of anyone using our service, visiting our facilities or working in our building. Terry feels that by providing a safe and secure environment contributes towards a client’s recovery. This is achieved through building confidence with the client by showing that we can offer them a safe environment to stay in during their treatment. Terry believes that the work we do is a great stepping stone, as every milestone the client achieves will help them to move on to a better life.