Lead Therapist & Recovery Team Manager
I joined Brynawel in 2009, initially as senior therapist and most recently as therapy lead. I manage the Recovery Team , it is made up of Therapists, Recovery Support Workers,the Chef,Kitchen Staff and the Clients’ Recovery Manager. It is important that we all work together as one team, with clients at the centre of everything we do.
Working with individuals who want to address their substance misuse issues and make changes to their lives is both inspiring and rewarding. It allows me to utilise a range of therapeutic approaches whilst always acknowledging the individuality of each person.
I originally trained at the University of Wales, Newport where I gained a post graduate diploma in integrative counselling. The course introduced me to transactional analysis and I went on to complete advanced clinical training in the application of transactional analysis psychotherapy. I have recently completed a post graduate diploma in systemic family therapy, and I have been awarded a MSc in systemic family counselling. I am also a qualified equine therapist.
Brynawel’s Nurse Prescriber
Steve has over 30 years nursing experience and specific experience of caring for people in over 1000 acute ‘detoxifications’ and relapse prevention interventions. The Nurse Prescriber is also a Registered Nurse Teacher and provides continuing education and training to Brynawel colleagues. Steve is a member of the Brynawel Management Team.
I have worked in the field of addictive behaviour since 2002 and joined the therapy team at Brynawel House in 2008, before which I worked as a counsellor at the Fitzhamon Centre in Cardiff. Helping individuals who have a dependency and working with them to address the underlying issues which have resulted in them becoming dependent on alcohol or drugs is a highly
rewarding experience and my role at Brynawel House is to support clients in making the changes required to address their problematic behaviour and lead them to a brighter future for both themselves and their families.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling Professionals and gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the University of Wales, Newport, in 2004 which incorporates psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural models. I also have training in mindfulness based cognitive therapy which also incorporates those individuals who are experiencing a history of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I have worked as a therapist at Brynawel since 2014. I have an undergraduate diploma in Human Psychology BSc (hons) and went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Councelling. I began my career as a community support worker working with individuals experiencing alcohol dependency. I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling in 2012, since then I have worked in private practice and more recently as a Gambling Intervention Worker.
My role in Brynawel Rehab includes facilitating group therapy, relapse prevention groups, and SMART recovery meetings. I believe a large part of my job is to assist the people we work with, in exploring their dependencies and support them through making positive changes in their lives.
I have also completed training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Level One) and Sand Tray Therapy.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and listed on the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.
Therapist and Support Worker
I have been working in the field of substance misuse since 2006. My first role was as a service user involvement officer, working with service users, professionals along with local and national government, during my time here I was awarded a Social Care Accolade award for utilising service users and professionals in training, which led me to have a greater desire to undertake
more person centred work. I undertook a BSc. Systemic Counselling Degree at University of South Wales graduating in 2016 part of which I spent as a placement counsellor here at Brynawel. I am now a part of the therapy team and undertake one to one counselling as well as group work both of which are extremely satisfying, inspiring and rewarding. I also have a role in the recovery team as a support worker, which enables me to undertake more eclectic work drawing mainly on my computing degree which I gained in 2006.
I am currently studying for a MSc. in Psychology and Counselling of Addictions at London South Bank University which has led to have particular interest in Neuro adaptations, Meta Cognitive Therapy and Motivational work. Outside of Brynawel I am a former visiting lecturer at University of South Wales, and currently guest lecturer at Gloucestershire University covering substance misuse the degree Social Work programmes. In addiction I am a trustee – director for ‘moving on in my recovery’ a substance misuse charity which is focused on mutual aid and training.
Chris is a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist) and the FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals)
I am currently a student therapist on placement at Brynawel Rehab. I am studying a degree in Integrative Counselling and I have a keen interest in a psychodynamic approach of working and keeping up to date with the latest neuro-science and neuro-biological findings in substance misuse and trauma. I have extensive experience of doing voluntary work in the field of substance misuse both in a harm reduction and abstinence setting.
Doing my placement here continues to give me invaluable experience of working in a residential treatment setting, which I very much enjoy and find extremely rewarding.
Clients’ Recovery Manager
I have worked at Brynawel House for 11 years. I originally came from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, and if we meet, you might pick this up from my accent. I have lived in Wales for 28 years and my role here is to ensure that each and every client have the opportunities they need in order to make a sustained recovery.
I hold an N.V.Q level 3 and an I.L.M level 4 in social care and management and a Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in leadership for health and social care services (Adults Residential Management). I am also a member of the Care Council of Wales.
I enjoy working in this person centred environment which encourages independence and treats everyone as individuals. At Brynawel clients are at the centre of everything we do, and as such they are the most important people. We are about everyone working together to bring about positive change.
I am the first point of contact for clients on admission and I fully understand just how difficult it can be, so I ensure that all new clients are made to feel at ease, are comfortable and warmly welcomed on their arrival and throughout their stay.
I hold a weekly house meeting with all residential clients where they have the opportunity to discuss the running of the house and any improvements that can be made.
I joined Brynawel in 2010, after running my own cafe and I haven’t stopped smiling since, knowing that I have landed a dream job. Moving into the voluntary sector was a bit daunting as I did not know what to expect, but at Brynawel it’s more of a 5 Star support with everything else you would expect from a treatment centre.
As part of the Brynawel rehab team I have put together; a food hygiene course, and basic cookery skills training, because of the importance of good nutrition and diet in assisting recovery. Here we try to only use locally sourced ingredients, and when possible our own home grown produce from our organic garden and I hope we can do more of this in the future. As well as cookery qualifications, and my skills as a carpenter, I am also working towards level three Diploma in Health and Social Care.
Recovery Support Worker
I was born in North Yorkshire but have lived in Wales for the past 30 years. As a member of the Recovery Support Team I work in the evenings and at weekends, sleeping over night at Brynawel. As well as my general supporting role, I teach clients a variety of computer skills, from whatever their starting point may.
I take great pleasure in supporting clients and in particular helping them to successfully develop new skills, for example, becoming confident computer users.
Recovery Support Worker
I have worked at Brynawel since October 2005 during which time I have successfully completed my NVQ3 in Health and Social Care. My role as a Recovery Support Worker at Brynawel means that I am involved in taking the clients to the gym during the week and helping clients to develop some of the life skills that dependency on alcohol and drugs has taken from them, such as budgeting and planning.
Recovery Support Worker
I have lived in the area all my life, and have worked for Brynawel since 2009 as a Rehab Support Worker and I also work in the Community supporting clients in their own homes following their discharge from Brynawel. I successfully completed my Health and Social Care NVQ3 in 2011 and very much enjoy all aspects of my role looking forward to new challenges and experiences that come with successfully supporting clients at Brynawel.
Since June 2015 I have specialised in supporting patients with Alcohol Related Brain Damage.
Gardener & Recovery Support Worker
I have lived in Llanharry all my life and love my job here at Brynawel. I work two days a week as a Gardener/Support Worker taking clients on early morning walks to the sea or in the forestry, working in the garden with clients, sowing seeds not only for a good crop for our kitchen but also for a safe healthy lifestyle in the future. I am working towards attaining a NVQ Level 3.
I joined Brynawel Rehab’s Recovery Team in June 2014. I feel immensely privileged to be a part of all our clients’ journeys , throughout their stay with us . Since June 2015 I have specialised in supporting patients with alcohol related brain damage. I’m currently working towards my NVQ level 3.
I’ve been working at Brynawel since 2016 but I have extensive, previous experience of supporting people with alcohol and drug dependency. I have been primarily supporting ARBD patients and I love every aspect of my role, including working with the clients and the ponies.I’m currently working towards my NVQ level 3.
I have been working at Brynawel Rehab since September 2016. I am a qualified reflexologist and aroma therapist and I work as a Support Worker on the Recovery Team.
I take mindfulness and meditation groups and can also provide clients with reflexology treatments and aromatherapy as part of their weekly routine.
It’s a wonderful place to work and I speak as someone who is in recovery myself. I get great satisfaction from supporting others to overcome their issues with alcohol and drugs, it’s great seeing people achieve their goals. I’m currently working towards my NVQ level 3
I’m usually in the kitchen at least once a week and I really enjoy my time here, and I really appreciate how good nutrition and tasty food can really assist in people’s recovery.
I’ve worked at Brynawel for many years.Saturdays and Sundays you’ll find me in the kitchen, and I always try to ensure that I produce something a bit special.