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Life Works Experts

Life Works Committed to Recovery

Our team here at Life Works are some of the most highly trained addiction & behavioural experts in the field. To ensure that we offer the highest level of quality care for our clients, we have created a highly trained and experienced, multi-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals. To ensure this level of care, our staffing ratio is amongst the highest in the industry with an average of over three staff to every client.

Why not give us a call on 0800 081 0700 and have a chat with us to see what kind of assistance we can offer you, you can drop us an email if you prefer?

Our dedicated professionals include:

Clinical Consultants

Terence T. Gorski

Terence T. Gorski is the Primary Clinical Consultant to Life Works and has over 30 years experience in the field of addiction treatment, having received international acclaim as a pioneer in the development of Relapse Prevention Therapy. He has designed the Life Works Chemical Dependency and Relapse Prevention Programmes. Considered a leader and authority in the behavioural health and social services industry, Mr Gorski's greatest talent is in his ability to break down the relapse prevention process into clear and simple steps using a variety of therapeutic techniques. Mr. Gorski's articles and books have been published worldwide and is best known for his books, Staying Sober: A Guide for Relapse Prevention, The Staying Sober Workbook, and Passages Through Recovery: An Action Plan for Preventing Relapse. He also published the three-part series, Relapse Prevention Therapy With Chemically Dependent Criminal Offenders: Part 1, An Executive Briefing; Part 2, A Guide For Counsellors; and Part 3, The Relapse Prevention Workbook for the Criminal Offender.

David F. O'Connell, PhD

David F. O'Connell is a Clinical Consultant to Life Works and has over 20 years experience of working in addictions treatment and the delivery of mental health services. His areas of expertise include: dual diagnosis, addiction in executives and professionals, the impaired healthcare professional, cognitive addiction therapy and spirituality and recovery. He has helped design the Life Works Impaired Professionals and Dual Diagnosis Programmes. As Attending Psychologist and former Clinical Director at the Caron Foundation, USA, he is responsible for Caron's executive/professional health and recovery programmes. Dr. O'Connell holds a Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in organisational behaviour, group dynamics and counselling from Temple University, USA. He is a licensed psychologist and is board certified as a diplomat of the American Academy of Psychologists Treating Addictions. Dr. O'Connell is the author of numerous books on chemical dependency treatment. He is an adjunct professor in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University.

Deanne Jade

Deanne Jade is the Founder and Principal of The National Centre for Eating Disorders. She is a corresponding member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, and their Faculty for Eating Disorders, the National Obesity Forum, International Association for the Study of Obesity, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and the European Health Psychology Society. The NCFED was founded in 1984, providing the UK’s first independent out-patient service specifically for the treatment of eating disorders. The Service grew rapidly as a result of media focus on eating problems, and now has a network of over 100 affiliated practitioners providing personal, telephone, and email counselling together with self help programmes for clients and carers.

Dr. Brenda M Schaeffer, D.min

Dr. Brenda M Schaeffer is a Clinical Consultant to Life Works. Dr. Schaeffer is an internationally known author, experienced therapist and speaker. Brenda Schaeffer has been a featured writer in several magazines. She is author of newly released Love's Way, the best seller, Is It Love or Is It Addiction?, Loving Me Loving You, Signs of Healthy Love, Signs of Addictive Love, Power Plays, and Helping Yourself Out of Love Addiction. Dr. Schaeffer is a licensed psychologist and a certified addictions specialist in the area of sexual addictions. With over 500,000 of her publications in print, she has already helped thousands of people understand the difference between healthy love and love addiction, drawing from her own experiences and many years of work as a psychotherapist. Dr. Schaeffer is currently the Director of Healthy Relationships, Inc. and has had expert training in hypnosis, developmental psychology, transactional analysis, gestalt, and sexual addiction, existential and transpersonal psychology.

Dr. Robert J. Ackerman, Phd

Dr. Robert J. Ackerman is a Clinical Consultant to Life Works and has over 25 years experience of working in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. He has helped design the Life Works Family Programme. Currently, he is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Training Institute at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA and is a co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. A widely published author, Dr Ackerman is best known for writing the first book in the United States on children of alcoholics in 1978. Twelve books, and numerous expert public appearances later, he has become internationally known for his work with families and children of all ages. Dr Ackerman has served on many advisory boards and has worked with the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, and the U.S. Department of Education. He served on the White House Task Force on Resiliency and Governor's Task Forces in Colorado and Michigan.


Dr Filippo Passetti MD PhD (Cantab) MRCPsych – Lead Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Director

After studying medicine in Florence and completing his PhD in Experimental Psychology in Cambridge, Dr Passetti trained in psychiatry at Cambridge University, UCL and St. George’s, before becoming a consultant in general adult and substance misuse psychiatry. Beside his private practice, he works as clinical lead for the community alcohol services in Cambridge, where he is honorary visiting clinical research fellow, and he sits on the Board of Trustees of a London substance misuse charity. He has published in a range of addiction topics and he is involved in major research on neurocognitive impairments associated with addiction and relapse.


Nick Kypriotis - Clinical Manager

Apart from Nick’s duties as the Clinical Manager he is an experienced qualified and accredited therapist in his own right who specialises in the treatment of addictive disorders and trauma. He holds a Masters in Addiction Psychology and Counselling and is  also accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) and National Counsellors Association Accreditation (NCAC). He is also trained in EMDR to an advance level. His therapeutic approach is  psychodynamic & person-centred but also employs cognitive behavioural, EMDR, and bio-psycho-social models of therapy.

Steve Clarke – Senior Psychotherapist

Steve is a member of the BACP and FDAP and has worked for several years in private practice specialising in the psychology of addictive behaviour and holds a MSc in Addictions Psychology and Counselling at London South Bank University. He specialises in an integrative approach drawing on a wide variety of therapeutic modalities. He looks at how addiction forms psychologically, genetically and biologically. Steve has worked for a charity specialising with children of dysfunctional families including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma. Not only does he specialise in addiction, but Steve also has a background with several senior roles with blue chip corporate organizations and as such fully understands the complexity and difficulty how addiction impacts within the workplace.

Jen Smith - Primary Psychotherapist

Jen worked in the fashion industry after training at St Martin’s School of Art in London. She worked in London, New York, Florence and Rome. Whilst running her own company in Fulham she felt powerfully drawn to become a Psychotherapist. Gaining a first class degree, she took firstly to co-facilitating group work in acute psychiatry in the mid 1990s. She undertook her next major training In Cognitive Analytic Therapy (C.A.T.) with Guys and St Thomas Hospital Psychotherapy. This conferred expertise with personality disorder, eating disorders and substance misuse.

She has subsequently gained an MSc in Existential and Relational Psychotherapy, her Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, two accrediting trainings in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and training in Eye Movement Desensitization Re-processing (E.M.D.R) for Trauma. She has recently been clinically supervising post graduate trainees at the University of Surrey and working towards her Doctorate as a Counselling Psychologist in Training.

She has “Jungian leanings” – consisting of creative practices and interest in the archetypal journey discovered by Carl Jung.  These emerged upon her extensive personal spiritual journey. She has unshakeable  faith in the power of belonging to a group to enhance one’s identity, sense of purpose and health.

Michelle Harney – Primary Therapist

Michelle is  qualified counsellor, who studied at the University of Greenwich. She has over 20 years' experience supporting people with addictions co-dependency and eating disorders and works part time at both Life Works and Surrey Eating Disorder Centre. She specializes in an integrative psychodynamic approach

Beverley Marais – Primary Therapist

Beverley is a  Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is also a registered Psychotherapist with UKCP, a member of FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals) and AED (Academy for Eating Disorders). She is a member of the BPS Faculty of Addictions and a member of the Division of Counselling Psychology. As a psychologist, she also holds a practicing certificate with the British Psychological Society and am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is skilled in the following therapeutic approaches:  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Psychodynamic Therapy, Humanistic counsellling, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Integrative Psychotherapy.

Camilla Simpson - Primary Therapist 

Camilla has an MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling from London Southbank University, having trained in Psychotherapy at Regent’s College London prior to this. She specializes in an eclectic approach to counselling. Having worked for several years prior to this field in the fast paced world of hospitality, she brings with her an understanding of how stress can lead to burn out and addictive behaviours, as well as a sound knowledge of how addiction can impact the family. In some recent research involving the  role of spirituality in addiction and recovery, Camilla has an interest in this area and brings this area of knowledge into her role at Lifeworks.

Robin Clayton - Primary Therapist 

Robin completed his training in addiction counselling at Clouds in 2002 and has spent the last 13 years working for major addiction treatment providers in the UK. He is a strong advocate of both 12 Step treatment and long term recovery through the 12 Step programme. Robin believes in encouraging clients to engage honestly with others whilst in treatment and to continue this process by meeting regularly with other recovering people for support. He is particularly keen on involving the family in the treatment process and has considerable experience of facilitating groups in the family programme.

Barry Williams - Dramatherapist

Barry holds a MA in Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame), a BA (Hons) in Drama from the University of Manchester and a PGDip In Counselling from the University of North London. His  professional background prior to training as a Dramatherapist was as a therapeutic counsellor. He has many years experience of working within both the private and voluntary sector. His work experience includes: LGBT clients, people recovering from problematic alcohol or substance misuse, mental health issues (depression, personality disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders and OCD), dual diagnosis, older clients, loss and bereavement, children and young people, sexuality, gender, sexual health and HIV. 


Dr Nasir Hannan - Lead GP

Dr Hannan MbChB MRCGP Dip Derm qualified in 2005 from the University of Manchester and is one of Life Works 2 contracted GP's with a special interest in addictions and health promotion. He has a broad range of GP experience throughout the NHS as well as strategic roles in developing  referral pathways and mapping of medicine compliance. He has previously worked for Same Day Doctor on Wimpole Street, London. He is currently the Lead NHS GP for a national organisation and one of the largest flagship practices in West London.

Dr Azhar Hafeez - GP

Dr Hafeez BSc MBBS MRCS MSc MRCGP qualified in 1999 from the Royal London and St Bartholomew's Medical School and is Life Works contracted GP with special interests in addiction, recovery and health promotion. He has a wide range of experience having worked as a doctor in and around London in various NHS organisations. He is currently an NHS GP in Essex and is in a private practice in Guildford.


At Life Works, we provide excellent quality care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our nursing and healthcare team are highly experienced within the specialist treatment of addictions and behavioural health issues.

Babi Dixon - Nurse Manager

Babi, who has a wealth of experience in nursing and nurse leadership over more than 35 years, is qualified in both psychiatric and general nursing as well as management. She has worked in a wide range of senior roles in the public and independent health sectors in Britain and overseas, including NHS, private and World Health Organization hospitals. Before coming to Life Works, where Babi has previously been a nurse, deputy nurse manager and assistant to the director of operations, she had long involvement both in care of the elderly and rehabilitation of those with addictions and eating disorders. Babi has deep and detailed knowledge of the types of challenges facing clients in Life Works, and offers them telling insight and practical support to aid their recovery based on decades of frontline practice and continuing training.     

Nutritionist and Dietician

 Nigel Waite: HCPC – Lead Dietitian

Reg. No. DT04317; BDA Reg. No. 3102, Certificated in practitioner skills in eating disorders (certified by the B.P.S.)

Nigel is Life Works Staff dietitian. An effective and knowledgeable dietitian and nutritionist with over 15 years experience of dealing with a variety of dietetic / nutritional issues in NHS and private facilities. He is adept at quickly seeing the issues that require attention and then enabling the person to achieve the health that they desire.

His areas of specialism span: Obesity, weight management, eating disorders, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, eczema and adult forensics.

Complimentary Therapy

Life Works offers a holistic treatment programme and encourages clients to take part in a range of complimentary therapies to help each individual re-connect with themselves physically, mentally and spiritually.

Julie Gates, Shiatsu Practitioner

Julie is Life Works' Shiatsu Therapist, Masseuse and Music Workshop Facilitator. She qualified with the British School of Shiatsu and was trained in Massage by Claire Maxwell Hudson. Julie has been working in the Mental Health field for 20 years and has worked in several Addiction Rehabilitation Centres as well as working with professional athletes. Julie has worked at Life Works for over three years and teaches the shiatsu, stretch and relaxation group, which incorporates acupressure, Qi Gong and meditation techniques to encourage natural relaxation. During her career, Julie has had several articles published including titles 'How Shiatsu-do helps Recovery from Addiction' and 'Shiatsu Shifts Defensiveness' and Meditation CDs. Continuous Professional Development courses include 'Who is at risk of suicide?', 'CBT in Anger Management', 'Use of Psychotherapy in a Clinical Setting' and 'Grief Counselling'.


Chris Cordell, Hospital Director and Registered Manager

Chris Cordell has over 18 years of managerial experience, the last 7 of which have been at a senior level for a leading UK Third Sector substance misuse organisation. With a degree in Social Psychology, post graduate certificate in management and qualifications in leadership development from Deloitte, Chris has demonstrated a high degree of vision and strategic operational leadership. He has developed and managed multi- site substance misuse services; delivering robust financial management and exponential organisational growth alongside high quality and effective treatment.

Prior to starting at Life Works, Chris was responsible for leading a staff team of 80 employees, including consultant psychiatrists, specialist substance misuse doctors, psychologists and a team of nurses and substance misuse workers. As the CQC Registered Manager he had responsibility for countywide provision of substance misuse treatment for West Sussex. Chris has also held a number of advisory roles including most recently being part of the advisory group, along with Director of Policy and Research (UK Drug Policy Commission) and the Head of Drug Strategy Unit Delivery Team at the Home Office, in contributing to the “Whole Person Recovery: A user-centred systems approach to problem drug use” – a national investigation into UK Drug Policy.

For more information, please drop us an email or contact us on 0800 081 0700.

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