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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.

Psychiatry

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.

Psychotherapy

Vernon Hartshorne – Primary Counsellor

Vernon is a member of the BACP with several years experience working in private practice as a person-centred counsellor. He has enjoyed over 12 years of personal recovery and is extremely passionate about working with people with addiction issues to help them live a more fulfilling life. He is accomplished at using the skills, knowledge and experience he has gained to attain this aspiration. He has worked for various charities as a group facilitator, addictions counsellor and key worker. In addition he trained as a bereavement counsellor, has facilitated emotional support groups in a school setting and worked with perpetrators of domestic abuse. Vernon holds a diploma in person-centred counselling; and a certificate in person-centred supervision from the Metanoia Institute.

Jen Smith - Mood Disorder Therapist

Jen Smith is the Mood Disorder Therapist at Life Works. She started her career in Acute Psychiatry in 1994 and, years later, worked in the residential therapy and rehab field for six years. Jen has a degree in Psychology and an MSc in Psychotherapy. She is now a joint BABCP and BACP accredited therapist. Her specialism is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Special interests in Eating Disorders, Addiction and Trauma add to the rewards she identifies from her working life. Jen has a great belief in the individual’s ability to learn to change, as well as in group work, the Group and the Transpersonal.

Steve Clarke – Primary Counsellor

Steve as a member of the BACP and FDAP and has worked for several years in private practice specialising in the psychology of addictive behaviour. He has just completed his 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.

Katharina Watt – Primary Counsellor

Katharina Watt trained as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist at the Minster Centre in London (MA, UKCP reg, MBACP) and has a special interest in substance/behavioural addiction and abstinence-based recovery. Having worked for seven years in residential treatment centres for addiction in Berlin and London Katharina gained experience in the treatment of various types of addiction including working with clients with a diagnosis of co-occurring disorders in addition to their primary addiction. Katharina feels passionate about supporting people in their endeavour to find meaning, joy and self-respect in an abstinence-based life and is involved in the delivery of the family programme.

Doctors

Dr Nasir Hannan - Lead GP

Dr Hannan 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 auditing referral pathways and mapping of medicine compliance. He has previously worked for a clinics in Wimpole Street, London. He still provides NHS GP services in a large group of practices in Essex as well as holding a private practice in Guildford.

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.

Nursing

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.

Benhilda Marezana – Nurse Manager

Benhilda has many years experience as staff nurse and holds a current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She has previous experience as a nurse for Life Works but has more recently been providing services as a deputy manager for BUPA residential services. She is well versed in RCN and CQC standards and is used to working within the statutory requirements of Provider Compliance focusing on the 16 core quality and safety standards as indicated in part 4 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010. She already holds level 4 managerial qualifications but is currently undertaking a level 5 management course as part of her personal development.

Physiotherapy

Life Works consults with some of the best physiotherapists available. Physiotherapists are made available if any medical issue arises for any client.

Nutritionist and Dietician

Anne Scott SRD – Lead Dietitian

Anne is a Health Professions Council Registered Dietitian and a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). Anne has also completed Counselling Skills for Dietitians and the Post-Registration Course in Eating Disorders which is accredited by the BDA. Anne qualified in 1979 having completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics at Queens College Glasgow. She has worked in several areas of dietetics and has been a specialist in Eating Disorders for more than twenty years.

Anne is a founder member of the NHS Eating Disorder Service for West Surrey, developing the dietetic input for the Day-Care Hospital and the Out-Patient Service. Anne provides nutritional counselling to individual clients as well as running group sessions. She also has an interest in providing support for the carers of Eating Disorder clients and runs an external carers group jointly with a Clinical Psychologist on a monthly basis.

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'.

Management

Don Serratt, CEO and Founder

Don Serratt is the founder and CEO of Life Works with over 20 years business, finance and management experience, along with 25 of years of continuous sobriety. Don has decided to use his personal experience and passion for recovery to help others face their addictions, trauma and self-destructive behaviours by bringing together the best possible staffing and therapeutic techniques in a comfortable and safe environment. Don holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas and a Masters in International Relations from Cambridge University.

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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