Life Works Experts

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 01483 745 066 to see what kind of assistance we can offer you, or submit your enquiry via our enquiry form


Our dedicated professionals include:

Dr Stroma MacFarlane – Visiting Consultant

Dr Stroma MacFarlane began her training in Psychiatry in 2000 in the Wessex region working across Hampshire in various sub-specialties including substance misuse, rehabilitation psychiatry and acute and community based adult psychiatry. She has been a general adult consultant psychiatrist working in the NHS in Portsmouth for the last six years and latterly, clinical director of the Adult Mental Health and Substance Misuse Services just prior to taking up her appointment with Priory.

Stroma has a broad range of psychiatric experience working in a community setting. In her role at Priory Wellbeing Centre Southampton, Stroma provides assessment and treatment of general adult conditions including mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, eating disorders, perinatal psychiatry and occupational health assessments. She is also looking forward to providing a Women’s Mental Health Service addressing the specific psychiatric needs of women.

Dr Eileen  Feeney – Visiting Consultant

Dr Eileen Feeney studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin. She practised paediatrics and family medicine prior to specialising in psychiatry. Her specialist qualifications include Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. After gaining a Masters of Psychological Medicine, she worked in Hong Kong and was assistant professor at Hong Kong University.

Dr Feeney has corporate experience in the implementation and provision of employee assistance programmes to Cathay Pacific and HSBC. She has worked for both the NHS and the private sector. She has extensive experience in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions, with special interests in women's mental health and eating disorders. She treats all general psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, psychoses and addictions.

Dr Sarah Flowers

After qualifying in 2003, Dr Sarah Flowers began her training to be an addiction psychiatrist the following year. Dr Flowers has extensive experience working in London and in Sussex, in a variety of inpatient and community settings. Her training included five years of general psychiatric experience in Sussex and at the Maudsley Hospital.

Dr Flowers is proficient in managing a wide range of substance use disorders and addictions, and she is experienced in assessing a variety of co-existing mental health disorders (for example anxiety, stress-related illness, depression, trauma and personality disorders). Dr Sarah Flowers combines clinical expertise with a deep understanding of recovery. She was elected a director of Alcoholics Anonymous UK in April 2015 (the youngest board member to date) and leads a programme of addictions training across the South East.

She was mutual aid lead in Brighton and established the first mutual aid hospital steering group at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton in June 2014.

Dr Lorna Richards

 Dr Lorna Richards is a consultant psychiatrist specialising in adult eating disorders. Dr Richards graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree(MBChB). She was awarded an Honours in Epidemiology and Public Health. She completed specialist training in psychiatry at the Royal Free and University College London Hospitals, and South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust. She completed higher training in 2003, achieving membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych). She went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Medical Ethics and Law at Kings College London, graduating in 2005.

Dr Richards has practised as a consultant psychiatrist since 2003. She spent 14 years working at Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust in one of the 4 comprehensive Eating Disorders Services in London serving a population of 5 million. She led the development of the community service for 10 years and acted as clinical lead for the latter 2 years. She joined Priory Group in 2018.

Dr Richards has been involved in the development of national guidelines, policy, professional standards and training in her roles as executive committee member for the Section of Eating Disorders (now Faculty) and the London Division, both part of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She is also a regional speciality representative for eating disorders. She was a member of the Clinical Reference Group for NHS England, commissioner of national specialist services and was the author of the Guideline for Commissioners of Eating Disorders Services published by the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health.

Dr Andrew Iles

 Dr Andrew Iles is a consultant psychiatrist. From 2011, Dr Iles worked for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, where he was involved in the set-up of an innovative pilot project. He held the position of consultant psychiatrist at St Andrew's Hospital in Northampton for the following four years. He currently leads a locked rehabilitation ward for women with personality disorders and disordered eating; soon, he will be working in community services for Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust.

Dr Iles qualified as a doctor in 2004 and worked in London, Oxford, Berkshire and South Wales. Dr Iles became a consultant in 2011. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Psychiatry.

Dr Farrukh Alam

Dr Alam has worked as an expert in the treatment of addictions in London for 25 years. During these years, he has helped people with psychological difficulties that are affecting their lives. His specialist area is addiction; helping people with alcohol, drug, and other compulsive behaviours to achieve recovery and maintain a happy life.

After completing medical training at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester, Dr Alam’s psychiatric training was at National Drug and Alcohol Units at The Maudsley Hospital, London SE5.

His NHS role is Associate Medical Director at Central & Northwest London Foundation Trust, and he is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Faculty of Addictions.

Dr Alam has a commitment to providing the best quality care, and has published widely in the international literature. He has also presented on the topic of addiction to a wide audience, including international conferences, House of Lords, and international and national media.

Robin Clayton - Primary Therapist

Robin completed his training in addiction counselling at Clouds in 2002 and has spent the last 15 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 has considerable experience of facilitating groups in the family programme. Robin is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (ATSAC) and is a qualified Institute for Sex Addiction Training (ISAT) sex addiction therapist.

Barry Williams - Drama Therapist

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: LGBTQ clients, people recovering from problematic alcohol or substance misuse, mental health issues (depression, personality disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive behaviour (OCD)), dual diagnosis, older clients, loss and bereavement, children and young people, sexuality, gender, sexual health and HIV.

Jan McMillan - Primary Counsellor

Jan McMillan is Life Works’ primary counsellor and has experience working with dual diagnoses including; addiction, depression and anxiety. Her integrative training allows for a multi therapeutic approach in her work with clients. She is committed to maintaining her academic understanding of addiction and its links to trauma and other mental health diagnoses,by attending continued professional development training. Since completing her Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling Jan has worked for various agencies as part of their substance misuse programme. Jan is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

Dave Waller - Eating Disorder Lead Therapist

Dave is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP), and has experience working in both private and community based settings, as well as in his own private practice. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Psychology and Counselling from London South Bank University and is currently undertaking a Master Practitioner course in eating disorders. Dave works on both the eating disorder and addiction treatment programmes and is an integrative practitioner, drawing on a variety of therapeutic approaches, which enables him to effectively meet the individual needs of the clients that he works with. As well as his work in this field, Dave is also able to draw on his considerable experience working as a commercial professional, during which he held a variety of senior management roles, working with and leading teams of people to achieve change and growth targets in industry.

Siobhan Ward - Primary Therapist

Siobhan Ward is a fully qualified psychotherapist who is currently completing her MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling at London South Bank University. Although Siobhan works primarily on the addiction and eating disorder programmes at Life Works, due to her past experience as a high end visual artist in the music and advertising sector , she is also responsible for the design and implementation of the art-based groups within the programme. Siobhan works intuitively, with an integrated approach, by using not only a variety of different therapeutic models, but also looking at how psychology, biology and social attitudes can affect an individual seeking treatment for addiction.

Gabriele Malinauskaite - Eating Disorder Therapist

Gabriele Malinauskaite is a movement psychotherapist, specialising in eating disorders. Gabriele obtained her psychology degree  (BA Psychology) in 2013, and completed a Master's Degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy in 2015.

Gabriele specialises in bodily based psychological treatment, as well as verbal psychotherapy. Her main areas of interest are working with personality and attachment issues, troubled current relationships, trauma, abuse, learning difficulties and mental health. She applies various therapeutic approaches from psychodynamic, group analytic and mentalisation based, to creative movement/ bodily based interventions, in order to facilitate emotional integration and change.

Life Works have the pleasure of working in partnership with The Family Practice located in Woking. Through this partnership we aim to combine excellence in modern medicine, whilst maintaining the values of traditional general practice by offering on-site access to their GPs, delivering a high level of continuity of care whilst clients are in treatment with us.

Life Works work with all three Partners:

  • Dr Ulla Andersen
  • Dr Chris Richards
  • Dr Sanj Sekhon

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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.

Robert Corrie - Charge Nurse

Robert has been employed as charge nurse within Life Works since May 2018; he is a psychiatric nurse (RMN) and also a learning disability nurse (RNLD), and is registered with the NMC. Robert is a very experienced nurse who has developed a wide range of skills in a variety of settings, within the NHS, including inpatient drug and alcohol and acute psychiatry, both in ward and management roles. He has also worked for periods in commissioning, clinical risk and safety, and psychiatric liaison. Robert is a non-medical prescriber and has a special interest in detoxification, particularly in alcohol and opioid dependence. Robert provides day-to-day leadership for Life Works and is the clinical lead in relation to nursing issues. 

Rebecca Jennings - Nutritionist

Rebecca is a registered Nutritionist with the Assiciation for Nutrition (AfN) after completing her MSc in Human Nutrition. She is currently undertaking the Master Practitioner course in eating disorders as well as an applied ‘intuitive eating and not-diet approaches in practice’ course. Alongside working at the centre, Rebecca has her own private practice as well as consulting in sports nutrition at Chelsea Ladies Football Club. Rebecca is passionate about helping people to understand their eating habits and feel at ease making choices that are catered towards their personal needs and goals. Her nutritional approach follows the belief that everyone is different, but food is ultimately to be enjoyed in a healthy and balanced way, without judgement.

Stefanos Pagonidis - Eating Disorders Dietitian

Stefanos is a dietitian registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). Stefanos holds a BSc (Hons) in Dietetics and is completing his MSc in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition at the University College London (UCL).

Throughout his career, Stefanos has gained multinational experience along with valuable knowledge deriving from his participation in big scale research projects. Stefanos has a wide experience in metabolic diseases nevertheless, his passion is the understanding and treatment of eating disorders where he finds himself thriving through counselling and providing tailored-made treatment to patients. Stefanos believes that helping a person successfully overcome their mental health barriers is the biggest recognition a health professional can achieve.  

Life Works offers a holistic treatment programme and encourages clients to take part in a range of complementary therapies to help each individual to 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 helps Recovery from Addiction' and 'Shiatsu Shifts Defensiveness', as well as 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'.

Steve Clarke - Hospital Director

Steve is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and has worked for many of the world's leading private addiction, eating disorder and mental health treatment centres.

He has several years’ experience in private practice, specialising in the psychology of addictive behaviours and holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Addiction Psychology and Counselling from London South Bank University.

He also holds master practitioner status in eating disorders, nutrition and obesity. He draws on a wide range of therapeutic models and looks at how addiction forms psychologically, genetically and biologically.

Steve also worked with a major UK charity specialising in working with children of dysfunctional families who may experience bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.

Not only does he specialise in addiction, mental health and eating disorders, but he has also held a number of senior roles with some of the world’s leading blue chip organisations and therefore fully understand the complexity and difficulty of how addiction, stress, depression and eating disorders impact the workplace.

For more information, please submit your enquiry via our enquiry form or call us on 01483 745 066.

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