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 0800 081 0700 to see what kind of assistance we can offer you, or submit your enquiry via our enquiry form


Our dedicated professionals include:

Dr Anshul Swami - Lead Consultant

Dr Anshul Swami qualified at the world renowned Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London, where his broad and intensive training encompassed the assessment and treatment of adults with severe mental health problems, including refractory depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia/psychosis, adolescents with mental health problems, older adults with mental illness and concurrent dementia, inpatient and community eating disorders, severe anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and inpatient and community addictions.

He later specialised at the Maudsley and the National Addiction Centre in assessing and treating patients with severe addictions. He was also an honorary clinical lecturer on the Kings College London and Institute of Psychiatry MSc Masters in Addiction Sciences degree programme. He has also taught junior psychiatrists, GP trainees, GPs specialised in substance misuse problems and is up-to-date with clinical supervision training of trainees and doctor appraisal training.

He holds specialist qualifications and has extensive clinical experience in treating patients with complex and severe drug difficulties (heroin and cocaine), harmful or dependent patterns of alcohol consumption, prescription medication problems, over the counter medication problems, club drugs such as ketamine, mephedrone, GHB/GBL, legal highs and methamphetamines, chronic pain and resolving problems that other clinicians have found difficult to treat. He also sees patients that have inadvertently developed withdrawals or dependency to pain medication and sleeping or benzodiazepine-type medications (Valium®) after recovering from chronic pain, bereavement, operations, stress and long illnesses.

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 Paul Loughlin – Visiting Consultant

Dr Paul Loughlin graduated in Medicine from St. Bartholomew's Hospital, University of London in 1992. He became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1997, and is on the General Medical Council (GMC) specialists register for General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry.

Dr Loughlin worked as a consultant psychiatrist for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust from 2001 until 2015. He has been in private practise in Berkshire and Surrey for 14 years and has been in full-time private practice from 2015

Dr Loughlin offers an holistic approach to treatment, and not focussed just on a diagnosis. He works in partnership with patients with both respect and empathy, ensuring sensitivity to cultural diversity. He provides a completely confidential, non-judgemental service, recommending psychological treatment before medication when safe to do so.

Working with a small number of highly experienced and trusted psychologists, his aim is always for patients to make a complete recovery.

Dr Anshul Swami - Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Swami qualified at the world renowned Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London, where his broad and intensive  training encompassed the assessment and treatment of adults with severe mental health problems including refractory depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia/psychosis, adolescents with mental health problems, older adults with mental illness and concurrent dementia, inpatient and community eating disorders, severe anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and inpatient and community addictions.

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 - Primary Counsellor

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.

Life Works have the pleasure of working in partnership with the Mews Practice located in central Guildford. 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 private GPs, delivering a high level of continuity of care whilst clients are in treatment with us.

For those clients accessing Life Works that are not registered with a GP practice, the Mews Practice can offer a bespoke membership model that will give clients accessible appointments, including telephone and Skype consultations with highly experienced private GPs.

Post discharge, the membership model allows clients to attend the practice as many times as required without worrying about additional consultation costs. It allows our doctors' only focus to be on the health and well being of the patient.

Dr Fatima Khan - MBBS, BSc, DRCOG, MRCGP

Dr Fatima Khan completed her undergraduate medical qualification including her BSc (in pharmacology and therapeutics) at Imperial College London in 2007. She qualified as a GP in 2013 after completing her training in various South West London hospitals gaining clinical experience in care of the elderly, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, accident and emergency, psychiatry, general surgery, general medicine, and primary care. The experience gained has given her the confidence and competence to fulfil her role as a GP and provide personalised, patient-centred care. She believes that patients should be empowered to make decisions regarding their healthcare management.

Dr Mas Syed - MBChB, MRCGP

Dr Mas Syed completed his undergraduate medical qualification at The University of Leicester Medical School in 2004. He qualified as a GP in 2008 having worked in many London Hospitals. He has been practising in Surrey thereafter and has been a GP partner since 2011. He has also previously worked as a medical director for an out of hours company covering South West London. He has special interests in mental health, chronic disease management and also men’s health.

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.

Dev Matadeen - Director of Clinical Services (DoCs)

Dev is a qualified registered mental health nurse (RMN) and registered general nurse (RGN) and a registered nurse tutor. He also holds graduate and post-graduate diploma's in a range of counselling approaches and is currently studying a MSc in clinical and public health aspects of addiction at the King’s College Institute of Psychiatry. Dev has extensive clinical experience in substance misuse psychiatry, acute psychiatry, assertive outreach and in-patient forensic psychiatry. 

As the DoCs it is Dev’s job to organise and direct the work of the nursing unit to assure that effective nursing services are provided and quality standards are met. The DoCs is responsible for the management and direction of the nursing team’s performance, developing and maintaining appropriate lines of communication, providing clinical and managerial leadership and acting as a resource for support and guidance to all nursing staff, so that we can ansure that all of our clients get the most effective nursing care.

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.

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'.

Lee Houghton - Hospital Director

Prior to starting at Life Works, Lee has gained extensive senior management and board level experience within the NHS, Social Services and independent sectors across hospitals, care homes, community services and supported living settings.

Lee has a particular interest and experience of multi-sites management, project managing service redesigns, safeguarding, governance, quality assurance and undertaking investigations in relation to patient safety issues.

One of her greatest achievements includes being a gold winner of Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust STAR Award for Leadership. Lee redesigned a mental health day hospital service to create a wellbeing centre, which resulted in winning first prize at the South East Coast NHS Best of Health Awards for Success in Partnership Working. Lee is also a specialist advisor with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

For more information, please submit your enquiry via our enquiry form or call us on 0800 081 0700.

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