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Anyone who works in a private rehab facility will tell you that the most important factor in a successful centre is the staff. It is probably true of most businesses, but particularly true when talking about addiction treatment. As part of the treatment programme, we ask all residents to complete an evaluation of their experience here. Last year 96% of residents rated the team as excellent (5/5).

At The Providence Projects, we really are fortunate to have some of the leading therapists in the UK who are not only highly skilled and knowledgeable but also incredibly passionate about what we do. This is not a job to us; you only have to come and spend a day here to see that we do this work because we care. We know we have the potential to transform lives and put families back together.

Paul Spanjar

CEO

I can honestly say that heading up this incredible organisation is an honour and a privilege. I have worked in the field of addiction for approximately 15 years and the team of people who work at The Providence Projects, are, in my opinion, the best team I have ever seen.

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Counselling Team

Daryle Fortescue

Daryle Fortescue

Registered Manager

Daryle has been worked in the field of addiction treatment for approaching 20 years after joining The Providence Projects from another residential rehab centre. Daryle is passionate about individual treatment planning as opposed to a one size fits all approach and is keen to ensure that treatment delivery at The Providence Projects continues to evolve with latest evidence based practices. Daryle loves facilitating group therapy sessions and helped to design the aftercare programme at The Providence Projects.

Steve Spiegel

Steve Spiegel

Counsellor

Steve, our founder, officially retired in 2013 but we can’t keep him away! Steve’s passion for helping people in recovery is unparalleled and you will still regularly see him around the centre. Steve still facilitates group therapy sessions, workshops, assignments and delivers his famous relationship workshops.

Garance Delpech

Garance Delpech

Cousellor

Garance joined us in 2008 from another rehab clinic and says that ever since she started training, she always wanted to work at The Providence Projects as she felt it was a special place. Garance has an advanced diploma in Counselling and is accredited with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and is a natural born counsellor. Amongst her many talents, Garance is also a Therapeutic Counselling Supervisor having recently achieved her level 6 qualification. She is naturally so empathic and a great listener that she helps people feel at ease immediately. She also speaks several languages.

Clinton McIntosh

Clinton McIntosh

Counsellor

Clinton started with us in our project in Weymouth many years ago and moved to our Bournemouth facility in 2008. Clinton also has an advanced diploma in Counselling and is accredited with BACP. He is passionate about recovery and has an incredibly fun and infectious spirit. He has a great ability to help people develop a positive outlook and self-belief. Clinton is also a fully qualified auricular acupuncturist.

Nicole Rakestraw

Nicole Rakestraw

Counsellor

Nicole has a degree in addictions counselling and is an accredited Drug and Alcohol Professional with FDAP. Nicole is a superb counsellor who has the ability to nurture our clients through the early stages of their recovery and manages to find that balance of kindness and challenge to ensure a balanced treatment approach. Nicole is passionate that every addict / alcoholic deserves a chance at recovery.

Tara Nolan

Tara Nolan

Counsellor

Tara has an Advanced Diploma in counselling and is a member of the BACP. Tara is also trained in both Mindfulness and meditation. The combination of her counselling skills along with mindfulness and meditation really helps clients to be in the moment and explore their feelings. Tara strongly believes in everyone’s ability to change and her infectious positivity ripples throughout the centre. She is passionate about supporting our clients to believe in their innate goodness and kindness. Tara has always had love for The Providence Projects, has many years of successful recovery and values how all clients are treated with dignity and respect.

Dougie McDonald

Dougie McDonald

Counselling Team

Dougie has been working at The Providence Projects since 2010. Initially working in the support team, Dougie always felt that he would have more to give as a therapist. He was keen to pursue his ambitions, helping clients to get recovery and reach their full potential in life. He achieved an Advanced Diploma in Counselling, gaining accreditation with BACP. He has also recently undergone training in interpersonal group therapy with Action on Addiction, accredited by the University of Bath. Dougie's passion for his work as a therapist is clear to see. He has a beautiful, laid back manner and is a very calm and composed counsellor. In long term recovery himself, Dougie knows exactly where addiction leads and what is required to make the journey into recovery.

Helena Boote

Helena Boote

Counselling Team

Helena was the first person under the age of 25 to gain a full Honours Degree in Addictions Counselling from Bath University. After working at another treatment centre for 8 years, she joined The Providence Projects in January 2017. She has developed and presents the Relapse Prevention Programme using the latest evidence based techniques and is always there for our clients with a listening ear and kind supportive words. She brings youth, vitality and enthusiasm to the team and is loved by the clients.

Operations Team

Louise Spanjar

Louise Spanjar

Finance Director

Having joined the organisation in 2000, Lou is the longest serving member of staff! She manages all finance operations at The Providence Projects and runs a tight ship! Fortunately for us, Lou strongly values continuing investment in the organisation, meaning that the staff team continue to keep up with the latest training, accommodation standards are kept high and The Providence Projects remain leaders in the field.

Jon Radcliffe

Jon Radcliffe

Admissions Manager

Jon is the admissions manager and oversees the process from your first contact through to the day you start treatment. He joined us at The Providence Projects in 2008 and is able to take you through the entire admission process. He will explain how the treatment works, help you arrange transport into rehab, liaise with the family and be your point of reference right through to the day you start treatment. It would be fair to say that Jon is the gatekeeper!

Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor

Administrator

Lisa has about fourteen jobs at The Providence Projects. As well as assisting Jon with the pre-admissions, Lisa’s main role is administrative supporting all staff teams including counselling teams, support teams and accounts teams. She has the superb ability to remain calm while multitasking!

Support Team

Anita Rowe

Anita Rowe

Support Team

Normally the first person you will see on arrival, Anita oversees reception duties. Whenever you walk through reception, you will always see at least one of the residents talking to Anita. She has that natural personality that means people want to tell her their problems! Between groups, residents love chatting with her. Anita is also the voice at the end of the phone for families calling in.

Cherril Moore

Cherril Moore

Support Team

Cherril has been with us since 2004 and is now part of The Providence Furniture! An absolute natural carer, nothing is too much trouble for Cherril who is always prepared to go that extra mile to ensure your stay is comfortable.

Duncan Stokes

Duncan Stokes

Support Team

Big Duncan has also been at The Providence Projects for over 10 years. As well as daily support work sessions, Duncan ensures everything is in good working order! He oversees maintenance issues and can turn his hand to most things. A gentle giant.

Carl Jones

Carl Jones

Support Team

Carl is Mr Dependable. He has been at The Project for many years and is a model of professionalism and consistency. He is passionate about recovery and supports clients with all non-therapeutic needs. Working at Providence is far more than a job for Carl.

Les Richardson

Les Richardson

Support Team

The newest addition to the support team, Les had volunteered at The Providence Projects since 2013 and became a full time employee in 2016. Les is full of enthusiasm and is passionate about 12 step recovery. He is an excellent support worker, always ensuring that clients receive the support they need

Therapists

Jay Fortescue

Jay Fortescue

Therapist

Jay oversees alternative therapies at The Providence Projects. Her therapies receive wonderful feedback from all of our clients who get a huge amount from both her reiki and head massage sessions. Jay has a very peaceful aura and has the beautiful quality of helping you feel at ease straight away.

Suzy Curtis

Suzy Curtis

Therapist

You know when Suzy has put you through your paces. Suzy runs our fitness classes and specialises in boxercise which is a combination of Boxing and Aerobics. These classes are very popular due to Suzy’s fun and energetic spirit. Suzy, who is a highly respected personal trainer was in treatment at The Providence Projects 20 years ago!

Night Staff

Jay Fortescue

Jay Fortescue

As well as her fabulous reiki and head massage skills, Jay is one of our overnight support workers ensuring that those on the alcohol detox programme have 24 hour care and support. She has a kind and gentle personality who people instantly feel safe with. She is passionate that all clients have a positive experience and always has time for chat and a cuppa.

Russ Watts

Russ Watts

Russ joined The Providence Projects in 2016 and became a full time employee at the beginning of 2017. Russ is a real professional and understands first-hand what is required to be successful in rehab and then in recovery post treatment. He offers a great level of support in the evening and overnight to clients and is able to reassure those who are nervous or unsure of themselves.

Les Fryer

Les Fryer

Les is now approaching 25 years in personal recovery himself and has worked in treatment centres all around the world. He worked with us at The Providence Projects over 15 years ago and has come full circle, re-joining us in 2018 after setting up an addiction treatment centre in Thailand. He still loves to travel but has an incredible passion for helping people in early recovery. Although he has worked in a variety of settings, Les eventually realised that The Providence Projects is the best treatment centre in the world!


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