Our Team

Meet the Team

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.

The staff team have between them been working at The Providence Projects for nearly 200 years!


Counselling Team

Daryle Fortescue

Counselling Team

Daryle has been working in the field of addiction treatment for over 15 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. Daryle loves facilitating group therapy sessions and helped to design the aftercare programme at The Providence Projects

Steve Spiegel

Counselling Team

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.

Darren Jacobs

Counselling Team

Darren is also accredited by The Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals after completing the addictions counselling degree at Bath University.  Darren has since gone on to train in Relapse Prevention with Terence Gorski in the United States and helped to devise The Providence Family Programme.  Darren is passionate about working with families and believes strongly in the importance of the relationship between counsellor and client.

Garance Delpech

Counselling Team

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.  She is naturally so empathic and a great listener that she helps people feel at ease immediately.  She also speaks several languages!

Clinton Mcintosh

Counselling Team

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

Counselling Team

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

Counselling Team

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

Counselling Team

The newest addition to the counselling team is Dougie who has recently qualified after completing his advanced diploma in counselling, gaining accreditation with BACP. Dougie was already working at The Providence Projects as a support worker but had always wanted to become an addictions counsellor and has now made the leap.  Dougie has a beautiful laid back manner and fantasic natural qualities which help to make him an excellent counsellor.


Operations Team

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

Louise Spanjar

Finance Director

Lou 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 latest training, accommodation standards are kept high and The Providence Projects remain leaders in the field

Jon Radcliffe

Admissions Team

Jon is the admissions manager and oversees the process from your first contact through to the day you start treatment.  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

Admissions Team

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

Support Team

Normally the first person you will see on arrival, Anita oversee 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

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

Support Team

Big Duncan has also been at The Providence Projects for nearly 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. Also, a natural carer.

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

Support Team

The newest addition to the support team, Les had volunteered at The Providence Projects since 2013 and became a full time employee nearly 2 years ago.  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.



Jay Fortescue


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


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!

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Why Us:

The Providence Projects has been successfully delivering alcohol and drug rehab for over 20 years. The highly skilled counselling team and a proven and innovative treatment programme combine to ensure that all of our clients have the best possible chance of recovery.

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Our Model:

Steve Spiegel and Dr Turnbull agreed a mission when opening The Providence Projects in 1996 and our mission has remained the same; to provide effective and affordable addiction treatment in order to help men, women and families begin the process of recovery.

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If you are the person with the problem, or if you are the friend or family member and you want to speak confidentially or find out about the detox and rehab packages, please call us today and speak to one of our highly skilled addiction specialists on 0800 9550945.

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"An unassuming house in the heart of Boscombe where miracles happen. From my initial talk with Paul, the admission process with Jon and my induction with Darryl, I was treated with compassion, empathy and understanding. All the staff had been in the same position as me!...If you are looking for a wealth of experience and knowledge around addiction, a safe environment to turn your life around and a solid foundation for your ongoing recovery you will not be disappointed.”
"Today my husband Paul is 1 year clean and sober thanks to The Providence Projects, he has found himself again and is living the life he deserves. " A life beyond his wildest dreams "… He initially signed up for 1 month but soon realised he needed a further 2 months. Paul has been dedicated and followed the advice given to him. He would not be here today if he hadn't been to The Providence Projects. I cannot thank or praise the program and staff enough…”
"A very special place, with wonderful staff. 3 years on life is amazing. Thank you so much for everything you all did for me. Alcohol dependant and a chronic gambler the Provi gave me a platform to turn life around and that it has, meaningful relationships, wonderful friends and most importantly peace of mind. You told me good things would happen and they have - and continue to do so. Highly recommended..."