Withnell House – Our Team
Matt Wheeldon: Centre Manager
Matt Joined TTP in April 2011. After many years building a successful engineering company Matt sold his interests and embarked on a career in substance misuse. Matt has previously worked as an addiction therapist in a 12 step rehabilitation unit; he also has a wealth of experience working in various community based drug services delivering recovery orientated interventions. Matt has a degree in substance misuse management, person centred counselling qualifications, and he is also about to complete his level 5 qualification in leadership and management.
Dr Barny Edohasim: Consultant Doctor
Prior to joining Trust the Process, Dr Barny has had a wealth of experience in Substance Misuse/Addiction Psychiatry over many years across the UK, following completion of Basic Specialist Training in Psychiatry. He has worked in Drug Research and is currently involved with postgraduate studies in the Addictions and is a member of the Society for the Study of Addictions among others.
David Lucas: Focal Counsellor
David commenced employment in July 2011 at Withnell House as a counsellor. He has 7 years experience in the substance misuse field mainly in Tier 3 services delivering psychosocial groups and 1-1 work. He has also managed and team led a tier 3 psychosocial service. David is educated to 1st year advanced diploma in integrative psychotherapy and aim to complete this in the very near future. David has acquired NVQ level 4 in counselling skills and theory and a NVQ level 3 in advanced substance misuse practitioners with a specialist stimulant unit attached. I have also completed NVQ level 3 in management of staff. “I am excited about the new opportunities here at Withnell and privileged to be part of such a great team.”
Tracey Bartholomew: Focal Counsellor
Tracey transferred over to TTP on April 2011 from Inward House Projects. She is now working at Withnell House as a Focal Counsellor. She has 10 years experience in the substance misuse field consisting of working in Tier 3 services delivering a non clinical psychosocial service to diverse clients and within tier 4 services to date. Tracey has extensive experience of delivering group and 1-1 work. She has managed admissions in a tier 4 setting and has been employed to deliver aftercare in the community previously. Tracey achieved level 2 in counselling skills and theory, NVQ level 3 & 4 in Health and Social Care and a NVQ level 3 in advanced substance misuse practitioners. “I feel I bring a lot of experience and knowledge to the team within a tier 4 setting and within the substance misuse field.”
Matt Kay: Support Worker
Matt joined the TTP team in September 2010 at IPD Bradford and has recently joined the team here at IPD Chorley. His passion for recovery from any addiction is drawn from his own experiences. He is currently studying towards his NVQ Level 3 in Management and is also a certified SMART Recovery © Facilitator/Champion. His duties include client support, therapy based workshops focusing on remaining abstinent, motivational skills and long term sobriety in the community. Matt is enjoying his role within TTP and feels that he has finally found a career in which he is contented and ambitious.
Paul Hutchins: Recovery Coach
Paul has worked within the substance misuse field for the past five and a half years; he became involved in this area of work through his own experience of addiction. Paul started out by volunteering at the rehabilitation unit where he was treated for his addiction, at the same time he was also volunteering with Inward House projects and his local DAAT. During this time he was also studying to obtain his level 3 qualification as a substance misuse practitioner. Paul successful gained employment at the treatment centre after volunteering for just over a year; he worked within the project supporting the counsellors to deliver the 12 step philosophy whilst also carrying out assessments, group facilitation and one-to-one work with the clients. One year later Paul successfully gained employment with Inward House Projects at Withnell House in Chorley as a support worker within their rehabilitation unit delivering the therapeutic community model. In April 2010 he Joined TTP as a support worker within the same unit delivering the therapeutic community model and supporting the counsellors and clients. Paul has also gained a great deal of clinical experience within the field by helping to develop our new detox unit at TTP Chorley since its opening back in July 2011. In September 2011 he started a foundation degree course in alcohol and substance misuse and has since successful obtained his level 4 in the first year.
Paul states that he is passionate about his job and takes every opportunity to support each and every client in their treatment whilst encouraging and inspiring the motivation to change.
Maria Wilson: Administrator
Maria joined TTP Chorley in September 2011 and she is responsible for client’s benefits together with a wide range of administration duties. Previous to joining TTP Maria worked for many years as a senior support worker with adults who had complex mental health needs and then progressed to Unit Administrator. Maria has NVQ level 2 and 3 in Health & Social Care, OC ‘B’ Qualification in Mental Health and Level 3 Technical Certificate in Business & Admin.
John Green: Support Worker
John enjoyed a fifteen year career as a professional musician. In 1999 John moved from Northamptonshire to the North West to attend residential rehab to address his own addiction issues. John went on to study tree surgery which included a year work placement in North Virginia USA. In 2002 John began working part time in a residential rehabilitation unit as well as running a small tree surgery business. John has now worked for over 10 years residential rehab as well as 2 years in a Blackpool shelter for the homeless. John is a qualified level 3 substance misuse practitioner and is currently studying for a diploma in counselling. His main incentive is witnessing the transformation of hopeless drug addicts and alcoholics to self respecting, productive members of society, and the gratitude of their families for that transformation. John has recently joined the TTP team and enjoys a variety of hobbies including the growing of fruit ‘n veg on his allotment, a skill he is hoping to utilise to set up the ‘Withnell House Veggie Plot’ with the help of staff and residents.
Tony Martin: Support Worker
Tony joined the team at Withnell house in February 2013, having previously worked within the TTP Company based at Chester (west) as a recovery coach, facilitating a number of groups across the Cheshire west area. Tony’s experience and employment to date has brought him in to contact with people who have a wide range of social problems and who have been excluded from society due to their substance misuse issues. Tony has previously worked with entrenched rough sleepers, rehab and detox clients as well as facilitating tier three structured day care programmes. Tony has basic/intermediate level counselling, NVQ drugs awareness and currently a health and social care diploma.
“I get great job satisfaction out of assisting people in the recovery process and being able to play a part in assisting and supporting them in beginning to re-build their lives and recognise their own potential. I am adapt at applying the theoretical models as outlined by TTP and remain professional and ethical while encouraging healthy boundaries throughout this process.”
Vicky Maloney: Support Worker
Vicky entered Withnell House as a client in 2009 and after successfully completing 9 months treatment Vicky became interested in working in the field of addiction. Vicky initially volunteered at Withnell House, as a result of her dedication and hard work she was then offered a position as a support worker. Vicky has achieved a level 3 in Social Sciences and an Introduction to Counselling, Vicky has also completed the first year of a degree in Alcohol and Substance Misuse.
Dawn Moore: National Admissions Manager
Dawn joined the TTP team in June 2009 as an Admissions Manager for Southern England statutory referrers. In February 2013 Dawn assumed the role of National Admissions Manger managing the team of TTP Admissions Managers, the TTP tender submission team and all statutory contracts that TTP have been commissioned to deliver.
Dawn works closely with Public Health Directors, DAAT’s and Adult Social Care teams nationally to ensure that all commissioning and referring agencies and their service users receive first class services from TTP.
Paul Veale: Statutory Admissions Manager South
Paul joined the TTP Team in August 2012 as part of the Corporate Drug and Alcohol Information Service. Paul moved across to his current post of Admissions Manager for the South in February 2013, bringing with him a wealth of experience of Drug and alcohol services. Prior to joining TTP Paul had previously worked in the motor trade and owned a disability vehicle supply business. Paul is passionate about seeing not only our clients recover from Drugs and alcohol addiction but their families recovering also.
Laura Makin: Statutory Admissions Manager North
Laura joined TTP in October 2012. She has previous experience working as part of an admissions team for a residential rehab and has a BA Honours Degree in Criminology and Sociology. Laura is very passionate about recovery and enjoys the work that she does meaning that she always welcomes clients with a friendly smile, and is willing to go the extra mile.
Steven Scorah: Statutory Admissions Manager North
Steven trained in the British Army as a nurse, specializing in trauma care and management, working extensively in third world arenas. He then progressed to take up a career with fire and rescue services. He soon after completed a degree in law which led to careers with Citizens Advice Bureau, Shelter, Age Concern and finally specializing in housing law with a local authority housing advice unit. Steven has a registered mangers qualification and is the CQC registered manager of TTP Bradford.Steven trained in the British Army as a nurse, specializing in trauma care and management, working extensively in third world arenas. He then progressed to take up a career with fire and rescue services. He soon after completed a degree in law which led to careers with Citizens Advice Bureau, Shelter, Age Concern and finally specializing in housing law with a local authority housing advice unit. Steven has a registered mangers qualification and is the CQC registered manager of TTP Bradford.
Steven became involved with substance misuse services via the voluntary route. From this a desire to work in this area developed and Steven has been a substance misuse practitioner for several years in all tiers of services. His role is to manage the clinical integrity of the referral process, to ensure that the contractual obligations are met. Including referrer support, streamlining the systems and referral pathways, providing help in setting up pre-detox support groups, aftercare and supporting the specialist with regards to detox admissions.
David Chapman: Admissions Assistant
David joined the TTP Team in July 2011. David’s Role is to take care of all administration and to support the Admissions Managers with referrals and clients in the South. To ensure smooth running of the admission and assessment process in a highly professional and efficient way.
Abdul Kadir: Admissions Assistant
Abdul Joined TTP in March 2013. He is an honours graduate in the field of Economics, Politics and Public Policy from the University of London. Prior to working for TTP Abdul held various account positions within the property insurance industry. Abdul’s role within TTP involves providing administrative support within the statutory admissions department and conducting the marketing activities. Abdul in his spare time is a keen volunteer and works as a youth mentor for a mentoring organisation within Bedfordshire.
Chris Simonite: Senior Admissions Counsellor - Private
Chris joined TTP to work as a group counsellor; he progressed to work within the admissions department, supporting individuals and families through the sometimes challenging task of entering into treatment. He is experienced and qualified in CBT, Humanistic, Gestalt, TA, Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Relationship Counselling.
Chris is available 7 days a week, at all times day and night to answer any questions that you might have about treatment.
Dale Conlon: Senior Admissions Counsellor - Private
Due to his own experiences, Dale embarked on a vocation in the drug and alcohol field ten years ago. He has worked in the UK, Europe and North America in both 12 step and non 12 step holistic and therapeutic based residential rehab units and medical detox units.
Dale joined the Thames Clinic, part of the TTP Group in January 2009. His role is to work directly with families and individuals from entering detox and during their stay in rehab. Dale is always available to answer any questions that you may have about our detox and rehab programmes.