The Sanctuary Lodge Team

CQC Registered Centre Manager
Taner Hassan

CQC Registered Centre Manager

Taner began working in the field of addiction over 10 years ago, and his experience within addiction has been based in the Community and HMP Services before joining the team here at Sanctuary Lodge September 2016.

Taner began his journey working with teenagers in schools traveling around the country facilitating drug awareness for the government campaign FRANK. Taner was then given an opportunity to work as a project worker for a local Drug & Alcohol Service based in Essex called Open Road, managing a busy drop in centre & the recruitment of volunteers. From there Taner went on to work for WDP where he eventually turned to management to help lead the way with innovative ideas in moving the ever changing sector forward.

“I have learnt so much on the frontline and never forget the challenges some people face when their addiction takes hold. The support from services I have witnessed and the members in the team enabled me to progress in the sector and work in many areas with young adults, adults, professionals, homelessness & mental health”

During Connor’s career he has practiced in both statutory and private day care and residential treatment settings, while also undertaking a further period of study at Warwick University, qualifying as a supervisor of counselors and psychotherapists. Having recently completed a five-year tenure as the clinic manager at The Recovery Lighthouse in Worthing, Connor will now serve as the registered manager at the Banbury Lodge clinic where it will be his responsibility to oversee the day to day running of the clinic and ensure that all treatments are created and delivered in an innovative, safe, caring and effective manner.

Having had more than enough personal experience of the vagaries of addiction and with some 20 years experience as a practitioner, Connor is excited to be leading a new team brought together at Banbury Lodge, to address eating disorders and addictions with an added emphasis on the potential for early interventionist treatments with those individuals spanning a 16 -18 years of age group.

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Psychiatrist
Dr Mateen Durrani

Psychiatrist

Dr Mateen Durrani is a General Adult Psychiatrist, accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrist, and is on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council, UK. He did his Masters in the Clinical aspects of Addictive behavior from the Institute of Psychiatry and King College London and has managed substance misuse services within the NHS and the Independent Sector, since 2000.

Dr Durrani believes that people who are alcohol or drug dependent have become neuroadapted to continuous or repeated exposure to a psychoactive substance. A manifestation of neuroadaptation is that a withdrawal syndrome may develop when substance use ceases. There are also underlying precipitating, maintaining and perpetuating factors that need to be addressed alongside detoxification for it to be successful. The primary objective of detoxification is completion of the withdrawal process with safety and comfort. This ensures that the person can cease alcohol or drug use without experiencing an uncomfortable and potentially hazardous withdrawal syndrome and enter into a therapeutic rehabilitation program, for relapse prevention.

Dr Durrani’s expertise includes:

  • Inpatient detoxification and management of patients with drug(s) and alcohol dependence. This includes Opioids, Psycho-stimulants including Amphetamine, Crack-Cocaine, Benzodiazepine, legal highs and Cannabis.
  • Identification and management of medical and psychosocial problems accompanying substance misuse.
  • The use of drugs for preventing relapse or reducing risky behavior/harm (e.g. Methadone maintenance, anti-craving drugs Naltrexone etc.)
  • Management of special populations such as women, older adults, prisoners, black and ethnic minority groups.
  • Management of dual diagnoses in people with substance misuse, serious mental illness and common mental disorders.

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Therapist
Ian West

Therapist

Ian began working in the field of addiction over 10 years, and has been based in the Community and Residential Services before joining the team at Oasis Runcorn. He has recently moved from Oasis Runcorn to Sanctuary Lodge.

Ian began his journey working with vulnerable adults as a peer mentor for CRI. He was then given an opportunity to work as a support worker in a residential rehabilitation centre called Kairos Community Trust. Ian has also worked as s support support worker for a local Drug & Alcohol Service based in Wandsworth called WDP (Westminster Drug Project), managing a busy drop-in centre & the recruitment of volunteers.

From there Ian went on to work for Blenheim where he eventually managed and developed a large caseload of DRR/ATR clients in liaison with the Westminster Probation Service to help lead the way with innovative ideas in moving the ever-changing sector of Criminal Justice forward.

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Addiction Therapist
Angie Smithson

Addiction Therapist

Angie was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Counselling Studies and a BACP Accredited DipHe Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from the University of Essex. She is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist.

Angie focused her studies on the long-term negative impact and Psychosocial consequences of learning difficulties, focusing upon: dyslexia, drug and alcohol abuse, self-harm, body image, suicidal ideation, depression, social isolation and anxiety. Prior to specialising in Person-Centred Counselling, Angie worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team within the Addiction Treatment Program at The Priory Group for eight years. She delivered group therapy and aftercare to empower individuals and families to find their own resources to aid personal recover from the illness of addiction.

Angie also holds an HND in natural history illustration and three-dimensional design and brings this knowledge to creative therapeutic practice to embrace individuation, plurality and diversity. Angie unites her person-centred approach with other like-minded passionate professionals at Sanctuary Lodge. Her framework is structured upon personal empowerment, self-enabling behaviours and post traumatic growth. Such an approach aims to support individuals seeking to find a solution to their battle with addictive behaviours.

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Addiction Therapist
John Gani

Addiction Therapist

John has worked within the field of addiction for the last 20 years.

“Why would I not want to enable someone to gain the freedom I was given?”

His training is spread throughout many years, making him proficient in various therapeutic approaches. He has experience working with individuals who had experienced trauma, with clients’ families, with various members of the community. He has also worked within the homeless sector, helping homeless people with addiction issues, eventually specialising within the field of addiction.

“I love for individuals and the families to be free from the heartache that addiction brings. I want to see families reunited and strong.”

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Lead Addiction Therapist
Jenna Veerapan

Lead Addiction Therapist

Jenna began her journey working with addiction within, Her Majesty Prison Services where she gained extensive experience and expertise working for several organisations, such as Adapt, Phoenix Futures and RAPt. Jenna carried a caseload of 50+ plus offenders before progressing on to delivering 12 step accredited programmes, specialising in Substance Misuse.

She has actively worked on the foundation of service delivery and also has experience in mental health and Her Majesty Prison Service dealing with thinking processes and behaviour patterns. Jenna has facilitated and created mental health training delivered to universal staff under Norfolk County Council to help raise awareness of mental health and tools, to work with children and young people with complex needs.

Jenna is committed to enabling people to grow and attain personal achievements.

“A fundamental issue I have learned through personal life and my years of experience are client’s issues or diagnosis are often fuelled or based on a subjective lack of understanding of their own emotions.”

Jenna actively believes this and is developing her own programme to explore this.

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Addiction Therapist
Zaheen Ahmed

Addiction Therapist

“All people have issues. The hardest but most important is the first step to acknowledge one has an issue that requires a solution. Everyone deserves recovery no matter who we are”.

Zaheen has a passion for the field of substance abuse, rehabilitation and mental health. Zaheen has a masters in Clinical psychology, Diploma in humanistic integrative counselling working with addiction and QCF/NVQ in health and social care. He has had a lot of training including trauma work PTSD from the University of Oxford, Clinical Supervision, addiction and a lot more.

Zaheen’s professional journey started in 2004 with the 12 -step rehab, AAS (Alleviate addiction suffering ), where he fell in love with recovery.

Working with addicts in various settings, CRI ( now CGL) at Southend on sea Essex & working in HMP Bullingdon prison (Cat B), as a substance counsellor with RAPT, this was a 12 step treatment program. Running Motivational Enhancement Therapy Session, Group Therapy, Step groups and relapse prevention sessions.

Zaheen not only worked in the field of addiction but he worked for Mind as project coordinator for counselling services. He managed therapists and ran a PTSD service there while doing therapy and conducting Mental Training.

He moved to RAPT at HMP Coldingly CAT C prison, working closely with Methadone treatment with heroin addicts and delivering accredited substance misuse programme.

Zahine had also worked as a therapist a Promis looking after clients within the public eye and influential figures.

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Support Worker
Patrick Hamilton

Support Worker

Patrick joined Sanctuary Lodge as a volunteer in April 2016, while working as a self-employed landscape gardener. He began working part-time in June and full-time in July 2016.

‘I decided I wanted to do something more rewarding, where I could help others who have struggled with addiction and mental health problems, and I have found exactly that at Sanctuary Lodge. I had no experience of working in the field before I began volunteering here and have learned a great deal through the work, the people, and the training courses I have attended since starting.’

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Support Worker
Paul Smith

Support Worker

Paul has been in recovery for over 10 years from heroin, methadone, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drug addiction. He found recovery through a rehabilitation centre in Luton and then started to volunteer at the treatment centre as a recovery support worker.

“I realised the importance of giving back support and encouragement to those who were going through what I had been through 3 to 4 months previously. The support from people further down the recovery road got me through”.

Paul volunteered here for a year and then was offered part-time employment. “I believe I was offered this opportunity as I had shown willingness and commitment to the 12 Step Program of Recovery”. After a year of part-time work I was offered a full-time position as a Sober Living Houseworker, this involved supporting the clients in the evening and night times, 2 years later he was promoted to Sober Living House Manager. Unfortunately, after 8 years he was made redundant.

“Since then, I was fortunate enough to be offered a position at Sanctuary Lodge and find the work here both challenging and rewarding. To work alongside a committed team of therapists and support staff is uplifting, inspiring and helps me to continue in my professional and personal development”.

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Head House Keeper / Recovery Support Worker
Susan Murdy

Head House Keeper / Recovery Support Worker

Sue is a local girl, she is 52 and has lived in the area all her life. She now resides in Halstead where she has been for the last 8 years. Sue joined Sanctuary lodge in October 2016.

Having worked in the Support and Care industry for the past 10 years, she has a good understanding of the needs of people that she helps, whomever they may be. Sue is understanding of peoples needs and thoroughly enjoys this type of work.

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Recovery Support Worker
Rebecca Francis

Recovery Support Worker

Rebecca came to sanctuary lodge via an agency and was looking for locum work. Rebecca liked it so much that she joined the team 1 year ago. She has been a support worker for people with disabilities and challenging behaviours and also worked with the elderly too.

“I chose to work at sanctuary lodge because I love seeing the difference in people when they leave here. The dynamics to addiction really is interesting affecting all walks of life, I’m glad to be a part of their journey”.

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Support Worker
Huma Ahmed

Support Worker

Huma joined Sanctuary Lodge in the earlier part of this year as a support worker. She has a thorough background in medicine and patient care. She prides herself in helping and supporting clients with needs pertaining to addiction and mental health and also goes above and beyond for person-centred care as she believes its the small things that you do that add up to a big impact on a client’s recovery.

She believes everyone battles with loss and adversity at some point in their lives but it’s the way we deal with the failures is what defines us eventually.

Her Motto in life is to live in the moment, one step at a time.

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Head Chef
Lyzette Self

Head Chef

Lyzette is local; she has always worked in hospitality right from her first Saturday job at the baker’s in Halstead.

For the last 13 years, Lyzette has been working in High Schools which, as acknowledged by her, has been very rewarding. Part of those 13 years was spent as a Function Manager where Lyzette organised many events including the wedding of the local Environmental Health Officer.

The time had come for a change as Lyzette wanted to work within an organisation focused on helping people. Short after, Lyzette has started working at Sanctuary Lodge.

“I have seen clients arrive, going into treatment and then leaving with confidence with their new future ahead of them.”

“It pleases me to think I have played a part in their recovery and by getting to know them we have had many laughs and I am delighted to be part of the team within Sanctuary Lodge.”

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Administrator
Nicola Denson

Administrator

Nicola joined Sanctuary Lodge in May 2018 as an administrator, following a steady career path.

Before coming to Sanctuary Lodge, she has been an Administrator for most of her career, also working in Banking and Finance and for 5 years as a Government-approved driving instructor. For the last 10 years, she has worked in Care Homes for the elderly.

“I enjoy working in an environment that has its challenges, and to be part of a team which inspires the clients to succeed is very rewarding”

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Housekeeper
Susan Styles

Housekeeper

Sue moved to Halstead from Clacton on sea Essex 10 months ago she joined sanctuary lodge team a year ago.

Sue has worked in the care community for 5 years as a domestic cleaner and a support worker. Since joining sanctuary lodge she enjoys all aspects of her job and enjoys helping and caring for others.

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