The Sanctuary Lodge Team

Dr. Mateen Durrani - UKAT - Group Managing Psychiatrist
Dr. Mateen Durrani
Group Managing Psychiatrist
Dr Mateen Durrani is on the specialist register of the GMC, and is accredited as a general adult psychiatrist by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. After completing his basic training in psychiatry, he has been working as a Consultant Psychiatrist since 1995, in the NHS and the independent sector. He joined UKAT in 2014 and is the UKAT Group Medical Advisor and consultant psychiatrist at our Sanctuary Lodge treatment centre.

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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Shannon Lyford - Sanctuary Lodge - Rehab Essex - Administrator
Shannon Lyford
Administrator
Shannon has been working at Sanctuary Lodge since 2021 and is currently in the process of completing her NVQ level 4 in leadership and management, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in assisting the smooth running of an office based environment with an organised approach, attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond for everyone at Sanctuary Lodge.
Shannon enjoys interacting with the clients and getting to know everyone and is passionate about providing safe and effective care.

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Tyrone Peacock - Sanctuary Lodge - Rehab Essex - Registered Nurse
Tyrone Peacock
Registered Nurse
Tyrone has over 25 years of experience within the care sector, he has worked as a Registered Nurse for over 15 years. He has worked extensively with the NHS working with critically ill clients in Intensive care, moving onto specialized in endocrinology, gastroenterology including addiction, and also as a band 6 in community rehab and admission prevention, including palliative care.
Tyrone seeks to always improve patients care and utilize the best evidenced-based practice, ensuring that Nursing care is delivered at the highest standards. Tyrone has completed a higher education certificate in care management and has recently completed a train the trainer course in Anaphylaxis.

“Nursing for me is a passion; my ethos is and will always be about providing the best possible care.”

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Julie Bishop - Sanctuary Lodge - Rehab Essex - Senior Recovery Support Worker
Julie Bishop
Senior Recovery Support Worker
Julie comes from a teaching background, working mainly within secondary schools for over 20 years and also taught ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) to migrants and refugees.
Julie started working at Sanctuary Lodge as an agency support worker and joined the staff team permanently in October 2021. Julie has worked within the care industry for 6 years, she enjoys working with vulnerable adults and using her skills and experience to support individuals in treatment for addiction in their journey of recovery. Julie began her role as Senior Recovery Support Worker in July 2022.

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Julie Quiery - Sanctuary Lodge - Rehab Essex - Therapist
Julie Quiery
Therapist
Julie has been working in many therapeutic settings and organisations throughout her work history specialising in Adolescents and Families in crisis. In 2011 she qualified as a psychodynamic Therapeutic Counsellor working integratively with clients experiencing bereavement, trauma, personality disorders and a full range of mental health conditions including addiction.
“I am passionate about recovery, being there for clients whilst they embark on their journeys to rediscover their authentic selves is a privilege and honour”.

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Sharon Winsley - Therapist
Sharon Winsley
Therapist
Sharon comes from a customer service background and qualified as a person centered counsellor in 2014 with the university of Essex.

After qualifying Sharon has worked with vulnerable adults in a social care environment. Additionally she has 20 years experience in AA and with the 12 step recovery programme.

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Mel Howard - Sanctuary Lodge - Rehab Essex - Therapist
Mel Howard
Therapist (Bank)
Mel has been working in the field of addiction since retraining as an Integrative Therapist, where she worked as a volunteer counsellor at Iceni Ipswich and Turning Point before working as a Recovery Worker at The Recovery Hub Ipswich.
Mel is a dedicated and passionate therapist who holds a strong belief in the innate goodness of all and our ability to overcome even the most extreme adversity. In her spare time, Mel enjoys immersing herself in nature, caring for and competing with her horse, as well as practising and studying yoga.

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Kimberly Benham - Therapist (Bank)
Kimberly Benham
Therapist (Bank)
Kim Comes from a person-centred counselling background initially and qualified in 2020 with Essex University. Since qualifying, she has worked in various settings such as health and social care with young people in residential care, worked with private clients suffering from depression, anxiety, identity, sexual identity, fears, relationships, loss, addictions, LGBTQ+, anger, abandonment, attachment.
Helping clients to understand their experiences, thoughts and feelings, facilitating a space to be able to explore these and find ways to let go, move forward and find tools to help in the future.

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Lyz Self - Head Chef
Lyz Self
Head Chef
Lyzette has been working in Hospitality for over years, starting her career at the Local Bakery in Halstead at 14 years of age which led to her going on and studying Food Nutrition and is passionate about delivering healthy and sustainable meals to the clients during their stay at Sanctuary Lodge and understands that food plays a huge role in each clients healing journey to recovery.

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Tony Wilson - Sanctuary Lodge - Rehab Essex - Chef
Tony Wilson
Chef
Tony has more than 35 years of experience in the catering industry. His work includes running his own businesses, consultancy and teaching NVQ Level 3 within the workplace.

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Kerry Hallet - Recovery Support Worker (Bank)
Kerry Hallet
Recovery Support Worker
Kerry has a compassionate understanding of how important the care provided whilst being in a rehabilitation setting is.
With a wealth of knowledge about recovery and addiction treatment Kerry enjoys being able to support and motivate clients to pave their own way to a joyful life without drugs or alcohol.

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Dorrell Kent - Sanctuary Lodge - Rehab Essex - Recovery Support Worker
Dorrell Kent
Recovery Support Worker
Dorrell joined Sanctuary Lodge in February 2020. Dorrell has previously worked in the Learning disabilities sector for 14 years and as a Senior Support Worker and Deputy Manager.

Dorrell enjoys supporting vulnerable people to gain independence and lead a fulfilling life.

Dorrell looks forward to using her transferable skills, to support people through their recovery journey.

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Andrei Balmos - Sanctuary Lodge - Rehab Essex - Recovery Support Worker
Andrei Balmos
Recovery Support Worker
Andrei has over 8 years of experience working with challenging behaviour and within the care industry. He has worked as a team leader and wanted a change. For him addiction has always been fascinating and to help people in their journeys to recovery.
Andrei feels being king, caring and passionate are essential traits in this field, alongside strong boundaries to help people whose lives have become chaotic.

“I get to be a part of helping someone to change their life.

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Rosemary Santungwana - Recovery Support Worker
Rosemary Santungwana
Recovery Support Worker
Rosemary has extensive experience working with clients with various mental health problems. She has enjoyed working with these clients, especially witnessing their journey towards full recovery and moving on to live a quality life.
Rosemary joined Sanctuary Lodge in July because she feels the organisation has similar objectives, those of supporting individuals recovering from addiction. Sanctuary Lodge clients are already benefiting from Rosemary’s strengths of being assertive, compassionate and empathic.

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Paul Smith - Sanctuary Lodge - Rehab Essex - Recovery Support Worker
Paul Smith
Recovery Support Worker
Paul has been in recovery for 16 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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Ella Hayes - Recovery Support Worker
Ella Hayes
Recovery Support Worker
Ella came into treatment at Sanctuary Lodge in December 2019 after 20 years of alcohol and substance abuse. Since leaving treatment Ella has continued to be involved with Sanctuary Lodge and give back to the program by engaging in aftercare, ex client shares and performing her music. Ella is a budding musician who uses her music to help spread the message of recovery.
While in treatment Ella was passionate about returning to Sanctuary Lodge once she had reached her two years sobriety, and now she is volunteering and helping new clients through their journey and stay at Sanctuary lodge and she is planning to continue to progress in her role.

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Sandra Strange - Recovery Support Worker
Sandra Strange
Recovery Support Worker
Sandra started working at Sanctuary Lodge as an agency support worker for over a year and joined the staff team permanently in January 2023.
Sandra has over 9 years of experience within the healthcare industry and looks forward to using her transferable skills to support and have a positive impact to those on their recovery journey.

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Ella Kathawick - Recovery Support Worker (Bank)
Ella Kathawick
Recovery Support Worker (Bank)
After many years in residential childcare, working her way through the ranks, Ella decided she would like to start a new chapter.
In the peak of the pandemic she started working in her local NHS Emergency room and then various medical wards. This sparked an interest in recovery work for Ella and led her to joining Sanctuary Lodge where her desire for helping people and personal challenge / achievement can be met every day.

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Josephine Thomas - Recovery Support Worker (Bank)
Josephine Thomas
Recovery Support Worker (Bank)
Josephine has worked with the Priory Group from 2016 to 2023 in different settings gaining valuable experience in mental health, alcohol addiction and eating disorders. Josephine also worked previously in a surgical and clinical Hospital before taking up a role with the Phoenix Group. Josephine now brings all her knowledge and experience to Sanctuary Lodge with a cheerful, positive “can do” attitude.

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Huma Ahmed - Recovery Support Worker (Bank)
Huma Ahmed
Recovery Support Worker (Bank)
Huma comes from a background in medicine and health care, having practiced and taught it for five years before joining Sanctuary Lodge in April 2019.
Huma firmly believes in a person centred approach towards clients and enjoys working with them. Over the years, Huma has found the field of addiction and recovery fascinating and moving.

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Wendy Andrews - Sanctuary Lodge - Rehab Essex - Housekeeper
Wendy Andrews
Housekeeper
Wendy has been cleaning and housekeeping for many years and has now decided to dedicate her work to the social care industry where she has found she is able and willing to support the centre by taking on other roles including client support.
She is kind, polite and always found smiling. Wendy will do her utmost to make sure her housekeeping is to a high standard and takes pride in her work.

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Hannah Cain - Housekeeper
Hannah Cain
Housekeeper
Hannah joined the team in 2022 coming from a background in health and social care and hospitality. Hannah is always happy to help and believes a clean home is a happy home and takes pride in her work and the important role it plays in supporting our clients on their journey to recovery.

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