Paula joined Recovery Lighthouse as Centre Manager from UKAT’s Sanctuary Lodge. She spent many years working within a commercial environment as a manager of office processes, people and recruitment. She has been working within drug and alcohol services for five years, for private treatment centers and one of UK’s largest charity-funded community services.
Paula is very passionate about supporting and empowering addicts to enable them to help themselves, to be part of an education around addiction, the emotional processes and underlying issues associated with this.
As part of her professional development Paula is currently studying towards a BACP Diploma in Integrative Counselling and QCF Level 5 Management and is looking forward to utilsing these skills and values in the workplace
Paula is a skilled mindfulness and meditation practitioner, as a participant and meditation leader, practices yoga on a regular basis and is a qualified auricular acupuncturist. This encompasses a holistic approach to her physical, mental and emotional well-being.
“I decided the time was right to integrate the skills I had acquired in the business sector to the values I live by in my personal life, the 12 Step Programme has empowered me to grow emotionally and spiritually, and it is a humbling experience to witness individuals follow the same path.
I am proud to be part of Recovery Lighthouse and the UKAT approach to addiction treatment”.
Having worked with people struggling with addictions for a number of years led him to believe recovery from addiction to be much more than just the learning of a set of rules to be followed, or tools to be acquired and used. Recovery can be a wonderful journey of exploration, exciting, rewarding and full of possibilities for learning and self-development.
As a counsellor, he strives for an integrative and holistic approach informed by humanistic and existential principles.
Personal responsibility, personal growth and the development of self-awareness are some of the ideas crucial to therapy. The way we see ourselves and our relationship with the world we live in, seems to be of fundamental importance in life and especially in recovery, and we should not be discouraged to explore our own personal existential quests and uncertainties.
He is convinced this to be an important factor both in the therapeutic process as well as in rediscovering a meaning for our lives. We are relational beings and I trust in the importance of positive and authentic person-to-person relationships.
At Recovery Lighthouse, we can all make a real effort to be open and honest to each other in a place of safety, acceptance and respect.
Jack’s own recovery in 2011 saw him involved in Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural schools of therapy, which facilitated his own recovery by allowing him to make sense of his own experiences, and what unhelpful behaviours he was perpetuating. Within the same year, Jack worked in the voluntary sector at Action for Change in Eastbourne, and ultimately found himself co-facilitating workshops.
Within the next year he enrolled on the FDSc course in Person Centred Counselling with the University of Brighton. Although his formative years of training saw him working closely with clients struggling with alcohol and substance misuse at both Action for Change and CRI, he also worked with St. Wilfrid’s Hospice, where he learned the healing potential of empathy, positivity, and genuineness towards clients who were experiencing grief and bereavement.
Since qualifying in 2015, Jack has continued to adapt and develop his studies by taking a BSc in the same course, and migrating back towards supporting those wishing to enter recovery- an avenue that will always be close to his heart.
Jack began working with Recovery Lighthouse as a support worker in August 2016, and eventually became part of the therapeutic team in October 2017.
Lead Support Worker
Lewes started his career in Health & Social Care support work from a passion for helping people through volunteering for organisations that help vulnerable individuals become better supported and engaged in their communities.
By volunteering with diverse groups Lewes was able to gain valuable skills and insight for helping a wide range of marginalised people in fields such as mental health, learning disabilities, and the homeless community.
Working as a Support Worker for adult males with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and challenging behaviour helped to further develop the experiences, beliefs and attitudes he holds as a person wishing to help others achieve their goals. His empathy towards people and enthusiasm for helping them led him to find work at The Recovery Lighthouse in April 2016.
With his work at The Recovery Lighthouse, Lewes continues to see a great deal of positive changes the clients make in their lives during their treatment and he strongly believes in the good that therapy, support, and fellowship in the Twelve Steps offers people who wish to overcome their addictions.
Lewes was proud to become Senior Recovery Support Worker in December 2017. He is looking forward to progressing further in the field of recovery support work as he welcomes more clients on their journey into recovery from addiction.
Dave began working in the support field as a volunteer co-facilitating a group at a treatment centre that played a vital part in his own personal recovery from addiction. Upon moving away from where he found his own recovery, he discovered a will to help others feel as free.
Relocating back to West Sussex, he began working as a Support Worker at the Recovery Lighthouse.
“My work at the Recovery Lighthouse is a joy, helping clients in their very first days of recovery from their personal addictions. As someone who spent all my adult life in active addiction and has experienced treatment centres as a client, I feel I can offer first-hand guidance and support to our clients.”
David understands exactly what you are going through as he has been there, both in active addiction and early recovery, and offers hope that recovery can be sustained long-term.
“I am passionate and committed towards my own personal recovery, and it is my wish to pass that on to our clients here during their stay, and beyond their residential time here.”
Jerry has a deep interest in self-development stemming from his own recovery. His natural ability for compassion for others led him to study Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Hypnotherapy and Personal Training.
He has volunteered for LIFEbeat, helping facilitate young people to develop the confidence to overcome the challenges life brings.
He has also assisted in Landmark Worldwide’s Forum, regular seminars and Leadership programs
In February 2017 he joined the team at Recovery Lighthouse as a Support Worker, using his experience and knowledge to aid the transformation of clients through the 12 step program and their personal journey to recovery.
Sarah has a BSc Psychology (Hons) from the University of Sussex, and has spent the last 4 years working closely alongside the clinic manager to ensure that all aspects of administration and care co-ordination are fully realised. Sarah’s initial interest in seeking to work within the field of addictions is borne from her psychology studies, in which she completed her dissertation on attachment styles and responses to traumatic events.
As well as providing administrative support for Recovery Lighthouse, Sarah is also a trained Yoga Teacher, having specialised in Mindful Flow Yoga. She teaches in-house yoga sessions once weekly comprising of breathing techniques, gentle flowing movements and a deep relaxation. Sarah is passionate about the link between body and mind, and believes that mindful movement and relaxation can be of huge benefit during detox and recovery.
Sarah enjoys the variety of roles and responsibilities that her work requires, and is enthused by the positive changes that she witnesses in the client group who attend The Recovery Lighthouse.
Fran is a highly experienced chef, having worked in the catering industry for 28 years. She originally trained with Trust House Forte in classic French cuisine and has spent many years as Head Chef in various hotels.
One aspect of her role that Fran particularly enjoys is the interaction with the client group, ensuring that every person’s individual nutritional needs are met. As well as her extensive catering experience, Fran has also spent time working as a senior support worker for West Sussex County Council for adults with learning disabilities.
Having originally joined the team as a relief chef, Fran has been full-time at Recovery Lighthouse since March 2017. She is passionate about providing balanced, nutritious and flavoursome meals, and is always excited to develop new recipes and menus.