Johnny’s a university graduate from the Organisation and Management course at the Institut National of Commerce, Algiers University and has a First Class Honours Degree in Mathematics (BSC in Mathematics from the London Metropolitan University) which he achieved whilst in recovery. His NVQ 3 and his NVQ 5 (QCF Management in Adult Social Care) are from City and Guilds.
His work experience includes years in the Catering and Hospitality field, leadership positions in the Landscaping and Gardening field, as well as volunteer positions in Homeless Action in Barnet. His journey changed because Johnny suffered from addiction. He’s been sober for over 12 years and is now working to help those who are just starting their journey discover the right path to long-term recovery.
Debbie has been working as a Counsellor in the substance misuse field for over 2 years having previously worked with teenagers aged 16-19 in an educational setting. While working with clients to start their journey in recovery, at another rehabilitation centre, Debbie realised that this was the field that she wanted to pursue as a career by supporting others to grow and change.
“I have a personal interest in recovery and have a detailed understanding of how addiction can impact others. I have a passion to help others to have a chance to start again and live a fulfilling life”.
Mark is a person-centred counsellor who is passionate about supporting those most in need. He has previously worked as a counsellor for a homeless charity, and prior to this worked for a number of years in the field of behaviour change.
Mark has considerable experience of supporting vulnerable individuals from all walks of life, and firmly believes that we each have the potential within us to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Lauren is an integrative counsellor who has worked in the field of addiction for a number of years. She has worked in community settings, prisons and had her own private clients throughout. Her personal interest in human behaviour and development has made her extremely passionate when it comes to the nature of addiction and working in this particular area of therapy.
As Lauren practices in an integrative and holistically, she is able to work with clients in varied ways depending on the issues being brought to the session, This enables her to use different approaches when necessary for the individual. Her ongoing dedication to this field fuels her desire to continuously learn and grow professionally as well as personally.
Zsuzsanna has been fascinated about the human mind all her life and after discovering a book by Eric Berne she became determined to use Transactional Analysis method in order to help others.
In 2015 she started working for CGL, and found her interest to work with addiction. As Zsuzsanna lost both of her parents due to their alcoholism at a young age, she has been feeling passionate about supporting people to understand the nature of addiction, the shame that comes with it, and the power of self-compassion that can help to overcome this illness.
In addition, as part of her ongoing counselling journey, she had found the power of working with the body as well as the mind, just incredibly useful. “our body cannot lie, our mind can” She often uses meditation, visualization in her personal life and in therapy.
“I didn’t know that you can feel so relaxed without smoking cannabis”Ben S.
Since coming into recovery three years ago and living by the 12 Step Programme, George had begun to volunteer within the community as a Mentor to young and vulnerable adults; helping them make the best life choices. He is now employed as a recovery support worker at Recovery Lighthouse.
Previously George has worked for most of his working life in business development roles, working for Web Design Agencies, Media Organisations and Apprenticeship Providers. George has found helping people with their recovery has had a positive effect on his own. He is amazed how some of his most painful experiences have purpose and can benefit others by connection and empathy.
George finds it very rewarding helping people who are just beginning on their path to recovery at the Recovery Lighthouse:“I find it magical to see people who have come into treatment with a sense of hopelessness to then, within a relatively short period, see their eyes light up with hope of a new positive life, full of freedom.”
Chris has over 35 years experience in catering. He started his career with a passion for cooking and travelling which took him to the National Sea Training College, after acquiring the relevant qualifications he went into the British Merchant Navy at Sea with BP Shipping and several cruise line companies such as Princess Cruises. He also has much experience working in hotels and restaurants across London and Brighton as well as in the care sector.
Chris is a fellow member of the Cookery and Food Associations and the Craft Guild of Chefs, he has City and Guilds professional cookery qualifications, Level 3 Food Safety and Hygiene for Supervisor, HACCP training, food allergy awareness and an introduction to emotional intelligence. Chris understands that food is a personal thing to each individual and a keenness for creating well presented, nutritional and tasty food that satisfies each client.
Chris has learnt through life experience, training and meeting people from different walks of life that everyone is unique and individual, and needs to be treated with respect and kindness which is reflected by working at Recovery Lighthouse.