We offer a diverse list of services to assist with recovery, and are passionate about helping others
Connor Stagg

Clinic Manager

Having experienced active addiction for almost thirty years and then been fortunate enough to find personal recovery, Connor began his career in the addictions treatment field in 1998 and worked as a counsellor in the voluntary sector during his study of counselling and psychotherapy at Birmingham University.

For the ensuing five years he worked in a prison setting, offering group and individual therapy as well as managing the drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit. During this period of time he studied experiential psychotherapy at the University of East Anglia, a program of study created to inform more readily as to the nature of change in the human organism and how any such change might better be facilitated. During his career he has also practiced in both statutory and private day care and residential settings. During his time working in the midlands Connor undertook a further period of study at Warwick University, qualifying with an advanced diploma in the supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists. He is currently the clinic manager at The Recovery Lighthouse in Worthing, where it is his responsibility to oversee the day to day running of the clinic and ensure that we deliver safe, innovative and effective addictions treatment to our client group. He says that working with the team at The Recovery lighthouse gives him great pleasure, as the entire team have an enthusiasm for recovery that reaches out and touches the client group we seek to assist.

Having had more than enough personal experience of the vagaries of addiction and with some 17 years of working within the field of addictions treatment, it continues to be his goal to do all he can to be of service to those seeking to address their addictions and make positive changes in their lives and of course in the lives of those close to them.

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Antonio Pancadas

Senior Counsellor

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.

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Jenny Somerville

Counsellor

Jenny came into the world of counselling and psychotherapy after an 18-year teaching career, having throughout that time held a growing curiosity and fascination with how people are and what makes them behave the way they do, looking at the way in which they relate to others and to themselves, the ways in which they are able, or nor, to express how they feel and associated levels of or lack of self-worth.

She admits that it was a rewarding time, but not quite where she wanted to be and she therefore retrained, completing the Post-Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling at the University of Brighton. Jenny spent some time working at the Emmaus community in Portslade with homeless men and women, many of whom also had issues with addiction, before coming to work in Worthing at Recovery Lighthouse. Alongside her training and experience, she brings her own journey in recovery to her work here and a deep-rooted belief in the combination a of 12-Step approach and group and individual therapy, based on her knowledge of the way this helped her to find an own way back to wholeness. Her therapeutic approach is largely Person-Centred and, as such, she believes the therapeutic relationship to be at the heart of all growth and change. She believes addiction to be an illness that affects the mind, body and soul and that, as such, it should be treated holistically. The spirit, or soul, therefore, and the inner emptiness that those in addiction describe, requires healing as much as the physical body, and Jenny is interested in working therapeutically to this end. We work as a community here, with every member, regardless of position, adding something to the learning and growth that takes place, enabling people to work their way towards being at peace with themselves and with others.

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Simon Wilson

Counsellor

Simon’s first experience of working with addictions was whilst completing aPost Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy. He undertook a two-year placement delivering individual counselling and court ordered Drug Rehabilitation Requirement groupsata non-residential drug treatment service run by the Crime Reduction Initiative.

After completing his initial therapy training Simon registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and went on to gain a Level 4 Diploma in Alcohol and Drug Counselling and a Transpersonal Diploma in Couple Counselling & Psychotherapy. Heis currently completing a Diploma in Integrative Clinical Supervision which includes Gestalt, CBT, Psychoanalytic, TA and Person Centred theories and is qualified to deliver individual counselling, couple therapy, group therapy and supervision for counsellors and therapists.

Simon has developed his experience in the addiction field by working with people involved in the criminal justice system who have substance misuse and mental health problemsatthe Rethink Mental Illness Mentally Disordered Offenders Service. He has also worked for Barnardo’s with young homeless people who have substance misuse and complex needs and in a NHS psychiatric hospital that providesmental health and substance misuse inpatient care.

Alongside his role at Recovery Lighthouse Simon works in private practise specialising in Addiction Counselling and treating Compulsive Sexual Behaviours working with individuals, couples and partners of addicts.He is currently undertaking an MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy at the University of East London researching psychotherapeutic treatment outcomes for Sex Addiction and also designs and delivers continuing professional development for counsellors and therapists.

Simon believes addiction is a multi-faceted and complex illness that requires understanding of childhood attachment, neuro-biological, intergenerational, trauma, relational, spiritual and social factors. Simon loves working in what he considers to be one of the most serious condition that can impact human health and wellbeing and gets enormous satisfaction from supporting those who are able to gain sobriety and work towards achieving their life goals and aims.

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Claire Sainsbury

Counsellor

Claire Sainsbury holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with training in integrative counselling and psychotherapy. Claire is also accredited with BACP and has a special interest in the field of addiction. Before joining Recovery Lighthouse,

Claire has worked within the fields of substance misuse and compulsive gambling, in which she has also studied to Masters Level to explore the client experience of problem gambling counselling and psychotherapy. Since joining Recovery Lighthouse, she has become involved in delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, which introduces clients to the practice of Mindfulness as a platform upon which to develop important recovery skills within interpersonal situations, emotional regulation and distress tolerance. Claire is also conversant with the 12-step model that underpins recovery treatment at the Lighthouse and has worked through the steps herself in relation to her own personal experiences.

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Sofia Farsati

Counsellor

Sofia’s professional interests were initially in the field of psychology, and having completed her Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Sofia studied further, obtaining a degree in counselling psychology. Her therapeutic experience includes working with adults and children, using both group and individual approaches.

Prior to working here at Recovery Lighthouse, Sofia gained a wealth of counselling experience, working for a variety of agencies, offering both generic counselling and/or mental health services. Sofia came to Recovery Lighthouse with a passion for working in the field of addiction and with a particular keen interest in 12’step recovery and how this can be related to the lived experience of those struggling with addiction.

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Glen Kelly

Lead support worker

Having found his way into personal recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, by first attending rehab and then continuing to attend the fellowship rooms, Glen admits to feeling he has a strong understanding of the struggles of early recovery and of the challenges that lie ahead in terms of maintaining abstinence from addiction.

During his time working as a professional in the field of addictions he has worked for a variety of organisations including the Princes trust, where he worked as a rehabilitation worker offering one to one support to individuals in prison and also upon their release. He has also worked for the St Thomas fund, in particular with clients’ coming out of prison and has facilitated groups at the MIND charity. Now almost three years later, Glen is working with clients’ in the private sector at The Recovery Lighthouse clinic in Worthing. His role here includes facilitating all facets of support for the client group and in particular ensuring that these individuals are safe and motivated to engage in all aspects of the treatment program we provide.

Glen’s passion for the twelve step program and associated recovery literature is most applicable to his role within the clinic and he admits enjoying nothing more than being able to help the client group to better understand the principles of this philosophy and how this can become incorporated into an individual’s on-going recovery. Having been in the field of addictions for some time now, he continues to feel extremely fortunate that he has the opportunity to work alongside other professionals who share his passion for recovery from addiction and that he has on a daily basis the possibility to play a part in helping those who at some time in their lives may have felt hopeless to find renewed hope and strength within the clinic and within the recovering community.

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Jane Chastell

Lead support worker

Jane has extensive experience of working in the mental health and addiction field including ten years leading a team in a secure residential unit for individuals with acute psychological and substance misuse concerns.

Within the hospital Jane undertook DBT Skills Training and delivered therapy groups, peer training and hospital wide therapeutic initiatives.

Jane has experience of working in a variety of settings and with a range of challenges including dual diagnosis, learning disabilities and rehabilitation for physical trauma. Jane passionately feels that treatment must focus on supporting and allowing individuals to develop the skills and resilience to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

Since joining Recovery Lighthouse Jane has completed a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care consolidating her eighteen years of experience as a Senior Support Worker. Jane gets an enormous sense of satisfaction from her role and deeply cares about supporting those recovering from the debilitating illness of addiction.

During her time within the clinic Jane has now gained a strong understanding of the twelve step programme, in particular whilst escorting clients to fellowship meetings. Jane utilises the twelve step model of treatment and works collaboratively across the clinical, support and operational staff team to provide a holistic, caring and therapeutic environment.

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Jack Turner

Support Worker

Jack’s own recovery in 2011 saw me heavily involved in Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural schools of therapy, which facilitated his own recovery by helping him shift focus towards the uniqueness of the self, and what steps were feasible and possible for application. Within the same year, Jack worked in the voluntary sector at Action for Change in Eastbourne,

Co-facilitating workshops, during which time he enrolled on the FDSc course on 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 of 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 aiding those in recovery themselve- an avenue that will always be close to his heart.

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Lewes Jillett

Support Worker

Lewes started the foundations of his career in Health & Social Care and support work by developing a passion for helping people through extensive volunteering for organisations in his local area that help vulnerable individuals become better supported and engaged in their communities.

From 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.

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.

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Sarah Davis

Administrator

Sarah as a BSc Psychology (Hons) from the University of Sussex, and has spent the last 2 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.

Sarah says that during her time working with The Recovery Lighthouse she has become convinced that we are working to address addiction as an illness, and now has an understanding the multi-layered client presentation around addiction and the multi-modal psychotherapeutic interventions that can be used to facilitate recovery from addiction.

Sarah states that she enjoys the variety of roles and responsibilities that her work requires, including client interaction and support. In particular, Sarah is enthused by the obvious positive changes that she witnesses in the client group who attend The Recovery Lighthouse, and also gains great pleasure in following up with these clients to ensure that we as a team continue to offer full support as they work towards their long term sobriety.

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