Staff At Our Residential Rehab Centre
Rehabilitation begins with people, which is why our most unique resource is our staff of caring and deeply committed individuals. Some have moved thousands of miles in order to join in our work and some are former patients who have been through treatment at Castle Craig and want to use their experiences and skills to help our patients.
Castle Craig has a unique family atmosphere and our staff are passionate about helping people begin new abstinent lives and helping to rebuild broken family relationships.
Dr. Margaret McCannChief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Peter McCannChairman and Co-Founder of Castle Craig Hospital
Dominic McCannHead of Development
Prof. Jonathan ChickMedical Director
Dr. Maria KellyAssociate Medical Director
Dr. Florian KaplickConsultant Psychiatrist
Dr. Jim CraigConsultant Psychiatrist, External advisor
Jose PereiraHead Therapist
Dr. Glynis Read PhDTreatment Coordinator & EMDR Consultant
Phillip BaronSenior Therapist
Karolina DarlingSenior Specialist Therapist
Aureol GillanSenior Therapist
Roseanne BoyleSenior Therapist
Tony MariniSpecialist Therapist
Sander TubbergenSpecialist Therapist
Lee TaylorTherapist, Family Programme Coordinator
Tom BennettSpecialist Therapist
Dawn DixonHead Nurse
Guy HeathSenior Staff Nurse
Duncan DewarSenior Staff Nurse
Donna CampbellSenior Nurse Assistant
Linda HillPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder Supervisor, External advisor
Louise ForrestTrainee Therapist
Christopher BurnCreative Writing Coordinator, External advisor
Donald WhitakerService Development Manager
Jillian JohnstoneAdmissions Manager
Alison McDougallAdmissions Officer
Christina WalkerTransport Manager
Bruce TaitIT Manager
Dr Felicity McCann
Davina McMorranCatering Manager
Dr. Margaret McCann
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Dr McCann completed a degree in medicine at University College Dublin and worked in hospitals in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Dr McCann co-founded with her husband Peter McCann Clouds House, an addiction centre in Wiltshire, where she established the detoxification and treatment programme. She was responsible for directing all treatment services including medical, nursing and therapeutic; she pioneered the use of clonidine for detoxification from opiates in the UK.
In 1988 Dr McCann moved with her husband to Scotland where they founded Castle Craig Hospital in Peeblesshire. There she established the treatment programme and continues to focus on the development of the therapies for the treatment of addiction and the direction and governance of the hospital.
Dr McCann also acted for a period as Medical Director for the Castle Craig’s clinics in the Netherlands – which provide assessment, continuing care and other outpatient services.
Dr McCann has presented at a number of medical conferences in the UK. She is committed to promoting and sharing best practice in the addiction field.
Personal Interests: As well as finding time to raise four children Dr McCann has volunteered for the Order of Malta for the last 15 years at the annual pilgrimage of sick and disabled people to Lourdes. She is a keen (albeit occasional) bridge player, a dog lover and enjoys walking in the hills surrounding Castle Craig.
Chairman and Co-Founder of Castle Craig Hospital
After studying economics and psychology at Trinity College Dublin, and a career in the City of London, Peter McCann established the Life Anew Trust in 1981 alongside his wife, Dr Margaret Ann McCann. Life Anew was a charity that promoted Minnesota Model addiction treatment in the UK at a time when this treatment approach was virtually non-existent.
In 1982 Peter and Margaret Ann founded Clouds House, a drug and alcohol treatment centre in Wiltshire. After successfully running Clouds for five years when it gained an international reputation, they moved to Peeblesshire in Scotland where they in turn opened Castle Craig in 1988. Clouds, in partnership with its associated charities, has recently received the royal patronage of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
Peter has presented at many conferences in the field of addiction, written papers on addiction and belongs to a number of professional organisations. In the early 1990s Peter founded EATA (European Addiction Treatment Agency) and five years ago Peter was elected on to the Board of the International Council of Alcohol and Addictions.
He is an expert on cross-border EU Healthcare and is currently pioneering the use of hyperbaric oxygen treatment in addiction care.
Head of Development
Dominic has worked at Castle Craig since 2009. He spent several years working with charities in the UK, Eastern Europe and in Germany. This work encompassed child-care, learning disabilities, relief and development, NGO resource building and healthcare, including addiction care.
He studied Modern History at the University of Edinburgh.
Prof. Jonathan Chick
Medical Director, MA (Cantab), MPhil, MBChB, DSc, FRCPsych, FRCPE
Professor Jonathan Chick joined Castle Craig in 2014 as the new medical director. Professor Chick is an eminent consultant psychiatrist with a distinguished career in the National Health Service.
Professor Chick was a leading researcher in the addiction field for a number of years and has been published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. He is currently the chief editor of Alcohol and Alcoholism, which is the official journal of the Medical Council on Alcohol.
Professor Chick is an elected member of the scientific council of the Societe Francaise d’Alcoologie and is a member of the board of trustees of the General Services Office of Alcoholics Anonymous in the UK. Professor Chick is also the author of Understanding Alcohol and Drinking Problems, in association with the British Medical Association.
Dr. Maria Kelly
Associate Medical Director, MBChB, DipPsych, MRCPsych
Dr Maria Kelly joined Castle Craig in 2014 as the new associate medical director.
Dr. Kelly is a distinguished consultant psychiatrist with a background in the NHS of general and forensic psychiatry and the psychiatry of learning disability.
Her specialist interests include psychotherapy and family therapy.
Dr. Florian Kaplick
Dr Kaplick studied medicine at the Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen (Germany) with additional training in England and New Zealand.
His postgraduate training was based at the Psychosomatic Hospital in Extertal-Lassbruch and the Department of Psychiatry of the University Hospital of Erlangen where he specialised in Psychiatry with special interest in psychotherapy, addictions, eating disorders, music and art therapies.
From 1996 to 1999 he worked in the Psychiatric Hospital of Engelthal (Bavaria, Germany) where he led the team for social psychiatry and psychotherapy as well as being appointed to found a new department for the treatment of drug dependence (developing a new concept of a three month in-patient-treatment with detoxification and group psychotherapy).
Dr Kaplick was awarded a PhD from Erlangen University for his research and thesis on ‘The Use of Brain Mapping as an Automatic Tool to Evaluate EEGs in Alcohol Withdrawal’, carried out in cooperation with the Oberbergklinik Hornberg.
In 2005 he finished with distinction an additional course of two years studies in ‘Economics in Medicine’ for medical personnel, run by the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg in co-operation with the municipal hospital of Nuremburg.
Dr Kaplick is also trained in the areas of Eating Disorders, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Behavioural Psychotherapy, Energy Psychotherapy and Progressive Relaxation.
Dr Kaplick’s personal interests include languages, travel and music, which he has studied at the Nuremberg Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Jim Craig
Consultant Psychiatrist, External advisor
Dr Jim Craig has a Fellowship in Psychiatry and has been one of Castle Craig’s Consultant Psychiatrists since 2005.
He says that he has found his work at Castle Craig eye-opening and engrossing. “It highlights how much people with dependency problems with the right support can do to tackle these terrible illnesses.” He particularly appreciates being able to stay in touch with patients on a one-to-one basis.
Dr Craig studied Medicine and a Post Graduate Degree in Psychiatry at Edinburgh University, which included clinical electives in New York.
From 1973 to 2005 he worked in General Adult Psychiatry at Rosslynlee Hospital, Midlothian, Scotland (from 1980-2005 as a Consultant). In addition to this from 2000-2005 he held the post of Associate Medical Director in Clinical Effectiveness at Lothian Primary Care Trust. Here he had responsibility for Clinical Governance in Lothian Primary Care NHS Trust as Associate Medical Director (Clinical Excellence). His research for his postgraduate research degree (M.Phil.) was in ‘Day Hospitals with particular reference to Rosslynlee Hospital’.
After retiring from the NHS in 2005 he has continued his professional career by working as a locum Consultant Psychiatrist at Castle Craig Hospital and as a member of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, Mental Health Tribunals Scotland and the Pensions Appeals Tribunal for Scotland (for ex-Service people with service-related disablement). He has also found time to write a book on his old Hospital, “Up By” – A History of Rosslynlee Hospital.
Outside work his interests include reading, walking his dog, fish suppers and being with his family.
Jose has been a specialist in the addictions field for 14 years, having worked as a Senior Addiction Counsellor for Clouds House (Action on Addiction), as an Addiction Therapist for Priory Hospital Roehampton, London (The Priory Group) and as Clinical Manager for Focus12 (Suffolk) before his current role of Head Therapist for Castle Craig Hospital.
Throughout his counselling and leadership career, José’s focus has been on implementing high quality treatment services and continuing care for complex patients, with a specialist interest in Relapse Prevention, Diversity and Equality, and Systemic Therapy.
Jose is registered with BACP (British Association for åCounselling & Psychotherapy) and has a Diploma, Foundation Degree and Bachelor Honours in Addiction Counselling, and a Master of Sciences in Counselling.
Jose’s personal interests include sports (football and roller hockey), languages, travel and music.
Dr. Glynis Read PhD
Treatment Coordinator & EMDR Consultant
Glynis Read is Treatment Coordinator at Castle Craig. She oversees the management of our therapy teams and the development of the therapeutic programme. She works alongside Castle Craig’s Medical Director to ensure the highest standards of treatment for all our patients.
“It is a great privilege”, says Glynis, “to be appointed to the senior management team at Castle Craig Hospital as Treatment Coordinator. It is an exciting challenge to be part of the strategic planning, particularly the therapy, within the hospital. I look forward to engaging with the staff at the hospital to continue to develop Castle Craig as a centre of excellence in the treatment of addiction.”
Previously, she was the Head of Training at Castle Craig and coordinated the care of patients with eating disorders and the trauma programme. She has now been with Castle Craig for over 20 years.
She developed the Certificate in Addiction Studies and the Diploma in Addiction Counselling (both credit rated by Napier University), which she now runs for Castle Craig. While working at Castle Craig, Glynis gained a MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and eating disorders and and she is an accredited EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) practitioner.
Before joining Castle Craig as a therapist, Glynis gained a PhD in Quaternary Science and qualified as an addictions counsellor at Hazelden, Minnesota.
Phillip joined Castle Craig in May 2013, with 20 years’ professional experience in addiction treatment as therapist, service manager and director of services with various organisations.
Phillip is fully accredited with the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counsellors (NAADAC), and holds an Advanced Certificate in Counselling, an NLP Certificate, an NVQ4 in Leadership and Management in Social Care, and a registered manager qualification. He is trained in both clinical and management supervision, dual diagnosis/complex needs, presentations and media, serious incidents and risk assessment, and advanced leadership. Phillip specialises in pathological gambling, compulsive sexual addiction, service development, training and regulatory compliance.
Senior Therapist, Diploma in Life Coaching and Addictions Counselling
Nuno is an experienced Addictions Counsellor with over 16 years working in the field around the globe. Nuno comes to Castle Craig Hospital with a wealth of clinical and managerial experience, enhanced by continuous study and interest in approaches made to support and sustain change in human beings. The following demonstrates Nuno’s drive in self-development, just to mention a few:
• BSc (Hons) in Substance Misuse Management
• Diploma in Addictions Counselling & Life Coaching
• Supervision & Reflective Practice
• International Coach Certification
• Motivational Interviewing Practitioners Course
• International Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist
• Chemical Dependency Counsellor Training Programme
Over the years Nuno has developed a well deserved professional reputation as a gifted Counsellor. Nuno is a member of FDAP (Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals) since 2004 and from 2008 Nuno also obtained membership at the Certified Coaches Federation.
Nuno worked in the education sector at an international school in Macau S.A.R., China. as the CAS Coordinator/School Counsellor. This was his second work experience in this sector after being a Practice Educator for the Oxford Brookes University in the UK.
Nuno attends some of the most prestigious conferences such as the UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders, which he has been attending since 2007, the Interventions Plus Conference and iCAAD Conferences.
Senior Specialist Therapist
Karolina is a Senior Specialist Therapist in the Extended Care Unit. Karolina graduated from Wroclaw University, Poland, with an MSc in Psychology in 2004. Her degree specialised in clinical psychology with a partcular interest in psychotherapy, addiction and trauma. Following her studies, Karolina worked as a junior psychologist in a Diagnostic Counselling Centre for Children and Adolescents. She provided children and families with psychological assessment and goal-orientated counselling. She also undertook a four-month placement in a therapeutic community-based treatment centre for drug and alcohol addiction in Italy.
She joined Castle Craig Hospital in 2005, achieving the Diploma in Addiction Counselling while working here. Karolina is accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals and holds the FDAP National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate. She also holds the IC&RC qualification in the addiction field.
Karolina has completed a Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at the University of Dundee. She is a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
Apart from specialising in addictions, Karolina works with a range of issues, which include anxiety disorders, depression & low mood, low self-esteem, stress, anger, bereavement, co-dependency and eating disorders.
In her practice, Karolina draws on a range of evidence based psychological approaches including cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and mindfulness based interventions.
She works within individual, family and group therapy settings, and regularly provides structured DBT and CBT based group therapies.
Karolina believes that a collaborative approach and a strong therapeutic relationship are the foundation of successful therapy.
Aureol Gillan is a Senior Specialist Therapist at Castle Craig Hospital. She has been working here from 1989 to 2012, when she left and managed the addiction unit in The Prior Hospital in Essex for two years, after which she returned to Castle Craig.
Aureol is the Equine Assisted Therapy Facilitator and a member of COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association).
Roseanne joined Castle Craig as a Trainee Therapist in 2004 and gained a Diploma in Addictions Counselling from Castle Craig in August 2005. She is now a member of the team in the Intensive Care Unit. Roseanne is a certified Reality Therapy practitioner and has obtained the IC&RC qualification. She facilitates the Eating Disorder group and she is also a practitioner member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland).
Before joining Castle Craig Roseanne obtained an HNC in counselling and worked in the Financial Services Industry for 11 years.
Tony began training and working at Castle Craig Hospital in 2013 and gained the Diploma in integrated Counselling from Edinburgh College in 2010. Tony currently works in the Intensive Treatment unit as a therapist and is a BACP practitioner member.
He attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred psychotherapy in 2014 at The University of Strathclyde under the tuition of the renowned lecturer and author Robert Elliot. Tony is a member of our specialist therapy team working with gambling, gaming and internet disorders.
Sander began training and working at Castle Craig Hospital in January 2013 and gained the Diploma in Addictions Counselling from Castle Craig Hospital later that same year. Sander practices an integrative approach to treatment and works as a specialist therapist in both the Intensive Treatment and Extended Care unit.
Prior to his commencement at Castle Craig Hospital, Sander worked as a junior counsellor in an addiction treatment facility in The Netherlands and completed undergraduate study in applied psychology. He also undertook a nine-month full-time placement in a therapeutic community-based treatment centre for drug and alcohol addiction in Cape Town, South-Africa in 2010. In 2014 Sander obtained the IC&RC qualification and gained international accreditation in alcohol and drug counselling (ICADC).
Most recently, Sander has completed a Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Distinction at The University of Edinburgh, School of Health in Social Science, where he conducted comprehensive empirical research on the psychological effects of and the recovery process from childhood trauma and chemical dependency.
Sander specialises in working with a range of mental health conditions which co-occur with addiction, including PTSD, personality problems, general anxiety and depression. He is professionally trained in a Person-Centred and Psychodynamic approach to therapy and fully conversant with CBT, RET, family therapy, pre-therapy (motivational interviewing) and brief therapy. In addition, he is highly experienced in working with patients from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.
Before starting his career in counselling and psychotherapy Sander gained a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Amsterdam and held various marketing and sales management positions at leading corporations in the Dutch media industry.
Therapist, Family Programme Coordinator
Since graduating from Strathclyde University, Lee has been involved in education, training and personal as well as professional development for more than 30 years. This has included the pastoral care of both young people and adults and working with their families. During this period she completed a certificate in counselling skills followed by a post-graduate diploma in counselling and supervision. She is a qualified Reality Therapy practitioner, certified in Grief Therapy and is a member of COSCA.
Psychodrama is also one of her interests and a few years ago she spent some time learning how to use psychodrama techniques based on Jungian psychology. A year-long addictions therapy training course at Castle Craig exposed her to working with families. This led her to complete a year’s training in Systemic Family therapy. Lee facilitates Castle Craig’s Family Programme, and finds providing counselling support for families is a rewarding part of her job.
Outside the workplace you are likely to find her ‘trying something new’. She is very interested in personal development and enjoys taking part in workshops and groups to this end. She also teaches counselling skills at a local college two evenings per week.
Tom joined the team in Castle Craig Hospital in 2014 and currently works in the Intensive Treatment Unit as a therapist. His career in 12 step facilitation started in early 2011. He qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in 2014 and also attained the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills. Tom is also an IC & RC qualified addictions counsellor. Before working in addictions Tom gained a BA (Hons) in English Literature, taught English as a foreign language in Japan and worked in property development in France.
Victoria began training and working at Castle Craig Hospital in 2016 and is currently working in the Intensive Treatment Unit as a therapist.
She achieved an undergraduate degree with honours in Psychology and a Masters in Forensic Psychology before working as an assistant clinical psychologist for 18 months.
She is trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and previously delivered group and individual therapy before coming to Castle Craig.
Jim joined the therapy team at Castle Craig in August 2017. In addition to working privately he has also provided counselling for a number of organisations including the Drugs and Alcohol Project in Fife. Jim studied at the University of Edinburgh where he gained a COSCA validated Diploma in Counselling and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Jim is a member of COSCA and BACP.
Jason is a Therapist at Castle Craig and joined the team in September 2017, currently working in the Intensive Treatment Unit. Jason has worked in the field of addictions since 2000 in different capacities in a community setting. Jason qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in 2013. Before working in the field of addictions Jason gained a BSc Hons Degree in Health Studies.
Jack came to Castle Craig in August 2007 from a background in teaching, social work and, latterly, 10 years as a Gestalt therapist, supervisor and trainer in private practice.
He is a BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) registered therapist and UKPBADC (United Kingdom Professional Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counsellors) certified drug and alcohol counsellor.
During his time at Castle Craig he has undertaken a full range of duties as therapist and as team leader, supervisor and occasional training support. He has also furthered his interest in working with patients experiencing PTSD symptoms and has undertaken training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR Therapy.
Since formally retiring in July 2014 he has returned to work with patients who have experienced trauma for two days each week.
Paul joined Castle Craig as a therapist in June 2013. He has a certificate in counselling and a diploma in psychotherapy, as well as Hazelden international addiction counselling and counselling and addiction studies qualifications. Paul is fully accredited by the IAAAC, and is also a qualified life coach.
Paul is currently training in smoking cessation and will be taking an active part in managing the smoking cessation therapy programme at Castle Craig.
Senior Staff Nurse
In 2003, after 33 years in the National Health Service, nursing in many areas and hospitals throughout both England and Scotland, Guy joined the staff at Castle Craig Hospital.
His role currently includes “Smoking Cessation”, “Health Promotion”, “Equine Therapy” and “Crisis Intervention training” for staff.
As a musician, he also encourages musical programmes and activities.
Senior Staff Nurse
Duncan joined Castle Craig as a Senior Staff Nurse in September 2017. He qualified as an enrolled nurse back in 1989 while working with the Scottish Prison service, where he was awarded the Butler Trust UK Award for his work with vulnerable inmates including addictions. He later became involved in the first addiction services within the Scottish Prisons and helped introduce courses on reasoning and rehabilitation. In 1999 he attended the University of Dundee to gain his certificate as a Registered General Nurse and in 2004 he moved into the social care management and gained his qualifications in Health and Social Care. He has managed services for young people, learning disabilities and elderly nursing. Laterally he worked as a peripatetic manager supporting care homes over the Lothian and Fife regions.
Senior Nurse Assistant
Donna started work at Castle Craig in May 2004. She is part of the Intensive Treatment Team and has trained in Motivational Interviewing and also delivers the Auricular Acupuncture to both the Intensive Treatment and the Extended Care units.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Supervisor, External advisor
Linda Hill, our Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Specialist, is a Senior Accredited Member of BACP and an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant.
Linda works directly with patients with complex trauma histories and many have found great relief from unresolved, painful conflicts from the past.
She has over 20 years’ experience of working with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD both within the NHS and in private practice.
Linda previously worked at the Sandyford Initiative in Glasgow with women who had been sexually assaulted or had experienced childhood abuse. Prior to that she worked at the Yorkhill Family Bereavement Centre with people affected by the death of a child, and in hostels and night shelters for people who were homeless. She has extensive experience of working with people with dual diagnosis.
Audrey Grant came to work at Castle Craig from the Mediterranean island of Malta. She completed a postgraduate diploma in Youth Studies at the University of Malta.
Audrey joined the team in the Intensive Treatment Unit in 2001 and a year later gained a Diploma in Addictions Counselling from Castle Craig. Audrey is a certified Reality Therapy practitioner and has obtained the IC&RC qualification. While in Castle Craig, Audrey furthered her studies in trauma counselling and eating disorders. She now facilitates tele-therapy.
Louise Forrest joined Castle Craig as a trainee therapist in August 2017.
Creative Writing Coordinator, External advisor
Chris joined Castle Craig in 1988 as Financial Director and retrained as a therapist in 1994. Chris formerly trained and worked as a Chartered Accountant in London, Paris and Malta and ran a small hotel in the Scottish Borders.
He ran the Problem Gambling programme at Castle Craig. He retired as a full time therapist in 2016, but is still a regular contributor to the blog. He has recently published Poetry Changes Lives – a page-a-day book of history, poetry and inspiration.
Service Development Manager
Donald joined Castle Craig in July 2013 as Client Service Manager, having previously held a number of administrative positions within the NHS in London, and then moving to South Africa, where he was Manager of Riverview Manor, a South African addiction treatment centre, from 2011 – 2013.
Donald has a BSocSci (Psych) Degree from the University of Natal.
Jillian has many years of experience as our Admissions Manager. She is the first point of contact for all enquiries about treatment at Castle Craig and can advise prospective patients, their families, their employers and also referrers (i.e. GPs, social workers) on questions about our admission arrangements.
You can contact Jillian on:
0808 149 6989 (international: +44 1721 788 006)
Jillian is always happy to answer any enquiries regarding admissions, or any general enquiries.
Alison started working as an Admissions Officer at Castle Craig Hospital in 2009. She is a first point of contact for all enquiries about treatment at Castle Craig and can advise prospective patients, their families, their employers and also referrers (i.e. GPs, social workers) on questions about the admission arrangements.
Since starting with Castle Craig Hospital 14 years ago Bruce has upgraded the network infrastructure to encompass the entire campus, and has gradually added an additional 60 computers to the network. He provides support for all network, communications, computer software and hardware. Telephone, e-mail and a connection to the Internet are essentials to the day to day running of the hospital.
Bruce has seen many changes at Castle Craig: “the biggest and most dramatic changes I have seen have been in some of the patients, the transformation from when they arrive to when they leave can be amazing.”
Bruce followed up a long term hobby/interest in computers by attending Heriot Watt University and graduating with an HND and BSc in Computing, and is a member of the British Computer Society.
Dr Felicity McCann
Resident Medical Officer
Specialist Therapist, Extended Care
Gerard joined the Castle Craig Hospital team in 2015 and currently works in the Extended Treatment Unit.
His career in 12 Step Facilitation started in early 2006. He qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in 2013. Gerard is IC&RC qualified and is also registered with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
Before working in the field of addiction, Gerard gained a BSc in Computer Networking in 2006.
Therapist, BSc(Hons) Pharmacy, PGDip. in Person-Centred Counselling
Lindsay joined the staff team at Castle Craig Hospital in 2016 after working for several years within the community addictions teams in Lanarkshire.
After an initial period of working in our Intensive Treatment Unit she is now an established member of our Extended Care Unit.
Lindsay has a COSCA certificate and Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from the University of Strathclyde.
Lindsay has a BSc(Hons) in Pharmacy and maintains an interest in pharmacology and the neuroscience of addiction. She is particularly interested in trauma and attachment in relation to recovery.
Lindsay is a practitioner member of COSCA and BACP.
Therapist, Diploma in Counselling (Sunderland University), Diploma in Caring Services.
Denise is a therapist in Extended Care.
She is currently working towards her PostGrad Diploma in Counselling, with COSCA Accreditation.
Denise facilitates the Extended Care Eating Disorder group and the Women’s Group. She facilitates Family Therapy at Extended Care. She has an interest in Trauma Therapy.
Prior to joining Castle Craig, Denise has a background in worked in sales and customer relations management.
Art Group Faciliatator, BA Drama, BA(Hons) Painting, MA Fine Art.
After a career in the theatre Catriona went to Edinburgh College of Art as a mature student having previously worked in theatre and literature. She obtained a Master of Fine Art at the University of Dundee. Since then she has had several solo exhibitions, including: The Park Gallery, Falkirk, Amber Arts, Edinburgh; Stanza Poetry Festival in St Andrews; Tweeddale Museum Peebles; and she has been part of a number of group exhibitions including: Cameron Contemporary Art in Brighton, the London and Bristol Affordable Art Fairs; the RSA annual exhibition; SSA and VAS at the RSA Galleries; Gracefield Arts Centre, Leith Gallery and Edinburgh Printmakers.
Catriona has been Artist in Residence for the National Library of Scotland making work in response to the collections; with the Scottish Centre of Diaspora Studies at Edinburgh University, funded by a Leverhulme Artist in Residence Award. The work from this residency was shown at the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament. She was also Artist in Residence with Craig &Rose, Dunfermline; funded by an Arts and Business Creativity at Work Award.
“People are constantly amazed by what they achieve in the art group, particularly as they have usually told me at the beginning: “I’m no good at art” What is so uplifting is just how amazing and creative the work that patients produce is.”
Senior Supervisor for Therapy Staff
Mark joined Castle Craig in 2017 in a consultancy role as a senior supervisor for therapy staff members. Mark has worked in the field of addiction treatment for 20 years having owned and operated the very well regarded Alexander Clinic in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire.
He was also lead tutor on the former Hazelden Addiction Counsellor training program in Ireland which was latterly run by the Limerick Institute of Technology. Mark also gained experience through a variety of roles including private practice and EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) work.
He holds Associate Lecturer status at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, currently working on the delivery of a Masters Level module in Addiction Studies. Mark’s desire to influence high quality and ethical practice in counselling has lead to the progression into clinical supervision and workforce development.
NASM Level 3 Personal Trainer, Power-Plate and Yoga trainer
In charge of the front desk, Jennifer is the first point of contact when a patient arrives at Castle Craig. She gives patients a warm welcome as the arrive into treatment.
Davina has catered for the patients and staff of Castle Craig since 2003. She previously completed a number of City and Guilds training courses in catering at Telford College, Edinburgh and is also qualified in cake decorating and confectionary. She is trained in, and has experience of cooking quality meals for large numbers of people.
The catering team know how important nutritious, fresh food is for the patients at Castle Craig. Davina plans all the menus to include wholesome, nutritious ingredients, and fresh fruit and vegetables are delivered daily to Castle Craig. Variety is also a key factor in the patients’ enjoyment of food and Davina and the team aim to introduce patients to many new dishes during their stay. All dishes are prepared to the highest standard onsite, including all our cakes and desserts.
Our new kitchens were built in 2007 and provide the catering staff with the latest cooking technologies. Apart from overseeing healthy and delicious meals, Davina also ensures that all hygiene and cleaning standards are thoroughly adhered to.