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.
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.
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.
NASM Level 3 Personal Trainer, Power-Plate and Yoga trainer
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.
Art Group Facilitator, 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.”
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.
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.