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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Janice trained as a Registered General Nurse in the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh. On qualifying, she then moved to Bellshill Maternity Hospital, Lanarkshire and became a registered midwife. This led to Janice studying at Bell College Hamilton where she gained her post graduate qualiification of Clinical Nurse Specialist (Public Health) Registered Health Visitor.
Janice worked with NHS Lanarkshire as a Health Visitor before making a career change from healthcare into the family manufacturing business as Company Secretary. Janice returned to the healthcare sector in 2001, working in Nuffield Hospital Glasgow as Quality Assurance Manager. Whilst working at Nuffield, Janice completed both a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Management with Stirling University, as well as a Return to Practice course with Scotnursing and Glasgow Caledonian University.
Janice moved into the elderly care sector in 2005 working for 12 years with Barchester Healthcare in a variety of senior clinical posts. The last post she worked at was Divisional Clinical Lead, providing clinical advice and support to 65 homes within the Northern Division. Janice started at Castle Craig in September 2018 as Operations Manager, and continues to enjoy the challenges this varied and interesting post offers.
Victoria McCann is Communications Manager at Castle Craig and responsible for overseeing the communications and admissions department.
Since 2007 Victoria has worked on communications projects and website development for Castle Craig, and has lived in London, Spain and Switzerland. In 2017 she moved back to Scotland to begin her role as the Senior Communications Manager at Castle Craig.
Victoria studied English Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and has an MSc in Public Relations from Stirling University.
Chief Financial Officer
MBA, CIMA, Dip.Bus.Man
Dr Simona Markovits
Resident Medical Officer
Senior Therapist & Lead Therapist for the Extended Care Men’s Unit
Phillip leads the Extended Treatment Men’s Unit, and plays a key role in maintaining standards and implementing therapeutic procedures within the Castle Craig Extended Treatment facility.
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 & Lead Therapist for the Serenity Unit
Roseanne leads the women’s Serenity Unit, and plays a key role in maintaining standards and implementing therapeutic procedures within the Castle Craig Extended Treatment facility.
Roseanne joined Castle Craig as a Trainee Therapist in 2004 and gained a Diploma in Addictions Counselling from Castle Craig in August 2005. 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.
Aureol Gillan is a Senior Specialist Therapist at Castle Craig Hospital. Aureol currently leads our all-male intensive treatment facility, Kirkurd. Aureol has also run equine therapy at Castle Craig for many years and three of her horses have a permanent home on the estate.
She has been working at Castle Craig from 1989 to 2012, and 2014- present.
Aureol is an Equine Assisted Therapy Facilitator and a member of COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association).
Aureol Gillan in the News:
Equine Assisted Therapy on BBC Alba, Gaelic Language.
Mark Abrami is an experienced Senior Therapist working in the Intensive Treatment Unit. He is also Therapeutic Coordinator of the Executive Programme.
Mark has a broad range of experience at Castle Craig, formerly working in the Extended Treatment Unit as a Senior Therapist and also as Lead Therapist at the Kirkurd Unit for Dutch males.
Originally from Glasgow, Mark began training and working at Castle Craig Hospital in 2008 and gained the Diploma in Addictions Counselling from Castle Craig Hospital in 2009. He is a COSCA Practitioner Member and has completed postgraduate training in psychotherapy and achieved an MSc in Alcohol and Drug Studies at The University of Glasgow.
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.
“I am a specialist therapist delivering Trauma Counselling, Mindfulness sessions and Music Therapy, as well as all the other addiction interventions required at Castle Craig
My first work in a therapeutic community for alcohol/drug issues was in 1990. I have 18yrs’ experience in the private therapy, life coaching and EAP counselling worlds. Experience was gained over the years in developing ways to work with depression, trauma, stress, bereavement and anxiety disorders.
I value the educational/healing power that comes from being part of a therapeutic community such as Castle Craig – also peer support is a huge factor here. I am passionate about working in residential communities, it is such a lifting experience.
I studied for an addiction diploma at Leeds University, am an accredited counsellor, a qualified life coach and a dedicated working musician.
As well as engaging in helping patients to become sober and well I am looking forward to developing music therapy here at Castle Craig. Music is a fabulous way to get in touch with strong feelings and the playful child in us all. Music brings people together and promotes good relations and vibrations!”
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 at Castle Craig Hospital.
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.
Kane has been working in the addiction field for 10 years. He is a founding member of the Serenity Café (Recovery Cafe) in Edinburgh and was part of the projects development from conception to becoming a UK recovery café pioneer, with a focus on empowering people to become self-directed better versions of themselves. During this time, he gained an M.Sc. Applied Psychology with particular interest in co-morbidity between neurodevelopmental disorders and addiction. He has a coaching certificate and is passionate about working with people to manage their illness, to broaden the boundary of their potential, to overcome their barriers preventing them maximising their potential, and to build an internal state of resilience.
Louise Forrest joined Castle Craig as a trainee therapist in August 2017.
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.
After a professional career in audit, William gained an MSc in Drug & Alcohol Studies in 2015 and joined Castle Craig in May 2017 as a therapist.
Over the last twelve years he has been engaged in further education and voluntary work, as well as the field of addiction. William now manages the hospital’s 5th Step programme.
Victoria began training and working at Castle Craig Hospital in 2016 and is currently a therapist in the women’s Serenity Unit at Extended Care.
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.
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.
Teri joined the staff team at Castle Craig Hospital in November 2017 as a Senior Specialist Therapist. Teri previously worked in the United States for over 15 years as a Licensed Mental Health Counsellor with children and their families who were impacted by substance abuse, domestic violence and mental health issues.
Teri earned her Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counselling from Nova Southeastern University. She moved to Scotland in 2014 and is a registered member with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). Teri facilitates groups for Eating Disorders and Grief.
Angela joined Castle Craig in 2017 and currently works in the Serenity Unit at extended care.
She graduated in 2017 with a level 5 diploma in Integrative Psychotherapuetic counselling. Before working at Castle Craig Hospital, she had previous experience in working in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre and delivering group therapy/individual sessions.
Since working at Castle Craig, she has achieved an IC&RC accreditation as a certified drug and alcohol counsellor. She is a registered member of the BACP and has a special interest in working with trauma.
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.
Pre-Admissions Assessor & Teletherapist
Audrey Grant is an external therapist who has a long standing relationship with Castle Craig, having trained and worked here as a therapist from 2001 – 2016.
Audrey conducts the pre-admissions assessments and facilitates tele-therapy.
Audrey holds a Diploma in Addictions Counselling from Castle Craig. She 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.
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.
“Great guy, magic sense of humour” ~ Gretsch
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 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.
Senior Staff Nurse
Sharon Lacey is the Staff Nurse at Castle Craig Hospital
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.” ~ Catriona Taylor
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.
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.
Lucy Douglas joined Castle Craig Hospital in September 2013 as Personal and then Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. She has also now taken on the role of Assistant Governance Manager, working closely with regulatory and quality assurance organisations on the hospital’s behalf.
Lucy has an MA (Hons) in Spanish & South American Studies, and is currently working towards an Advanced Level 6 Healthcare Governance qualification.
Her professional career has encompassed a number of positions, including running her own virtual office services business for 20 years, senior media manager in advertising, retail management, managing a government careers website and working for the estate of the former artist and concrete poet Ian Hamilton Finlay. She is inspired by, and committed to, the work that Castle Craig does.
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.
Senior Admissions Specialist
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.
Andrei has worked at Castle Craig since 2014. He spent a number of years working with charities in South-East Asia after graduating from Medical School as a Dentist. Andrei is committed to promoting the welfare of others and does so through his work in the admissions department as well as communications and marketing and any other tasks as directed by the senior management
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.
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.
Gordon joined Castle Craig in 1993 and was formerly our Head Therapist and played a leading role in developing the Castle Craig treatment programme. Gordon has now retired but continues to visit Castle Craig from time to time to provide valuable sessions for our patients.
As well as being affiliated to COSCA (former board member) Gordon is on the board of the UK Professional Board of Alcohol/Drug Counsellors.
Gordon graduated from Leith Nautical College and was previously an officer in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary with the Ministry of Defence. After the Navy he worked for Philips Electronics in Cambridge for six years specialising in electron microscopy and often travelled to the main Philips factory in Eindhoven where the microscopes were built and developed.