At Primrose Lodge, we believe the success of our treatment programmes is intrinsically tied to our staff. Therefore, we have invested quite a bit in recruiting and retaining some of the best professionals in the business. From therapists and counsellors to support staff, the Primrose Lodge team has the knowledge and experience to effectively treat each and every client. What’s more, many of our staff have undergone recovery of their own, giving them a unique perspective that enables them to understand what each of our clients is going through.
Patients successfully completing treatment programmes at Primrose Lodge are quick to give us positive feedback. This feedback lets us know we are succeeding in our mission to help addicts and their families fully recover. If you are looking for recovery for yourself or a loved one, we believe our professional staff and commitment to patients makes Primrose Lodge one of the best places for recovery.
Allow us to introduce a few key members of our staff:
Geoff has been involved in substance misuse work most of his career; specialising in the field early during his nurse training. He has worked alongside leading international medical experts in both London and Wiltshire. Geoff has been a Non-Medical Prescriber since 2007 and has extensive experience of a variety of detox regimes..
Registered Mental Health Nurse (Bournemouth University, 2000)
Independent Non-Medical Prescriber (Oxford Brookes University, 2007)
Geoff brings with him a wealth of clinical experience of addiction treatment in a variety of settings and has extensive prescribing experience in both community and inpatient settings.
As an experienced manager Geoff is skilled at leading large multidisciplinary teams and is particularly interested in developing staff teams to deliver high quality, evidence based interventions.
Geoff is driven by his passion to support people to be the best version of themselves and promotes this approach within his team.
During his down time Geoff indulges his interest in canine psychology and can often be found leading his pack on walks through the Wiltshire countryside. Geoff is an avid snorkeler and likens the experience to flying.
Alan Cooke brings to Primrose Lodge experience of physical, psychological and emotional therapies gained from the respected Sanctuary Lodge which, like Primrose Lodge, is proud to be part of the UKAT group of treatment centres. Valuable knowledge of successfully treating a variety of addictions has also been gained at the London-based Priory Hospitals and Clouds House.
This included working with 12-step abstinence-based programmes and a variety of counselling and psychodynamic and person-centred approaches to treating addiction, including mindfulness. Knowledge has been gained within primary and secondary treatment environments. This experience was an integrated part of the MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling Course at London South Bank University.
Alan has also worked with Post-Induction Therapy for developmental Immaturity Treatment as well as Dr Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to deal with all facets of recovery. Alan is also familiar with treating trauma as part of an addiction recovery programme.
Knowledge of a world outside treatment centres comes from over 20 years’ experience with the BBC in the UK and global markets. He sees no boundaries treating addiction and combines communication skills with training in addiction treatment centres. He has also helped clients build on their treatment through aftercare programmes. Familiarity with family therapy has been gained working with clients, their families and partners.
Alan has a strong understanding of the consequences of a wide range of addiction behaviours combined with insight, empathy, experience and the tenacity often needed to help clients achieve change and a healthy recovery.
Kaya is currently a support worker at Primrose Lodge and in process of achieving a Master of Science degree in health and social psychology from a Dutch university. For many years she has been dedicated to the fields of mental health and wellbeing.
She completed a Bachelor’s in psychology and sociology at a university in East Anglia and in her final year she did a course qualifying her as a Neuro-Linguistic Wellbeing Practitioner. Following on from her studies, Kaya has been a 1:1 assistant for young adults in educational settings, and spent time at a non-religious spiritual retreat in Godalming, Surrey. She has in-depth interest in holistic practices, particularly meditation as a form of spiritual exercise and inquiry, having previously attended retreats, training sessions, and short teacher training courses. She says that her work with Primrose lodge is intricately tied into her hopes for becoming a trained therapist and holistic practitioner.
Barrie has been in recovery for the past 20 years and is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He enjoys working with others in addiction.
At present, he is working at Primrose lodge as a support worker.
Melissa has worked as a support worker here for over two years. She has vast experience of the 12 step recovery programme and is passionate about the healing this can bring to people suffering from addiction.
She has shared this experience in many settings including prisons, schools, and the health care professions. She has a caring nature and loves nothing more than seeing people break through the cycle of addiction and live fulfilling lives.
Johnny joined Primrose Lodge as a support worker in the summer of 2015. He has a passion for helping those with alcohol and substance misuse and has experience working with several other organisations such as local councils,
churches and support agencies. At the heart of everything that Johnny does is a commitment to help people who have made a conscious decision to turn their lives around. As a support worker at Primrose Lodge he encourages residents to fully embrace the twelve-step program which he is heavily involved with.
Johnny’s passion is not only limited to the recovery programme. He is quite the academic, holding two degrees in economics and mathematics and is currently finishing a Masters’ in Cryptology at the University of London. When he has time, Johnny enjoys gardening and going to the gym.
Carole has been in recovery for a number of years, working in recovery for the past 3 years in which she has gained a variety of certificates of multiple courses. Carole does a lot of voluntary work helping people in recovery.
Carole Suter is currently working at Primrose Lodge, Worplesdon as a support worker and is now starting her NVQ 3 Health and Social Care Administrator and Day Time Support Worker.
Kate has been working within the health industry for 12 years, studying various different methods of physical and psychological practice to facilitate behaviour change. She runs a transformation coaching business and works with.
individuals in one to one, group and seminar formats. She has contributed to the development of several health and wellbeing program’s for youth, female empowerment and vulnerable Individuals. Kate has competed at professional level in martial arts and continues to further her skill set, both as teacher and student in yoga, Silat (Indonesian martial art) and kickboxing. Holding a BSc in sports science and currently studying an Msc in psychological wellbeing and mental health, Kate believes mind/body integration is fundamental for sustainable wellbeing and therefore uses education of movement, nutrition and mindset in all of her work.