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.
Matthew is an integrative therapist, which enables him to work with theoretical models that are of most benefit to his clients and is registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Prior to joining the team at Primrose Lodge, Matthew has worked at another UKAT facility in Luton and before that at a private residential rehab in Chelmsford, Essex. His background, along with the therapy team at Primrose Lodge means each client has access to multiple years of experience in helping them with their addictions and any underlying issues that may arise.
Matthew works with his clients helping them to address and identify what they need to do to maintain their recovery from addiction during and after their time at Primrose Lodge.
“A blend of 1-2-1 counselling and group therapy work, combined with a clear recovery plan is evidenced as the most effective way to break and address the cycle of addiction”
Outside but not exclusive to addiction, Matthew has experience with working alongside clients to address issues such as abuse, trauma, anxiety and depression.
Matthew started his professional career in the financial markets in the City of London before training and qualifying as a therapist.
Charlie has completed a post graduate qualification in addiction psychology and counselling and came to Primrose Lodge with a real passion for talking therapy.
Originally from New Zealand, Charlie qualified as a comprehensive trained nurse and chose to work in mental health. He has spent the majority of his 15 year nursing career in forensic mental health both in New Zealand, but predominantly in the UK and brings this experience to augment the skills of the therapy team at Primrose Lodge.
Charlie has a real passion for substance misuse and strongly advocates for social change in relation to addiction being treated as a health problem and not a criminal justice problem.
Outside of work Charlie is an avid rugby enthusiast (though his playing days are over), enjoys afternoons flying stunt kites over Richmond Park and going to watch live music.
Senior Support Worker
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.
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.
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.
Molly joined the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous three years ago when she was twenty-four. She says it was the best decision she ever made. Molly enjoys supporting people as they start off in recovery and giving away what was freely given to to her.
Molly has worked with children and young adults with severe behaviour and learning difficulties for the past nine years. In her spare time, Molly enjoys hanging out with friends, performing onstage in plays and spending time with her eight nieces and nephews.
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.
James has come to Primrose Lodge after a long career in publishing. James brings a wealth of knowledge of systems and procedures and enjoys the variety of challenges seen on a daily basis at Primrose Lodge.
In his spare time James plays golf and is an avid football fan.
Antony learned his trade in the hotels of the south coast and progressed his career through Surrey University into executive golf clubs and has catered for large banquets and intimate bistro dining alike. Antony sites his career high as serving dinner to The Duke of Kent.
Antony is passionate about delivering the dietary component of the recovery programme and works hard to deliver a seasonal, vitamin rich bistro style menu.