The Twin Rivers Rehab Team
David is a recovering addict, alcoholic, gambler and co-dependent who trained as a chemical dependency counsellor at Broadway Lodge in the UK. David moved to South Africa in 2001 and became Accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals UK in November 2006. David’s approach to therapy is integrative and broad enough to support the needs of individual clients and client groups in the ever evolving world of addiction and recovery approaches. In 2016 David celebrated 21 years clean and sober – 06/07/1995 – 06/7/2016
Twin Rivers Clinical Psychologist M.A. Clin. Psych (RAU)
Over 25 years clinical experience: inpatient addiction treatment, program planning, training ; private practice – specializing in treatment of substance dependence (including dual diagnosis), anxiety disorders, PTSD – individuals exposed and/or involved to violence, crime, war type trauma, childhood trauma, sexual trauma (adult and children). Trauma intervention, with focus on in-depth assessment of individual’s “readiness”, psychiatric history: guided imagery restorative intervention; re-assessment, debriefing. Individualized treatment plan implementation.
Ryan is Twin Rivers Senior Addictions Counsellor whose responsibilities involves overseeing the smooth running of the centre each day. Ryan also undertakes individual counselling and the facilitation of group therapy, lectures and workshops. Ryan’s personal addiction experience and training affords a measured and respectful therapeutic approach that effectively challenges the illness of addiction.
Danielle Du Plessis attended Rhodes University and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology followed by an Honours in Psychology and graduated in 2015. Since then Danielle has completed two courses in counselling with UNISA and spent two months teaching before relocating to join the Twin Rivers Clinical Team.
Consultant Registered Nurse Practitioner Specialising in Psychiatric Health
Dorett is a highly qualified/experienced nurse who is driven in providing excellent nursing care for her patients. Dorett specialises in not only supporting patient psychiatric and medical needs but also passionate about educating patients about their medication in helping them to better understand why and how the medication works.
Dr. Olivier is a General Practitioner with a practice in the town of Knysna which is close to Plettenberg Bay. Dr. Johan Olivier is also a Mental Health/Medical Consultant for Twin Rivers Recovery Centre and has many years’ experience in the addiction recovery field.
Dr. Botha studied at Stellenbosch University and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and a Diploma in Mental Health. Dr. Botha has a private practice in Plettenberg bay and facilitates medical assessments of clients at Twin Rivers.
Mike is likely to be the first ‘Twin Rivers’ face you see when he collects you, either as your chaperone or as your airport transfer driver. Mike is Twin Rivers Rehabs ‘go to guy’ when it comes to client transport needs. Mike’s calm and measured approach to sometimes, sudden situations is very reassuring for Twin Rivers who require reliability and professionalism at all times. Twin Rivers Concierge (TRC) is a relatively new addition to Twin Rivers extended services and we are thrilled to have Mike on board.
Naz Hassan-Interventionist, Sober transporter, Companion & Sober Coach
Naz has a lot of experience regarding ‘transportation’ of valuable items, VIPs, engaging in ‘close-protection’ work and surveillance.
This demanding, thankless lifestyle became quite challenging in its isolation contributing towards Naz becoming addicted to mood altering substances in an attempt to cope.
Naz’s biggest challenge of all has been addiction itself, more complex than any of his previous work engagements. A combination of determination and psychological assistance has led Naz to embarking on a career that utilizes his people skill set and helps to maintain his own recovery from addiction.
Naz has trained as an interventionist, sober transporter, sober companion and a sober life coach, assisting those with addiction and mental health disorders get appropriate residential 12 step based treatment.
Naz Hassan appreciates that UK treatment is not affordable to all families and so Naz has developed a working relationship with Twin Rivers Rehab in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa as a realistic option for clients suffering with a Dual Diagnosis.
Naz can assist with UK/International interventions – http://twinriversrehab.co.za/specialist-intervention/
Chaperone clients door to door from their home to rehab.
Naz offers sober companionship/sober coaching; assisting clients in the early stages of their recovery post residential treatment.
Tel: +44 7815 163 828
Stuart has been involved in theatre for over 35 years. He has worked in television, film, and theatre productions both locally and internationally. His passion lies in using his craft to uplift, empower and inspire. He firmly believes that the arts, and especially the performing arts, have a multi-layered impact on participants as it engages one physically, emotionally, and mentally.
He started Lunchbox Theatre (www.lunchbox.org.za) in Plettenberg Bay in 2008. They perform educational theatre shows in schools, raising awareness about relevant environmental and social issues. Lunchbox Theatre also facilitates dance and drama workshops in local underprivileged schools.
He is actively involved with Tshisa Talent (www.tshisatalent.co.za) which discovers, develops, and promotes local emerging performing artists from the township communities.
He created the entertainment agency Big Circle Entertainment Agency (www.bigcircle.co.za) in 2010 providing a large variety of entertainment for weddings, events, and guest hosting establishments.
Stuart pours his theatre knowledge into many different workshops including arts and culture curriculum at schools, team building and local recovery centres.
Caroline is originally from Zimbabwe and has lived in Florida USA and the UK. Caroline is a busy mum of two and supports David in the daily running of the Recovery Centre.
A recovering alcoholic with over twenty years of continuous sobriety, Chris has gained extensive experience through his time as the programme manager of the Addiction Treatment Unit of the Woodbourne Priory Hospital in Birmingham where he worked for more than ten years as programme manager. In 2010 he set up in private practice as one of the few independent addiction therapists in the Birmingham (West Midlands) area where he continues to work with all addictions utilizing his broad and insightful understanding of 12-step recovery philosophy. Chris joined the Twin Rivers team in 2016 as their lead UK therapist.
Adrian is a highly qualified and experienced therapist who I had the privilege of working alongside at Broadway Lodge in the UK. Adrians knowledge and insight into addiction is incredible as well as his passion for assisting people in improving their lives. I feel very proud to have Adrian on the Twin Rivers Team.
Visit Rooke Therapy for more information.
I started practising yoga with my gran as a child, and it has played an increasing role in my life as I’ve grown older. Primarily for the physical benefits, and in the past 6 years as a complimentary practise to meditation.
Martin has a legal practice in Plettenberg Bay and is available to offer legal assistance/advice for Twin Rivers clients who need support and reassurance with legal issues.
Aurellio is a qualified accountant with over 40 years experience in the financial sector having held senior positions in commerce until his retirement in 2012.
Vivienne previously worked as a care worker in environments like clinics, old age homes and hospitals. Vivian ‘s friendly and caring nature allows our local and International clients to relax after a hard day’s work. Vivian is a very valuable extension of the multiple disciplinary team, being the teams eyes and ears at night time.
Nosi has been working at Twin Rivers since we opened in March 2011. Nosi is a very reliable member of the Twin Rivers Team and despite being a busy mum copes extremely well with supervising her colleagues and keeping Twin Rivers Rehab clean and tidy.