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If you’re on our website chances are you’re looking for help – either for yourself or someone you hold very dear. We understand your pain and your suffering and we would love to help you. We have many years of combined experience in successful addiction recovery treatment and our Centre is set in the tranquil and beautiful surroundings of Plettenberg Bay which is situated 520 km from Cape Town.

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South Africa: +27 828 633 159
UK : + 44 (0) 783 626 1661
Email: david@twinriversrehab.co.za

TWIN RIVERS REHAB INTERNATIONAL

SPECIALISING IN THE TREATMENT OF ADDICTION & MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS
We are totally dedicated to introducing clients to an improved way of thinking that will positively impact behaviour and lead towards a more constructive and meaningful life.

“Twin Rivers has developed programmes that really work in addressing substance abuse and mental health disorders. South Africa might seem to be a long way from home, but in comparison it is a small price to pay!”

Twin Rivers Rehab is a premier, International, licensed treatment centre whose doors are open all year round for clients from all over the world needing professional assistance with trauma that is directly connected to addiction and mental health problems.

Twin Rivers has proudly introduced an opportunity for essential thinking and behavioural changes to clients from Africa-The Middle East-Europe-Asia and the USA.

Chris Sharpe and Adrian Rooke are Twin Rivers addiction consultants based in the UK. Their role is to assist with enquiries from clients and their families who use the UK contact telephone numbers at the top of this page. Chris and Adrian are both highly experienced therapists who will assess the client’s needs telephonically or in an arranged private meeting.

Twin Rivers also has a consultant/ Interventionist based in London who also assesses new clients-carries out family interventions and chaperones clients to Twin Rivers Rehab when required.

Clients who are referred to Twin Rivers Rehab through any of our consultants can continue working with them on their return to the UK and attend their aftercare programme as part of their recovery structure. All Twin Rivers Rehab consultants facilitate individual and group therapy sessions for clients to help support those early, fragile stages of the recovery process. Twin Rivers also developed working relationships with therapists and psychiatrists in Holland-Belgium-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia-UAE.

Twin Rivers Rehab is fully aware that in order for our clients to grow and sustain their recovery there must be a service promoting a continuum of care that recognises and respects client individuality.

Twin Rivers was founded by David and Caroline Briskham in March 2011. David is a UK Accredited Addictions Therapist with the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals UK. With over 23 years of continuous recovery from alcohol, drugs, gambling and codependency, David is living proof of the triumphs of sustainable recovery that Twin Rivers Rehab strives to offer to all who come to Twin Rivers Rehab. David trained initially at Broadway Lodge in Weston-super-Mare UK, the longest operating addictions treatment centre in Europe.

Twin Rivers Rehab has become increasingly recognised Internationally as South Africa’s most effective treatment centre for clients needing professional assistance with addiction disorders - mental health disorders such as depression - dual diagnosis - trauma work & personality disorders.

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A combination of affordable rates, an International multi-disciplinary clinical team, diverse and comprehensive weekly programme, warm climate, friendly South African culture and intense focus on client individuality in a beautiful setting cannot be easily found anywhere else in the world!

Our Team

Twin Rivers Director and Fitness Instructor
Clinical & Development Director

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 and is accredited with the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP). 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 David Briskham 21 years ago

Danielle Du Plessis Twin Rivers
Addiction Counsellor

Danielle is Twin Rivers Addiction Counsellor. Danielle is responsible for individual, group and art therapy. Danielle attended Rhodes University and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology followed by 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. Danielle’s empathy and compassion for clients struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders is an invaluable asset to clients overall experience.

Theo Marais Twin Rivers Rehab
Twin Rivers Consultant Psychologist (retired)

Theo grew up I King Williams Town and studied to be a teacher/counsellor.
After working for 12 years in the UK I returned to South Africa and trained to become an Educational Psychologist. I practised in the Department of Education for 30 years in mainstream and special education services before retiring to Plettenberg Bay with my wife.
I enjoyed working with children and adults who experienced challenges regarding their physicality, visual and hearing impairments, emotional and behavioural issues, learning difficulties, gender issues and sexuality as well as various addictions.
I love the caring and supportive nature of the challenging work that has been developed at Twin Rivers and I thoroughly enjoy my part-time role here.

Ryan Erispe
Head of Treatment

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.

Reginald Paulse Twin Rivers
Twin Rivers Registered Nurse

Reginald Paulse is a registered nurse with a diploma in nursing from the University of the Western Cape. One of his focus areas is psychiatrics and he has experience working in large psychiatric facilities in Cape Town, South Africa. He has a unique way of building up a trusting rapport with our clients and is efficient in handling all medical concerns. His energy and happy mood are infectious for both staff and clients.

Emma Clayton Twin Rivers
Recovery Assistant & Trainee Counsellor

Emma is Twin Rivers’ Recovery Assistant (RA). Emma is a recovering addict with a passion for assisting others seeking the same. Emma is currently studying Addiction Counselling through ACCSA. Emma is responsible for doing client intake sessions and ensuring clients are welcomed and orientated with the centre and programme. Emma is also responsible for overseeing the day-to-day logistics as well as acting as a liaison between clients and the Clinical Team. Emma has recently started working more closely with members of the Clinical Team as part of her training.

Dr. Johan Olivier
Consultant GP

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. Samuel Botha
Consultant GP

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 Carey Twin Rivers Concierge
Twin Rivers Concierge

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.

Drama Therapist

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.

Susan Coetzer Twin Rivers Rehab Accountant
Twin Rivers Accountant

Susan Coetzer has worked in banking and finance since 1984. Susan, originally from Port Elizabeth has now lived In Plettenberg Bay for 12 years. Susan started working for Twin Rivers since it opened In 2011 and her contributions are fundamental regarding the smooth running of the rehab

Adrian Rooke Therapy UK
UK Addiction Therapist

Adrian is a highly qualified and experienced UK Addiction 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.

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