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, Europe’s oldest rehab continuously operating since 1974. David moved to South Africa in 2001 as he was offered a job at a treatment centre in Plettenberg Bay where he became Head of Treatment. David opened his own addiction and mental health treatment centre, Twin Rivers in 2011 which fast became Internationally recognised for its Premier Dual Diagnosis Management Programme.
Teresa Angless is a therapist in private practice fortunate enough to now be living in Plettenberg Bay. She spent 12 years lecturing at UCT and has many years of experience in clinical practice and supervision. She is a lover of nature and of assisting people in their paths of growth and healing. Teresa assesses all new clients and is Twin Rivers team supervisor.
Qualifications-MMed (Psych) Cape Town (2010), FC Psych (SA) (2006), MB ChB Cape Town (1993), BSc Med (1990)
Health Conditions of Interest: Addiction, Anxiety Disorders, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia.
Judy has recently relocated to Plettenberg Bay from Cape Town and has had personal and professional experience of both eating disorders and addiction. Psychiatrists with knowledge and a genuine interest in addictions are quite rare and so Twin Rivers feels extremely fortunate that Judy has agreed to assess our clients which will help us with client treatment planning.
My name is Richard Saunders. I am an addictions counsellor at Twin Rivers Addiction Recovery Centre. The reason I counsel is because I know what it is like to be enslaved against your will. My desire is to see anybody struggling with addiction and the endless problems that come with it to be set free. To live a life worthy of being alive, not just trying to exist! A life driven by self-will is not living. Seeking the help that you know you need, saying ‘Yes, I am struggling with addiction’, is not a death sentence of guilt, shame and condemnation. It is the beginning of the death of an old life lived in active addiction. Don’t let addiction rob you of the life you should be living. I spent twenty to twenty-five years of my life living in silent shame. It’s not worth it. Get the help you know you need. We are here to help you on that journey. (John 10:10)
SANC Registration No-10862951
I have been in nursing for over 45 years and during that time I have had the privilege of travelling to many beautiful places around the world.
My nursing career has involved primary and community healthcare as well as theatre nursing.
I have had an incredibly rewarding career and now enjoying a totally different experience at Twin Rivers Rehab. Working in the field of addiction and recovery is challenging but I have great support from my colleagues.
Qualifications – B.Soc Sci(Psych & Soc) Rhodes University (2020)
Palesa is a ‘Step Work’ Counsellor at Twin Rivers Rehab, where she helps clients process their assignment work as a step in helping clients to better understand their self-deception, shame and guilt directly linked to their addiction.
Palesa guides clients in a compassionate way, reflecting on their lives and decisions so that they may become kinder and more honest with themselves during their recovery journey.
Palesa’s interests include holistic health promotion with a desire to promote mental and emotional wellness. Her passion is in helping individuals to channel their resilience and strength while realising their capacity and potential to lead a sober life with a future filled with hope.
Palesa decides to gain some practical experience before going onto doing her Masters Degree.
Aishwaria (Ria) acquired her Culinary Qualifications through the International Hotel School, ten City & Guilds Certificates and a CTH Diploma for Culinary Arts. Ria gained extensive experience by working at Monte Casino-Taj Cape Town and IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai.
Ria has a real passion for food and food preparation and says the “food makes your heart smile”.
Ria has recently relocated to Plettenberg Bay and there has been an enthusiastic response to Ria’s culinary skills at Twin Rivers.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.