November 27, 2015

The Rehab Team

Twin Rivers Rehab Team Profiles

The Twin Rivers Rehab 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.

Caroline Briskham
Insurance Administrator

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.

Chris Charpe
Addiction Therapist - UK

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.

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.

Visit Rooke Therapy for more information.

Charlotte Luck
Yoga & Meditation Teacher

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 Hurwitz
Legal Advisor for Clients

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 Montano
Financial and Business advisor for clients

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.

Tonono Zeliswa Twin Rivers Staff
Night Time Care Worker

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.

Nosiphiwo Mbangu
Head Housekeeper

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.