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Rehabilitation begins with people, which is why our most unique resource is our staff of caring and deeply committed individuals. Some have moved thousands of miles in order to join in our work and some are former patients who have been through treatment at Castle Craig and want to use their experiences and training to help our patients.
Castle Craig has a unique family atmosphere and our staff are passionate about helping people begin new abstinent lives and helping to rebuild broken family relationships.
Dr Florian Kaplick
Full-Time Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Kaplick studied medicine at the Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen, Germany with additional training in New Zealand and England. His post graduate studies were based at the Psychosomatic Hospital in Extertal-Lassbruch, where he specialised in Psychiatry, Alcoholism and Psychotherapy, including acute detoxification. He went on to specialise in all aspects of psychiatric illness as well as eating disorders.
From 1996 to 1999 he worked in the Psychiatric Hospital of Engelthal/Nuremburg where he led teams in general psychiatry, social psychiatry and psychotherapy. In 1998 he was appointed to implement the founding of a new department to treat illegal drug dependence (including the new concept of a three month in-patient-treatment with detoxification and group psychotherapy).
During this period Dr Kaplick undertook further research at the University of Erlangen and was awarded a PhD for his thesis on 'The Use of Brain Mapping as an Automatic Tool to Evaluate EEGs in Alcohol Withdrawal'.
In 2005 he finished his thesis for an additional course in 'Economics in Medicine' for medical personnel, run by the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg in co-operation with the city hospital of Nuremburg (the largest municipal hospital in Germany). The final examination, as well as the thesis, was marked with distinction.
Dr Kaplick is also trained in the areas of Eating Disorders, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Behavioural Psychotherapy, Progressive Relaxation and Energy Psychotherapy.
Dr Kaplick's interests include music, travel and languages. He is an accomplished musician having studied at the Nuremburg Conservatory of Music and remains active in conducting music recitals and piano performances.
ICADC IC&RC (AODA), Oral Examiner IC&RC, PG Dip Counselling, COSCA Practitioner Member
Gordon joined Castle Craig in 1993 and currently holds the position of Head Therapist. He has also played a leading role in developing the Castle Craig programme.
As well as being affiliated to COSCA (former board member) Gordon is on the board of the UK Professional Board of Alcohol/Drug Counsellors.
Gordon graduated from Leith Nautical College and was previously an officer in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary with the Ministry of Defence.
ICADC IC&RC (AODA)
Tom joined Castle Craig in 1997 and has held the position of Senior Therapist since 2001. Tom has over 20 years experience in the field of addictions.
Tom's work in the field of addictions began at Riverside Regional Medical Centre in Virginia, United States in 1984. In conjunction with this he was employed as Programme Coordinator for the U.S. Army Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Programme at Fort Story, Virginia. Tom relocated to Scotland in 1996.
Head of Training
Cert Ed., BSc Hons, Ph.D., MSc in CBT & Eating Disorders, Hazelden Certified Addiction Counsellor, ICADC, RT, BABCP Accredited, COSCA Accredited, COSCA Accredited Trainer (Diploma Level), EMDR Europe Approved Practitioner, EEATS Accredited Supervisor.
Glynis is the Head of Training at Castle Craig and currently oversees the care of patients with eating disorders. She developed the Certificate in Addiction Studies and the Diploma in Addiction Counselling (both credit rated by Napier University), which she now runs for Castle Craig. While working at Castle Craig, Glynis gained a MSc in CBT and eating disorders and also holds a qualification in eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR).
Before joining Castle Craig as a therapist Glynis gained a PhD in Quaternary Science and qualified as an addictions counsellor at Hazelden, Minnesota.
ECU Team Leader
Dip Addiction Studies, ICADC IC&RC (AODA), Cert. Addiction Counselling, Certified Equine Therapist
Aureol has been at Castle Craig since 1998 and is currently a Senior Therapist and a Team Leader in the Castle Craig Extended Care Unit.
Aureol has had a lifelong interest in horses, and facilitates our Equine Therapy sessions. She trained in equine therapy at the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) in Utah, USA.
Senior Specialist Therapist
BA (Hons), PG Dip Addictive Behaviour, EMDR
Richard has trained and worked at Castle Craig Hospital since 2003 and is currently a Senior Specialist Therapist in the Intensive Treatment Unit. He holds qualifications in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and has a specialised interest in trauma / post traumatic stress disorder and its relationship with addictive behaviour.
Richard gained a BA (Hons) from the University of Brighton and completed a post graduate diploma in Addictive Behaviour at St George’s Medical School, London
Chris joined Castle Craig in 1988 as Financial Director and retrained as a therapist in 1994.
Chris formerly trained and worked as a Chartered Accountant in London, Paris and Malta before returning to London to work in the City with bankers Hill Samuel. He has also spent time owning and running a small hotel in the Scottish Borders.
BA (Youth and Community Studies),ICADC IC&RC (AODA), COSCA Practitioner Member
Audrey has worked in the field of addiction since 1993 and has been a therapist at Castle Craig since 2000. She has a special interest in female patients, particularly in the areas of trauma and eating disorders.
Audrey has gained a BA degree in Youth and Community Studies.
RT, Cert. Addiction Counselling, COSCA Practitioner Member, ICADC IC&RC (AODA)
Craig joined Castle Craig as a trainee therapist in 1999 and was taken on as a full-time therapist in 2001. He has experience in both primary and extended care.
While working at Castle Craig, Craig has become an accredited COSCA Practitioner Member and gained IC&RC qualifications. Craig is also a qualified Reality Therapy practitioner.
Since 2001 Craig has facilitated Castle Craig’s Aftercare Group and Relapse Prevention Group.
MA Psychology, Dip Addiction Counselling (Castle Craig)
Karolina has worked at Castle Craig since 2005, achieving her diploma in addiction counselling while working here.
Prior to this Karolina worked for a year as a junior psychologist in a Diagnostic Counselling Centre for Children and Adolescents. She provided children and families with short-term counselling. She also undertook a four-month placement in a therapeutic community-based treatment centre for drug and alcohol addiction in Italy.
Karolina graduated in 2004 from Wroclaw University, Poland, with a MA in Psychology. Her degree specialised in clinical psychology with a special interest in psychotherapy, addiction and trauma.
PG Dip Counselling and Supervision, Cert. Addiction Counselling, RT
Philip has trained and worked at Castle Craig since 1998, where he now holds his present position as Specialist Therapist.
Philip studied for two years to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Supervision from the Kinharvie Institute of Facilitation. He is particularly interested in Inner Child Therapy and leads the facilitation of group therapy for the Adult Children Of Alcoholics group.
Philip leads the Therapeutic Drumming Circle at Castle Craig, and studied drum circle facilitation techniques at the Arthur Hull training course in London.
PG Dip Psychotherapy, COSCA Counselling Supervision, Dip Social Work, PG Dip Primary Education, MA
Trained as a Gestalt psychotherapist, Jack has a background in social work and education. This background has provided him with extensive experience of working with children and families in crisis and community mental health.
Jack’s background in education has given him a special understanding of young people, including those with special needs and the autistic spectrum.
Jack has gained a MA, Dip. In Gestalt Psychotherapy, a COSCA Certificate in Counselling Supervision, a Diploma in Social Work and a Certificate in Primary Education.
ICADC IC&RC (AODA), Dip Addiction Counselling (Castle Craig), RT
Roseanne joined Castle Craig as a Trainee Therapist in 2004 and gained a Diploma in Addictions Counselling from Castle Craig in August 2005. She is now a member of the team in the Extended Care Unit. Roseanne is a certified Reality Therapy practitioner and has obtained the IC&RC qualification. She also facilitates the Adult Children Of Alcoholics group.
Before joining Castle Craig Roseanne obtained an HNC in counselling and worked in the Financial Services Industry for 11 years.
Dip Addiction Counselling (Castle Craig), RT
Mark began training and working at Castle Craig Hospital in 2008 and gained the Diploma in Addictions Counselling from Castle Craig Hospital in 2009. Mark currently works in the Intensive Treatment Unit as a therapist and is a practicing counsellor member of COSCA and a member of Institute Of Transactional Analysis.
Mark is currently studying towards a Master's Degree in psychotherapy specialising in Transactional Analysis.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Specialist
BA (Hons), Dip Counselling, Dip Supervision and Mentoring, MBACP (Snr. accred), UKRC Reg. Ind. Counsellor, EMDR (Europe) Accredited Consultant
Linda Hill, our Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Specialist, is a Senior Accredited Member of BACP and an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant.
Linda works directly with patients with complex trauma histories and many have found great relief from unresolved, painful conflicts from the past.
She has over 10 years' experience of working with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD both within the NHS and in private practice.
Linda previously worked at the Sandyford Initiative in Glasgow with women who had been sexually assaulted or had experienced childhood abuse. Prior to that she worked at the Yorkhill Family Bereavement Centre with people affected by the death of a child.
Artist in Residence
BA Fine Art
Ingrid Christie has been co-ordinating an art group at Castle Craig since 2008. Following her studies in fine art at the University of Central Lancashire, where she received a first class honours degree, Ingrid has exhibited her work in galleries both nationally and internationally, with recent shows in New York, Germany and India.
Ingrid works in a range of media including projection, photography, painting, collage and drawing. Her work is influenced by interests in biological sciences and technology, philosophy and the everyday.
Art group sessions are designed to facilitate and encourage individual self-expression. Many participating have found that this medium has provided the key to a deepening self-awareness and renewed confidence while also introducing them to a new creative outlet.
Read more about Art Therapy.
Catering Manager: Davina McMorran (far right)
Davina has catered for the patients and staff of Castle Craig since 2003. She previously completed a number of City and Guilds training courses in catering at Telford College, Edinburgh and is also qualified in cake decorating and confectionary. She is trained in, and has experience of cooking quality meals for large numbers of people.
The catering team know how important nutritious, fresh food is for the patients at Castle Craig. Davina plans all the menus to include wholesome, nutritious ingredients, and fresh fruit and vegetables are delivered daily to Castle Craig. Variety is also a key factor in the patients’ enjoyment of food and Davina and the team aim to introduce patients to many new dishes during their stay. All dishes are prepared to the highest standard onsite, including all our cakes and desserts.
Our new kitchens were built in 2007 and provide the catering staff with the latest cooking technologies. All hygiene and cleaning standards are thoroughly adhered to.
Housekeeper: Olga Olesheva (centre)
Our housekeeping staff strive to ensure that the highest standards of cleanliness are met at all times.
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Thank you all for the beautiful life I have back. I wouldn't be in this position without the support you all provided, each of you in your own special way. 9.5 months clean and sober.