Rehabilitation begins with people, so our most unique resource is our staff of caring and deeply committed individuals. Below are some of the team and distinguished specialists you will meet when you come here.
Our staff are passionate about their work; we have a high staff retention rate the majority of our team have been with us for five years or longer, and some have been through treatment themselves.
Co-Chair & Co-Founder
Dr McCann co-founded with her husband Peter McCann Clouds House, an addiction centre in Wiltshire, where she established the detoxification and treatment programme. She was responsible for directing all treatment services, including medical, nursing and therapeutic; she pioneered the use of Clonidine for detoxification from opiates in the UK.
In 1988 Dr McCann moved with her husband to Scotland, where they founded Castle Craig Hospital in Peeblesshire.
There she established the treatment programme and continues to focus on the development of therapies for the treatment of addiction and the direction and governance of the hospital.
Dr McCann also acted for a period as Medical Director for Castle Craig’s clinics in the Netherlands – which provide assessment, continuing care and other outpatient services. Until 2021 Dr McCann was the CEO of Castle Craig.
Dr McCann has presented at a number of medical conferences in the UK. She is committed to promoting and sharing best practices in the addiction field.
Dr McCann completed a degree in medicine at University College Dublin and worked in hospitals in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Personal Interests: As well as raising four children, Dr McCann has volunteered for the Order of Malta for the last 15 years at the annual pilgrimage of sick and disabled people to Lourdes. She is a keen (albeit occasional) bridge player, a dog lover and enjoys walking in the hills surrounding Castle Craig.
After studying economics and psychology at Trinity College Dublin, and a career in the City of London, Peter McCann established the Life Anew Trust in 1981 alongside his wife, Dr Margaret Ann McCann. Life Anew was a charity that promoted Minnesota Model addiction treatment in the UK at a time when this treatment approach was virtually non-existent.
In 1982 Peter and Margaret Ann founded Clouds House, a drug and alcohol treatment centre in Wiltshire. After successfully running Clouds for five years when it gained an international reputation, they moved to Peeblesshire in Scotland where they, in turn, opened Castle Craig in 1988. Clouds, in partnership with its associated charities, has recently received the royal patronage of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
Peter has presented at many conferences in the field of addiction, written papers on addiction and belongs to a number of professional organisations. In the early 1990s, Peter founded EATA (European Addiction Treatment Agency) and five years ago Peter was elected to the Board of the International Council of Alcohol and Addictions.
He is an expert on cross-border EU Healthcare and is currently pioneering the use of hyperbaric oxygen treatment in addiction care.
A member of the McCann family who founded Castle Craig, Dominic joined Castle Craig in 2009 as Development Manager and Director.
In this role, Dominic has overseen the enhancement of Castle Craig’s services, and the launch of new clinics in Ireland, Sweden and London. In 2018 he led a successful campaign to highlight abuses of the Google Ads platform and other unethical business practices in the sector. Dominic was also the Chief Executive of Smarmore Castle from 2017 to 2019.
Dominic previously spent several years working with charities in the UK, Eastern Europe and Africa.
This work encompassed child-care, learning disabilities, disaster relief and development, NGO resource building and primary healthcare services.
Daniel is Castle Health Group’s Chief Financial Officer and Board Member. His role includes guiding the overarching Finance, IT, and HR strategies across the group and its affiliated entities, namely Castle Craig Hospital, Smarmore Castle, Stockholms Beroendeklinik, and Catch Recovery London.
Daniel’s expertise extends beyond his accounting and finance qualifications. He also has an MBA Degree, and although Daniel’s professional career began in accounting, he also transitioned into sales, strategic marketing, and business management for a brief period. However, he soon returned to the finance sector. and throughout his career, he has had extensive experience within the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry.
Daniel has assumed various influential roles throughout his tenure, including CFO, Finance Director, Managing Director, Business Consultant, and Business Manager, both within multinational corporations and SME organisations.
MBA, CIMA, CFBM™, Dip.Bus.Man
Victoria McCann is Communications Director at Castle Craig and Smarmore Castle Private Clinic, Ireland and is responsible for overseeing the communications and marketing department. Victoria is also a Director of Stockholms Beroendeklinik and CATCH Recovery London.
Since 2007 Victoria has managed marketing and communications projects and website development for Castle Craig. Victoria is also involved in elements of the treatment programme and has been instrumental in establishing the Executive Programme, the Family Recovery Workshop, the PRO Pathway and design updates to educational literature and presentations at Castle Craig.
Victoria studied English Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and has an MSc in Public Relations from Stirling University. Victoria started her career in international PR agencies in London and has lived and worked in London, Spain and Switzerland.
“As a member of the McCann family who founded Castle Craig, it gives me such great pleasure to remain a part of this wonderful organisation that has turned so many lives around. I see so much positivity among patients and alumni and among the staff. My aim is to spread the word about the amazing transformations that take place when someone is in recovery from addiction.”
Rachel has worked in the addictions field for over 15 years.
She has extensive management qualifications and experience both in secure settings and within the community in London. She has managed large multi-disciplinary teams as a CQC registered manager and is experienced in offering supportive supervision, reflective practice, clinical supervision and coaching.
“I am delighted to be joining the Castle Craig team and to be part of the amazing work you do. Having worked in addictions for many years, Castle Craig was of course known to me and working within the leadership team at a hospital with the excellent reputation that precedes Castle Craig is an exciting opportunity.Rachel Palethorpe
I am passionate about working in the field of addictions, having fallen in love with addictions work at the age of 18 upon starting my first job in an addictions service and meeting the committed people who work in the sector. It never ceases to be humbling and a privilege to be able to support people in their recovery journey and to see people get well and go on to have the healthy, meaningful and fulfilling lives they deserve.”
Professor Jonathan Chick joined Castle Craig in 2014 as the new medical director. Professor Chick is an eminent consultant psychiatrist with a distinguished career in the National Health Service.
Professor Chick was a leading researcher in the addiction field for a number of years and has been published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. He is currently the chief editor of Alcohol and Alcoholism, the official journal of the Medical Council on Alcohol.
Professor Chick is an elected member of the scientific council of the Societe Francaise d’Alcoologie and is a member of the board of trustees of the General Services Office of Alcoholics Anonymous in the UK. Professor Chick is also the author of Understanding Alcohol and Drinking Problems, in association with the British Medical Association.
MA (Cantab), MPhil, MBChB, DSc
Dr Maria Kelly joined Castle Craig in 2014 as the new associate medical director.
Dr. Kelly is a distinguished consultant psychiatrist with a background in the NHS of general and forensic psychiatry and the psychiatry of learning disabilities.
Her specialist interests include psychotherapy and family therapy.
MBChB, DipPsych, MRCPsych
Dr Peter McCann works as a Consultant Psychiatrist for Castle Craig Hospital alongside his role as a Locum Consultant in Addiction Psychiatry for NHS Lothian. He obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Medical School degree) and a Master’s of Science in Neuroscience (Distinction) at King’s College London. He completed his foundation training in the South Thames Deanery working at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals.
He worked as a Senior House Officer at the Hepatology Unit of St George’s Hospital, London, before moving to the U.S and completing a Residency Training program in combined Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Duke University Hospital, North Carolina, serving as Chief Resident in his final year
He is on the GMC Specialist Register for General Psychiatry in the U.K and is also U.S. Board certified in both General Psychiatry and Internal Medicine.
“What I love most about being a therapist is the privilege of being right alongside my patients as they make fundamental realisations, break cycles and have the courage to become who they were created to be.”
Jess has worked for many years in the mental health arena, both in South Africa and Scotland, with a specific focus on addiction. In 2015 she completed her training as an EMDR therapist. Jess also has a special interest in sensory modulation. In 2017 she became a sensory intelligence practitioner, allowing her to help patients understand their unique sensory systems and use this knowledge to optimise their function in day to day life.
Jess graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2005 from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. In 2011 she obtained her masters degree in occupational therapy in psychiatry. Her thesis was about the role that occupational therapy plays in the treatment of addiction. In researching for her masters degree, she became interested in the intersection between OT and coaching and contributed a chapter to the book “Enabling positive change, coaching conversations in occupational therapy,” published by Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. The chapter was based on a group coaching program she had created called “Living Life Well.”
When she is not at Castle Craig, Jess runs an online program for moms called Mastermind your Motherhood.
Phillip leads the Extended Treatment Men’s Unit, and plays a key role in maintaining standards and implementing therapeutic procedures within the Castle Craig Extended Treatment facility.
Phillip joined Castle Craig in May 2013, with 20 years’ professional experience in addiction treatment as therapist, service manager and director of services with various organisations.
Phillip is fully accredited with the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counsellors (NAADAC), and holds an Advanced Certificate in Counselling, an NLP Certificate, an NVQ4 in Leadership and Management in Social Care, and a registered manager qualification. He is trained in both clinical and management supervision, dual diagnosis/complex needs, presentations and media, serious incidents and risk assessment, and advanced leadership. Phillip specialises in pathological gambling, compulsive sexual addiction, service development, training and regulatory compliance.
Roseanne leads the women’s Serenity Unit, and plays a key role in maintaining standards and implementing therapeutic procedures within the Castle Craig Extended Treatment facility.
Roseanne joined Castle Craig as a Trainee Therapist in 2004 and gained a Diploma in Addictions Counselling from Castle Craig in August 2005. Roseanne is a certified Reality Therapy practitioner and has obtained the IC&RC qualification. She facilitates the Eating Disorder group and she is also a practitioner member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland).
Before joining Castle Craig Roseanne obtained an HNC in counselling and worked in the Financial Services Industry for 11 years.
Victoria began training and working at Castle Craig Hospital in 2016 and is currently a therapist in the women’s Serenity Unit at Extended Care.
She achieved an undergraduate degree with honours in Psychology and a Masters in Forensic Psychology before working as an assistant clinical psychologist for 18 months.
She is trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and previously delivered group and individual therapy before coming to Castle Craig.
Teri is the Lead Family Therapist of the Family Programme and also runs our Family Recovery Workshop, a two-day workshop for families coming to terms with addiction. Teri also facilitates groups for Eating Disorders and Grief.
Teri joined the staff team at Castle Craig Hospital in November 2017 as a Senior Specialist Therapist. Teri previously worked in the United States for over 15 years as a Licensed Mental Health Counsellor with children and their families who were impacted by substance abuse, domestic violence and mental health issues.
Teri earned her Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counselling from Nova Southeastern University. She moved to Scotland in 2014 and is a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Tony leads the Castle Craig gambling, gaming and cryptocurrency trading behavioural addiction therapy programme.
Tony began training and working at Castle Craig Hospital in 2013 and gained the Diploma in integrated Counselling from Edinburgh College in 2010. Tony currently works in the Intensive Treatment unit as a therapist and is a BACP practitioner member.
He attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred psychotherapy in 2014 at The University of Strathclyde under the tuition of the renowned lecturer and author Robert Elliot. Tony is a member of our specialist therapy team working with gambling, gaming and internet disorders.
Tony is co-founder of John Hartson Gambling and Addiction Workshops and visits football clubs monthly to talk about gambling addiction.
Tony Marini speaks to the media regularly about Cryptocurrency Gambling and has been covered in the following publications
October 2021 – Adriana Hamacher from Decrypt visited Castle Craig to interview Tony Marini and speak to former cryptocurrency gambler, Steven.
September 2021 – Reporter Charlotte Lytton at Daily Telegraph interviewed Tony Marini and reported on the announcement by PayPal that it will launch a dedicated e-coin platform and what happens when online ‘investing’ becomes an addiction.
July 2021 – Investing.com: Trading Vs Gambling: Same Psychology, Different Outcomes.
June 2021 – The Guardian spoke to Tony Marini to cover the risks of speculative trading in cryptocurrencies.
June 2021 – BBC The Nine: The highs and lows of cryptocurrency trading in lockdown
March 2019 – CNN spoke with Tony Marini, a Senior Specialist Gambling Therapist about cryptocurrency addiction and also to Mark, a former patient of Castle Craig.
March 2019 – TheHindu.com ‘Let’s talk de-addiction centres’
May 2018 – Sky News covered the cryptocurrency gambling treatment programme at Castle Craig
Visit our Guide to Cryptocurrency Addiction for information on the risks of cryptocurrency trading addiction and what to do if you think you have an addiction.
Aureol Gillan is a qualified Equine Therapist and Senior Specialist Addiciton Therapist at Castle Craig Hospital.
Aureol is highly experienced and has worked in the field of addiction therapy with Castle Craig since 1989.
Aureol is an Equine Assisted Therapy Facilitator and a member of COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association).
Aureol Gillan in the News:
Equine Assisted Therapy on BBC Alba, Gaelic Language.
“I am a specialist therapist delivering Trauma Counselling, Mindfulness sessions and Music Therapy, as well as all the other addiction interventions required at Castle Craig
My first work in a therapeutic community for alcohol/drug issues was in 1990. I have 18yrs’ experience in the private therapy, life coaching and EAP counselling worlds. Experience was gained over the years in developing ways to work with depression, trauma, stress, bereavement and anxiety disorders.
I value the educational/healing power that comes from being part of a therapeutic community such as Castle Craig – also peer support is a huge factor here. I am passionate about working in residential communities, it is such a lifting experience.
I studied for an addiction diploma at Leeds University, am an accredited counsellor, a qualified life coach and a dedicated working musician.
As well as engaging in helping patients to become sober and well I am looking forward to developing music therapy here at Castle Craig. Music is a fabulous way to get in touch with strong feelings and the playful child in us all. Music brings people together and promotes good relations and vibrations!”
“As well as engaging in helping patients to become free of drugs and alcohol, I enjoy practising counselling skills, DBT, and other specialised therapies here at Castle Craig.”
Claudia is one of our addiction therapists delivering group therapy, one-to-one therapy, and family therapy as well as all the other addiction interventions.
She has 8yrs’ experience working for the City of Edinburgh Council in mental health services and began working in a residential setting in April 2022.
Claudia is a Graduated Member of the British Psychological Society (2022), studied for an Honours Degree in Psychology at Queen Margaret University, and also graduated with a Diploma in Social Work at Edinburgh College.
She graduated with an Honours degree in Geography and Teaching at Bucharest University (1997), and between 1999-2009 she was involved in volunteering for a charity organisation in Romania, which focused on supporting children and adolescents in their education. Through professional and personal development, she gained experience in developing ways to work with cognitive impairment, depression, trauma, stress, bereavement, and anxiety disorders.
Her psychology dissertation consisted of an empirical investigation into the perception of intentions and their mechanism for social understanding (connecting with other minds).
James is a therapist at Castle Craig.
Charlotte has been working in the addiction field since 2016. During this time, she has worked in both residential and non-residential settings. She previously worked in the health and social care sector, delivering training to staff members, and promoting service quality.
Since studying Drug and Alcohol Counselling and Treatment at university, Charlotte has gained diplomas in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She is BACP accredited and registered Mindfulness teacher, who is passionate about promoting emotional well-being and supporting people to achieve their goals.”
Wendy joined Castle Craig in June 2020 as a Recovery Advocate, helping to oversee the Admissions unit.
She is currently working on my COSCA Counselling Certificate and undertaking a degree in CBT at ACT Counselling Services in Glasgow in September 2021. Wendy is on the way to becoming a CBT therapist at Castle Craig.
“As a former patient of Castle Craig, my role takes on a special meaning to me. To see a patient grow and change throughout their time here in treatment is such a wonderful experience. I believe that I bring an honest feeling of empathy and understanding that give the patients a sense of ease and comfort.”
Craig Chalmers is a person-centred therapist originally from Edinburgh. He has extensive experience in engaging meaningfully in a therapeutic relationship with his patients, creating a safe and trusted environment for their growth. Craig holds qualifications from COSCA, BACP, and PERSONA, with additional training in DBT, Trauma, and Mindfulness, specialising in addiction and alcoholism.
Having personal experience in addiction recovery, Craig has significant expertise in working with the 12-Steps program. He has also worked extensively with men who have suffered from childhood sex abuse and other traumas.
As a therapist, Craig brings warmth and passion to his work, ensuring that his patients feel fully heard and understood. He is dedicated to forming genuine connections and helping individuals on their recovery journey.
Outside of therapy, Craig is an avid golfer who enjoys participating in competitions. The game of golf helps him become a more well-rounded person and therapist. Additionally, he values keeping physically fit and spending time in nature.
Ross received his formal education at Glasgow Strathclyde University and is certified by NLP, BACP and COSCA. Every piece of knowledge he imparts is backed by professional learning, combined with his own personal journey. He has previously worked in a residential rehab setting in Glasgow working with Addiction, Trauma & Behavioural Issues.
His approach is simple – it’s all about the person across from him. It’s their journey, pain, and triumph, and Ross is there to walk beside them, every step of the way. His additional interests are in behavioural addictions including social media and gambling alongside mindfulness, the mind-body connection and nurturing simple, healthy practices in every individual he works with.
Ross’s journey from a patient at Castle Craig to becoming a therapist is as personal as it is profound. A Glasgow native, Ross faced his battles with addiction and it was during these testing times, within the walls of Castle Craig, that a new path unfolded before him. He’s not just a therapist because he studied it, but because he’s lived through the trials, the pain, and the triumphant joy of recovery.
He has found solace and strength in physical activity. For him, the gym, the golf course, and the tennis court are sanctuaries where body and soul unite, fostering healing and growth. It’s not just about the physical exertion, but the emotional release, the camaraderie, and the quiet moments of reflection.
Paul joined Castle Craig in July 2017 as a Recovery Advocate and helps carry the message of hope to patients and that change is possible. Paul’s own experiences have led him to having a sound working knowledge of the 12-step programme, which he says has “humbled me to pass onto our patients that come in to treatment. There is a solution to addiction and I cherish being part of a team who strive to help people change.”
As a Recovery Advocate here at Castle Craig May says “I find this role very inspiring and rewarding. Part of my job is to help inspire the patients but I cannot help feel inspired by them and the other staff here at times, which reminds me we have always something to learn and it’s true that every day is a school day.
“I see honesty as the highest principle in life, without it we have nothing and so I promote this with the patients here. I believe for this job I need to share my positivity with the patients as in early recovery they can be quite negative. I find it easy to talk to others in recovery and at appropriate times I share my own experiences with them.
May supports the therapists and medical staff, getting to know all the patients as best she can, as a visible presence whenever she is on shift.
“I feel my life’s purpose is to help others as I was helped. Working here at Castle Craig makes my heart happy and I have honestly got to say I love my job.”
David Kilgour is a fitness manager at Castle Craig.
Dr Putelyte is one of our specialty docotrs at Castle Craig, providing medical care for our patients.
Dr Putelyte has a wealth of experience in treating those with mental health problems, having previously worked as a ward doctor at the Nightingale Hospital in London and a resident physician at Vilnius University, Lithuania’s leading academic institution.
Dawn is a Hed Nurse at Castle Craig.
Duncan joined Castle Craig as a Senior Staff Nurse in September 2017. He qualified as an enrolled nurse back in 1989 while working with the Scottish Prison service, where he was awarded the Butler Trust UK Award for his work with vulnerable inmates including addictions.
He later became involved in the first addiction services within the Scottish Prisons and helped introduce courses on reasoning and rehabilitation.
In 1999 he attended the University of Dundee to gain his certificate as a Registered General Nurse and in 2004 he moved into social care management and gained his qualifications in Health and Social Care. He has managed services for young people, learning disabilities and elderly nursing. Laterally he worked as a peripatetic manager supporting care homes over the Lothian and Fife regions.
In 2003, after 33 years in the National Health Service, nursing in many areas and hospitals throughout both England and Scotland, Guy joined the staff at Castle Craig Hospital.
His role currently includes “Smoking Cessation”, “Health Promotion”, “Equine Therapy” and “Crisis Intervention training” for staff.
As a musician, he also encourages musical programmes and activities.
Guy recently featured in the BBC.
Karen Watson is a Senior Staff Nurse at Castle Craig Hospital
Donna started work at Castle Craig in May 2004. She is part of the Intensive Treatment Team and has trained in Motivational Interviewing and also delivers Auricular Acupuncture to both the Intensive Treatment and the Extended Care units.
Margaret Nelson is a Nursing assistant at Castle Craig.
Dr Kaplick studied medicine at the Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen (Germany) with additional training in England and New Zealand.
His postgraduate training was based at the Psychosomatic Hospital in Extertal-Lassbruch and the Department of Psychiatry of the University Hospital of Erlangen where he specialised in Psychiatry with special interest in psychotherapy, addictions, eating disorders, music and art therapies.
From 1996 to 1999 he worked in the Psychiatric Hospital of Engelthal (Bavaria, Germany) where he led the team for social psychiatry and psychotherapy as well as being appointed to found a new department for the treatment of drug dependence (developing a new concept of a three month in-patient-treatment with detoxification and group psychotherapy).
Dr Kaplick was awarded a PhD from Erlangen University for his research and thesis on ‘The Use of Brain Mapping as an Automatic Tool to Evaluate EEGs in Alcohol Withdrawal’, carried out in cooperation with the Oberbergklinik Hornberg.
In 2005 he finished with distinction an additional course of two years studies in ‘Economics in Medicine’ for medical personnel, run by the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg in co-operation with the municipal hospital of Nuremburg.
Dr Kaplick is also trained in the areas of Eating Disorders, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Behavioural Psychotherapy, Energy Psychotherapy and Progressive Relaxation.
Dr Kaplick’s personal interests include languages, travel and music, which he has studied at the Nuremberg Conservatory of Music.
Governance and Admissions
As the HR Officer for Castle Craig, Tracy’s passion is people.
Originally from England but having spent most of her life in South Africa, Tracy has recently relocated back to the UK and joined Castle Craig early in 2022.
New to the world of addiction treatment, Tracy’s past experience as both an HR Practitioner and HR Manager in South Africa has been spent within the construction, film production, and aviation industries.
Governance & Compliance Manager
Lucy joined Castle Craig Hospital in September 2013and is our hospital Governance Manager, working closely with regulatory and quality assurance organisations on the hospital’s behalf.
Lucy has an MA (Hons) in Spanish & South American Studies, and is currently working towards an Advanced Level 6 Healthcare Governance qualification.
Her professional career has encompassed a number of positions, including running her own virtual office services business for 20 years, senior media manager in advertising, retail management, managing a government careers website and working for the estate of the former artist and concrete poet Ian Hamilton Finlay. She is inspired by, and committed to, the work that Castle Craig does.
Andrei has worked at Castle Craig since 2014. He spent a number of years working with charities in South-East Asia after graduating from Medical School as a Dentist. Andrei is committed to promoting the welfare of others and does so through his work in the admissions department as well as communications and marketing and any other tasks as directed by the senior management
Sam was a college student at West Lothian with three years of experience in office administration prior to becoming a Castle Craig employee. Sam is a valuable asset to the finance department and acts as an arbitrator between the Castle and the clients to help facilitate requests accordingly.
Kim has a position with CATCH Recovery, our outpatient clinic, as patient liaison for continuing care. She joined the team at Castle Craig in 2021 as a Recovery Advocate and has lived experience of recovery. She brings her experience and passion into the team who helped to change her life and the lives of many who suffer from the disease of addiction.
Since starting with Castle Craig Hospital 22 years ago Bruce has upgraded the network infrastructure to encompass the entire campus and has gradually added an additional 60 computers to the network. He provides support for all network, communications, computer software, and hardware. Telephone, e-mail, and a connection to the Internet are essentials to the day-to-day running of the hospital.
Bruce has seen many changes at Castle Craig: “the biggest and most dramatic changes I have seen have been in some of the patients, the transformation from when they arrive to when they leave can be amazing.”
Bruce followed up a long-term hobby/interest in computers by attending Heriot Watt University and graduating with an HND and BSc in Computing and is a member of the British Computer Society.
Donald joined Castle Craig in July 2013 as Client Service Manager, having previously held a number of administrative positions within the NHS in London, and then moving to South Africa, where he was Manager of Riverview Manor, a South African addiction treatment centre, from 2011 – 2013.
Donald has a BSocSci (Psych) Degree from the University of Natal.
Maureen Crosbie is out head housekeeper
Although retired from full-time employment, Kevin has remained involved in the field of Drugs / Alcohol to utilise his skills and vast experience in Recovery. To that end, he has been working at Castle Craig Hospital Scotland as a locum addiction therapist for the past 5 years as well as doing freelance consultancy work.
Kevin has worked in the field of addiction since 2000 and has been clean and sober since 1999. Initially, he worked as a therapist in a 12 Step rehab. He later moved into criminal justice and was instrumental in the implementation of Arrest Referral, and then onto leading the set-up of the Drug Intervention Programme in Middlesbrough. In 2005 he was seconded to the Home Office as part of the “Tough Choices” National Implementation team.
Following successful secondment, he took up the post of Manager of services in the SouthWest area, and upon returning North he was involved in setting up one of the National Alcohol Arrest Referral pilot schemes. Subsequently, He went into prison consultancy work until Sept 2011 when he took up the post of Lead Therapist responsible for the Setting and implementation of the abstinence-based quasi-residential Recovery Academy Durham and HMP Durham 12-step recovery centre.
Kevin has been privileged to be asked to speak about recovery at various conferences and conventions throughout England, Wales, and Europe. He recently spoke at the 75th Year celebration of AA in Britain to an audience of 3,000.
Four Legged Friends
Castle Craig is an International Addiction Treatment Clinic
Many of our staff come from the UK, but we also have staff from across Europe, the United States, and further afield. Our international staff help ensures that patients from other countries feel welcome.
Board of Directors
- Peter J McCann, MA, Chairman
- Dr. Margaret Ann McCann, MB BCh, BAO, Chief Executive Officer
- Dominic McCann, MA (Hons)
- Dr. Michael G McCann, MD, MA, DIH, MFOM
- Victoria McCann, BSc, MA
- Daniel Gouws, MBA, CIMA, CFBM™, Dip.Bus
Castle Craig Medical Director
- Consultant Psychiatrist who directs the medical treatment programme
- Oversees the head nurse and nursing department
- Monitors the therapies and the therapists’ training programme
- The medical director regularly contacts patients around Castle Craig and the extended treatment facility. As one of the teams of psychiatrists, they will also conduct regular medical work, including assessments and discharge planning
- Psychiatrists specialising in addiction treatment
- Manage the medical assessments & personalised care plans of patients
- Assess detoxification requirements and prescribe medication
- Joins multidisciplinary team meetings and patient discussions with the rest of the medical and clinical team
- Continually monitor patients’ physical and mental health status throughout treatment and approve all discharge plans
Certified Addiction Therapists
- Deliver psychosocial talking therapies including specialist and perhaps also complementary therapies in groups or individually
- All patients are assigned a focal therapist to guide them through their individualised treatment plan
- All our therapists have IC&RC accreditation, university degrees or diplomas in addiction counselling, and BACP and COSCA accreditation and attend continuous training. Others have qualifications in trauma therapy and CBT.
- Ensure dedicated medical coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Often stay onsite overnight
- The doctor is immediately available to deal with any medical emergencies that arise.
- Provide nursing care and monitor the physical and mental health needs of patients throughout the treatment
- Nurses assist the doctors with the medical assessment
- Distribute medication
- Supervise detox
- Nurses respond to any immediate needs – either health-related or emotional or other
At Castle Craig, the nursing team works hard to ensure that patients have 24-hour medical cover.
Other Permanent and Consulting Staff Include:
- EMDR and CBT-trained psychotherapists
- Eating disorder specialists
- Fitness instructors
- Complementary Therapy Facilitators
- Equine Therapy Facilitator
- Admissions team
- Administration and support staff