Hope has a multidisciplinary team of over 50 staff, this includes Psychologists, Therapists, Nurses, fitness, Yoga & Meditation coaches, Cooks, Cleaners, Maintenance, Marketing, and Administration staff. Although the monthly cost of having such a large and professional team is by far our biggest expense we believe its essential for our clients success. Hope Rehab operates due to our passionate and dedicated staff of which some are listed below.
“Addiction professionals and recovering people know the ‘HOPE’ that is found in recovery. Recovery is available even to people who may not at first be able to perceive this HOPE themselves.” – American Society of Addiction Medicine
Say Hello to our wonderful domestic staff, the girls are all from the same remote village up in the hills on the boarder of Burma. They cook all your tasty food, make sure your room is clean and fresh and are generally very gentle and kind people.
Say Hello to our dedicated Interns from all over the world – The Hope team and Hope’s clients all work together with Universities helping to train badly needed staff for all sorts of related diciplins.
Simon Mott – Co-Founder of Hope Rehab
Simon’s history includes managing residential rehabs, criminal justice substance misuse services, as well as managing public services for the local government in London. Read Simon’s personal story in The Independent or The Telegraph
Like many addiction experts Simon Mott has experienced addiction from both sides of the fence, having been a client in rehabs gives Simon an insider’s point of view.
During his time working in London Simon participated in the ‘All Party Meeting of the Parliamentary Drug Misuse Group’ held monthly at the House of Commons, UK Government. He conducted harm-reduction research recognised by the Home Office contributing to the misuse of drugs act.
Simon is a member of FDAP the Federation of Drug and Alcohol professionals and registered with Asia Pacific Certification Board APCB, and AQA certified in Counselling, He also has a portfolio of DANOS specialist substance misuse training from Herts Uni and the Royal College of General Practitioner UK Certificate in the Management of Drugs Misuse pdf which includes the prescribing and management of medication as well as administrating the detoxification process.
Simon specialises in Addiction treatment, CBT, Brief solution focussed therapy, Motivational interviewing, Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, Dual diagnosis, LGBT & Cultural awareness, Safeguarding children & vulnerable adults, and the Minnesota method.
Alon Kumsawad – Co-Founder of Hope Rehab
Alon is a Qualified yoga and meditation teacher as well as a fitness trainer, bringing a unique flavour to the mix. Being Thai and a Buddhist, she has her own practice that she shares with her clients. Alon is a graduate of the Chiang Mai Rajamangala University in Liberal Arts and Administration and is a qualified fitness instructor. She also has qualifications in Yoga and Pilates.
Natalie Shalson – Admissions Manager
Natalie handles all the admissions at Hope and along with Simon is the first port of call for new clients looking for help. Natalie is in recovery herself and spent two years at Hope working as Counsellor and Assistant Manager before heading back to Europe on maternity leave where she is currently living with her family. She chose to stay on working for Hope Rehab as she believes in the work and wants to continue to help people recover from the pain of addiction, it’s a cause close to her heart.
“Today, I can honestly say I love my life and my job. I got married and I have a beautiful baby. I have everything I ever wanted, but the most important changes are the internal shifts. Today I have a really strong, genuine bond with my family. I can communicate openly and honestly with my partner. I am no longer dependent on other people, but self sufficient. Today I have peace of mind. Problems will still arise and it will always be ‘life on life’s terms’, Just for today, I no longer have to use.
Parice – International Admissions
Parice is based in the UK as part of our international admissions team. She is in recovery from addiction herself and an active member of the 12 step fellowship. Parice initially worked at Hope as a support worker and then joined Natalie on the admissions team in 2017. After returning to the UK to study counselling she continued working alongside Natalie in admissions and became a volunteer at CGL (a local drop in centre for Drug & Alcohol Addiction) where she runs and co facilitates groups and supports clients with their addiction within groups and on a 1 to 1 basis.
Parice has completed various addiction training courses in the UK and has reached NCFE level 1-3 in counselling and theory, a diploma in drug, solvent and alcohol abuse, Level 2 in adult social care Level 2 in mental health awareness. Parice has also undertaken various workshop’s and training in CBT, Body work , Motivational interviewing and Anxiety and is currently working towards a psychodynamic therapy degree. Parice enjoys working with people with addiction issues, helping them to start their journey into recovery and reach their goals. She is enthusiastic and passionate about being part of the Hope team.
Paul is originally from Ireland, but has lived in Thailand since 2002. He is a registered nurse with a Higher National Diploma in Nursing Studies from St Bartholomew’s training Hospital in London and a Nursing Degree from Dublin City University and is a member of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. Paul is also a qualified teacher with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). In 2010, his addiction memoir ‘Dead Drunk – Saving Myself from Alcoholism in a Thai Monastery’ was published by Maverick House.
In 2006, Paul managed to escape an 18-year addiction to alcohol using an approach primarily involving meditation and the development of mindfulness in daily life. He now manages the mindfulness program at Hope. Paul also blogs about mindfulness and addiction recovery and has a significant global following at paulgarrigan.com.
Henk, is a qualified addiction counsellor from the Netherlands, also is a BA in human resources Graduate, his specialist subject HE cert Psychology and Mental Health and Understanding Drugs and Addiction. Henk is a bright, and enthusiastic individual, with great experience of recovery, CBT and helping others work the 12 steps. As well as working with clients on a 1:1 basis, he leads powerful groups as part of the center’s structured program. Henk is known and respected for his supportiveness, compassion, and straight-forwardness.
Doug Sutherland – Psychotherapist & Detox Manager
Doug is a qualified Psychotherapist and counsellor from the UK. Before joining the Hope Team in 2017, he worked within the Criminal Justice sector of a Drug and Alcohol Service. He has also worked as a therapist in the UK and has qualifications from S.T.R.A.D.A (University of Glasgow), Royal College of General Practitioners, and a degree in counselling at the University of Nottingham. Additionally, he has knowledge of NPS (Novel Psychoactive Substances: (Legal Highs)) and worked with people addicted to these new types of drugs.
As well as this, Doug is an experienced group facilitator. Doug didn’t come to work in this field by chance: He struggled with addiction for many years before coming across the 12-Step model in 2004. Although Doug credits this with saving his life, like a lot of people stopping using was not the hard part for him, staying stopped was. Eventually, he got the chance to enter inpatient treatment at a rehab center in the UK in 2011 and has been substance free from this date.
Yuriko – Psychologist & Assist Manager
Yuriko is of Japanese/Spanish heritage and Graduate Psychologist, she is also a passionate progressive educator with a multicultural background. She has lived in Madrid, Tokyo, London, San Francisco and volunteered at La72, Home and Refuge for migrants in Tenosique (Mexico) where she was involved with human rights issues, women/LBGTQ/youth’s issues and gender-based violence. Yuriko was also in charge of the training for the latino Suicide Lifeline in Tokyo. She led seminars with a wide range of themes: from self-esteem and resilience to survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Yuriko volunteered as phone counselor for the English Lifeline and assisted at the Tohoku disaster area (Japan 2011) and has a rich and diverse experience with women who have been sexually abused as well as with children from dysfunctional families, elderly people who suffer depression and anxiety, and did workshops for prisoners. The holistic approach of Hope gives Yuriko the opportunity to use her counselling skills while still learning from the best about addiction and rehab. She also enjoys the Muay Thai Boxing and all the amazing activities on offer here!
Chris – Counsellor & Assist Manager
Chris is an addiction counsellor from the United States. Chris is trained, experienced and certified in multiple areas of counselling. This includes Motivational Interviewing, person centered approach, solution focused therapy, as well as CBT and Drug and Alcohol Abuse from Royal College of General Practitioners (UK). Chris grew up in New York, and before entering the field of addiction, Chris was a trained commercial pilot and licensed air traffic controller. Alongside aviation, he also has a passion for computers and IT, and began managing the business to business sales department for Apple in the New York area.
Chris also has struggled with addiction himself, and after multiple attempts at rehab he was able to get clean. Once he began his journey, Chris decided to switch careers and help others start their recovery. He has worked in multiple treatment centers, both primary and secondary, before joining the team at Hope.
While at Hope, his passion has carried through and he has developed a comprehensive aftercare program that includes recovery coaching and aftercare meetings, helping clients at one of the most important stages of their recovery. After Chris’s 12 years in active addiction and his experience of gaining and building his own recovery, he has developed a real passion for working with people both in therapeutic, Psycho-educational groups and 1:1 sessions, ensuring clients receive an understanding of their addiction and the path to recovery.
Amanda Preston – Senior Therapist
Amanda is a BACP accredited addiction/recovery counsellor from the UK. Previously working for Abbeycare residential Rehab and Womens aid in the UK.
Amanda has been in personal recovery for over 17 yrs. She is passionate about helping others recover from addiction and uses her own personal experience as well as her counselling skills to do this. Amanda is a creative, spiritual person who believes her recovery from addiction has allowed her to find her artistic self.
She has previous experience working as a counsellor for women suffering from domestic abuse and facilitated the freedom program. Amanda is very compassionate with her client and offers empathy, congruence and unconditional acceptance to build a therapeutic relationship.
Miltos B – Psychotherapist
Miltos BABCP (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) – NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) – Miltos is a Mental Health Professional and highly-experienced Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist, who specialises in the field of complex and treatment-resistant mental illness. He has worked for the National Health Service in the UK for 16 years, providing Psychotherapy to clients who present with a wide range of difficulties.
He has a keen interest in adolescent substance-misuse and has worked closely with local authorities in the UK to implement substance-misuse prevention projects. He also provides Training, Supervision and Consultation to CBT therapists internationally. Miltos uses an integrative system that combines elements of CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy and Existential Psychotherapy. His approach not only helps people overcome their difficulties and addictive behaviours, it also draws out their strengths and abilities, thus helping them create their own personal model of resilience.
Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Skills in Supervision and Consultation, Merit- King’s College London– 2014
Post-Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Interventions, Merit – King’s College London – 2012
Post-Graduate Diploma in CBT, Merit – King’s College London – 2010
BA (Honors) Mental Health Nursing, 2.1 – Oxford Brookes University – 2006
RCPG- Certificate of Management in Drugs misuse- 2018
Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Vinny Winit Wonsejullarat – Weekend Manager
Vinny is a trained addiction Practitioner from Thailand/USA. Vinny left his home country of Thailand at the age of seven, eventually graduated from Victoria University, New Zealand, and spent the last 24 years in the United States. Vinny has been in addiction recovery for many years. He got his recovery treatment certificate in Australia in 2015. Shortly after this Vinny joined the Hope team as a manager. Due to his many years of informal recovery work in the community in Thailand Vinny was invited to train Thai professionals as addiction treatment specialist at the highly respected W.H.O.S.
Rehab Education facility in Sydney, Australia, for “Drug and Alcohol Treatment Professional Certification”. Vinny is also actively involved in addiction self-help fellowships throughout Thailand. He has proven to be a great asset to the team at Hope. Read more about Vinny’s story….
Joel – Counsellor
Joel is a trained addiction practitioner from the UK. Before becoming a counsellor, Joel worked as a journalist for the Financial Times in London. His own experience of overcoming addiction and then helping other addicts recover through the 12 Steps inspired him to change careers. He has a diploma in addiction counselling from Oxford College and has sponsored addicts through the 12 Steps of NA and AA. He is trained to facilitate SMART Recovery meetings. He is passionate about reading, writing and languages…
Luke Richardson – Counsellor
Luke is an accomplished therapist and experienced meditation instructor from Sydney Australia. Originally a graduate of Electronical Engineering, however after a period of personal struggles he perused further studies in the Personal Development field and meditation. Luke is certified in Neuro Linguists Programming, Meditation Facilitator and has a Diploma of Energetic Healing. From 2009 onward Luke has been working 1:1 with clients all around the world to help enable them to take charge of their lives, become conscious of their emotions and feel at peace with themselves.
Luke’s training in the field of addiction has led him to gain a qualification as a TRE Practitioner. Trauma Release Therapy is a specialist practice in the treatment of PTSD. Luke regularly delivers TRE groups and classes to teach our clients to self-regulate stress levels and become grounded.
Addiction Nurse (Aoy) Areeya Vachiranu Wong
Nurse Aoy is a Thanyarak Institute trained Nurse on Drug & Alcohol Dependence Treatment and Rehabilitation. Thanyarak Institute Thailand is part of the Ministry of Public Health for Thailand. The Thanyarak Institute is Thailand’s first and largest treatment center with seven branches located throughout the country. It is under the supervision of the Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health.
Gunn – Psychologist & Thai interpreter
Gunn is an intern at Hope, born in Bangkok, Thailand. She gained a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Otago in New Zealand. While in New Zealand she worked as a Thai interpreter in the New Zealand court. Gunn is bright and cheerful and loves working with and supporting the clients at Hope on their journeys of recovery.
Adam – Logistics Manager
Adam is a recovering ice addict from the UK and Australia. Adam organizes the logistics and smooth running of daily operations at Hope. He brings his transferable skills and abilities from working in heavy industry in Australia. Adam is known for his big heart and for being a champion for the recovery process going above and beyond to help those who want it.
Jenny – Customer Service support manager
Jenny is from the Philippines but moved to Thailand 8 years ago, she graduated in computer science and completed the vocational course for live-in caregiver of Primacare Training and Development Center. She chose to become a trained caregiver because she enjoys helping people on their journeys. Jenny is fluent in Tagalog, Thai and English. Jenny supports our clients with shopping trips and all their personal needs.
Danny – Senior Support staff
Danny is a Senior Support staff member from London. Danny has worked in addiction recovery for the past four and a half years, after training in health and social care, trauma and informed care. He has worked at two different rehabs in London before coming to Hope. Danny used drugs and alcohol for over 30 years before attending an eight-month residential rehab in London in 2013. He has been clean and sober since then, recently celebrating his fifth birthday.
Danny’s passion is introducing addicts to recovery and helping them develop the skills necessary to maintain long-term sobriety. As Senior Support staff, Danny is responsible for running Hope’s regular outings and excursions. He is usually the first point of call for new clients, picking them from the airport, and helping them relax and feel welcome. He works with clients on a one to one basis as a Recovery Coach, helping them establish recovery plans for when they return home after treatment.
Jeff (Chaivudh) Administrator Manager
Jeff is Hope’s administrator. He takes care of all the client’s and staff’s visas, sorts out paperwork with public authorities and helps with shopping and beach trips. He also manages restaurant orders and has strong links to the staff at the local hospital. Any medical problems, e.g. in relation to detoxes, are therefore easily taken care of as Jeff is always happy to accompany clients to the clinic and to serve as a translator.
Bottom line: If anyone needs anything at all, Jeff is THE guy to turn to. That’s why many people here at Hope lovingly call him ‚Mr. Fix-it‘.
Jeff’s previous work includes traveling the world representing a Thai jewelry manufacture, as many gem stones come from Thailand and South East Asia. He has lived in the United States for four and a half years, where he studied at Kentucky University. He also traveled to the US over a 50 times and has been to Hong Kong and Dubai as well. In his spare time, Jeff loves to play PingPong and Snooker or watch TV.
Sarena – Customer Service’s
Serena is from Southern Thailand speaks Thai and English. Serena helps manage and organise the domestic side to our rehab and assists clients with shopping trips and hospital visits. Serena is a bright and helpful member of the Hope team
Yuth – Muay Thai Coach
Prayuth Nawachahad is a Muay Thai fighter who has competed in more than 220 fights. Yuth started fighting at the tender age of 11. He has won the Muay Thai Championship of the Eastern Seaboard Thailand, the Lumpinee Championship, and multiple belts from different stadiums in Thailand. Yuth’s own successes allowed him to become a coach and build up a new generation of fighters who are now competing in fights at Thailand’s most prestigious championships in stadiums like Lumpini and Rachadumneun.
Yuth joined Hope Rehab as Muay Thai Coach in 2017. He is training and coaching our clients in one-on-one sessions in the impressive art of Muay Thai style fighting on 6 afternoons a week. “I am very pround that I was able to become a Muay Thai instructor and teacher (Kroo Muay) as this is a very important part of Thai Culture and the skills gets passed down on from one generation to the next. I am happy and feel honored to be teaching the basics of traditional Muay Thai to the clients at Hope.”
Sonny – Volunteer
Sonny is a regular volunteer at HOPE, helping out wherever or however needed, whether it be driving folks to where they need to go, being a facility repair handyman, assisting HOPE’s kitchen staff with shopping for groceries, or helping clients with their recovery step work to prepare for successfully managing life in sobriety. Simon and Alon were two of Sonny’s counselor’s during his rehab, so when Sonny found out they were starting HOPE, he asked if he might give service time to others trapped in addiction by volunteering during his time off from his regular job.
In his “everyday” life, Sonny is a Training, Learning and Development Supervisor for an international Oil & Gas Drilling Contractor, responsible for the Quality Assurance and Control Aspect of Training, Learning and Development as it relates to industry, company and adult learner requirements. He loves his job and the opportunity it offers to work with a talented training team of peers to serve such a diverse range of clientele and tackle industry challenges across a broad range of environments. His appreciation for and dedication to teamwork stems from his combined 26 years as a military SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) Instructor for the U.S. Air Force and as an international military contractor, working globally but primarily in the Middle East during that time.
As for many in military and contracting life, alcohol was a centerpiece of his activities…positive, negative and otherwise. Sonny had always thought that he would “know” when his drinking might go too far, and that he could certainly stop any time he chose to because it was just a matter of “Will Power”. Finally, after quite a few failures to stop drinking on Will Power alone, and some very supportive and loyal friends, Sonny came to realize his life had become completely unmanageable with, and because of, his drinking. Faced with losing everything or getting sober, Sonny chose to seek treatment…and has never looked back.
Fee – Driver
Fee started at Hope as our first Thai Recovering addict peer intern. He trained at Hope to be a counsellor and support worker. Fee graduated from Thanyarak Pattani Rehab Center after spending four months in treatment. He is now a pioneer of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern Thailand. He is a wonderful and helpful person to have on the team, taking care of all the client’s needs. Read more about Fee’s story….
25 Domestic staff
It’s thanks to Auntie Nuan, Debbie, Na, Wa and Ga that everyone is raving about the food at Hope. These lovely ladies are not only skilled cooks, but also passionate about what they do – and you can definitely taste the love that goes into their meals. Apart from breakfast where you can choose between boiled, scrambled and fried eggs, bread, jams, a variety of fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, cornflakes, etc. our cooks conjure up a feast for our famous lunch and dinner buffets. The dishes they serve are a perfect mix of popular Thai and Western food.
You’ll find local cuisine as well as sausages & mash, pork ribs, french fries, lasagna & other pasta dishes. Our cooks pride themselves in serving nutritous food made from scratch and usually includes several bowls of different salads and steamed or baked vegetables. If necessary (and communicated in advance) Auntie Nuan & her team can accommedate to different dietary needs. Click the following link to learn more about the benefits of keeping a healthy diet in recovery.
The Maintenance Team
Lung Juk, Auntie Pew, Jiap, Nag, Uncle Bamblung, Teung & Keng take care of the extensive gardens at Hope Rehab as well as all the maintenance issues. Whenever there is a leaking tap to be fixed, a lightbulb to be changed or a handyman needed for miscellanious repairs they’re on the scene.
Believed to be over 2000 years old, traditional Thai massage is an authentic healing art and unique form of body therapy developed by people who used massage not only as a therapeutic method of healing to treat illnesses, but to maintain health and well-being. It was influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia, as well as by yoga.
Our massage therapists Ma and Mon used to work at Somdej Sriracha Hospital. They treated patients there – among others an old man with paralysis – with traditional Thai massage. Glory and Warin specialised in a style of Thai massage that is called “nerve touch” or Jap – Sen (Jap meaning “to grasp”; Sen meaning “lines”)
Thai massage is usually done on a padded mat on the floor. No oil is applied, so you are fully dressed. You are usually asked to bring or wear comfortable clothing to the massage. A typical Thai massage is 60 minutes long. It is the responsibility of the massage therapist to carry out the work, while the individual on the receiving end reaps the benefits.
Janice Gagnon, founder of a Thai Massage School in the US, explained Jap Sen in a guest post on asianmedicinezone.com:
It “is a deep tissue approach that improves joint function and mobility by restructuring and aligning muscles, tendons and bones, and by stimulating pathways in the nervous system. This unique style of Thai massage works to stimulate the flow of energy or “lom” throughout the body by “twanging” or thumb rolling over the intricate system of sen lines and the ridges of muscles. This creates a deeper release of blockages in energy flow and a resonating affect through dense or tight muscles, tendons and nerves.”
Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits: relaxation and reduction of stress.