Life Works Experts

Life Works Committed to Recovery

Our team here at Life Works are some of the most highly trained addiction & behavioural experts in the field. To ensure that we offer the highest level of quality care for our clients, we have created a highly trained and experienced, multi-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals. To ensure this level of care, our staffing ratio is amongst the highest in the industry with an average of over three staff to every client.

Why not give us a call on 0800 081 0700 to see what kind of assistance we can offer you, or submit your enquiry via our enquiry form


Our dedicated professionals include:

Terence T. Gorski

Terence T. Gorski is the Primary Clinical Consultant to Life Works and has over 30 years experience in the field of addiction treatment, having received international acclaim as a pioneer in the development of Relapse Prevention Therapy. He has designed the Life Works Chemical Dependency and Relapse Prevention Programmes. Considered a leader and authority in the behavioural health and social services industry, Mr Gorski's greatest talent is in his ability to break down the relapse prevention process into clear and simple steps using a variety of therapeutic techniques. Mr. Gorski's articles and books have been published worldwide and is best known for his books, Staying Sober: A Guide for Relapse Prevention, The Staying Sober Workbook, and Passages Through Recovery: An Action Plan for Preventing Relapse. He also published the three-part series, Relapse Prevention Therapy With Chemically Dependent Criminal Offenders: Part 1, An Executive Briefing; Part 2, A Guide For Counsellors; and Part 3, The Relapse Prevention Workbook for the Criminal Offender.

David F. O'Connell, PhD

David F. O'Connell is a Clinical Consultant to Life Works and has over 20 years experience of working in addictions treatment and the delivery of mental health services. His areas of expertise include: dual diagnosis, addiction in executives and professionals, the impaired healthcare professional, cognitive addiction therapy and spirituality and recovery. He has helped design the Life Works Impaired Professionals and Dual Diagnosis Programmes. As Attending Psychologist and former Clinical Director at the Caron Foundation, USA, he is responsible for Caron's executive/professional health and recovery programmes. Dr. O'Connell holds a Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in organisational behaviour, group dynamics and counselling from Temple University, USA. He is a licensed psychologist and is board certified as a diplomat of the American Academy of Psychologists Treating Addictions. Dr. O'Connell is the author of numerous books on chemical dependency treatment. He is an adjunct professor in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University.

Deanne Jade

Deanne Jade is the Founder and Principal of The National Centre for Eating Disorders. She is a corresponding member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, and their Faculty for Eating Disorders, the National Obesity Forum, International Association for the Study of Obesity, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and the European Health Psychology Society. The NCFED was founded in 1984, providing the UK’s first independent out-patient service specifically for the treatment of eating disorders. The Service grew rapidly as a result of media focus on eating problems, and now has a network of over 100 affiliated practitioners providing personal, telephone, and email counselling together with self help programmes for clients and carers.

Dr. Brenda M Schaeffer, D.min

Dr. Brenda M Schaeffer is a Clinical Consultant to Life Works. Dr. Schaeffer is an internationally known author, experienced therapist and speaker. Brenda Schaeffer has been a featured writer in several magazines. She is author of newly released Love's Way, the best seller, Is It Love or Is It Addiction?, Loving Me Loving You, Signs of Healthy Love, Signs of Addictive Love, Power Plays, and Helping Yourself Out of Love Addiction. Dr. Schaeffer is a licensed psychologist and a certified addictions specialist in the area of sexual addictions. With over 500,000 of her publications in print, she has already helped thousands of people understand the difference between healthy love and love addiction, drawing from her own experiences and many years of work as a psychotherapist. Dr. Schaeffer is currently the Director of Healthy Relationships, Inc. and has had expert training in hypnosis, developmental psychology, transactional analysis, gestalt, and sexual addiction, existential and transpersonal psychology.

Dr. Robert J. Ackerman, Phd

Dr. Robert J. Ackerman is a Clinical Consultant to Life Works and has over 25 years experience of working in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. He has helped design the Life Works Family Programme. Currently, he is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Training Institute at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA and is a co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. A widely published author, Dr Ackerman is best known for writing the first book in the United States on children of alcoholics in 1978. Twelve books, and numerous expert public appearances later, he has become internationally known for his work with families and children of all ages. Dr Ackerman has served on many advisory boards and has worked with the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, and the U.S. Department of Education. He served on the White House Task Force on Resiliency and Governor's Task Forces in Colorado and Michigan.

Dr. Temi Ogbe Uwen - GMC - Registration 5176946, PLAB (Professional Linguistics and Assessment Board Examination) and MBBS University of Benin, Nigeria

Dr Uwen is a Psychiatrist with over twenty years’ psychiatric experience gained across a wide range of inpatient and community based psychiatric services, for adults and older adults.

She has extensive experience in specialised Drug, Alcohol and Addictions services, and has worked primarily in this area alone for almost five years. Her responsibilities have included prescribing; doing titrations, medical reviews, attending/chairing multidisciplinary team meetings, making decisions about management of patients and also managing alcohol detox programmes in the community. She has also been involved in management of patients on club drugs. 

She has also worked extensively  as a psychiatrist in adult mental health, where she was involved in management of patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has been actively involved in Consultant ward rounds and participated in the community multi-disciplinary team meetings as well as managing acute psychiatry emergencies.. In addition to the above she has also worked in child and adolescent psychiatry where she worked with multi-disciplinary team comprising Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Drama therapists, etc.  She had the opportunity of managing children with behavioural problems (attention deficit disorders (included) hence her involvement in behavioural therapy, also psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

Dr Anshul Swami - Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Swami qualified at the world renowned Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London, where his broad and intensive  training encompassed the assessment and treatment of adults with severe mental health problems including refractory depression, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia/psychosis, adolescents with mental health problems, older adults with mental illness and concurrent Dementia, inpatient and community eating disorders, severe anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioural therapy and inpatient and community addictions.

Steve Clarke – Therapy Services Manager

Steve is a member of the BACP and FDAP and has worked for several years in private practice specialising in the psychology of addictive behaviour and holds a MSc in Addictions Psychology and Counselling at London South Bank University. Steve is the Therapy Services Manager and Eating Disorder Lead, specialising in an integrative approach drawing on a wide variety of therapeutic modalities. He looks at how addiction forms psychologically, genetically and biologically. Steve has worked for a charity specialising with children of dysfunctional families including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma. Not only does he specialise in addiction, but Steve also has a background with several senior roles with blue chip corporate organizations and as such fully understands the complexity and difficulty how addiction impacts within the workplace.

Robin Clayton - Primary Therapist

Robin completed his training in addiction counselling at Clouds in 2002 and has spent the last 15 years working for major addiction treatment providers in the UK. He is a strong advocate of both 12 Step treatment and long term recovery through the 12 Step programme. Robin believes in encouraging clients to engage honestly with others whilst in treatment and to continue this process by meeting regularly with other recovering people for support. He has considerable experience of facilitating groups in the family programme. Robin is a member of BACP and ATSAC and is a qualified ISAT sex addiction therapist.

Barry Williams - Dramatherapist

Barry holds a MA in Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame), a BA (Hons) in Drama from the University of Manchester and a PGDip In Counselling from the University of North London. His  professional background prior to training as a Dramatherapist was as a therapeutic counsellor. He has many years experience of working within both the private and voluntary sector. His work experience includes: LGBT clients, people recovering from problematic alcohol or substance misuse, mental health issues (depression, personality disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders and OCD), dual diagnosis, older clients, loss and bereavement, children and young people, sexuality, gender, sexual health and HIV.

Jan McMillan - Primary Counsellor

Jan McMillan is the Lead CBT Therapist on the Mood Disorder Programme. Jan’s experience of working with duel diagnosis; addiction, depression and anxiety along with her Integrative training allows for a multi therapeutic approach in her work with clients. She is committed to maintaining her academic understanding of addiction and its links to trauma and other mental health diagnosis attending continued professional development training. Since completing her Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling Jan has worked for various agencies as part of their substance misuse programme.  Jan trained in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) with Paul Grantham (SDS) at The British Psychological Society in London, she is a strong advocate for much needed support for clients with mental health issues. Jan is a registered member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

Dave Waller - Primary Counsellor

Dave is a registered member of the BACP and FDAP and has experience working in both private and community based settings, as well as in his own private practice. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Psychology and Counselling from London South Bank University and is currently undertaking a Master Practitioner course in Eating Disorders. Dave works on both the Eating Disorder and Addiction Treatment programmes and is an integrative practitioner, drawing on a variety of therapeutic approaches, which enables him to effectively meet the individual needs of the clients he work with. As well as his work in this field, Dave is also able to draw on his considerable experience working as a commercial professional, during which he held a variety of senior management roles, working with and leading teams of people to achieve change and growth targets in industry.

Siobhan Ward - Primary Therapist

Siobhan Ward is a fully qualified psychotherapist who is currently completing her MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling at London South Bank University. Although Siobhan works primarily on the Addiction and Eating Disorder programmes at Life Works, due to her past experience as a high end visual artist in the music and advertising sector , she is also responsible for the design and implementation of the art-based groups within the programme. Siobhan works both intuitively, with an integrated approach, by using not only a variety of different therapeutic models, but also looking at how psychology, biology and social attitudes can affect an individual seeking treatment for addiction.

Life Works have the pleasure of working in partnership with the Mews Practice located in central Guildford. Through the partnership we aim to combine excellence in modern medicine, whilst maintaining the values of traditional General Practice by offering on-site access to their private General Practitioners delivering a high level of continuity of care whilst clients are in treatment with us.

For those clients accessing Life Works that are not registered with a GP practice the Mews Practice can offer a bespoke membership model that will give clients accessible appointments, including telephone and Skype consultations with highly experienced Private GPs

Post discharge the membership model allows clients to attend the practice as many times as required without worrying about additional consultation costs. It allows our doctors only focus to be on the health and well-being of the patient.

Dr Fatima Khan: MBBS, BSc, DRCOG, MRCGP

Dr Fatima Khan completed her undergraduate medical qualification including her BSc (in pharmacology & therapeutics) at Imperial College London in 2007. She qualified as a General Practitioner in 2013 after completing her training in various South West London hospitals gaining clinical experience in Care of the Elderly, Paediatrics, Womens health (obstetrics & gynaecology), Accident & Emergency, Psychiatry, General Surgery, General Medicine and Primary Care. The experience gained has given her the confidence and competence to fulfil her role as a GP and provide personalised patient centre care. She believes patients should be empowered to make decisions regarding their healthcare management.

Dr Mas Syed: MBChB, MRCGP

Dr Mas Syed completed his undergraduate medical qualification at The University of Leicester Medical School in 2004. He qualified as a General Practitioner in 2008 having worked in many London Hospitals. He has been practising in Surrey thereafter and has been a GP Partner since 2011. He has also previously worked as a Medical Director for an Out of Hours company covering South West London. He has special interests in Mental Health, Chronic Disease Management and also Men’s Health.

At Life Works, we provide excellent quality care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our nursing and healthcare team are highly experienced within the specialist treatment of addictions and behavioural health issues.

Dev Matadeen - Director of Clinical Services (DoCs)

Dev is a qualified RMN and RGN and registered nurse tutor. He also holds graduate and post-graduate diploma’s in a range counselling approaches and is currently studying a MSC in clinical and public health aspects of addiction at the King’s College Institute of Psychiatry. Dev has extensive clinical experience in substance misuse psychiatry, acute psychiatry, assertive outreach and in-patient forensic psychiatry. 

As the DoCs it is Dev’s job to organise and direct the work of the nursing unit to assure that effective nursing services are provided and quality standards are met. The DoCs is responsible for the management and direction of the nursing team’s performance, developing and maintaining appropriate lines of communication, providing clinical and managerial leadership and acting as a resource for support and guidance to all nursing staff so we can assure that all our clients get the most effective nursing care.

 Nigel Waite: HCPC – Lead Dietitian

Reg. No. DT04317; BDA Reg. No. 3102, Certificated in practitioner skills in eating disorders (certified by the B.P.S.)

Nigel is Life Works Staff dietitian. An effective and knowledgeable dietitian and nutritionist with over 15 years experience of dealing with a variety of dietetic / nutritional issues in NHS and private facilities. He is adept at quickly seeing the issues that require attention and then enabling the person to achieve the health that they desire.

His areas of specialism span: Obesity, weight management, eating disorders, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, eczema and adult forensics.

Life Works offers a holistic treatment programme and encourages clients to take part in a range of complimentary therapies to help each individual re-connect with themselves physically, mentally and spiritually.

Julie Gates, Shiatsu Practitioner

Julie is Life Works' Shiatsu Therapist, Masseuse and Music Workshop Facilitator. She qualified with the British School of Shiatsu and was trained in Massage by Claire Maxwell Hudson. Julie has been working in the Mental Health field for 20 years and has worked in several Addiction Rehabilitation Centres as well as working with professional athletes. Julie has worked at Life Works for over three years and teaches the shiatsu, stretch and relaxation group, which incorporates acupressure, Qi Gong and meditation techniques to encourage natural relaxation. During her career, Julie has had several articles published including titles 'How Shiatsu-do helps Recovery from Addiction' and 'Shiatsu Shifts Defensiveness' and Meditation CDs. Continuous Professional Development courses include 'Who is at risk of suicide?', 'CBT in Anger Management', 'Use of Psychotherapy in a Clinical Setting' and 'Grief Counselling'.

Chris Cordell, Hospital Director and Registered Manager

Chris Cordell has over 18 years of managerial experience, the last 7 of which have been at a senior level for a leading UK Third Sector substance misuse organisation. With a degree in Social Psychology, post graduate certificate in management and qualifications in leadership development from Deloitte, Chris has demonstrated a high degree of vision and strategic operational leadership. He has developed and managed multi- site substance misuse services; delivering robust financial management and exponential organisational growth alongside high quality and effective treatment.

Prior to starting at Life Works, Chris was responsible for leading a staff team of 80 employees, including consultant psychiatrists, specialist substance misuse doctors, psychologists and a team of nurses and substance misuse workers. As the CQC Registered Manager he had responsibility for countywide provision of substance misuse treatment for West Sussex. Chris has also held a number of advisory roles including most recently being part of the advisory group, along with Director of Policy and Research (UK Drug Policy Commission) and the Head of Drug Strategy Unit Delivery Team at the Home Office, in contributing to the “Whole Person Recovery: A user-centred systems approach to problem drug use” – a national investigation into UK Drug Policy.

For more information, please submit your enquiry via our enquiry form or call us on 0800 081 0700.

Dr. Temi Ogbe Uwen