Meet the Scotswood Team :
Julia has been touched by addiction her whole life by family members who are recovering addicts and was inspired when her sister Louisa approached her to start Scotswood Retreat. This was an opportunity to help others solve the problems she had experienced in the past with trying to get her own family members into an affordable, supportive, warm home-from-home facility that would increase their chances of staying clean. Julia has had many year’s experience running her own businesses, was a Finalist in the Entrepreneur Category of the Business Woman’s Association, and is a Member of the Entrepreneur’s Organisation. But more importantly, Julia is proud to be involved in a business that makes a difference in the world.
House Manager & Facilitator
Louisa has complete understanding of the challenges recovering addicts face on a daily basis, being a recovering addict herself. Louisa is 100% committed to not only guiding the guests at Scotswood Retreat to successfully living an addiction-free life, but to live that life herself through example.
Louisa is the ‘Mother Hen’ of Scotswood and cares for the guests like they are all her children. Louisa lives on the property full time and manages the house and facilitates all running operations. Louisa is caring and compassionate, and is truly passionate about Scotswood Retreat being a comfortable, safe, fun, happy and supportive home for our guests. Louisa also offers daily counselling to our guests, as well as practical support in finding jobs, volunteer work, and finding your passions.
Addictions Counsellor & Recovery Assistant
In 2016 Inshaaf joined our team and quickly proved herself as an invaluable asset to all of our guests – they love her as she has a lovely positive disposition – she is a shining example of what hard work through the recovery program can achieve. Inshaaf has done recovery assistant training as well as being a registered counsellor and offers one-on-one sessions to our out-patients.
Inshaaf is positive and inspirational. She has been clean for 3+ years and works the 12 step program religiously. Inshaaf has extensive experience in Eating Disorders, having suffered with this herself. Her experience with ED has taught her that no stone should be left unturned when it comes to process addictions as they are the silent killers. Inshaaf also has a deep understanding of Biploar disorder and knows that it is a difficult time to adjust and for some, to even accept that they have a mental condition.We are proud to have Inshaaf as part of our team as she can offer our guests support through experience and understanding. She brings light & laughter to our guests, whilst being firm and holding them to their commitments.
Closed Group Sex Addiction Therapist
Corrie has been working in the field of addiction, co-dependency and trauma on both an in-patient and out-patient basis since 1982. In recent years Corrie’s focus has shifted to cater for the growing need for treatment of people suffering from sexual compulsions. She obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Cape Town and was also the first Certified Sex Addictions Therapist (CSAT) registered with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) in South Africa . She trained under Dr Patrick Carnes and Dr Ken Adams in the United States and is currently one of two such qualified therapists in the country. Corrie is warm, down to earth and loving combined with firm, ‘real’ and accessible. We are proud to have Corrie as part of our Scotswood team of professionals. Corrie is available for one-on-one sessions with our guests at an extra fee.
Relapse Prevention Counsellor
Lee has over 11 years experience in the field of addiction from both the counsellor and a recovery aspect. Lee has worked as a counsellor at the top addiction centres in the Western Cape and has been in recovery herself for using the 12 step program. Lee also has siblings in recovery – hence has the additional understanding of being a family member affected by this disease. Lee brings to the Scotswood Relapse Prevention groups compassion and an honest pragmatism. Lee facilitates mindfulness meditation (practical and theory) as well as individual counselling for families and loved ones. She has loads of energy, enjoys nature and in particular hiking.
“Mindfulness is my passion and I strive to share with others what has worked for me in the mindfulness practice. ‘ Knowing what is happening while it is happening and without judgement’ is my motto and a very effective relapse prevention tool. If we have awareness of what we are thinking and feeling, we can take the correct recovery action”.
Lee, who is 3+ years clean is philosophical, empathetic, wise and engaging. Lee has many years’ experience in SAA and SLAA and was instrumental in setting up the SLAA network in Cape Town and is still in service to this organization. It is a largely unrecognized and under-supported addiction and Scotswood is committed to changing this. Lee is committed to being in service and sharing his insights into SLAA with others. He is extremely strong in his recovery and his dedication to this and the 12 step program he works serves to inspire the people he meets. Lee has helped many people to break free from the grip of sex and love addiction – he takes the shame out of this addiction and assists our guests to learn how to engage with people in a non-addictive way. Lee is available for one-on-one sessions with our guests at an extra fee.
Arina is not only our ‘money’ lady, she comes with the understanding of being a recovering addict herself, bringing compassion mixed with supreme control of the finances to the mix. Arina is a detail lady and so nothing slips by unnoticed. She is involved in the overall management and always provides a wise and logical perspective on things. Arina is your go-to person if you have any financial queries.
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Alex was able to bring himself back from the dark place that the disease of addiction had taken him and now has 4 years of recovery behind him.
Alex used the 12 step program to change the behaviours that had for so long been destroying his life and relationships and is now able to give that gift back to others. Alex brings positivity, a new outlook on life and hope to everyone he meets and is a valued member of our Scotswood team.
Matthew de Smidt