Meet the team
As well as the beautiful surroundings at Camino Recovery Centre we are blessed with a fantastic team. Not only among the clinical staff but also the support staff who contribute so much to the supportive atmosphere that people come to value so much.
Every single person was a complete gem – everyone offering insights, support, care and lessons about myself. From the therapists in the daily sessions to the housekeeping staff, administration and chefs.
Our job is to make your stay as restorative and fulfilling as possible so you can go on to enjoy a lasting recovery.
I feel very privileged to call you all my friends, and I am especially thankful for the hospitality you have showed me. It’s good to know that people out there really care.
Every member of our clinical team is fully licensed with Master’s level training or higher in addiction treatment or a related field. We have all undergone thorough background checks, are fully insured for public liabilities and professional indemnity, and undertake regular work supervision and professional development training. Together we now have more than 80 years of experience in the treatment of addiction.
Dr. José Manuel Sánchez Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr José Manuel Sánchez is Camino Recovery’s Psychiatrist who completed his medical degree at The University of Cadiz before specialising in Psychiatry in London. He has completed an additional specialism in Forensic Psychiatry and also holds a Masters degree in Addictions from The University of Valencia.
Dr Jose has practised as a psychiatrist for more than 15 years and has been working with us since 2013. He has a special interest in anxiety disorders, ADHD, Addictions and Dual Diagnosis. Over the years he has participated in a number of studies and publications as well as the occasional appearance on TV and radio shows.
Don Lavender BA, M.Div
Don Lavender is Camino Recovery’s Programme Director. He is an American psychotherapist with more than 36 years experience in clinical management and consultative positions. He has worked in some of the most effective and best-known treatment centres in the world, including the Priory hospitals in the UK and Sierra Tucson in Arizona. At Sierra Tucson he was the Director of the family programme and established a new, 70-bed eating disorder facility.
Don is perhaps best known for his pioneering work in equine assisted psychotherapy, or EAP, which he helped to develop in US treatment centres some 25 years ago. EAP is now widely used in the treatment of trauma not only in addiction services, but also to help former soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
Don also specialises in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming), an intensive treatment that has had proven success in the field of trauma. Both EAP and EMDR are available at Camino Recovery.
Ameet Braich BEng, MA
Ameet Braich is Camino Recovery’s Clinical Director who was born and educated in London. He has a Bachelors degree in Biochemical Engineering from University College London. His interest in the addiction field, led to an MA degree in addiction counselling from Hazelden (Minnesota, USA) in 2008.
Ameet is a licensed member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium. His other training includes Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, or EAP, non-violent crisis intervention, adolescent behaviour, gambling treatment, multicultural issues, and family interventions. He specialises in addiction and trauma resolution.
Deborah Christensen MA
Deborah Christensen has over twenty years of experience working with addictions and related disorders. She received her Master’s Degree in Addictions Counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addictions Studies, and throughout her career has worked in internationally recognized residential and outpatient settings. Additionally, Deborah is trained in experiential and psychodramatic therapeutic approaches, techniques which can significantly accelerate learning and healing.Her clinical style is gentle and direct, and she is committed to helping those suffering from addictive disorders achieve their recovery goals and discover the joys of sobriety.
Meena Lavender is a family/intake counsellor who trained in bi-lingual counselling with a certificate in addictions counselling at Greenwich University in London. Meena has a wealth of experience working in the field of chemical dependency, with a particular interest in family dynamics having taken part in the Family Programme at Hazelden in Minnesota.
For the past 17 years her work has included utilising a multi-disciplinary approach to healing including art therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Meena has worked as an addiction counsellor with a particular interest in family dynamics and eye movement desensitisation and reprogramming, or EMDR. She specialises in Family and Trauma resolution.
David, our Clinical Aid was born and bred on the outskirts of London before completing a degree in Estate management in Leicester. After having worked in property and asset management for over 20 years he volunteered and worked in treatment centres in both South Africa and Spain. He has a passion for sport and has developed and facilitated programs in various treatment centres as a complimentary addition to the core aspects of recovery. He believes exercise and nutrition are vital in achieving a balanced life.
In addition to David’s practical experience of 12 Steps, he is looking to expand his knowledge in the areas of nuitrition and Exercise. Currently he is studying nutrition and Exercise and plans to expand his knowledge and plans to further his career in the addictions field later in the year.
Lionel our Clinical Aid is of Swiss/American Nationality but was born and raised in the Bronx of New York City. He spent four years at Duquesne University in the city of Pittsburg, PA before starting his career as a professional basketball player. He has lived and worked in numerous countries including France, Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal and Spain for the last 4 years. He has been working in the field of Health, Recovery and Spirituality for almost 30 years.
Mari Carmen Silva Aparicio
Mari shares duel role as Housekeeper and Chef. She was born and raised locally in Velez-Malaga where she now lives with her family. After completing her schooling, she worked for a few years in the hospitality industry as a housekeeper. She later went on to become Head of Warehouse in a textile factory. She has a passion for cooking and from a young age has worked to perfect a number of traditional Spanish dishes.
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