Dr. José Manuel Sánchez
Dr José completed his medical degree at Spain’s University of Cádiz before specialising in Psychiatry in London, England.
He has completed an additional specialism in Forensic Psychiatry and holds a master’s degree in Addictions from the University of Valencia. He has practised as a Psychiatrist for more than 15 years and has been a part of the Camino team since 2013.
Over the years he has participated in a number of studies and publications as well as appearing on television and radio shows.
Dr. Bernadette Veeger
Born in Uganda Dr Veeger was trained in Holland and Belgium where she qualified and worked as a family doctor before relocating to Spain in 2003.
She has worked as a GP here for over 15 years and has established her own practice in Andalucia.
Along the way she has had many diverse experiences working in various corners of the world such as India, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
She speaks English, Spanish, German, French and Dutch and brings a cultural awareness and holistic approach to the team.
Away from the Clinic she enjoys exploring the stunning Andalucian landscape, playing tennis or just enjoying time with family and friends.
Don Lavender, BA, MDiv
Don is an American psychotherapist with nearly 40 years of 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, USA.
At Sierra Tucson he was Director of its family programme and also established a new 70-bed eating disorder facility. Don is perhaps best known for his pioneering work in EAP (equine assisted psychotherapy), which he helped develop in US treatment centres 25 years ago.
EAP is now widely used in the treatment of trauma, not only in addiction services but also to help former soldiers suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
Don also specialises in EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing), an intensive treatment with proven success in dealing with trauma.
Read more about Don Lavender
Ameet Braich, BEng, MA, LADC (IC&RC)
Ameet graduated from Hazelden (Minnesota, USA) with an MA in Addiction Counselling and has more than a decade of experience working with individuals and families affected by substance dependence, process addictions (such as gambling, overeating and internet addiction) and self-defeating patterns of thought and behaviour.
He is a specialist in addiction and trauma resolution and holds a firm belief in a holistic approach to therapy. Ameet also has a BEng in Engineering (Biochemical) from University College London and has completed training in EAP (equine assisted psychotherapy), non-violent crisis intervention, adolescent behaviour, gambling treatment, multicultural issues, and family interventions.
He believes that a family programme and trauma resolution are paramount for recovery along with relapse prevention and long-term follow-up.
Read more about Ameet Braich.
Family Therapist & EMDR Practitioner
Meena trained in bilingual counselling and is qualified in addictions counselling from London’s University of Greenwich.
She 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 the Hazelden centre in Minnesota, USA.
For the past two decades Meena has used a multi-disciplinary approach to healing – including art therapy, EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) and EAP (equine assisted psychotherapy). She specialises in family and trauma resolution.
Read more about Meena Lavender.
Lead Clinical Counsellor
Ryan graduated from Marymount University (Virginia, USA) with a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a licensed professional counsellor as well as a certified addictions counsellor.
He has extensive experience in the mental health and addictions field having worked as a psychotherapist and addictions specialist in both individual and group environments. His practical experience in this field together with his progressive and experiential style makes him an ideal complement to the existing clinical staff.
His mindfulness-based approach to self-awareness and discovery overlay atop the fundamentals of successful recovery.
Having worked extensively in outpatient addiction treatment he understands the clinical needs required for sustainable recovery.
Read more about Ryan Napolitano.
Veronique De Buck
Evolutionary Art Therapist
Originally from Belgium Veronique has been living in Spain since 2011.Having spent 20 years working in an office environment where she managed a team specializing in providing bespoke and tailor made travel options for their clients she decided on a career change.
Motivated by her own personal experiences and drawing on her artistic talents she relocated to France where she studied and practiced Evolutionary Art therapy.
Drawing on her own experiences, the stunning Andalucian landscapes and the wider world around her she makes the art therapy classes informative, therapeutic and fun. She finds joy in watching the process enhance our clients individual journey to recovery.
Evolutionary Art Therapist
Louise joined the Camino team in 2019 and works closely with Veronique in providing a diverse and stimulating therapeutic process at Camino.
She graduated from the University of Strasbourg in Fine Arts before spending 15 years in French Guiana as a teacher.
In wanting to be true to herself and to explore her passion further she returned to France where she spent three years being formally trained in Evolutionary Art Therapy. She has since spent time in India and St Martin where she carried out humanitarian work with visually impaired children and suffering women’s groups.
Her career is also her passion and she is a keen artist away from the Art therapy she performs at Camino Recovery.
Intake coordinator, Administration and Finance
A Psychology graduate with first-class honours, Loren worked as an Assistant Psychologist within an international school network.
Working under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologist she helped develop and monitor a successful special needs initiative.
Laura joined the team in 2019 having relocated from the UK to Andalucia.
She is often the first voice you will hear when contacting Camino and her warm nature and desire to help immediately puts all at ease.
Her professional qualifications are equally impressive with a Masters in Employment Law, PG (Dip) in Personnel and development and BA Hons in Business Studies.
Away from Camino she explores the region with her partner and two rescue dogs.
David spent 20 years of his professional life in the sales and marketing industry predominantly concerned with property in the UK and South Africa.
His own personal journey led to a career change and he began working in the addictions field in 2009 providing peer support to those in the early stages of recovery.
With a passion for sport, David has developed and facilitated successful exercise and nutrition programmes that he sees as a vital part of recovery.
Read more about David Scourfield.
Clinical Aid/Spiritual Advisor
Lionel has worked in health, recovery and spirituality for nearly 30 years. Of Swiss/American nationality he was born and raised in The Bronx of New York City.
He spent four years at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before starting his career as a professional basketball player. He has since lived and worked in numerous countries including France, Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal.
Katie is originally from Dublin where she graduated with an honours degree in Social Care. Prior to moving to Spain she has worked in a range of different care settings with a variety of clients with different needs.
She brings a diverse and valued set of skills developed over many years and believes passionately in Trauma Informed Therapy having seen its effects to clients.
Away from Camino Katie loves travelling and will jump on a plane at the first opportunity she gets. In particular she loves to visit the Far East and loves Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Her infectous enthusiasm and a wealth of empathy is valued by staff and clients alike.
Nicki has a vast array of practical experience having spent 15 years working in the community and helping those suffering from addiction. It was clear that her passion lay in this area and she progressed to become a Recovery Practitioner and developed new alcohol treatment services in the UK before relocating to Southern Spain.
She has many strings to her bow and was an Army Reserve. This took her on many overseas exercises and ultimately to an operational tour in Afghanistan.
Away from her profession Nicki enjoys swimming and football. She is often found exploring the Andalucian landscape with her two dogs.
Originally from Scotland Jane relocated to Newcastle in 1989 where she worked in the travel industry for 15 years.
In 2004 she re-trained and qualified as a mental health nurse in 2007. She then started working for the National Health Service in the North East of England.
She relocated to Spain in 2017 with her husband and enjoys exploring the Andalucia countryside with her two Mastins.
Away from Camino Jane has travelled extensively including Africa and Asia and explores other parts of Spain when she gets the chance.
Mari Carmen Silva Aparicio
Mari was born and raised in Velez Malaga and her passion for all things culinary was nurtured early in life.
Her particular passion is in traditional spanish food and she insists upon all produce being local and fresh. Her paella has proved a firm favourite amongst our clients.
Away from Camino she spends time with husband Emilio and there two daughters exploring all that Andalucia has to offer.
Her incredible work ethic and insatiable desire to expand her culinary skills make her a valued member of the Camino family.
Salome Bejar Elias
Salome was born and brought up in Torre Del Mar although she has travelled extensively throughout her career as a fully trained Chef. Her professional highlights include providing nutritional cuisine for the UK Olympic Rowing team and working as a chef Michelin Star Restaurant.
Together with Mari they create, tailor and develop a bespoke, nutritious and sophisticated menu that caters for the needs of our clientele.
Away from Camino Salome is an animal lover and avid reader.
Practising yoga since 2005, Tanya gained her teacher training diploma in 2008 and qualified in Yoga Therapy in 2013 at Yoga Vidya Gurukul Ashram in Nashik, India.
Tanya constantly looks to expand her knowledge and last year returned to India where she gained a diploma in Meditation training.
With focus on breath and body awareness, she teaches yoga so that it benefits not just physically but mentally and spiritually as well.
Born in Britain, Sue has lived in Spain for more than 20 years. She has training and experience in the practice of Acupuncture and Tui Na in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and is also gaining experience in qigong, an effective form of gentle exercise, breathing and meditation for positive health.
Marie Delpeyrat Ferey
Marie is a Massage Therapist who has also studied naturopathy and has been a natural practitioner for 30 years. She specialises in deep tissue massage, energetic work and the metamorphic technique. Her passion is the human body and its anatomy.
Marie believes massage and energy work opens the door to healing and personal well-being.
Massage and Personal Training
Polish by origin Joanna was brought up in Sweden before relocating to Spain in 2018 looking to fulfil her dream of creating a serene and content life.
Originally an assistant nurse and teacher Jo’s career has always been driven by the need to assist in the physical and mental well being of others. She is qualified in life coaching including CBT life coaching and REBT mindset.
Joannas career is her passion and she loves to dance, go hiking and enjoy the wonderful countryside that surrounds us in Anadalucia. She regularly practices Yoga and Pilates.
Creative Writing Tutor
Janet has a passion for writing and obtained her formal qualifications at the University of Glasgow where she obtained a masters in Creative Writing.
Since relocating to Spain she facilitates writing workshops for people in residential addiction and trauma treatment as well as creative writers in the community who are searching for inspiration.
Away from Camino Janet relaxes by walking her dogs in the mountains, cooking, spending time with family and sailing with her husband.
For more information on creative writing read the blog post: Creative Writing at Camino Recovery.