Founder / Managing Director
Eddie came up with the idea of ADAPT through her passion for helping others. Eddie’s compassion and understanding for those with little support and nowhere to turn, and her own experience with relapse have made her realise the importance of places like ADAPT.
Since becoming a full time mother in 2016 she wanted to find a way to help others whilst also having the flexibility to spend time with her children, Jack and India. Through her hard work and commitment, ADAPT soon became a reality.
Operations Manager / Addictions Therapist
Matthew is a fully qualified specialist addictions counsellor, with a significant amount of experience working in a plethora of roles within the addiction treatment field. Having completed a BSc in Addictions Counselling at University of Bath, Matthew has up to date knowledge of addiction counselling and implements a variety of evidence-based treatments to support residents in their recovery. Matthew has clinical management experience, having managed a team of counsellors previously and will bring a wealth of knowledge to ADAPT.
Matthew has had his own personal experience of addiction, which has given him a hunger to offer the same love, compassion and support that was once offered to him, in a compassionate environment in which people can grow. The vision for ADAPT excited Matthew enough to prise him from his previous role and embark on this journey with Eddie and the trustees.
Neil is a qualified Specialist Addiction Counsellor with vast experience working with substance misuse and behavioural addictions in various different settings. He holds a BSc Honors degree in Addictions Counselling from University of Bath and a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy From University of Derby.
Neil has personal experience of addiction that enables him to provide non-judgemental, empathic support. This coupled with his qualifications and experience working as a counsellor has proved beneficial to ADAPT residents. He is passionate about recovery and addiction treatment, and the ADAPT programme.
Paul joins us with ten years of experience supporting people with a variety of support needs within the homelessness and addiction fields.
Paul’s personal addiction recovery journey has given him a desire to support others using a ‘person-centred’ approach which recognises and utilises each individuals’ personal strengths and abilities; aiming to foster a more collaborative method of support working.
Paul loves to see people in recovery reach their full potential and believes that ADAPT is an ideal environment for people to build solid foundations for their future. He is excited and grateful for the opportunity to be part of the ADAPT team!
Harry is a Director at Bonas MacFarlane, a leading educational consultancy firm based in London. He has spent the past ten years working as a tutor and helping families navigate their way through the UK educational system.
Harry witnessed Edwina’s recovery and was inspired by her determination and resilience in battling her addiction. He is keen to help promote the charity and support his sister where best he can.
Mike is a Chartered Accountant, and since qualifying has spent most of his time working in industry. He was born and still lives just outside Oxford. For the past 25 years he has been managing his own family commercial property business. He runs the business with an ethical culture that puts people first, which is ahead of its time. This process is values driven, with trust, honesty and care at the heart, and there is a clear social purpose.
Through family connections Mike has close affinity to addicts and alcoholics in recovery. His understanding of their needs comes from empathy with the situation they find themselves in. Mike is a fan of Canadian addiction counsellor Gabor Mate whose clear descriptions of addiction in general are like a breath of fresh air in this difficult arena.
Leonora is currently in the process of completing her training to become a fully qualified Addictions Therapist with the University of Bath. Leonora’s own personal experience with addiction, and her journey in recovery has fuelled her desire to be able to offer others the same compassion and support that she once received. ADAPT provides a supportive and exciting learning environment and she loves being a part of a team that helps amazing people achieve amazing things.
Nicky is an ARISE Family Interventionist and Recovery Coach and has worked within the addiction treatment field in a variety of roles. She has personal experience of addiction and understands the unique challenges faced by individuals and families seeking recovery. Nicky is currently training as an Addictions Counsellor through the University of Bath.
Drawn to ADAPT by the name (Addicts Are People Too) and the vision of the charity, Nicky loves being part of a team that provides a safe, supportive and non judgemental environment for clients and staff.
Volunteer Support Worker
Ashley joined ADAPT as a resident in August 2020 and has successfully completed our day programme. Ashley has over fifteen months in recovery, which he has established and built upon since arriving to us after a time in prison. Ashley found support, love and faith within ADAPT and has decided to use his experience to help others and is the newest addition to the ADAPT team.
Ashley brings with him a wealth of experience from years of addiction and recovery, which will be vital for all new additions to the ADAPT community. Ashley has been there and done it, both prior to arriving at ADAPT and since. Volunteers are an essential part of our service and we are blessed that we have such an open-minded, caring and humble individual offering himself to our team and service users.
I am an experienced and dedicated acupuncturist and practitioner of complementary and alternative medicine. So far, I have been practising acupuncture and Chinese medicine for over a decade. I love empowering people to understand their bodies while discovering the joys of living a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle. I also take pride in being able to make my work as accessible as possible.
As a complementary medicine therapist, I am able to access a wide variety of knowledge while providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which to heal.
I am experienced at treating a wide range of conditions. Unfortunately I cannot say which as the advertising standards authority won’t let me. If you would like to know, however, please get in touch.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Middlesex University, where I received a 1st class Honours. I have also received an award for excellence from the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Christina started learning Yoga and meditation 30 years ago whilst studying Theraputic Bodywork. Over the years she has attended many retreats and trainings to develop her Yoga, Mindfulness and Craniosacral practice. Her main focus is to relax the nervous This helps her find a stillness and equilibrium in her life s to deepen the connections to compassion and the joys that life has to offer.
Yoga is a tried and tested way of learning to slow down and relax. It gives the clients a new way of managing stress and anxiety, allowing a sense of greater ease and well being to arise.
In the classes clients learn simple relaxation exercises, which they are then able to practice at home when needed. This enables clients to change their habitual pattern of response and learn to take more control of their own well being.
This is why she enjoys teaching yoga so much to pass on this vital way of being.
Jenny has worked in addictions for over 20 years in various roles, such as drug worker, crack/cocaine specialist, clinical manager and nurse prescriber. She has found mindfulness personally life-changing, and devised the programme Mindfulness in Early Addiction Recovery (MEAR) to help people newly into recovery access it more easily. She has a PGCert in Addiction Psychology and Counselling, and gained a Distinction for the MSc in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies.