Why we only employ highly qualified and experienced therapists and addiction specialists

Why we only employ highly qualified and experienced therapists and addiction specialists

Addiction is a complex issue, with a myriad of reasons why each and every person develops an addiction. Just like other mental illnesses, many people are born predisposed to addictive tendencies, and this can be sparked by trauma. The addiction may take years to develop or intensify rapidly; but in most cases it becomes so crucial to people’s lives that stopping for good can seem impossible.

When people come to an inpatient rehabilitation centre like ours, they have likely been living with their addiction for many years. Usually, the problem has escalated and they have hit ‘rock-bottom’ which leaves them desperate for a solution and very vulnerable. They may have tried some quick fixes, life-coaching or even counselling, perhaps have even tried a 12-step approach, but need professional help in a safe and nurturing setting. This is why we believe that only highly qualified and experienced therapists and addiction specialists should be working with our clients and we select our team very carefully.

Family run but supported by the very best professionals

The Bridge is family run, with the three co-founders all having experience of addiction and recovery. Howard is 34 years sober, Zalyia is 32 years sober and Ali is 7 years sober. However, they understand that personal experience of these issues alone is not enough.

Ali Silver has spent many years studying and educating herself about food and nutrition and is a nutritional therapist and qualified eating disorder practitioner. They have also built a team of highly qualified and experienced specialists around their clients’ needs. They now have Psychotherapists, Psychologists, CBT therapists, an Addiction Specialist and a Trauma Therapist available to support their clients through their recovery journey.

Together, the team has nearly 40 years of experience and expertise in addiction, 12 steps, CBT, REBT, as well as an impressive list of qualifications between them. This includes; registered addiction professionals, a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Psychology, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist Licence and membership of the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies and the British Psychological Society, to name just a few. Our clinical supervisor has over 20 years’ experience working in addiction, including in prisons with women, and training therapists in addiction.

These specialists all bring with them a particular set of skills and can support our clients in a different way. Their skills and qualification allow us to offer a wide range of addiction treatment programmes and have the confidence that our clients are in very good hands.

A personalised approach to recovery

As a boutique private rehabilitation centre, we are able to take the time and offer a personalised and bespoke approach to our clients’ recovery. Depending on the particular addiction, background and needs, we will allocate particular therapy types, and really work to get to the root of the problem.

During their stay at our inpatient rehabilitation centre in Marbella our clients have an intensive regime of therapy sessions, combining 1-2-1 and group therapy in a safe and supportive environment, without temptations and outside distractions.

We also take a holistic approach to recovery, so as well as therapy, we give clients practical skills to stay healthy physically and mentally and the tools to give them the very best chance of a long-term recovery. For example, they can try yoga and TRE to improve their strength, flexibility and learn how to manage stress without drugs or alcohol. They will enjoy nourishing, delicious food prepared by our Chef. All of this builds the strength and resilience which our clients will need to stay away from temptation and stick to their recovery in the outside world.

We also know that addiction is a family illness and don’t forget about the families. We offer therapy to the family members if they need it and also involve the families in the recovery process, helping to rebuild bridges and support them to create strong relationships based on understanding and knowledge. This helps everyone and creates a support structure which makes a big difference when our clients leave us and return home. 

You can find out more about how we work at The Bridge on our blog, or contact us to ask any questions you may have. We can introduce you to our qualified and experienced team and get them to answer specific queries about their specialist areas. Please ask for the help that you need and make sure that the rehabilitation centre that you choose has qualified professionals to support you.