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About Verve Health at Watton, Norfolk

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn

Founder and CEO

Nicholas is a go-to man on addiction related matters for National press, TV and Radio. He has consulted for many private addiction rehabs throughout the years and setup Help4Addiction which is one of the largest addiction advisory services in the UK.

Nicholas’s vast experience within residential rehabs has allowed him to reach out to his network to handpick some of the biggest and most influential names to treat his clients at Verve Health.

Nicholas has suffered with addiction personally and managed to get clean in Jan 2008. His mission is to provide the highest-level treatment in beautiful surroundings at affordable prices.

Kara Louise-Cowie

Kara Louise-Cowie

Clinic Manager

I have a vast history of over seventeen years within various different care industries working with both adults, children, and their families in both NHS and private settings.

I have a background in Psychology, specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Integrative practice, with a special interest in working with both survivors and perpetrators of serial abuse. I have worked all over the country in IAPT settings and had a private practice.

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation has always been a passion of mine, and I have been fortunate to have worked alongside both Turning Point and Iceni Ipswich previously.

I moved over to the Management side several years ago and have completed my Level 5 in Management and Leadership. I also have my Training qualification and have both written and delivered many training sessions.

I have an eye for details, and have strong knowledge of both the CQC and Ofsted regulations and have been awarded “Good".

I am always learning, and developing my skills through experience and continued personal development, while continuously striving for good practice and excellence in service.

I have also written two books under my pen name, and have plans for a range of both adults and children therapeutic books in the future.

 Dr Edwin Ugoh

Dr Edwin Ugoh

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Edwin Ugoh is a top consultant psychiatrist and has specialist experience in the assessment and management of a variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcohol and drug addictions and dual diagnosis (co-existing mental health and addiction).
He has worked as a senior doctor across both the private and public sector and provides clinical leadership for substance misuse teams in West and South Essex.

Dr Ugoh offers a recovery-focused approach. He strongly believes in a collaborative approach to his treatments, ensuring his patients are fully involved in their treatment plans and recovery.

Dr Michelle Zandvoort, CPsychol.,PsychD., Msc., Bsc.Hons

Dr Michelle Zandvoort, CPsychol.,PsychD., Msc., Bsc.Hons

Clinical Supervisor

Michelle is registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) as a Counselling Psychologist and is also a full member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Michelle’s role is to supervise our therapists every month to ensure the highest level of therapy is being delivered by our Counselling team.

Michelle also has a Masters degree (MSc) in Counselling Psychology from London Metropolitan University an Honours degree (Bsc.Hons) in Psychology from the University of Kent as well as a Practitioner Doctorate (PsychD.) in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology from London Metropolitan University.

Michelle is also an exceptionally experienced supervisor and has completed her BPS approved training in clinical supervision.

Michelle specialises in treating addiction, trauma, eating disorders along with other mental health related issues. Michelle also wrote the dual-diagnosis treatment programme for The Priory.

Paul Vogler -  Forensic Psychiatric Nurse Prescriber

Paul Vogler - Forensic Psychiatric Nurse Prescriber

Head of Clinical

My name is Paul Vogler and I am an Nurse (Independent) Prescriber from Serenity Health working in partnership with our colleagues at VERVE. Having qualified as a psychiatric nurse from Middlesex University in 1995, I have had a very varied career, in the following areas:  Forensics, Prisons, Accident and emergency liaison , Old age psychiatry, Eating disorders, Child and adolescent mental health,Crisis teams, Drug and alcohol.

In 2017 I returned to university to study for a certificate in Independent Prescribing, after which I spent two years working as an Interdependent Nurse Prescriber in two large male prisons under an eminent consultant in the field: Professor Adam Winstock. I was responsible for assessing, diagnosing and prescribing for patients with a whole host of dependencies, including: Alcohol, opioids, gabapentinoids, stimulants (cocaine/crack cocaine) , Disassociate anesthetics (Ketamine/GHB/GBL), Benzodiazepines.

My focus is always on the patient: Paying close attention to their needs and goals. Treatment plans, to be effective, must be collaborative so my emphasis is working together.

Sammy Manzaroli

Sammy Manzaroli

Registered Manager

Sammy is a psychotherapist with a specialism in addiction therapy and has a wealth of experience which includes working as a therapist, facilitating groups and working on a one to one basis with clients in charitable, statutory and private sector organisations over the past 20 years. He has also been a registered manager for a number of residential treatment centres and set up a charity to support people with addictions through the use of art, music and drama.

Sammy is a huge advocate of 12 step recovery and has experience of utilising this process in his own day to day life for well over twenty years.

Jakana Rita

Jakana Rita

Lead Therapist

Jakana is a highly experienced Counsellor and an expert in addictions and has been working in this area for a number of years. She is in recovery herself so has lived experience of overcoming addiction. She has a background in psychodynamic theory and has been working with CBT and DBT approaches also. Her interests are trauma work.

Danielle Poole

Danielle Poole

Facilities Manager

Danielle has had over 20 years’ experience in hospitality. She currently manages housekeeping, kitchen staff and front of house. She aims to offer clients the best service whilst they stay with us, going above and beyond to suit each individual’s needs and providing a home from home experience and embracing the family feeling.

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