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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 Olalekan Otulana MBBS, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFSRH, FRSPH, MBA (Cambridge)

Dr Olalekan Otulana MBBS, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFSRH, FRSPH, MBA (Cambridge)

Dr Ola, as he is fondly called, is an experienced Physician with Special Interest in Substance Misuse Management and has a wide range of experience in the assessment, management (including detoxification) and residential rehabilitation of patients with various alcohol, drug, and substance addiction problems.

Dr Ola is known to be very passionate about his patients and treats every patient as an individual to offer a person-centred treatment approach. Addiction is a medical disease, and no two patients are the same – that is his ideology, hence the reason he gets excellent reviews from his patients from time to time.

Apart from being an experienced physician in the field of addiction for over a decade, Dr Ola is also skilled in chronic disease management, strategic planning, and business/health management. He is a strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Cambridge University Judge Business School.

 Professor Chris Fox

Professor Chris Fox

Consultant Psychiatrist

Professor Chris Fox – Consultant Psychiatrist
I have been a consultant psychiatrist since 2001. I practice in Adult and Old Age psychiatry. I have worked for the Priory Group and NHS since 2001 and still practice with the NHS and Priory Group.
I specialise in depression, anxiety and memory patients. I undertake assessment for ADHD and addiction patients.
I am an international renowned researcher in mental health and lead large scale clinical trials and complex intervention design and evaluation. I have peer reviewed 100 publications, including H Index 26, The Lancet, BMJ, JAMA, Cochrane, BMC.
Note- There is an additional cost to see Professor Fox

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 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.

Louise Woolven

Louise Woolven

Head of Clinical

Louise is a registered mental health nurse with the NMC. She has 10 years’ experience in nursing and 20 years’ experience working within mental health hospitals, HM prisons and caring for the more challenging and mentally unwell clients.

She has been a manager of a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit and worked within GP surgeries in Primary Care. She specialises in substance misuse and worked most of her career as a substance misuse worker.

Louise chose to specialise clinically in this area due to the stigma attached to substance misuse and the lack of support for those who suffer with the disease. Feeling that if she could make a difference to one person’s life during her career then she has done exactly what she set out to achieve.

Jakana Rita

Jakana Rita

Deputy Manager

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.

Ben Parkinson

Ben Parkinson

Senior Project Worker

Ben has grown up in a mental health home, experiencing the best and worst, but through his own drug and alcohol recovery discovered his calling to help those in need. Coming from a very creative household, he prides himself on being authentic and emotionally driven.

He is a qualified hypnotherapist and trainee therapist, and he hopes to continue learning throughout his career, heading towards the cutting edge of mental health treatment, but is dedicated to trying to bring that to all.

Ben is very passionate and excited within his job, teaching meditation, taking groups, leading virtual reality therapy, doing CBT workbooks, workshops on mental health and 1-1 personal therapy.

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