In-dependence is a member of the Federation of Drug and alcohol Practitioners, the professional body for the substance use field.
In-dependence staff comply with the FDAP professional standards and work to the FDAP code of practice.
In-dependence counsellors have received training which complies with the standards set out by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and are members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) or the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Staff are committed to ongoing professional development as evidence of maintaining professional standards and competence to practice.
All staff and volunteers receive regular clinical supervision as required by their professional registrations.
As part of best working practice and to provide the most appropriate service to clients we work collaboratively with other service providers. These working relationships are guided by the relevant laws and best practice guidelines.
In line with our values our communications with clients and colleagues will always be open and transparent.
All clients engaging in structured work will receive a working agreement relevant to the service they are being offered. This agreement explains clearly the boundaries of the working relationship.
Tracey joined the organization in 1996 and has worked in each area of operations. She studied Drug Dependency at Kings College London, before going on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Addictions Management at Kent University. Tracey gained her Master’s degree in Public Administration at Exeter University and is a qualified Integrative counsellor. In her spare time she is a keen rower and dressmaker.
Gill joined the organization in 2003 after leaving a senior nursing position in South London, where she worked for 25 years. Gill qualified as registered general nurse in Liverpool before continuing her professional development in Human Givens therapy, and grief and bereavement work. Gill is a registered NADA acudetox assessor and practitioner of auricular acupuncture and is an accredited drug and alcohol practitioner. In her spare time Gill enjoys making the most of family life.
Anne initially gained a BSc in Education and worked as a teacher for over 10 years. She left teaching to work with vulnerable young people for six years before beginning her work at Drug Concern in early 2014. To increase her effectiveness in her client work and help clients deal with the root causes of their difficulties, she studied to become an integrative counsellor, qualifying in 2018. Anne is passionate about helping people overcome their difficulties and lead the lives they want to lead. Anne loves the outdoors and can often be found looking for the loveliest bit of sea to swim in!
Taru joined the organization in 2017 having recently moved to Guernsey from Finland. She completed her Social Work degree at Lapland University and has gone on to become a certified substance use practitioner and recovery worker. Taru is currently completing her training as an integrative counsellor and is due to qualify in 2021. Currently Taru spends most of her free time studying but otherwise likes to enjoy outdoor life in beautiful Guernsey.
Alex Joined the organisation in 2018 having returned to Guernsey after working within a Primary care service offering psychological therapies within the NHS. Alex is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with 10 years’ experience working in the field. In addition to her CBT training, she has completed a supervision qualification with the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, has training in relationship therapy with the Tavistock and has experience of working within forensic psychology. She was born and brought up in Guernsey, leaving the Island in 2005 and again in 2010 to gain her qualifications before returning to the Island in early 2018.
Mandy joined the organisation in 2015 as a volunteer and was integral in the development of work and services for affected family members. Mandy is the co-developer of the program for affected family members and the core program facilitator. Mandy is a qualified integrative counsellor and is a member of the British Association of counsellors and psychotherapists. When she doesn’t have her head stuck in a text book she enjoys spending time with her family and attending swim meets with her children.