What They Say?

How can we help?

Recovery from problematic substance use and gambling can be incredibly difficult – we believe in giving people a chance for change in any situation.

In-dependence stands for making a difference, providing a service of high standards and believing that all should be given opportunities to live lives free from dependence.

We are a confidential and free service.


To support those affected by drugs, alcohol, or gambling and to minimise related harms through education, prevention, and counselling.


RESPECT We respect our clients’ individual needs and understand the importance of confidentiality, the freedom to choose, and a service free from judgement.

INTEGRITY Transparent and honest relationships form the basis of our work and are the foundation on which we build.

EQUITY We believe in treating people fairly, not favouring one over another. Promoting the message that change is a possibility for all.

EFFECTIVENESS Our work will always be purposeful. Working with clearly defined goals, we seek to promote change.

PROFESSIONALISM Our work will be led by best practice, delivered by competent staff who take professional standards seriously.

PARTNERSHIP WORKING We will work collaboratively with our key stakeholders.


We understand change takes time and can be difficult to measure. We set realistic expectations for change which are continuously reviewed as part of a collaborative process.

Professional Standards

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.

Our relationship with other services

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.

Success Stories!

Our Team

Friendly, professional & confidential advice

Tracey Rear

MA, BSc (Hons), Dip TC, Dip DD, Dip CPC, MBACP (Reg), MFDAP
Business Manager

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 Ogier

Criminal Justice Substance Worker

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.

Taru Le Flock

Addictions practitioner

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 Gray

MSc, BA (Hons), PGDip CBP, BABCP Accred.
Addictions Practitioner

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 Hallett

Volunteer counsellor for affected family members

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 programme for affected family members and the programme 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.