Lee began his working career in 2002 as a lecturer in universities in South Africa where he taught for 9 years, before this he had an insight that he wanted to be a catalyst for personal change, completed his business degree and then expanded his studies into the field of psychology, culminating in his Masters degree in London. Lee has a vast array of experience working in educational and drug and alcohol based treatment organisations all over the world, namely South Africa, India and the United Kingdom.
Lee has experience in the field of therapy which begins in South Africa in 2006 where he ran psycho social therapy groups in an addiction treatment centre for 4 years, assisting individuals maintain their recovery from drugs and alcohol. He also assisted private clients in his hypnotherapy practice with smoking cessation, losing weight, depression, anxiety etc. and as a personal trainer in achieving their wellness goals. In 2007 he had a profound experience and traveled to India, volunteering in a drug and alcohol treatment centre and teaching English to Tibetan refugees. His studies brought him to London where he completed a Master of Science in Addiction Psychology and Counselling degree, during this time he worked in a 12 Step treatment centre, running groups and seeing clients. He has further experience as a Recovery worker in a Drug Intervention Program service, methadone clinic, as a Drug and Alcohol Practitioner in HM Prison Brixton and counselling clients in a a Drug and Alcohol Residential treatment centre.
Lee currently work's in Universities in London as a Mental Health Mentor whilst running a Recovery Coaching and Counselling practice in North West London. Lee is an Integrative Counsellor and Recovery Coach, utilising different modalities, theories and approaches; namely Person Centered, MI, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, The Three Principles, 12 Step, Psychodynamic, Existential and Spirituality, accommodating the needs and focus of his clients. Within his counselling practice he assists clients for a variety of reasons e.g. addictions, depression, anxiety, bereavement, stress management, anger management, lack of meaning and purpose in life, abuse and low self-esteem to name but a few.
''I have a compassionate and non-judgemental approach, I believe in building an open and honest relationship where together we can find positive solutions, bring about positive change, achieve your goals and enhance your overall well being." - Lee Fernandes
1) Recovery Coaching helps individuals create their recovery
Research has shown that those with coaches are more likely to stay in recovery and if they lapse they are more inclined to get back into recovery than those without ongoing support. It is becoming common place for treatment centres to recommend recovery coaches for those transitioning from inpatient to outpatient care, as this type of support is invaluable.
2) Is a Recovery Coach different to a sponsor?
A sponsor is a member of a 12 step organisation that works the steps with their sponsee’s in order to help them stay clean and sober. A recovery coach is a highly trained professional who collaborates with the client in achieving their goals and having an extraordinary life with a lovely prescription of enjoyment and fun
3) Recovery is a process
Recovery can be a scary and an unfamiliar road to travel on, the process of coaching gives the client a safe, confidential space where they can recognise some of their old challenging behaviours and find new, positive, fun ways of being in the world. Recovery coaching takes clients through the process of learning where by they can internalize what they have experienced in order to transform their lives! A recovery coach understands that this is an exciting and explorative process and the benefits are limitless!
4) Recovery coaching is about having fun and living life
We can all get a bit serious in recovery, concerned about this thought and that behaviour. Am I doing it right? What am I not doing right? The inner critic can get a bit all over our thinking, we forget why we are in recovery? We are here to live our lives in a more empowered way and to have fun, have a laugh, remember not to be so serious, be light hearted and enjoy the amazing life you have.
5) Recovery coaches work will all types of addictions
We work with all types of addictions such as drug and alcohol, work addictions, food addictions, sex addictions, relationship addictions, shopping addictions, gambling addictions etc. As a recovery coach im not here to diagnose you or treat your addiction, however together we can gain some clarity about what you want, have a plan about how you will get there, or focus on creating the extraordinary life that you want to live.
6) Is recovery coaching different from therapy?
Therapy is a one on one relationship where you focus on your past and childhood issues, whereas recovery coaching focuses on the present and how that is related to your finances, work, family and relationships. Coaching and therapy work well together and individuals often have both to assist them in their journey of recovery.
7) Recovery coach as a profession
There are a number of individuals who claim to be recovery coaches but have no training whatsoever, some are trained in addiction and some in coaching. A professional Recovery coach has professional training in both addiction, coaching and recovery!
'Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world, today I am wise, so I am changing myself' - Rumi