It wasn’t that long ago that my life was out of control and I had no way out. I was hopeless, depressed and anxious and it felt like everywhere I turned there was no help. Some seven years earlier when I was 16 my brother and I had been in a tragic accident where he had been killed. I had been a promising rugby player and unfortunately broke my back, hands and had other life threatening injuries. The dreams that I had were now a gapping black hole of pain, anger, depression, anxiety and resentment. I was unable to deal with the pain and used drugs and alcohol just to feel normal.
I was in such a dark and destructive place, all alone with only myself and my mad and depressing thoughts for comfort. In that abyss I had a thought; that using was a prison and if I kept on living this life style there was no way out for me or if there was a way out it would certainly be death. My way was not working, no matter how hard I tried to make it work. I did something completely out of character for me at that time and reached out to friends and family who I had shunned for years before. That decision changed the course of my life completely and now I have been clean and abstinent for 18 years. My mental health sometimes get the better of me, but it only lasts for a day and then with the help of myself and others I get back on track to where I choose to be. My life is wonderful, I have travelled to numerous places in the world, had experiences I would never have dreamed of and I feel good in my own skin and in my life. I have challenges just like everyone else but I have tools and other people whom I can utilise and rely on. I am truly grateful for the life I have and feel privileged for the work that I do.
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 travelled 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 Drug and Alcohol Residential treatment centre. Lee currently work's in a University in London as a Mental Health Adviser part time whilst running his private practice on line and in North West London.
Qualifications and registrations
Master of Science in Addiction Psychology and Counselling
Honours Bachelor of Arts on Psychology
Bachelor of Commerce
Diploma in Life Coaching
Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (MFDAP)
International Authority for Professional Coaching and Mentoring (IAPC&M) - Accredited Practitioner