Meet our Team of Specialists at Los Olivos Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centre in Spain:
Nicholas Kenny – Managing Director/Co-Founder
As Co-Founder of Los Olivos Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centre in Spain, Nicholas believes strongly in treating those suffering from addiction with dignity and respect. After overcoming his own struggles with drink and drugs, Nicholas began working in the treatment sector.
Quickly disillusioned by what he perceived as a “one size fits all” approach to the care of unique individuals and a tendency to give up on those for whom these methods proved unsuitable, Nicholas sought through partnership with Amanda Kennedy to establish a drug and alcohol rehab treatment facility with a different approach. Fit the treatment to the client not the client to the treatment.
His day to day roles tend to be mostly administrative but his primary concerns remain the welfare of each individual client seeking help at Los Olivos Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centre in Spain.
Amanda Kennedy DIP. CSCT – Treatment Director/Co-Founder
With over 15 years of experience in the Field of addiction Amanda Kennedy has helped countless individuals turn their lives around and overcome overwhelming obstacles. Her work in U.K. and European Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centres combined with training and her own personal experience of addiction makes her uniquely qualified to head the team of Doctors, Psychologists, Therapists and Counsellors that constitute the Los Olivos Drug and Alcohol Rehab team in Spain.
When founding Los Olivos Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centre in Spain, Amanda insisted that we depart from the norms of formulaic treatment wherein clients must adapt to suit a method and system of treatment in order to benefit and instead treat each client as unique. Using a system of assessments unique amongst rehabilitation specialists Amanda is able to identify individual needs and the therapeutic techniques most likely to succeed and guide her team to best employ these methods.
Dr. Dawn Baker BA, MSC, D.ClinPsy – Clinical Psychologist
Dr Dawn Baker qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2001, having previously trained as both a psychiatric and a general registered nurse. She is currently registered with both the Health Professions Council (HPC) in the UK and the Colegio Oficial de Psicologos (COP) in Spain. Rehabilitation expertise is further through her being accredited with the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists to provide 'Cognitive Behavioural Therapy' (CBT), a talking therapy, which the NHS in the UK, recommends as the treatment of choice for many psychological conditions.
Since qualifying, she has held a research position at the Institute of Psychiatry, worked at London University providing CBT for students and worked for a number of NHS hospitals and clinics. Most recently, specialising in 'women's health', including working with people who suffer with eating disorders, domestic violence, relationship difficulties, fertility and maternity problems. She also has experience of providing treatment for pain management, drug and alcohol misuse, severe and enduring mental health issues, as well as providing assessment and treatment for more general mood and anxiety related disorders.
She has published many academic journal articles as well as co-written a CBT self-help book, popular amongst rehabilitation specialists.
Rebecca McDonnell STROT, HPCOT225
State Registered Occupational Therapist
Rebecca qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1993 (registered with the Health Professionals Council) and has since worked for a number of London Boroughs in the delivery of services to people experiencing difficulties managing their everyday lives due to disability and/or mental health needs.
In 2003 Rebecca formed her own company and provided project management and consultancy input across health and social care with a focus on developing client centred services. Rebecca also provided an advocacy service within which she worked with people to realise their rights, responsibilities and the value of their personal contributions to people in their lives.
This work has helped Rebecca in her role as an Occupational Therapist at Los Olivos Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centre in Spain, where as a member of the therapeutic team she supports clients to develop skills that have been affected by substance misuse. Confidence, self esteem, memory, problem solving and routine are examples of the areas Rebecca will assist with through activity based therapy. In addition Rebecca helps develop after care plans with clients, looking at forward planning around family, home and working lives.
As a fully residential treatment centre, Los Olivos Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Spain is staffed 24hrs a day and a full range of staff are involved in providing impeccable standards of care. Clients quickly become well acquainted with the cooks, drivers, fitness instructors and highly trained support workers who make up the entire Los Olivos Drug and Alcohol Rehab team and soon feel a part of the community.