Team

Professional and Experienced Addiction Counsellors

Team

Professional and Experienced Addiction Counsellors

The Team at The Cabin Singapore is made up of a highly skilled and credentialled addiction experts with years of experience treating the disease of addiction. Many of the staff are in recovery themselves so they understand first-hand the nature of the disease and how it is best treated. To learn more about our key staff, please follow the links below:

Head Counsellor
Counsellor
Consultant Psychiatrist
Programme Director

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Suresh Joseph – Head Counsellor

Suresh was previously a qualified doctor having earned his medical degree (MB ChB) from the University of Sheffield in the UK. He is also a Certified Substance Abuse Therapist with the Asia Pacific Certification Board at level II and a Certified Gambling Addiction Therapist at level I.

Suresh has worked within the criminal justice system in Singapore helping to treat individuals with the dual diagnosis of addiction and psychiatric illness. He also has extensive experience teaching and lecturing on addiction medicine related subjects. He is passionate about working with and helping addicts through recovery programmes – both adults and adolescents suffering from substance and process addictions.

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Suresh Joseph

Head Counsellor

Rosemary U-Ling McGowan

Counsellor

Rosemary U-Ling McGowan – Counsellor

With a double Masters in Applied Theatre (Central School of Speech and Drama, London) and Counselling (Monash University, Australia), Rosiecomes from an extensive history of working with young people using drama and theatre to explore potentially difficult and sensitive youth-related themes and issues, often combining her knowledge of counselling and theatre throughout her work.

She has worked in the field of addiction counselling in a variety of ways, including supporting and running psychodrama-themed workshops and sessions, using tools from a variety of experiential disciplines in her work. In 2014, Rosie was part of an inaugural team of counsellors who worked in a Community Rehabilitation Centre in Singapore with first and second time youth drug offenders, designing and running a series of experiential workshops looking at the basics of understanding addiction and rehabilitation processes.

Rosie often works experientially with her clients, using psychodramatic and Gestalt tools in her therapeutic process, bringing a unique blend of skills to The Cabin Singapore.

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Eleanor Joan Ong – Counsellor

The valuable experience Eleanor brings to The Cabin Singapore’s team includes leading self-care and resilience-focused addiction treatment groups and planning, organizing and managing mental wellness programmes. She holds a Master of Science in developmental psychology and has taught psychology at the undergraduate level.

Eleanor promotes a holistic approach to treatment, which incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy, Gestalt therapy, mindfulness practices and 12 Step philosophies. She also believes in the value of the therapeutic alliance in treatment. In taking an empathetic approach, Eleanor ensures that she works closely with her clients to help them define and reach their treatment goals.

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Eleanor Joan Ong

Counsellor

Dr Muni Winslow

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Dr Muni Winslow – Consultant Psychiatrist Promises

Dr Winslow has worked in general psychiatry and addiction medicine at IMH since 1988. He was one of the pioneers responsible for the setting up and development of addiction services both in the hospital and in the community. His last appointment was as chief of the Addiction Medicine Department, IMH.
He has been a pioneer in addiction and impulse control disorders (alcohol, substance dependence, gambling, gaming, sexual compulsivity etc) in the Asia-Pacific region.

He is a sought after speaker at addiction conferences around the region. He has published and presented widely on both general psychological and addiction issues. He continues his academic and research interests through his academic appointments with NUHS and teaching in many counselling courses. His passion is to help therapists develop and hone their skills to effect real change in those they seek to help.

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Alastair Mordey – Programme Director The Cabin

Alastair Mordey (BA Hons, FDAP), is a certified and accredited addiction counsellor. He has over a decade of experience working in all four tiers of the UK’s treatment system, from detox to aftercare.

In 2010, Alastair was the main speaker at the National Treatment Agency’s annual conference in the UK, where he presented findings from his pilot project that involved using cardiovascular sports as therapy for people with addiction problems in North East London. His model was adopted as the national model for health in long-term addiction recovery.

Later in 2010, Alastair co-founded the Cabin Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, a fifty bed treatment facility which pioneers the use of Recovery Zones as an ‘all addictions’ model to treat both chemical and process addictions. Using CBT terminology to impart 12 Step abstinence principles, The Cabin’s programme is based on the findings of the American Society of Addiction Medicines’ 2011 public policy document on the latest research into addiction. It features secular language in a culturally sensitive environment that is dedicated to achieving lasting results in a short time frame.

In 2011, Alastair also began training the Treatment System Teams at Thailand’s state-run Thanyarak Hospitals in in the use of CBT and Twelve Step Facilitation for drug and alcohol users, and now works closely with the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) in Bangkok.

Alastairwrites on addiction for several publications including Drink Drug News, CNN, and Asian Correspondent as well as features regularly on radio, TV and at speaking engagements and conferences both in the South East Asia and back home in the West.

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Alastair Mordey

Programme Director The Cabin
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