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:

 

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Jordan Paterson – Head Counsellor

Jordan joins The Cabin with more than a decade of experience working as a Registered Addiction Specialist in New Zealand. He completed a degree in Drug and Alcohol Studies in 2008 and diploma in Health Psychology in 2005. Jordan has worked with adults, adolescents and their families in residential addiction treatment, aftercare, community and mental health settings.

Jordan grew up the child of an alcoholic father who eventually died of the illness. This made Jordan acutely aware of the power of addiction and the destruction it can cause. In spite of this, he remains positive and focused in helping his clients see there is hope in recovery. Jordan seeks to understand each client’s unique experiences while helping them to see that they are not alone. He is vastly experienced in providing evidence-based approaches to addiction treatment including: cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and mindfulness. Jordan further tailors his approach to match his client’s individual treatment needs and has seen many clients successfully engage in long-term recovery.

Outside of work, Jordan loves to travel. He is also an accomplished salsa and west coast swing dancer, with a number titles won in New Zealand and overseas.

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Jordan Paterson

Head Counsellor

Vedanta Attri – Counsellor

Vedanta completed her Bachelor of Psychology from James Cook University (Singapore) and her Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Adelaide (Australia). She has experience working with youth with addictions at the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA) and Reboot-Wellness (A Deaddiction Centre in India). Her empathy, compassion and drive to work with addiction comes from growing up in an environment where AA meetings, the serenity prayer, 12-Steps and Al-Anon were normalized and common.

Having studied and worked in India, Australia and Singapore, her counselling style is eclectic, person-centered and multicultural while relying on evidence-based tools and techniques from attachment theories, mindfulness-based practices and cognitive-behavioural therapy. Through her psychotherapy degree she gravitates towards Expressive, Jungian, Emotion-focused and Existential therapies, learning to tailor therapy to her client’s needs and preferences while working at The Cabin.

She strongly believes in empowering clients by creating a safe space for them to find meaning and purpose while helping them manage symptoms and cravings caused by addictions’ disease nature. In her free time she enjoys dancing and painting.

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Vedanta Attri

Counsellor

Andy Leach – Counsellor

Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Accredited Addictions Therapist at The Cabin Group
Clinical Lead for The Cabin Hong Kong and The Cabin Singapore Outpatient Centres
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Andy Leach is a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Addiction Therapist at The Cabin Group, as well as Clinical Lead for The Cabin Hong Kong and The Cabin Singapore Outpatient Centres. Since joining the team in 2011, he has been responsible for many of the organisation’s developments and innovations in Asia including:

  • Launching and overseeing The Cabin Outpatient Centres in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dhaka and Sydney.
  • Setting up and operating The Cabin Recovery House and creating an 18-group relapse prevention programme at The Cabin in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Facilitating at regular networking and education sessions for industry professionals in Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Talking at the Singapore School Counsellor Association.
  • Speaking at high-profile events across the region. He presented on gaming from a clinical perspective at the International Recovery Conference in Malaysia in June 2019 and is bringing The Cabin Group’s Digital Addiction Roadshow to Singapore in November 2019.
  • Hosting visits by worldwide professional visitors to The Cabin Group’s rehabilitation centres in Asia and being a spokesperson in the media.

Andy’s expertise is also in demand outside of Asia. In Spring 2019, he co-presented a gaming addiction awareness tour in the UK alongside Cam Adair of GameQuitters.com. He visited some of the UK’s top independent boys’ schools addressing pupils and parents on problematic gaming, a disorder now officially recognised by the World Health Organisation.

Despite his recent background in mental health services, Andy has not always been involved in this line of work. After studying Sociology at Bristol University, he worked for five years at the Observer newspaper and then for Reed Publishing. From the age of 26, he was a film and television producer working with Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones: two of Britain’s top comedians. He produced TV commercials, programmes and pop videos and was regularly seen schmoozing at the Cannes Film Festival!

With this wealth of experience, Andy went on to start his own production company, representing and producing for New York directors in the UK. The business was an immediate success, however addictions to drugs and alcohol were taking over and his life was heading out of control. Andy went through a period of 14 months in treatment.

He then returned to education and studied English Literature and Creative Writing, graduating with a first-class honours degree. In addition, he studied Counselling with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and has a teaching qualification (TESOL). Andy also holds a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice.

After his studies he joined the Royal Mencap Society as a Support Worker – working with clients with Asperger’s syndrome, Down’s syndrome, and Autism. Although the job was rewarding, he needed a new challenge, and at 47 years old rented out his house in the UK and went travelling to SE Asia where he is now happily settled in Chiang Mai with his family.

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Andy Leach

Counsellor

 

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