At The Cabin Chiang Mai’s rehab treatment centre, we’ve assembled a top-tier team of Western-trained and licensed alcohol and drug counselling specialists. Our professional rehab counselling team has many decades of combined experience in treating drug and alcohol addictions as well as a range of process addictions.
The counselling team is complemented by a team of fulltime medical staff with abundant experience in addiction treatment, comprised of a prominent psychiatrist, several psychologists and 10 nursing staff. Our medical team is onsite 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staff members are always accessible, because the ratio of clinical staff to clients is one to one, and overall the centre boasts 120 fulltime staff members.
As Asia’s leading rehab centre, you can expect the same high level of medical and psychiatric care you would get anywhere else in the world. On top of this, you also enjoy the renowned care and compassion of our Thai staff.
Alastair Mordey – Programme Director
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 which 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 a premium treatment facility that pioneers the use of Three Circles Recovery Planning 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 the use of CBT and 12-Step facilitation for drug and alcohol users. He now works closely with the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) in Bangkok.
In October 2012, Alastair and The Cabin hosted an addiction counselling conference in Chiang Mai where he co-facilitated training for Asian professionals with leading addiction specialist Mr. Terence Gorski.
Alastair writes on addiction for several publications including Drink Drug News, CNN, and Asian Correspondent. He also features regularly on the radio, on TV and at speaking engagements and conferences – both in South East Asia and back home in the West.
Fiona Markham – Chief Clinical Officer
Fiona Markham brings many years of experience in inpatient, outpatient and acute mental health settings to her role at The Cabin.
Fiona holds MSCs in Addictions Psychology and Advanced Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy from The Metanioa Institute in London and an MSC in Psychiatry with a focus on substance abuse from Cardiff University. She has conducted research into attachment disorders in addiction, and is an accredited trainer and supervisor of clinicians.
Fiona’s career has taken her around the world, with recent projects in the US, Europe, India and the Middle East. She’s educated clinicians in substance misuse and continually champions the development of ethical best practices in clinical settings. She has a specialised interest in borderline personality disorder, as well as action methods and creativity in treatment settings.
She has spent many years specialising in the treatment of the addict and the addicted family system with families in at-home settings, treating the family system as a whole. Many of Fiona’s patients have been in the public eye.
Well-known in the UK media, Fiona was called upon as a regular contributor to FHM and GQ magazines as an expert on men’s mental health issues.
At The Cabin, Fiona contributes to the development of our forward-thinking treatment programme within our global presence in the behavioural health field, promoting the understanding of ‘living recovery’.
Chief Clinical Officer
Clinical Psychiatrist and Medical Detox Specialist
Dr.Suttipan Takkapaijit – Clinical Psychiatrist and Medical Detox Specialist
Dr Suttipan Takkapaijit is a licensed, board-certified psychiatrist and Thailand’s foremost expert on addiction. Dr Suttipan’s distinguished 20-year career includes running a private detoxification clinic, serving as Chiang Mai Ram Hospital’s fulltime psychiatrist, and holding leadership positions within the Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai University.
Dr. Suttipan studied psychiatry at Maudsley Hospital Institute of Health in London. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of Thailand, the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, and the Medical Association of Thailand.
Lee Vallis – Addiction Psychologist
Lee Vallis is a registered psychologist with the British Psychological Society. He entered the field of addiction during the mid ‘90s, after developing a range of harm minimisation services aimed at curbing transmission rates of HIV and Hepatitis in the UK. Lee commenced his training as a psychologist in 2001 by studying Behavioural Science at Anglia Ruskin University before undertaking postgraduate training with the Open University. After that, he went on to specialise in Addiction at the University of Bath. A keen academic and researcher, Lee has worked in a broad range of national and international therapeutic settings. He has delivered high-quality substance misuse treatment for both charitable organizations and private facilities, including The Priory in the UK.
As an advocate of the clinical applications of group therapy in the treatment of addiction, Lee has worked in private practice to both increase the availability of group therapy in the UK and to enhance the clinical competencies of therapists. He has done this by providing clinical training and supervision in the delivery and analysis of Group Therapy.
In his work with clients at The Cabin, Lee specialises in the delivery of cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy. His clinical interests include the development of effective treatment interventions that both deliver clinically effective outcomes and enduring positive change in clients’ lives.
Holistic Programme Director
Rupert Jackson – Holistic Programme Director
Rupert is a certified yoga instructor who has been practicing and teaching different forms of yoga in Europe, Canada, India, Kenya and now Thailand since 2001. He initially trained under ‘Yoga Arts’ (directed by Louisa Sear) with 500 hours accredited by Yoga Alliance, and since then has worked with many of the world’s greatest teachers including Tod Norian, Michael Carroll, Katherine Schaeffer, Seane Corn and Swami Anasakti.
Rupert’s classes are taught in a vinyasa flow style that is influenced by the Anusara and Vipasana schools. They also incorporate some meditation and pranayama (breath control) into the practice with the hope that yoga can be accessible to all, whatever their level.
Yoga is a way of life. Through discipline and dedication, the results can be immense – allowing the mind to shift from the chaotic to the restful, and connect with incredible levels of emotional and physical wellbeing. The use of vinyasa flow while holding poses, combined with skill in alignment and therapeutics, enables clients to progress quickly. More importantly, clients are taught to pose safely, which in turn allows them to deepen their practice and become stronger, more flexible and more present in their everyday lives.
Rupert recently completed a 300-hour training in Yoga therapeutics. This training allows him to work with each client to design a practice regime that includes Yogic practices, lifestyle routines and recommendations that create balance, wholeness and ultimately help achieve a state of wellbeing and contentedness.