The Professional Consultants of Bradshaw House – The Next Step Inc
Our professional consultants are the heart and soul of the drug and alcohol treatment programs of Bradshaw House. Our consultants provide tailored and personalised treatment with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome for each individual client.
Dr Jack Warhaft – Consultant Physician Addiction Specialist MBBS, FANZCA, FAChAM (RACP) Graduate Diploma Substance Abuse
Dr Jack Warhaft began specialist practice in anaesthesia in Melbourne in 1971, and held senior appointments at Box Hill, Mercy Maternity, Werribee Mercy and Angliss hospitals. In the 1990‘s he became involved in the management of anaesthetist colleagues with narcotic dependency – the Box Hill Hospital Re-entry Program for Impaired Anaesthetists.
Dr Jack furthered his training in doctor’s health by undertaking frequent visits to the USA and Canada. In 2001 Jack was appointed as the founding Medical Director of the Victorian Doctors Health Program (VDHP) – modelling it as closely as possible on the North American Physician Health Programs. He ceased his practice of anaesthesia and qualified as a Fellow of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine, RACP, in 2004. Dr Jack retired from the VDHP in 2007, by which time he had been involved in the management of about 80 doctors with substance use disorders. From 2009 to 2017 he was the addiction medicine physician at a Melbourne Private Hospital and was responsible for the development and implentation of the medical guidelines, and the overall provision of the medical service. Dr Jack now brings his passion to Bradshaw House as an addiction medicine physician.
Jack has personal experience of addiction and recovery, and has been active in Recovery Fellowships since his mid 20‘s. He was a co-founder of ‘Australian Doctors in Recovery’ in 1994, and is currently the convenor of Victorian Doctors in Recovery. He maintains informal links with his US, Canadian and British counterparts.
With more than 2 and a half decades of experience as a consultant psychologist, Judy brings a plethora of skill and the right ‘bedside manner’ to Bradshaw House. Judy has worked in clinical practice in both city and rural areas in both NSW and Victoria, Australia as well as NYC, USA. Judy’s expertise in the health sector extends to Employee Assistance Programs as well as clinical supervision and management of both Psychologists and clinical Social Workers.
Judy’s areas of expertise include addiction, anxiety disorders such as PTSD, mood disorders such as bipolar and depression, adjustment disorders and personality disorders.
Judy’s treatment of issues includes:
*Anger management/conflict resolution
* Career planning
* Depression including ante and post natal depression
* Domestic and family violence
* Family relationship discord
* Personal stress/trauma/grief & loss/pregnancy trauma & loss
* Substance abuse
* Work role/satisfaction/workload
* Work trauma
Judy offers Bradshaw clients a wide range of treatment modalities based on an integrative or holistic approach that compliments our 12 step based recovery program. Judy utilises techniques such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Mindfulness), Psychodynamic Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in her therapy sessions. With experience as a counselling and community psychologist, family therapy, EAP’s, crime victims, Director Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Unit – NYC and Private Clinical Practice, Judy is acutely aware of issues that regularly present with our clients and can appropriately address these issues with the required expertise.
Judy is an asset to Bradshaw House and with her warm, comforting approach, Judy provides the appropriate springboard from which client’s start to build a life free of the baggage of the past.
Judy’s Qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
- Diploma of Education Psychology (Counselling)
- Master of Counselling Psychology
- Master of Social Work NYC
- Certified Social Worker NYC
- Member APS
Lorraine Dwyer – Transpersonal & ACT Counsellor & Aftercare Co-ordinator of the G.A.P. Plan
Lorraine can best be described as the gentle facilitator of change. Lorraine brings an authentic approach to dealing with addiction recovery which looks at all aspects of the client including the spiritual dimension of life.
Having experience in the recovery sector for almost 3 decades one of Lorraine’s greatest assets is to assist people with the process of becoming who they truly are. The other therapeutic models Lorraine employs is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy along with Mindfulness which compliments the overall 12 Step based approach of Bradshaw House – The Next Step Inc.
The Transpersonal Counsellor is someone who has been trained in guiding others to access specific states for the purposes of healing. Techniques include those sourced from modern psychology and traditional spiritual practices such as guided visualisation and mindfulness.
Lorraine shows a depth of passion and enthusiasm to help. Equipped with the necessary specialist skill, Lorraine is able to reach the most sensitive of people with a calming influence.
Lorraine co-ordinates the G.A.P. plan. Reliable, responsible, real.
Lorraine’s Qualifications include:
- Diploma Transpersonal Counselling
Joe is the counsellor with a difference. An outstanding trainer who can adapt his knowledge to a diverse range of clients, Joe delivers motivation and engaging knowledge to each client. Insightful and sensitive Joe is able to reach clients where others may not.
Fit and strong Joe provides the unique opportunity of combining physical exercise with “mental exercise.” We believe a fit mind can help produce emotional intelligence; mindfulness forms part of Joe’s therapeutic model. With a solid background working with young people and the AOD sector, Joe has the capacity to make a difference.
Body Builder Robbie Fernandez when asked who had the most impact on his life was quoted as saying, “When I first started training, a youth worker by the name of Joe Zollo impacted on my life the most because he believed in me and gave me some good guidance not just in training but with life in general.”
- Trainer Certificate IV & Diploma Youth Work
- Certificate IV – Mental Health
- Certificate IV – Alcohol & Other Drugs
- Past National Power lifting champion
Originally from the USA, Maya brings more than 15 years experience working in clinical services. Maya has a solid background in the addiction sector and has facilitated group therapy notably in Alaska working with youth and families. Maya is very passionate about working with people and has developed and facilitated a variety of group programs in both community as well as residential services. Maya considers one of her greatest assets is her specialization in working with those experiencing co-existing mental health and substance use issues.
Having been raised in a small community Maya has personal understanding of the importance of having a sense of meaning and purpose in life. Believing that physical wellbeing is a key element for long term recovery, Maya is currently developing physical health and fitness programs. Maya focuses on helping people to make a connection to the natural environment using practical strategies and skills to help the recovery journey.
Maya’s Qualifications include:
- Master Clinical Social Work
- Undergraduate Degree Health & Wellness
- Diploma in Dual Diagnosis
Tracey provides decades of hands on experience in community development & family education and therapy. With international experience in the UK, Tracey has worked with families in the drug and alcohol sector for over a decade. Tracey is committed to the following three principles that guide her interactions at Bradshaw House: integrity, clear communication and humility. Tracey is well qualified in addiction and provides a solid framework of support for the families of our clients.
With a solid training background in suicide prevention, vicarious trauma, dual diagnosis and counselling skills, Tracey gives her heart and soul from our Melbourne base.
Tracey’s Qualifications include:
- Grad diploma of Social Science: Family Therapy
- Cert IV Alcohol and other Drugs
- Masters of Health Promotion and Health Education (UK)
- Bachelor of Science (Bsc) Psychology (UK)
Chris is a leader in his field – a creative director to suit all environments and clients. Chris hails from notable events underwritten by a diverse range of Australian and International clients.
Chris brings skills to enhance confidence, social interaction and physical activity through forms such as Zumba movement, fitness exercise suitable for each client.
Don Wiggill Ash – Motivation Consultant, Work & Life Coach
As a teacher, educator and facilitator, with degrees in educational psychology and linguistics, Don is above all else a gifted and passionate motivation specialist who believes that storytelling is the single best medium for individual learning. Don uses this method to motivate in his AOD presentations.
Don has a demonstrated record of success in working with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds across Australia, and well beyond to Russia, Brazil, Chile, Canada, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, USA, New Zealand and most recently Tanzania.
Don is passionate and well skilled in building team support, peer and bonding experiences based on trust.
With a warm and engaging sense of humour Don delivers his experience to assist clients build on their early recovery with strategies to reach their full potential in life sober and free. To achieve that goal Don includes the following notion as part of his simple philosophy ….. by doing 100 small things, often, consistently and with deliberate intent and practicing the art of 100 random acts of kindness along the way, we can change our world and the world of others one day at a time.
Don’s qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Arts in Education (Johannesburg)
- Bachelor of Education (Honours) (including socio linguistics) (Johannesburg)
Barbara is the gentle teacher. Yoga Nidra is part of the yoga program that Barbara utilises in her practice; it is meditative and motionless. Barbara’s more traditional Yoga involves the entire being and includes physical postures, breathing practices and meditative states.
Barbara is driven by community values and loves to be a part of programs considered necessary that help people in recovery.
Barbara hails from Germany and has taught classes in Bavaria and Australia for a diverse range of clients including cancer survivors and palliative care. Harp therapy is incorporated into Barbara’s groups as an added tool for relaxation.
Barbara’s passion is to teach people yoga elements as tools for daily life which can enable an individual’s capacity to better cope with stress, anxiety or emotional turmoil. Yoga can improve self awareness and consciousness to enhance a state of inner calmness.
Barbara’s Qualifications include:
- Harp Therapy Certification International Harp Therapy Program (San Diego, USA)
- Yoga teacher with Satyananda Yoga Academy Mangrove Mountain, Australia
Spectacular views and local wildlife are all part of the abseiling experience written into the 28 day residential program. Bradshaw House uses the experienced skill of Glenn Warren and his qualified crew to help show you the value of teamwork and the limitations of fear. The program is set for Beginner level so it caters for all ages, all heights, all temperaments.
Bradshaw House holds the strong belief that Tai Chi can improve mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health. It has long been through this ancient Asian Art can improve motor skills, co-ordination, balance and offers a freedom of movement that positively impacts our entire being. Tai Chi is a dedicated part of our programs that will assist with clarity of thought, a sense of calm and relaxation with the ultimate goal being a connection to an inner peace.
Tai Chi sessions (weather permitting) are held on the oval in Halls Gap alongside the resident kangaroos and other wildlife.
Master Han Jin Song’s Qualifications include:
- B.A.(Tai Chi and Wushu), M.App.Sc.(Psychology), MBA
- Tai Chi/Wushu 8th Duan – Awarded by Chinese Wushu Association (only the second Wushu/Tai Chi Master in Australia to receive such an honour)
- Senior Coach in Wushu/Tai Chi – Beijing Sport University, China (1984-1988)
- Head Coach – Australian National Wushu/Tai Chi Team (1995-2008)
- International Wushu/Tai Chi Judge (Grade A – the highest grade) – Accredited by International Wushu Federation
- Level 3 Accredited Coach (Martial Art), Australian Coaching Council
- Disciple of Grand Master Chen Xiaowang – the 19th Generation and Keeper of Chen Style Tai Chi
- Executive Member – Technical Committee of International Wushu Federation (1999-2008)
Budja Budja is the Traditional Aboriginal name for Halls Gap. The Co-operative is an initiative of the local Koori Community and services the region. The Co-operative is located in the heart of the Gariwerd/Grampians National Park, in Country shared by Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali Traditional Owner Groups.
Budja Budja provides medical services for Bradshaw House.
Rosemarie Seidler – Social Worker & Yoga Teacher
Teaching yoga became a natural extension of many years of practicing yoga for Rosemarie. With experience in her own life transitions, Rosemarie believes yoga is the “go to” when things aren’t going well. Yoga with its many aspects, becomes a dependable source of solace and strength.
Rosemarie enjoys teaching yoga because she believes by sharing the knowledge and tools of yoga people become enabled to better manage living their own lives every day. Through personal experience and her observations over many years, Rosemarie has seen the transformative effects of yoga if it is practiced with regularity.
With a background in Social Work, Rosemarie brings her skills to Bradshaw House. Familiar with working in a variety of settings with complex people Rosemarie provides gentle understanding and guidance for our clients. Rosemarie is experienced in working in rehabilitation environments for people with physical and cognitive disabilities, as well as assisting people with chronic diseases. Working now as a counsellor, Rosemarie encourages people to look at their lives in a holistic way, teaching them skills for lasting improvement in overall well-being.
Rosemarie’s Qualifications include:
- BA (Social Work)
- Diploma Yogic Studies
- Accredited Satyananda Yoga Teacher
Peter Cody – Hike Team Leader
With a genuine interest in addiction recovery and positive mental outlook, Peter’s years of experience and qualifications complement his natural ability to translate that enthusiasm to others. Peter has facilitated as a Program Director with young people in outdoor adventure education activities such as Abseiling, High Ropes, Rock climbing, Bushwalks, Hikes as well as experiential learning activities. With a mental health background in youth camps with the Justice system, Peter is well equipped to lead the hikes through the Grampians National Park.
Peter’s Qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Applied Science & Applied Chemistry
- Graduate Diploma of Education
- Mental Health (ABI & Family Therapy)
- Cert III Vertical Rescue
- Abseil Rescue
- Tope Rope Climbing
Since 1990 Vasiliki has dedicated her life to helping people through the benefits of creative process. Well skilled at developing appropriate evidence–‐based and carefully devised session plans to optimise therapeutic benefit, Vasiliki brings a passion and commitment to her work for groups of complex clients. With a background as a disability support worker, Vasiliki understands challenging human conditions like addiction. Gentle and warm Vasiliki brings decades of experience in motivating and encouraging client attitudes to the role. Vasiliki brings much experiential value to clients who have suffered such conditions as: addiction, PTSD & other anxiety disorders, intense trauma, depression, bipolar, psychosis, BPD and self harm.
Vasiliki’s Qualifications include:
- Master Art Therapy
- Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy
- Certificate IV Disability
- Certificate IV Mental Health
- Bachelor Fine Arts (ceramics major)
- Diploma Education (Secondary school Art Teacher)
- Teacher Training Course
Juvita’s skill with therapeutic arts counselling is as diverse as her bubbly personality. A renowned musician in her own right, Juvita uses that talent in her creative therapies. Juvita has developed her own acronym for living that she brings to the facility – LEAP (Living Expressively, Authentically, Purposefully) which enables clients a platform on which to build during the creative sessions. Juvita involves creative writing, visual arts, sounds and lyrics to her sessions. LEAP is designed to assist and encourage the therapeutic use of arts to promote wellbeing and offers clients therapeutic techniques to take with them for ongoing recovery aide. It intends to leave clients with an understanding of the healing nature of art and the experience. Juvita believes that when a human being is engaged in the ‘creative process’ if not just for a moment, we are free.
Juvita’s Qualifications include:
- Advanced Diploma Therapeutic Arts/Counselling
- Certificate III Individual Support
Brad brings an intensity and passion to his work with 10 years experience in the fitness industry. Coupled with a solid understanding of addiction and the effects on the mind and body, Brad delivers a program at Bradshaw House that ticks all of the boxes. Brad provides extensive experience in weight loss, strength and motivational specific training. Brad enhances the experience of all clients with his sought skills: Boot camp instructor, Healthy lifestyle role model, Nutrition coach, Group Fitness, Health and wellness advisor & motivator.
With the determination to leave clients focussed on their physical and mental potential, Brad’s mentor role lifts self esteem and demonstrates that there is a great life to be lived on a recovery path.
Brad’s Qualifications include:
- Certificate III Fitness
- Certificate IV Fitness
Amy understands the severity of addiction and what that means to a recovering addict moving forward. Amy has ten years experience of working with recovering addicts. With managerial experience and having administered her own business, Amy also understands those clients with a corporate background.
Amy is a caring soul clearly demonstrated by having spent time in Cost Rica volunteering her experience with disadvantaged addicted youth. Multi skilled and with working experience to assist those suffering an addiction, Amy brings a gentleness and a sense of comfort to her groups. A wonderful team player and a self confessed “greenie” at heart, Amy brings a very natural enthusiasm to the team which is highly contagious!
Amy’s Qualifications include:
- Diploma Mindfulness & Meditation
- Diploma Classical Yoga
- Teacher Training Mindfulness Stillness Based Meditation
- Meditation for Contemplation & Guided Imagery
- Certificate II Conservation & Land Management
Kevan Taylor – Pilates & Fitness Instructor
Kevan brings purpose to his Pilates classes: healthy body, healthy mind. Pilates training helps with core strength and general vitality. Pilates benefits are based on scientific health research that demonstrates strengthening of muscle, maintenance of integrity of bone structure and improvement of balance, mobility and coordination.
Gentle by nature, Kevan provides a peaceful and patient environment with his vast experience in rehabilitation of various physical injuries.
Kevan’s Qualifications include:
- . Diploma Pilates Instruction