Meet our team of addiction specialists
Our excellent international reputation allows us to attract the best addiction treatment experts. Extensive knowledge and years of experience in treating the complex disease of addiction has given our highly skilled and fully accredited team a deep understanding of all aspects of addiction and the recovery process.
Adam Pressing – Head Counsellor
Adam has a passion for psychological research and applied psychology, with a focus on using these skills to help those struggling with both general mental health and addiction issues. He completed his Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) which included the design of a unique experimental research project and accompanying thesis. The research explored broad adaptive psychological factors and their relationship to the processes of self-control and self-regulation, which are associated with addiction, eating, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
Adam has experience working with Mind Australia in adult residential mental health services for those experiencing acute and severe mental health issues, with a focus on long term recovery. Adam believes in the use of an evidence based, recovery focused, holistic approach to mental health and addiction. He also advocates a focus on the individual client’s social context, past, present and future, as a pathway toward successful, meaningful and prolonged recovery.
Cameron Brown – Clinical Director
Cameron Brown is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner’s Registration Board. He has almost a decade of experience working with substance abuse and addiction. Cameron has worked in residential rehabilitation on the Gold Coast, Queensland providing one-on-one counselling and facilitating group sessions for people struggling with addiction, especially those with a dual diagnosis. He has worked with The Cabin Addiction Services Group since 2011, where he currently provides consultation and follow up care for Australia-based clients.
Cameron also speaks to professional groups regarding addiction and has spoken at the Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) in addition to numerous other private and not for profit organisations including AA Victoria.
Cameron currently owns and manages a private practice in Australia (with an online presence) which focuses on recovery from addiction, substance abuse and mental illness in the community. He focuses his practice on an evidence base which indicates that addiction is a whole person problem involving psychological, biological and social components. Cameron primarily utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques and has a strong interest in existential, acceptance-based approaches and mindfulness approaches.
Programme Director, The Cabin
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 Northeast 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 50-bed treatment facility that 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 Medicine’s 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, and now works closely with the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) in Dhaka.
Alastair writes 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 Southeast Asia and back home in the West.