Team

Professional and Experienced Addiction Counsellors

Team

The Team at The Cabin Hong Kong is comprised of a highly skilled and credentialed team of 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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Dr Seamus MacAuley – Head Counsellor

Seamus is a University of London trained doctor and holds a Bath University Post Graduate Degree in Addiction Counselling. He worked as a General Practioner for the Royal Air Force before entering the field of addiction treatment upon his retirement in 2006.In the last 5 years of his commissioned service as a GP he developed an interest in addiction and trauma with many of his patients predominantly troubled by alcohol, prescription medication and/or other compulsive behaviours around food, work, and co-dependence. Seamus has a special interest in relationship dysfunction and particularly intimacy anorexia.

Seamus’s counselling career spans working with addicted offenders in a prison setting, addicted health professionals within a therapeutic community setting, and high-functioning individuals at residential rehabs across Thailand and Malaysia – delivering recovery through 12 Step based programmes interlinked with CBT. His specialties are Motivational Interviewing, CBT Interpersonal Group Therapy and Family Interventions to help point at and facilitate engagement by the client with their own innate spirituality.

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Dr Seamus MacAuley

Dr Seamus MacAuley

Head Counsellor



Anna Healy Fenton

Anna Healy Fenton

Counsellor

Anna Healy Fenton – Counsellor

Originally from Ireland, Anna has worked in Hong Kong for more than 20 years. Besides holding a Masters in Counselling from Monash University, Australia, she has trained at the National Centre for Eating Disorders in England and is a Master Practitioner and certified trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming. Anna began her counselling career in London in the early ‘90s and is a specialist in helping people overcome all kinds of addictive and compulsive behaviours, as well as coping with the relationship and work issues which proliferate in a stressful environment such as Hong Kong.

Anna’s goal is to inspire and empower clients to discover and develop their inner strengths. She believes strongly that treatment is only the beginning and aims to help clients with the next step: building new social networks and learning the skills needed to live fulfilling lives in recovery amid the pressures of Hong Kong. Family support in this is vital and through the Cabin Family Programme Anna provides comprehensive backup for family members, helping them to overcome their own co-dependence and relationship issues.

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Mark Willet – Addiction Counsellor

Addiction Counsellor at The Cabin Group
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) registered counsellor
Master of Counselling
Postgraduate Diploma Music Therapy
BA Sociology and Theology | MSc Development Studies

Mark Willet is an Addiction Counsellor at The Cabin Hong Kong and joined The Cabin in 2019. His role involves admitting clients into rehabilitation to ensure a smooth transition from active addiction into recovery. Mark also facilitates one-to-one and group counselling sessions where the circumstances and consequences of addiction and co-occurring disorders are openly explored and addressed.

Mark’s addiction counselling expertise draws on 15 years’ experience with 12-step recovery approaches. It includes the application of mindfulness and CBT principles in both individual and group settings, working independently and with specialist agencies and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) providers. He occasionally blends music therapy principles into his counselling work – an approach that can be particularly beneficial when working with younger clients.

Originally from the UK, Mark is a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) registered counsellor with over 20 years’ residency in Hong Kong. He holds a Master of Counselling degree from Monash University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Therapy from Melbourne Conservatory of Music, in addition to a BA in Sociology and Theology from Nottingham and an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS University of London.

Mark has enjoyed a varied career which brings a depth and breadth to his counselling work. He is a qualified instrumental music teacher with experience at international schools in Hong Kong and has previously worked in international development as a social development consultant on major projects across Asia, Africa and Europe.

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Mark Willet

Mark Willet

Addiction Counsellor

Andy Leach

Andy Leach

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
MA ed.Couns.Psych

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.

For more information or to speak with Andy please contact Natalie Clarke at Love PR London email [email protected] or call +44 (0)7796 675950

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