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:

Head Counsellor
Counsellor
Psychiatrist
Private Psychiatrist
Programme Director

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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

Steve Willcox

Steve Willcox

Counsellor

Steve Willcox – Counsellor

Steveis a certified counsellor with a Masters of Social Science in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Hong Kong, who has vast experience in treating the mental health issues that usually co-occur with addiction as well as the psychological consequences addiction causes in relationships. His specialties include: couples counselling and coaching; life transitions, anxiety including trauma; sexual health therapy for individuals and couples, addictions and; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

Having practised in a number of countries he has experience working with individuals and couples from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

Steve’s goal in therapy is to work with a client’s inner strengths and wisdom in order to help them explore, acknowledge and accept all parts of them self. In his words: “Instead of trying to change the world outside you can begin to change your relationship with yourself. Once you begin to achieve this you can then choose how to live based on your values and what gives you meaning in your life. You can begin to make conscious choices, gain greater self-understanding & explore alternative personal coping strategies.

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Elsa Rosdahl – Counsellor

Elsa holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and has worked as a counsellor in France, Canada and Hong Kong and built expertise in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders and addictive behaviour.

Elsa acquired expertise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy methods at the Quebec University Institute of Mental Health, Canada and she served as part of the addictions specialist team at the Paris Cochin Hospital, France.

Since she settled in Hong Kong in 2015, Elsa has been treating patients of different nationalities and backgrounds. She also has a great deal of experience in providing psychological support for people suffering from mood disorders and depressive symptoms.

Elsa’s focus is to help patients regain self-esteem and trust in their capacities to deal with their emotions and discover their own inner resources. When understanding one’s own needs and desires, one can live a more serene, peaceful and comfortable life.

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Elsa Rosdahl

Elsa Rosdahl

Counsellor

Dr Vanessa Wong

Dr Vanessa Wong

Psychiatrist

Dr Vanessa Wong – Psychiatrist

Vanessa studied in the United Kingdom in her formative years and graduated from the University of Hong Kong. She obtained her specialist qualification in psychiatry and worked in an Addictions Unit at a local hospital for several years before setting up her own private clinic in Central, Hong Kong.

Vanessa works with clients of all ages and nationalities who are dealing with various mental health issues. She uses motivational interviewing techniques and supportive counselling as well as providing medication management and physical detoxification support when necessary.

She also focuses on lifestyle interventions and takes a holistic approach in supporting her clients on their road to recovery. She has furthered her passion in the field of functional medicine and incorporates this into her practice.

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Dr Jimmy YS Dong – Private Psychiatrist Hong Kong

  • Graduated from the University of Aberdeen Medical School, Scotland
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK
  • Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrist
  • Fellow of Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Psychiatry)

 

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Dr Jimmy YS Dong

Dr Jimmy YS Dong

Private Psychiatrist
Hong Kong

Alastair Mordey

Alastair Mordey

Programme Director

Alastair Mordey – Programme Director for The Cabin Addiction Services Group

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 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 in northern Thailand, a fifty bed treatment facility which 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 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 Twelve Step Facilitation for drug and alcohol users, and now works closely with the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) in Bangkok.

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 the South East Asia and back home in the West.

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