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ABOUT US

Meet some of the team, and learn about why we exist & what we do.

At Habitat we pride ourselves on interacting with clients in a respectful, passionate, understanding and empathetic manner. We continually review our programs of recovery to ensure we are knowledgeable and provide the best possible treatment options available.

Our Recovery Team are all recovering addicts and will approach all interactions with empathy and compassion. We understand the difficulties that sufferers, their families and loved one’s face when trying to address addiction. We want to help and provide hope for the future and re-build broken lives.

Our Mission

Habitat Therapeutics strives to bring Hope, Help and Health to those afflicted by drug and alcohol issues, in the quest for a happy, valued and meaningful life.

We believe and demonstrate that recovery from addiction is possible and we are committed to our clients treatment and progression into a recovering way of life.

Our Core Values

Honesty, Acceptance, Belonging, Integrity, Trust, Assertiveness, Teamwork

Our Team

Habitat Therapeutics was formed by two friends who are walking their own path of long term recovery from addiction. They identified a need for a facility to help those who have lost their way due to alcoholism or addiction utilising well evidenced and proven methods. Many of our team members, including support staff, are recovering from the disease of addiction and are living examples of what can be achieved after accepting the opportunity to engage with a Therapeutic program of life changing possibilities.

The team at Habitat have extensive education and qualifications in Drug and Alcohol treatment with over 40 years combined experience & practice in the field of Alcohol & Drug addiction treatment. We are passionate and dedicated to the pursuit of providing a service that is best practice and industry standard. We are humbled that we can provide this service and nothing makes us happier than watching clients move forward with their lives after completing our programs.

We continually monitor the most up to date research to ensure we are offering a program of recovery with the most likely chance of a valued recovery experience on the client’s first stay. We pride ourselves on the after service we offer to continually help clients to integrate into a lifestyle that leads to a valued and meaningful life even if they hit a few hurdles in life. A reality based recovery program accepts the nature of a chronic relapsing condition and hopes to work with it and not against it in punitive ways.

If you have any questions about our program, team or facilities do not hesitate to contact us for more details.

David Forbes
Counselling & Director

  • 5 years experience Drug and Alcohol Counselling
  • Successful Business Owner
  • Extensive Business Leadership for Over 20 years
  • Currently completing Diploma in Alcohol & Drugs and Diploma in Mental Health (Diversitat)

Jim Tatlock
Counselling & Director

  • 6 years experience in Drug and Alcohol Counselling.
  • ACT Trained Counsellor.
  • Member of  Contextual Behavioural Science Association.
  • Currently completing Bachelor of Science Psychology (Deakin University).

Dr Jessica Cooke
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

  • Registered Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (Victoria University)
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology (Melbourne University)
  • Extensive Training in psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Skilled in treating substance abuse, trauma and interpersonal/relationship difficulties

Tanaya McCarter
Senior Counsellor

  • Bachelor in Teaching
  • Bachelor in Arts / Anthropology major
  • Certificate IV in training & assessment
  • Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other drugs / Mental Health
  • Advanced diploma in Art Therapy
  • Over 5 years experience in AOD counselling5 years experience Drug and Alcohol Counselling
  • Currently completing Diploma in Alcohol & Drugs and Diploma in Mental Health (Diversitat)
  • Currently studying Graduate Diploma in Alcohol & other drugs
  • Successful Business Owner
  • Extensive Business Leadership for Over 20 years