Our programme is based on a unique ‘therapeutic family’ model, where staff outnumber clients by nearly two to one. Our team is passionate about helping others in their recovery journey, each with their own lived experience of addiction as well as qualifications in the field.
Michelle has a wealth of lived and professional experience in the addiction field, and with a B.A.(Hons.) in Psychology & Sociology and a Masters in Criminology, she understands it from both sides. Knowing the abject misery that addiction brings to the individual and their families. "It is my mission to help people find their own personal recovery stories, and to help make Red Door the best little rehab in Aotearoa”.
Kate is a DAPAANZ registered Alcohol and other Drug Clinician, who also has a lived experience of addiction. She's passionate about helping people help themselves through the maze of addictive behaviours and claiming a substance free life. "We need to take a holistic approach with addiction treatment, because there is much more than just the substance abuse. Once we get to the 'why' of addiction, then we can look at the 'how' of recovery".
Grace is completing a Bachelor’s degree of Counselling and Addiction studies, as well as a lived experience of trauma and addiction. She is committed to helping those struggling with addiction to gain personal insight and self-awareness as a core component of maintaining long-recovery and to help people live an empowered and authentic life. “Learning to accept and understand oneself, in all of our complexity and contradiction, is truly the privilege of a lifetime”
Steven has a Certificate 4 in Mental Health and Addictions and is now furthering his studies with a Bachelor's Degree. His passion is to carry the message of recovery and put his hand out to those who are stuck in the grips of addiction. "I thought addiction was my life. Drugs had left me spiritually and morally bankrupt and I felt so alone. I went to rehab, learnt so much and started to feel whole again. I got told the only thing you need to change is everything, and that's what I did."
Tim is working towards his level 4 certificate in mental health and addictions. He is committed to helping those in recovery and goes the extra mile for clients.
Jenny King has been working in the fitness industry for over 20yrs as a personal Trainer and both a group Fitness & bootcamp instructor. Jen loves helping people discover their true potential in fitness & life.
Hannah takes Yoga classes twice a week at Red Door. She is a 270 hour trauma informed yin yoga teacher and also has a counselling degree. She works in addictions in various contract roles.
Lucas is a graduate of the Red Door programme and now helps out behind the scenes. He is passionate about helping others through their recovery journey and believes that everyone deserves the chance to change their lives.
Red Door Founders
David and Tanja became involved in the addiction field, after watching one of their family members struggle with their own addiction issues. They started the Pipe Down lobby group in June 2014 to advocate for improved services for families and addicts suffering from addiction. For them, seeing and witnessing the very real need for more services, the natural progression was to start a programme which ran from their own home. From this humble beginning the Red Door Recovery holistic residential programme was born. David and Tanja remain active participants in the programme.