Michael Jakeman, Director
Michael Jakeman, BPsych, GradDipEd, Cert III Fit. (Gym Inst.), Cert IV Mass. (Therapeutic)
Michael is the Director of Urban Rehab, Cambodia. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma of Education, Certificate IV Massage, and a Certificate III Fitness. He is an experienced Psychologist and Counsellor and has worked in a therapeutic role for 14 years. Initially a physical trainer and rehabilitation specialist, Michael became a social worker for high-needs clients and for the last five years, has been specialising in drug rehabilitation.
Michael has undertaken extensive research into the fundamental brain processes that underpin addiction. His methods are based on proven research and inform the intervention and treatment approaches used. Michael has expertise in the thorough psychological assessment necessary for the development of an individualised approach for each client. Additionally, his extensive experience working with people with dual diagnosis and his specialisation in crisis work, has refined his skillset and developed a knowledge-set based on the latest research. When working with drug addiction, Michael uses evidence-based practices and proven therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in combination with proven natural therapies.
Addicted to drugs and alcohol himself, for a decade, Michael also understands addiction from a real, experiential perspective. He knows the barriers to overcoming addiction including the stigma attached to being labelled an ‘addict’ and does not agree with the drug rehabilitation industry standard of offering little hope and insight to a recovering user. Michael’s message is that full recovery is not only possible after drugs but, if drug-users are armed with the right tools, skills sets and knowledge, backed by the latest advances in Neuroscience and Psychology, they can live a happy and fulfilled life again, drug free.