Outstanding Treatment

Residential and Outpatient Programmes

Nova Vida Recovery Centre remains OPEN – continuing to offer residential treatment as well
as individual phone call counselling sessions via Facetime, WhatsApp, to help people
suffering from stress, depression, anxiety as well as addiction related problems,
to get through these difficult times

Start your journey to recovery


Co-Founder & Consultant Clinical and Treatment Advisor

Alex completed her initial counselling training at Guildford College, Surrey before specialising in the treatment of addictions and the at the Priory Addictions Training Course and at the Priory Hospital Sturt and Farm Place, graduating with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Addictions Counselling. She is also certified in Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Family Therapy, Trauma resolution and Interventions as well as a host of other important adjuncts to addictions treatment which enables her to deliver a comprehensive and effective clinical programme. These skills are constantly being updated to ensure she stays at the forefront of addiction treatment delivery.

She worked at Priory Farm Place and Priory Hospital Sturt as an addictions counsellor, as well as in private practice, before leaving to further her training in trauma and abuse issues in the USA. Alex has gained valuable experience in trauma resolution whilst working and studying in America. She has undertaken further training both in the USA and UK and is currently the only licensed Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) Practitioner in Europe, as well as a Certified Challenge Course Counsellor. Alex’s aim is to further her expertise in these important areas of addictions treatment.. Alex’s training did not stop with the award of certificates and is on-going with regular attendance at professional and personal development courses and conferences. Her aim is to remain as up-to-date with what’s new and what works as she can.

Her other professional interests and experience centre on Experiential Therapy, including the use of a challenge course and adventure games as an adjunct to addictions treatment. She is also certified in Structured Interventions. Alex is also involved with her colleagues at Nova Vida and her extensive contacts in the USA to bring quality training and professional development to mainland Europe.

Alex divides her time between the USA where she continues to develop relationships between treatment in Europe and Onsite Workshops and Milestones at Onsite, a treatment facility for Trauma and Co-dependency. Both facilities are becoming an integral part of Nova Vida’s latest comprehensive and enhanced treatment package which has been developed over the past years by Alex in her quest to provide the best treatment for our patients.


Nova Vida Recovery Centre
Algarve, Portugal
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Why choose Nova Vida?

Now in it’s 12th year Nova Vida Recovery Centre has a treatment programme entirely in the English language and all medical, clinical and administrative staff use English as their first language.

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Our Approach

The therapy programme is certainly the most important aspect of treatment. If it doesn’t work the risks to the patients are high. Addiction is a killer illness and the programme is the treatment against...

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34th Street Policy

The Clinical Team at Nova Vida pride itself on its philosophy of only treating those patients we know we have the skills and experience to deal with. Although onward referral to other facilities is not...

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