Meet our addiction specialists
The Edge Team
At The Edge’s rehab treatment centre, we have assembled a small, collaborative support team comprised of individuals from a variety of backgrounds to holistically and specifically address the needs of our young clientele.
Our Western-trained and licensed professional alcohol and drug counselling specialists work in conjunction with physical trainers and mentors to motivate young men to overcome challenges and reach their full potential. Our team has extensive experience in treating drug and alcohol addictions as well as a range of behavioural addictions.
Javier Puente Soto
Javier is a licensed Alcohol and Drug Counsellor by the State of Minnesota and a certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor Reciprocal by the International IC&RC. After working several years as a lawyer, Javier made a career change and received his Master’s in Counselling Addiction by the Hazelden School of Addiction Studies in Minnesota, United States. He has also been specifically trained in Motivational Interviewing & Rogerian Therapy and Eclectic Group Therapy.
Javier has gained his clinical experience in different treatment centres in the US, Spain and South Africa and now in Thailand. His current interests are trauma disorders and co-occurring disorders, especially PTSD, with specific interest in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Matt has been working in the addictions field since 2008 after receiving a Counselling Skills Certificate from Vancouver Community College in Canada. He is also a certified Level II Substance Abuse Therapist through the Asia Pacific Certification Board and came to Thailand to help people recover from addiction.
Matt has sponsored and mentored many people over the years and has worked closely with youth suffering from substance abuse problems in Vancouver. At The Edge, Matt is able to share his own personal experience recovering from addiction with our clients and is passionate about helping others.
John combines motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and the 12-Step model of addiction recovery. He has worked as a member of multi-disciplinary treatment teams in both residential and outpatient settings with complex patients and diverse populations.
He has been involved in sport from a young age, was an accomplished amateur boxer and eventually went on to coach young men in this sport for several years. In later years he studied both Karate and Aikido.
John holds a BS and has worked as a counsellor in the Netherlands with the Dutch Addiction Treatment Foundation under the auspices of an accredited US and UK accredited trainer. He delivered substance abuse education in the largest addiction treatment centre in the Netherlands. As well as a counselling qualification, John has also completed courses in psychology with Trinity College Dublin and studied insight meditation for two years in the Dublin Buddhist Centre.
He has been working as an addictions counsellor in Thailand since 2013.
Wilderness Programme | Fitness Coordinator
Steve brings extensive knowledge and experience in health and fitness including physical development, overall wellbeing, fitness performance and rehabilitation to The Edge. His background includes a fulfilling career in the UK military and service in security, project management and consultancy in the US and Gulf States.
His skills and experience have enhanced his ability to assist younger clientele to achieve fitness goals and resolve their psychological hurdles through sport. Given his managerial role in the corporate setting, he has been an inspiring motivator for young people, helping them fulfil their psychical potential and improving on their discipline and mental readiness.
Steve has a lifelong passion for outdoor activities, team sports and martial arts. He has completed three marathons and several mountain expeditions. He is a qualified mountain leader and instructor in karate and fitness. He keeps active with gym work, running, mountain biking and CrossFit.
Our holistic treatment approach at The Edge is led by our programme director Alastair Mordey, a renowned speaker and innovator in the addiction field, specifically in regards to youth addiction treatment and the use of cardio training and adventure sports in addiction treatment.
Alastair began his career as a youth worker, and pioneered the use of powerlifting and long distance cycling for addicted people accessing drug and alcohol treatment services in North London. His projects received funding from a variety of government initiatives, and in 2009 Alastair was main speaker at the UK National Treatment Agency annual conference, where he presented the findings of his pilot study into the effects of cardio training on people in recovery. His work was influential in the current direction of drug treatment policy in the UK.
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.