• “I had hidden my emotions for 30 years with alcohol dominating every day of the last 15 years. Like many others, I was faced with a decision only an addict would painstakingly mull over. Two doors. One door led to a Palace of Peace, and the other led to death. I am grateful to have been guided by inner wisdom and chosen recovery at Step One.

    In my wildest dreams, I never would have imagined the change that has occurred in me after 5 weeks. I would never have imagined laughing so freely or crying without shame. I would never have imagined that I would learn to love life and myself again. I leave here today without fear. I leave here today excited and physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy.

    Rehab. That dirty little word that ushers in thoughts of failure and failed people. Yes, I thought that as well. But as I walk out of these doors I see rehab as a place of rebirth and a place that I will never forget. I am so grateful for the compassion that everyone at Step 1 has shown me. I am grateful that I have recovery within and with that, I go forward having an infinite number of doors that I can open. Thank- you – all of you! “

    Previous Client: Nikane

  • “I arrived in Spain broken, defeated and with 4 walls built around me. The moment I stepped through those Step 1 doors I immediately felt safe, loved and cared for. The ice instantly started to melt.

    What I learnt not only gave me the tools and insight for a better and self-loving life, it allowed me to find the answers I’d been searching for a very long time. It was all thanks to the wisdom passed on by a formidable team who also made me realise that the answers I needed were inside of me all along.

    I came in not seeing the beauty of life or in myself and came out realising that wisdom and magic can happen at any moment and beauty is around and within me at all times.

    The Step 1 team, you are a remarkable, inspirational, loving and dedicated bunch of people. You make Step 1 a life-changing experience.

    If the only thing people learned was not to be afraid of their experience, that alone would change the world – Sydney Banks “

    Previous Client: Raghini

  • “I arrived at Step 1 9 years sober, but full of fear and self-loathing. I discovered that I was cross-addicted to food. I had no confidence.

    Step 1 gently guided me to face my demons with love, empathy, compassion and humour. I leave here with a knowledge of myself. I accept that I am a good person.

    Thank you Step1 for opening my eyes to the real me. You people are great. “

    Previous Client: Kevan

  • ” I am leaving after 28 days, sad but at peace and so happy that my experience at Step One has given me the insight to believe in today, myself and love the person I am, thanks to each and everyone of you.

    Graham for seeing something in me that I never did, Laura for helping me to release my demons. Thanks to Amanda for the introduction of the 3 principals which opened my mind to receive such a fantastic gift. Seth for amazing groups and sharing with honesty, chef Carl for feeding me ‘slightly too well’.

    Cynthia and Maria for making my stay comfortable and clean. Then last but not least Leo for my first friendly hug of the day. There is a magic at the palace and its available to everyone, personally I got more than I ever dreamed and cannot be more thankful for having the best experience of my life, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU “.

    Previous Client: Lisa

  • ” Where do I start, un-believable place. I came here a week after telling the closest people to me I didn’t want to live anymore. It was the lowest point of my life and I felt lost thinking I had no one to turn to even though my family and friends always tried their best. The palace is the most grand yet homely place from home I have ever stayed. I’ll start off with Graham. The man behind it all and what a man he is. What he has done to help people recover is overwhelming. Our first conversation we had he looked me in the eyes and told me he’s going to make me better, for the first time in my life I had a man to look up to and who I truly believed in, he kept his word. What he has done for me will never be forgotten and he has completely turned everything around, I’m leaving here after having the best 6 weeks of my life and the day before I left he looked me in my eye again and told me he was proud of me, I gave him a nervous laugh and walked out of his office, but as soon as I shut the door the tears started coming, I’ve never had anyone say there proud of me and felt like they meant it as much as he did.”

    Previous Client: Conor

  • ” Herewith I would like to thank Step One Recovery, in particular Serge who is a very amazing therapist with a lot of knowledge, insights and wisdom. He was able to guide me in my treatment journey,very quick, insightful and devoted to helping me find harmony and peace back into my life. I really enjoyed my sessions and working with him.

    I would also like to thank lovely nurse Kate, who was very caring, patient, helpful and always had a friendly and welcoming approach.

    Last but not least, I would like to thank Amanda for her devotion and enthusiasm, for her remarkable organizing skills with which she runs this establishment smoothly.

    All the best and take care. Monique “

    Previous Client: Monique

  • ” It is difficult to put into a few words what Step1 has meant to me. The standards are high, professional yet relaxed, which is impressive, given the “Palace” has been operating for under a year.  From Carl’s outstanding cuisine, the wonderful setting and facilities, to the caring and attentive staff.  I must particularly commend Maria in Housekeeping for looking after my room and laundry in such a way that I felt like royalty.  But if I speak from my heart, the Palace kept me safe at a vulnerable time, and provided a holding space for me to take stock of my life with the help of the therapy team, who gave me new perspectives and supported me with their warmth and companionship.  Graham has created a special place here and the formula works! “

    Previous Client: Claudia

  • ” I am very grateful to all at Step One for the unwavering support they have shown me throughout my stay.

    I have not only made new friends but feel I’ve been given a new lease of life. The centre is absolutely beautiful. the staff very professional and the food is some of the best I’ve eaten.

    Thank you Graham and the team. “

    Previous Client: Les

  • ” First of all I would like to thank you and your team from the bottom of my heart, for welcoming me to your treatment centre recently. When I entered that Thursday, I had no expectation of leaving the way I did, and in the frame of mind I did, only 7 days later.

    Your team including yourself, are truly remarkable and inspirational in all aspects of your care, and the one to one liaisons and support in my opinion, round off a truly exceptional network of professional and inspired people.

    When I entered your Palace I had decided upon myself that I had issues, and addiction may be looming in my destructive behaviour. Your team assisted me to find clarity in my mind and thoughts, they worked tirelessly to assist me, and eventually pinpointed other issues in my life, that were causing me to behave and act, like I was doing. All aspects I entered the palace believing I had complete control over, were exactly the opposite and I am eternally grateful for the help provided.

    Since leaving my life has began a great transformation, myself and my family have started on the road to better things, a fuller more settled existence. “

    Previous Client: Craig

  • ” What I’ve appreciated most about Step 1 is their avant-garde approach to recovery. From psychotherapeutic hypnosis to ‘ The Steps’, to yoga and ‘magic rocks’, you’ll find what you need here, regardless of your walk of life.

    An open mind will open doors to a better, cleaner life. Whilst it’s never ( I imagine) comfortable coming into rehab, after a few days, I had made myself very much at home here. Phil’s home-cooked meals, Maria’s smile, Andy’s ubiquitous wit, Graham’s thorough encouragement: I will hold these in my pocket as I grow old.

    If you are reading this now, you are in the hands of good, hardworking people who genuinely care for your welfare.”

    Previous Client: Mike

  • ” Before I wax lyrical about the beauty, grace and wonders of Step 1, I must tell you this. I came here battered by my inability to “do” life. Engulfed in one addiction or another. Living in a bubble of fear, anxiety, agrophobia…, well, the list goes on. My heart has closed and my mind ruled. Disaster ! As I write this on the eve of my departure, I am free, empowered, strong, solid, excited, full of open heart and a confident woman. I am the most fortunate of beings. Each day here at the palace has given me so many wonderous and eternal gifts that are mine to keep. I am free. I am me. Thank God for these generous guides who have nudged me along my path. Can magic be explained to another who has not had the honour to experience it- perhaps not! However, stay here and you shall! “

    Previous Client: Michelle

  • ” Dear Step One, what to say about the place! It has changed my life. I’ve come from a world of trauma, addiction and misery into a world of light, joy and laughter. I am so grateful and so happy at last, all of this is due to the treatment and therapy I’ve received from Step One. What an amazing collective of people at Step One. I have too much to say about each and every one of you, I am eternally grateful -Thank you.

    I can only recommend Step One to anyone who wants to change their life! Try Step One, it worked for me.

    Many thanks to Graham and the team, keep up the good work! To all at Step One : ‘ part of you will be part of me always’. Many, many thanks. “

    Previous Client: Chris

  • ” Hi Step One, just to let you know Callum is doing really well. Its 2 months now without a drink. He even managed to have a good Christmas and New Year in the UK with family. He’s finally started his pallet business. He looks and feels so much better. Fingers crossed he keeps it up.

    He does seem really positive and doesn’t want to drink again. I know it’s gonna be hard, but it looks like it’s going in the right direction. Thank-you “

    Previous Client: Sheila (Callum's Partner)

  • ” I cannot praise sufficiently the system that Step 1 Recovery have devised to help a range of people with addiction problems and look forward to a different lifestyle.

    The professionalism, sympathy and caring attitude of all members of staff, including the offsite medical team, cannot be faulted.

    Nothing is too much trouble. Thanks to all the help I have received. I am home now and have just started driving again. I remain sober and am progressively more mobile, thanks to the effective hypnotherapy.

    I cannot thank you enough, keep up the good work and I am certain that many more people will benefit from the approach you take. “

    Previous Client: Barbara

  • ” I was very anxious and I heard of Step 1 Recovery. I came and spoke with Graham, who was very understanding. I decided to stay and was made very welcome with all staff.

    I have benefitted and I am feeling in a better place, thanks to Andy Milton and Maria. I still have a way to go but I am feeling positive about the future.

    Thanks to everyone for looking after me so well, and Phil for the lovely meals.

    I hope to come back to visit in the future”

    Previous Client: Ann

  • ” I arrived at Step 1 Recovery with very serious physical health problems as a result of years of daily heavy drinking. I was immediately taken to Dr Ignatio Poole, he told me straight that I may not make it.

    Amazingly, I pulled through, I was detoxed and my liver began to function again. I can honestly say that Dr Poole and the medical team at Step 1 Recovery were fantastic, really brilliant. They were very professional, and really cared about my wellbeing. The doctor has even requested updates to see how I am doing in the coming months. As my health began to improve, the team at Step 1 put me through an in-depth program of interesting and educational workshops and activities, and took me to local support groups to show me all my options in recovery.

    Coming from the hopelessness and depression of alcoholism, Step 1 Recovery has helped me to get to a place where I am excited about the possibilities of a sober future, and the great team here have all contributed toward giving me back a life I want to live. “

    Previous Client: Callum

  • ” Dear Step One Recovery ”

    To you all, what an inspirational and beautiful place. For many years I have suffered with Anxiety, I reached a point where my self worth and ‘loving me’ were not an option anymore.
    Having spent 10 days with caring and committed individuals who make up the fantastic team at Step One, I can truly say my life has taken a positive turn.
    I have returned home with a real sense of excitement for my future. I am truly grateful for all the tools I have been given to use to continue on my journey.
    Graham the founder has a real passion for recovery and its reflected in his fun and energy. I would like to thank Andy Milton for the NLP therapy and Hypnosis.
    Finally, I must mention Phil the Chef who is a craftsman in preparing delightful food to encourage appetites.
    With heartfelt gratitude.
    I thank you all. “

    Previous Client: Jane

  • ” I am writing this letter as a testimonial to Step One Recovery and of my appreciation of the treatment received and the environment in which I received it.

    Having had panic attacks and depression for many years, I received various forms of therapy none of which worked. The environment I was in at Step One made a perfect place for my treatment. The combination of the therapies and the lovely staff all added to my recovery and the follow up books and daily steps will assure me of my continued recovery.

    I can encourage anybody to contact Step One Recovery and seek help. “

    Previous Client: Robert

  • To everyone at Step1

    ” Something definitely happened to me at Step1 – It is an inner peace, ‘MAGIC’ .

    Off and on I have had Hypnosis for 40 years, it never worked- It did with Andy Milton – Thank-you.

    What a devoted team, nothing was too much trouble, they are truly caring and dedicated in helping you to get well.

    Graham – Wow! What a beautiful man ” A one off” – I am truly grateful – Thank-you to you all ”


    Previous Client: Deborah

  • ” When I arrived at Step One I was completely broken, both physically and mentally. I saw no light at the end of the tunnel, yet Graham and his team have somehow helped give me purpose and a positive focus on everything.

    The treatment centre is beautiful with 5* facilities, wonderful food and has an emphasis on improving health and physical fitness. This, along with the various therapy sessions I received, was just what I needed. During my stay at Step One, the fractured relationship with my family has been restored and I am well on the road to being freed from the bondage of alcohol and drug addiction. My confidence has returned and I now have a smile on my face.

    Thank you all at Step One for setting me on my new life journey. “

    Previous Client: Joe

  • ” I am a 50 yr old alcoholic, I’ve been in rehab before but I frequently relapsed.

    The therapy (one to one, group, meditation, mindfulness) is truly excellent, I can not stress this enough. The team genuinely care about clients, many have had addiction issues themselves previously, and this shows in their deep understanding of my condition.

    The accommodation, food, gym, cinema, pools, grounds, are all 5 star.   For the first time in my life I can finally live happily without fighting the relentless urge to drink, with all the chaos and misery that I brought on myself and my loved ones when I inevitably gave in and relapsed.

    I just wish I had got their solution earlier. “

    Previous Client: Derrick

  • ” I had hit my rock bottom and struggled with alcohol and other problems before. A friend referred me to Step One Recovery and from the very first contact I felt at ease, ready to enter the centre. I was treated with great professionalism, and the warmth of the welcome from the staff was great. During my stay the therapists, counsellors and staff have helped me immensely. I have learned of many ‘life tools’ to take back into my life. I can honestly say I am walking out of here as a sober and much stronger person than ever before. I have met many life long friends both in the other clients and staff. I want to thank all of them from the bottom of my heart. I wish Step One much success, I would definitely recommend this place to people who suffer with addiction.”

    Previous Client: Lorna

  • “After years of struggling with alcoholism, a friend referred me to Step One Recovery Treatment Centre. From the moment I arrived there, I knew I was right where I needed to be. The staff welcomed me and always treated me with dignity and respect. I felt very safe and soon realized that there could be a better way to live! The time I spent at Step One with the counsellors, staff and other clients changed who I was. I could not be the sober person I am today without all of them. I can honestly say they saved my life. There really are no words to describe what they have done for me. ”

    If you or someone you know and love struggles with addiction, and has the willingness to change, I recommend this Treatment Centre!”

    Previous Client: Alfred

  • ” Thank you for everything that you and your wonderful staff have done for me. The staff and management at Step One have treated me with the care and respect that a client should be treated with. They are very professional in their approach to addiction and also have a very good personal touch.

    I am so grateful for my experiences in the one to one therapy sessions at Step One. In my time here, I was able to shift from a place of complete despair and sadness to joy and love. I am excited to now be able to step into my life with freedom in many areas of my life and importantly healing in my personal relationships.”

    Previous Client: Ulrike


Unsurpassed privacy and confidentiality

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One to one focus

Your addiction recovery programme will be tailored to your individual needs.


Rebuilding your health

Focus on rebuilding your health through therapy, nutrition, exercise and spirituality. It’s an addiction recovery programme designed to keep you healthy in the long term.

Meet The Team

Our multi-disciplined team are all industry-leading experts in their individual fields. They are dedicated to providing you with treatment, support, and care around the clock, for as long as you need it.

Graham Peasey


“If you had told me 15 years ago that I would one day get sober and become the founder of one of the leading addiction treatment centres in Europe, I would have laughed in your face. Then I would have taken another drink.”

Since turning his life around, Graham has become an expert in the field of recovery; a highly regarded therapist and counsellor; a strong believer in the guiding principles of the 12 step programme, Graham has combined these principles in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Over the years he has successfully helped hundreds of people transform their lives and escape from the misery caused by addiction and mental illness.

Graham Peasey


Lisa Whittle

Senior Therapist BSc (Hons), Adv Dip Couns, MA, UKCP

Lisa has a wealth of experience in addiction treatment and well-being centres. Since 2005 she has combined a wide range of approaches such as psychotherapy, nutrition, NLP, IEMT (like EMDR), hypnosis, mindfulness, Resonance Repatterning and other Energy Psychology approaches to help clients regain health and inner peace.

Lisa is a licensed psychotherapist registered with the UKCP and qualified to work with adults and children. She combines her range of therapeutic tools and approaches according to the client’s needs to provide a wholistic ‘mind, body, spirit’ approach.

She is an experienced and sensitive trainer and group facilitator as well as a skilled and insightful one-to-one therapist who has had success in helping people overcome all types of addictions such as co-dependency, sex and love addiction, eating disorders, gambling, spending and debts as well as drug and alcohol issues.

She is qualified to work with mental health conditions which may present as a dual diagnosis and underlying issues including depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), unresolved grief, OCD, phobias, relationship breakdown, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, ADHD, and autistic spectrum disorders.

She has a special interest in early trauma, including ‘attachment trauma’ often occurring in the age range 0-3 years before we can consciously remember which often goes unrecognised – yet can drive overwhelming emotional states. Lisa sees gently working with clients to transform their own relationship with themselves to one of love and self-care as a key part of her role.

Having been on her own healing journey, Lisa is passionate about helping clients find a way back to health, connection, fulfillment and inner peace.

Lisa Whittle

Senior Therapist BSc (Hons), Adv Dip Couns, MA, UKCP

Dr Ignacio Poole

Medical Practitioner

Dr Poole has been a European qualified specialist in family and community medicine since 1984. Established in Javea as a private practitioner and founder of Clinica El Arenal since 1985. He is multi-lingual and has over 30 years of experience in dealing with drug and alcohol dependencies in both hospital environments and as a private counsellor for patients and relatives. Dr Poole will oversee all aspects of each client’s detoxification and physical recovery.

Dr Ignacio Poole

Medical Practitioner

Dr Alexander Lapa


Dr Lapa graduated in 2000. He then completed further postgraduate studies in clinical research and began working as an NHS psychiatrist.

Dr Lapa has more than 10 years experience in dealing with patients who have drug and alcohol dependencies. He has been managing patients both in the community and hospital settings.

He also has a special interest in weight management and works as a consultant at one of the oldest clinics on Harley Street in London.

He has developed a unique and effective weight management approach for Step 1 Recovery patients.

Dr Alexander is fluent in English, Russian and Polish.

Dr Alexander Lapa


Fabiana Mourelle

Senior Nurse - Specialist in Clinical Testing

Fabiana has a plethora of nursing experience and in-depth knowledge reharding haematology, biochemistry and microbiology. She is also a highly-trained in personal injury. She is based here in Javea at Step 1 Recovery working alongside Dr Ignacio Poole.

Fabiana Mourelle

Senior Nurse - Specialist in Clinical Testing

Juan Martinez Morenilla


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Juan Martinez Morenilla


Laura Smart

Integrative Counsellor MBACP

Laura is an experienced Integrative counsellor and group facilitator whose professional and therapeutic experience lies in working predominantly with clients affected by addictions, co-dependency and mental health and well-being related issues. As an Integrative counsellor she is skilled at building and maintaining trusting therapeutic relationships and uses a variety of models including Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Motivational Interviewing and The 12 Steps. She is dedicated to helping people recover from addictions and providing intensive therapeutic support and intervention, facilitating 1-2-1 and couples counselling and group therapy sessions, and workshops to enable clients to take responsibility for their addictions, lives and recovery.

Laura has her own private practice and consultancy in London and has previously worked as a counsellor for RAPt (the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust) working to help people with drug and alcohol dependence, both in prison and in the community working with people with alcohol dependency and their families at Tower Hamlets Community Alcohol Team. Laura is passionate about people’s recovery, mental health and emotional wellbeing and helping them move forward in their lives.

Laura Smart

Integrative Counsellor MBACP

Seth Bolton


Seth is extremely dedicated and passionate towards everything about recovery. He has an in depth knowledge of how the 12 step programme works and has developed an empathic understanding of the challenges facing our clients; a skill that enables him to work with individuals and their experiences.

Seth Bolton


Laura Camacho

Clinical Psychologist

Laura is a clinical psychologist and coach with an integrative and holistic ‘mind, body, spirit’ approach to treatment, recovery, mental health and life.
She has experience counselling mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders, suicidal ideation, addiction, trauma, and dysfunctional family or relationship systems.  She has a special interest in eating disorders and food addiction.
Laura gently guides and supports clients in re-connecting with themselves and others to have nourishing and fulfilled lives.
Laura is multilingual in English, Spanish and Danish.
Laura Camacho

Clinical Psychologist

Simone Beck

Yoga Therapist, Thai Yoga Massage Therapist & Reikimaster

Simone is a Yoga teacher trained in the prestigious tradition of Viniyoga. Viniyoga is the art of adapting yoga to the needs of each individual.

Simone also qualified as a Yoga therapist to deepen her understanding about the immense healing power of yoga and meditation. Yoga therapy focuses on health and wellness at all levels: physical, psychological and spiritual.

Simone is a Thai Yoga Massage therapist. This is a dynamic bodywork therapy, combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles and yoga postures, also called  “passive yoga”. Furthermore, Simone is a qualified Reikimaster.

Simone Beck

Yoga Therapist, Thai Yoga Massage Therapist & Reikimaster

Amanda O'Shea

Holistic Therapist & Life Coach

As Head of Clinic, Amanda is the lead on the Admission process, coordinates the running of all bespoke client programmes and manages the clinical services and team at Step 1 Recovery.
Amanda is a dedicated transformational coach with over 25 years’ experience in the provision of Holistic healthcare and therapy.  As a recognised International Three Principles facilitator, Amanda shares the ‘Inside Out’ understanding, speaking regularly at conferences and seminars.
Her passion for life and ability to see the innate wellbeing and resilience in people is reflected in her unique ability to deeply listen and connect on an individual level.
Amanda is a valued asset to the Step One team, leading and encouraging with sensitivity, compassion and wisdom. Her smiley disposition and loving manner engenders positivity in colleagues and clients alike.
Amanda O'Shea

Holistic Therapist & Life Coach

Ron Clarke

Finance Manager

Ron brings to Step One Recovery extensive management experience with major multi-national companies in Latin America. He is bilingual in English and Spanish and involved in ongoing service activities in the local community.

Ron Clarke

Finance Manager

Cynthia Souiljaert


Cynthia is very experienced in office management and customer service. She is fluent in six languages and throughout her career has learned to exercise understanding and compassion with individuals who have addiction issues.

Cynthia Souiljaert


Suzanne Stevens


Working within the food industry and as a Chef for over 25 years’ Suzanne adds a wealth of experience and knowledge in World Cuisine and Nutrition to the kitchen at Step One.
Often with a Mediterranean flair, Suzanne provides wholesome, home cooked food using the freshest local ingredients and looks after the dietary requirements of every client on an individual basis. She has a natural gift for balancing her culinary skills with empathy, understanding and warmth.
Suzanne is a caring, dedicated and integral part of Step One, embodying and bringing true meaning to the kitchen is the heart of every home.
Suzanne Stevens


Matthew Armstrong

Transformation Specialist

Matthew has dedicated his life to personal transformation. This lead him to read hundreds of books on the subject and undergo thousands of hours of training. All in all, Matthew has travelled to 6 continents to attend training, courses, workshops and seminars.
Seeking out the best of the best to learn from, he found himself living in Japan and training under world-renowned Ninjutsu Grandmaster and Bone Setter, Dr Masaaki Hatsumi.
Today his main work is as a Deep Tissue Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer and a Martial Arts Teacher.
Matthew has a unique capability to serve his clients on all levels of well-being and to the highest level, having been able to integrate a wide body of knowledge and experience to produce precise solutions and the desired results – mind, body and spirit.
Matthew Armstrong

Transformation Specialist

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