Your Team

An Elite Team at Your Service

Our team consists of practitioners from a broad range of healthcare, therapeutic and bodywork disciplines. We understand that one type of practitioner does not suit everyone and that it is important for both the therapeutic team and the client to match for the most effective results. We have carefully selected a dynamic group of professionals that include English, Spanish, American and Australian psychologists all of whom practice a wide variety of psychological therapies.

All are qualified and certified to the highest levels of international accreditation and are considered to be leading professionals in their fields.

Every client program is supervised by the Clinical Director and all practitioners are experienced at treating complex client issues within an integrated multi-disciplinary environment.

This method enables consistent communication, highly efficient treatment, and seamless client experience.

Your team

Our treating team numbers 46 different practitioners and each client team generally consists of 6 – 8 practitioners. The staff selected to work with you will be hand-picked to best meet your therapeutic needs and requirements.

Further selection criteria are applied to ensure a cultural fit. We find that therapy is more readily embraced when the client feels completely comfortable with their practitioners. This selection process applies across your entire team; from your support staff to your psychologist.

To ensure your confidentiality every team member is bound by a strict confidentiality agreement.

Emily Hepworth

Director of Client Services

As Istana Jiwa’s Program Director, Emily oversees team management and all aspects of each client’s program ensuring that their experience with us is exceptional in every way and treatment goals are met.

Read more

Dr Jeremy Alford

Clinical Director

Dr. Jeremy Alford is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society, Member of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy and the Member of The British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis.

Read more

Dr Yasmin Halim

Head of Medical Team (Asia)

Dr. Yasmin Halim is a graduate of Hasanundin, the finest medical university in Indonesia. Yasmin and her team provide expert care in the management of withdrawal from substance abuse and they specialise in working in the field of mental health.

Read more

Dr Marja Van Engelen

Head of Medical Team (Europe)

Dr. Marja van Engelen heads our clinical and nursing team in Europe. She is a graduate of the University of Utrecht with over 40 years of experience in international clinical operations.

Read more

Dr Bandele Majeks

Head of Medical Team (Barbados)

Dr Majeks leads the Istana medical team in Barbados. Specialising in emergency medicine and substance abuse and withdrawal, Dr Majeks and his team are well versed in treating VIP patients away from the confines of a traditional medical practice allowing delivery of a fully featured hospital/clinic within a client’s villa.

Read more

Stacey Gilkes

Client Service & Personal Training (Barbados)

In addition to her role as Client Concierge in Barbados, Stacey is a CYQ qualified personal trainer. She travelled to the UK in 2011 to do her intensive personal training diploma. By learning face to face, she quickly learned how to correct and maintain the proper posture for exercises to get the most out of each movement while minimising injury.

Read more

Sophie Clyde

Head of Complementary & Healing Therapies (Europe)

Sophie specialises in therapeutic practices that work in harmony with our natural healing process. Her work interweaves many lineages, including somatic therapy and bio-mechanical movement for deep relaxation, stress, trauma and physical injuries.

Read more

Isabel Ribiero

Head Chef (Europe)

We may have some of the most talented psychotherapists and practitioners in the world but Isabel is often the team member that our clients come to love the most. Her culinary skills span the globe and every meal is an expression of her passion for delicious healthy food.

Read more

Nicole Bulsara

Operations Manager (Asia)

Nicole is Istana Jiwa’s Operation’s Manager, and is the main point of contact for our residential clients.

Read more

Agathe Fay

Head of Complementary & Healing Therapies (Global)

“Hi, I’m Agathe, I lead the wellbeing practices team at Istana. I love life and want to help others feel the same way!

Read more

Catalina Benedetti

Holistic Psychology (Asia & Europe)

Catalina is a Holistic Psychologist who incorporates breathwork and meditation techniques into her practice. 

Read more

Luke Howard

Lead Coach Personal Training (Asia)

Luke heads up the Personal Training team at Istana Jiwa working with our clients at all ability levels from complete beginners to professional athletes.

Read more

Contact Us Today For A Confidential Discussion

Improve your life today
I arrived at Istana Barbados in a terrible condition, alcohol had brought me to my knees, I was on the brink of blowing my professional reputation and losing my family. The medical team nursed me through a long detox and the rest of the team put me on the path to recovery. Two of the team flew back to New York with me and stayed for 2 months to help me adjust to this new life. From beginning to end a life changing experience from the best team of people. Just fantastic. Thank you.
Julie, NY
Istana Jiwa is a place for profound and permanent transformation. I found the team to be working at the highest level in their fields. Many have also been on the dark side of addiction and come out the other side; they, if anyone, know the pathway to release. And that’s this brilliantly conceived, bespoke rehab concept which accommodates you in a 5 star private villa with every whim catered for, then drills down with proper therapy for lasting change. Coming through addiction is brutal but here there is shelter from the storm - a beautiful place to rest and get the space to heal, with 24/7 care and love. It’s expensive but what price sanity?
Patricia C, Hong Kong
I started with Istana Jiwa in pretty ordinary shape; marriage had collapsed and I was self medicating with anything I could find to suppress the deep sense of despair and depression. The program transformed me – physically and emotionally. I spent 60 days in the program working on finding myself and I left feeling genuine hope and a real fortitude to tackle life again.
L, Melbourne
I went to Istana Jiwa to reset my mind and change the way I was living. Stress had got the better of me, I was partying too hard and I was close to blowing up my career and losing my family. Amazingly I found some like minded souls in the Istana Jiwa team, people who had lived my life in the corporate arena, who understood me and helped me recalibrate my life. I now feel better than ever before, and I even gave up smoking there!
Simon, Hong Kong
For my sins I have been to a few treatment centres around the world, nothing comes close to Istana Jiwa. I went deeper and achieved more in therapy than I have ever gone before, I made peace with meditation and yoga - both things I have resisted in the past and both I now practise in daily life. I feel transformed, thank you.
David, London
I travelled from Los Angeles to Istana Jiwa on the recommendation of a friend and in my mind, it was a leap into the unknown. I was completely unprepared for how cosmopolitan, competent, professional and caring the staff were. From the moment I was met at the airport to the moment I left I felt cared for and understood. This was an utterly life-changing experience, I never thought I would say I loved going to rehabilitation but I actually did.
Maggie, LA