Professional and Experienced Addiction Counsellors


Professional and Experienced Addiction and Mental Wellness Counsellors

The team at The Cabin Bangkok is made up of highly skilled and credentialed professionals with years of experience creating mental wellness. They can also draw on the wealth of experience that makes up the larger team at The Cabin Addiction Services Group. To learn more about our key staff, please follow the links below:

Head Counsellor
Associate Therapist
Programme Director

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Craig Gagnon

Head Counsellor

Craig Gagnon – Head Counsellor

Craig Gagnon (B.A., M.A., ABD) is an American addiction and mental health counsellor who completed his M.A. at St. Mary’s University and performed his clinical internship at the Mayo Clinic’s Psychology Department. Craig has completed his doctoral studies at Walden University, Minneapolis. He has been  licensed as a professional counsellor since 2004 and as a  psychologist since 2005. In 2012, Craig was licensed as a Master’s Addiction Specialist from the Asian Pacific Accreditation Board.

In addition to being a qualified therapist, treating anxiety, mood disorders and adjustment issues; Craig has been counselling substance and process addictions for ten years. Prior to moving to Asia, Craig developed rural psychological service programmes for the U.S. government. He has spent the last five years in SE Asia developing, consulting and supervising mental health and addiction programmes in Thailand and Malaysia. Craig has extensive experience in individual, group and family counselling. He operated a private practise in Bangkok prior to joining The Cabin Team, in order to expand the types and quality of services he offers clients.

Craig has taught psychology and counselling at several universities in the U.S.A and Thailand, and specialises in mental health and addiction issues for expats and local clients. Craig has extensive experience in cognitive-behavioural counselling, client-centred therapy, 12 Step and psychodynamic techniques. Craig is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Counselling Association, and has been accredited in SE Asia.

Craig lives in Bangkok with his wife and children.

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Harjinder Kour (Jenny) – Associate Counsellor

Jenny is originally from India but has lived in Thailand over 25 years.   She received her Masters of Science in Psychotherapy and Counseling from IPMS Mumbai and BSM Bangkok.

Fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi along with good knowledge of Thai, Jenny was drawn to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). She is interested in applying them to supporting and empowering clients with emotional and psychological problems after carefully assessing them.  She has worked with issues relating to stress, anxiety, depression, marriage and cultural adaptation in Thailand.

Not only has she participated and attended counselling trainings, workshops and seminars, she has conducted trainings to the Masters students as well.

Jenny strongly believes that there are no one-size-fits-all approaches to address her clients’ problems and thus continues to further educate and train herself, and further develop her skills continuously.

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Harjinder Kour (Jenny)

Associate Counsellor

Richard Watson


Richard Watson – Counsellor

Richard received his M.A. in clinical mental health counselling in the United States. He has over five years of experience working with clients who have mental/ behavioural health issues, and has worked in both residential treatment centre and community-based settings. He conceptualises from an Adlerian and cognitive-behavioural orientation, and practices utilising CBT and mindfulness techniques.
Richard is trained in trauma-focused CBT (Medical University of South Carolina), as well as mind-body bridging (Mind-Body Bridging Charity). Richard is an active member of both the Illinois Counseling Association (ICA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA), and adheres to the ACA Code of Ethics.

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Duangruthai Taylor (Numnim) – Office Executive

Numnim Serves as our office administrator and reception and is often the first contact for potential clients. She has an extensive background in customer service and tourism and communicates equally well in English and Thai.

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Duangruthai Taylor (Numnim)

Office Administrator

Dr.Thani Settachan


Dr.Thani Settachan – Psychiatrist

Academic Title:
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Glasgow University, Glasgow, Scotland
MD., Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University

Diplomate Thai Board of Psychiatry
Postgraduate Training, Duke University Medical Center, Curham, NC. USA


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Alastair Mordey – Programme Director, The Cabin

Alastair Mordey (BA Hons, FDAP), is a certified and accredited addiction counsellor. He has over a decade of experience working in all four tiers of the UK’s treatment system, from detox to aftercare.

In 2010, Alastair was the main speaker at the National Treatment Agency’s annual conference in the UK , where he presented findings from his pilot project that involved using cardiovascular sports as therapy for people with addiction problems in North East London. His model was adopted as the national model for health in long-term addiction recovery.

Later in 2010, Alastair co-founded The Cabin Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, a fifty bed treatment facility which pioneers the use of Recovery Zones as an ‘all addictions’ model to treat both chemical and process addictions. Using CBT terminology to impart 12 Step abstinence principles, The Cabin’s programme is based on the findings of the American Society of Addiction Medicines’ 2011 public policy document on the latest research into addiction. It features secular language in a culturally sensitive environment that is dedicated to achieving lasting results in a short time frame.

In 2011, Alastair also began training the Treatment System Teams at Thailand’s state-run Thanyarak Hospitals in the use of CBT and 12 Step Facilitation for addicts, and now works closely with the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) in Bangkok.

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 South East Asia and back home in the West.

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Alastair Mordey

Programme Director

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