We are very proud of our team. Many years of working together have created a special family atmosphere at Start2Stop and a wealth of experience to draw on.
All team members and consultants are at the top of their profession and have been hand-picked to offer our clients the very best addiction counselling in London.
Each and every Start2Stop counsellor and consultant is in recovery themselves, is qualified, fully trained, and is a seasoned professional.
All Start2Stop clinicians have professional indemnity insurance and abide by the ethical codes of their respective professional bodies.
As a team, we are passionate about gentle, flexible and long-term addictions treatment. Working in a client-centred and sensitive way, we do our utmost to guide our clients into happy and sustainable long-term recovery.
Dr Cosmo Duff Gordon
Founder, Clinical Director
Grad Dip Psych (Open), MA (Edin), DPsych (City), CPsychol (BPS)
Cosmo is an addictions treatment specialist and chartered psychologist. He was initially educated at Eton College and Edinburgh University, where he read History. He subsequently completed a graduate diploma in counselling, before then doing an undergraduate psychology degree through the Open University, where he was awarded the Bruner Prize. More recently, Cosmo completed a doctorate in psychology at the University of London. He has been working in the addiction treatment field since 2005.
Before founding Start2Stop in 2010, Cosmo had worked for some years in South Africa, where he was head of addictions treatment at a private hospital in Cape Town. He has also worked for the NHS in London, in its specialist outpatient gambling clinic. He brings to Start2Stop a through-the-line wealth of experience in helping people suffering with addiction. He is one of very few people who have run primary residential, secondary residential, tertiary residential, sober living and outpatient programmes, in both London and Cape Town.
Cosmo is a co-author of ‘Recovery RSA’ (2011), a guidebook to recovery from addiction. He has also been invited to give talks on treating addiction at the British Psychological Society (BPS) annual conference and at Public Health England (PHE). In 2018, he was invited to give one of the opening talks at the iCAAD international addictions treatment conference: https://vimeo.com/282225633
Cosmo is married, with two small children.
Unit Head Start2Stop Outpatient Programme
MA (Oxon); Dip.Psych (Greenwich); Cert. Couns. (SACAP); FDAP; MBPsS; ATSAC member
Chris has been with Start2Stop since its opening in November 2010; he is an experienced counsellor and facilitator of group-based therapy. Chris is also interested in creative writing as a therapeutic tool. After reading English Lit at Oxford, he worked as assistant director on TV commercials and music promos, before his own addiction issues necessitated a period of rehabilitation, redirection and re-education.
Chris studied counselling at The South African College of Applied Psychology in Cape Town, before gaining a 1st class graduate diploma in psychology from Greenwich University. He is also close to completing an ISAT sex addiction diploma.
He lives in South London with his family and fills his spare time with Crystal Palace FC, football, kick boxing, cinema, literature and foreign travel. He also works in private practice.
Diploma in Counselling (SACAP), FDAP, MBACP
Following a successful and lengthy career in the music business, Dougie stepped into his own recovery process and retrained as an addictions treatment specialist. He worked as an addictions counsellor in Cape Town from 2010-17, across all levels of care. This included senior and consultancy roles at residential primary and secondary clinics, as well as at outpatient treatment facilities. Dougie also founded the very popular ‘Cape Town Recovery Film Festival’, which we are hoping he can continue to mastermind from his new base in London.
Dougie has a passion for literature, writing and the spoken word, and enjoys urban walking, vegetarian cooking and documentary films.
Astrid has over 10 years experience in the field of addiction treatment in South Africa and, more recently, in Belgium. She has a deep personal knowledge of practical application of 12 Step philosophy for continued growth in long term recovery. During her career, Astrid has added to her original counselling training by obtaining a Psychology degree (Hons).
Astrid originally completed a Fine Art degree (with Hons) at the prestigious Stellenbosch University and has exhibited her work in both group and solo exhibitions. She currently has a painting hanging in the South African National Gallery and continues to pursue her interest in portraiture and urban landscapes. In addition to her painting Astrid consults as a designer for various music and book publishers and has worked in the social enterprise sector.
Astrid likes cats and living in London.
Counsellor & Recovery Coach
Post Grad. Cert. Addiction Psychology, MBACP
Now well into his second decade in recovery, Mark is an experienced and passionate counsellor, who has consulted for Start2Stop since 2010. He has years of experience and brings an enthusiasm for recovery that has been infectious for everyone involved with Start2Stop & the Mews House. Mark has a diploma in Level 5 Therapeutic Counselling and is a member of the BACP.
Away from counselling, Mark loves the outdoors life, has a passion for fishing and clay pigeon shooting, which he is happy to share with The Mews House residents. Mark also has a busy private practice.
Eating Disorder Consultant and Psychotherapist
BSc Hons (Roehampton), Cert Group Facilitation (Gestalt), MBACP
Holly gained her BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling at Roehampton University and has several years of experience working within the field of addiction. She has been part of the Start2Stop team since 2010. Specialising in Eating Disorders Holly has vast experience helping others find lasting recovery in this area. As well as being a certified group facilitator she brings an in-depth understanding of Co-dependency issues, and relationship addictions. Holly has worked for the NHS and in the private sector. Her approach is based on an integration of her psychotherapeutic training and extensive experience with the 12-step philosophy. Holly also runs a busy private practice.
Dip Integrative Counselling, Recovery Coach, MBACP
Dan is a qualified counsellor, certified group facilitator, and recovery coach, who trained at Richmond Adult Community College. He has been working with clients suffering from a wide range of addiction issues on a one to one basis for the last 3 years. He possesses an extensive personal experience of recovery from addiction through the 12 Steps, and is passionate about helping others to recover. Dan also offers a busy private practice specialising in recovery coaching.
Dip Integrative Counselling, Level 1 Core Energetics (Body Psychotherapy), MBACP
Petar is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and has over 8 years’ experience in the addiction field. He incorporates body psychotherapy in to his practice, a therapeutic approach that integrates a client’s physical body in to the therapy process in recognition of the intimate relationship between the human body and the psychological well-being of a person. Petar believes that everyone, with the right kind of support, has the potential to master their life struggles or mental health problems, despite what a person is facing or how they may be feeling. He likes playing the piano, travelling and learning about life mysteries and other cultures.
Cert. Couns (SACAP), ED Dip. (NCFED)
Clare has been working in the addictions field since 2005. She studied at SACAP in Cape Town gaining her certificate in Counselling and Communication and trained at OASIS counselling centre in Plettenberg Bay from 2004-2007.
After returning to England Clare worked in field of adolescent social services for a couple of years then returned to her love of working in addiction treatment centres. She has an Master Practitioner Diploma in Eating Disorders from the BPS and is currently finishing off her Psychotherapeutic Counselling Diploma.
Clare came to work as a counsellor at Start2Stop and The Mews House between 2011-14 but needed to take a couple of breaks in order to have her 3 children! She is now very happy to be back on the team.
Coming from an Art School background, Fi worked in advertising as a Graphic Designer and subsequently as a Design Studio Manager for many years, both in London and New York, before deciding on a complete life change. She joined the charity sector to work as a Company Manager for Vauxhall City Farm working with disadvantaged children and adults and those with special needs. Whilst there she set up a Riding for the Disabled Project as well as several animal therapy, educational, and environmental programmes for local residents and schools.
From 2009 to 2015 Fi worked for a London Daycare programme gaining an invaluable insight in to the workings of a growing addiction treatment centre. She worked as a Project Manager on a diverse and challenging range of developments including the implementation of policy and best practice.
In 2015 Fi joined Start2Stop Ltd as a Practice Manager and “loves working alongside a dynamic and highly skilled team in a fast-paced, stimulating and challenging role: never a dull moment!”
Araminta de Clermont
Art Group Facilitator
Educated at the Bartlett, UCL, where she took a degree in Architecture, and at postgraduate level at Central St Martin’s, Araminta started facilitating our art groups in 2010. She also facilitates art groups for a children’s charity in inner-city schools.
She believes that art touches one on a deep and emotional level, and feels that art therapy enriches the recovery process. In her spare time, Araminta is an award-winning environmental photographer, whose work has been exhibited in Europe, Africa and America, and in the National Portrait Gallery, London, as well as being featured in numerous magazines and books. She is married, with two children.
Tim facilitates meditation groups at Start2Stop.
He has been teaching meditation since 2010. His sessions are inspired by his daily programme of Transcendental Meditation and the Advanced TM Siddhi Programme. Tim is a qualified Senior Social Worker for disabled children, Reiki Master, and published author. He is devoted to studying the ancient spiritual practice of shamanism. Tim is a former tennis coach, having spent several years coaching in America. He has a passion for playing the African drums and lives by the sea with his family.
Nikki Slade is a leading pioneer in the field of chanting, core voice and sound work in the UK. Nikki has inspired thousands of individuals to chant and has led chanting workshops for many corporations including M&C Saatchi, Deutcshe Bank and Cisco. She has also taken her cutting edge approach to working with the voice into Wandsworth men’s prison and she is the resident voice facilitator at the Priory hospital in North London where she has impacted the recovery of hundreds of addicts over the past 13 years.
Nikki has recorded four highly popular chanting Cd’s: Nectarine, Monsoon, Soundscape and her latest double album Epiphany. She is the resident Kirtan (Chanting) leader at Triyoga in London and has travelled the world with her work to places including California, Singapore, NYC, Europe and Melbourne, Australia. She led a chant for over 2000 people at the 11.11.11 Mind, Body, Spirit show and at the 12.12.12 Oneness ceremony in London.
Richard trained in Mindfulness Group Practice and Relapse Prevention with Devon Ashwood at Action on Addiction’s Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies and has been running Mindful Practice in Recovery groups at Start to Stop since 2011. MPR groups are designed to bring practices of mindful awareness to individuals at the early stage of recovery. They aim to assist and encourage clients in developing personal practice, leading to greater emotional self-regulation and the capacity to tolerate the ups and downs, frustrations and setbacks that inevitably occur during the initial stages of recovery.
Richard has supported clients at The Hepatitis C Trust since 2009, working with disproportionately affected groups who are marginalised and underserved and have poor access to healthcare and health outcomes, including injecting drug users, the homeless and ethnic minorities.
Richard is a certified FDAP member and qualified trauma therapist, having completed EMDR training, with a growing private practice.