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The Outpatient Team

We are very proud of our team. Five of us have worked together since 2010, with the others joining in 2011, 2013 and 2014. These years of working together have created a very 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 will do our utmost to guide our clients into happy and sustainable long-term recovery.

cosmoDr Cosmo Duff Gordon
Founder, Clinical Director

Grad Dip Psych (Open), MA (Edin), DPsych (City), CPsychol (BPS) 

Cosmo is a chartered psychologist and addictions treatment specialist. He was educated at Eton College and Edinburgh University, where he read History. Cosmo has worked in the addictions field since 2005, as a counsellor, educator, consultant and programme head. Cosmo is also a registered psychometrician and is a member of the BPS.

Before founding Start2Stop in 2010, Cosmo had worked for some years in Cape Town, South Africa, where he was head of addictions treatment at an internationally recognised private hospital.

Writing is a passion, and his features have been widely published in the South African Sunday Times. Cosmo is a co-author of ‘Recovery RSA’ (2011), a guidebook to recovery from addiction. Cosmo is married, with two small children.


chrisChris Marshall
Unit Head Start2Stop Outpatient Programme

MA (Oxon); Dip.Psych (Greenwich); Cert. Couns. (SACAP); FDAP; MBPsS

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 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.


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Josh Dickson
Senior Counsellor and Trauma Therapist

BA Hons, FDAP (accred), EMDR (accred)

Educated at Harrow and Bristol University, where he studied Philosophy and Psychology, Josh spent the next decade in the music industry as a writer, producer and performer.

Returning to the psychology field, he spent two years training as an addictions and a systemic family counsellor, qualifying in late 2011. Josh has been part of the Start2Stop team since 2012 and has a special interest in treating trauma; he is both an accredited Alcohol and Drugs Practitioner and is one of a relatively small number of accredited EMDR practitioners in the UK.

Surfing is a passion, and Josh regularly travels the world in pursuit of the biggest waves. He also works in private practice, specialising in EMDR therapy for trauma.


tertius270aTertius Richardson
Senior Counsellor & Psychotherapist

BA (UCL), Dip Therapeutic Counselling, MBACP

Tertius has been part of the Start2Stop team since 2011 and has been involved in helping people recover from their addictions for well over a decade.  He works with an integrative model that incorporates both psychodynamic and humanistic therapeutic approaches.

His interests outside of addiction include 17th and 18th Century philosophy, political theory, sport, horror films, and indie music from the 1990s.

When not working at Start2Stop Tertius can “often be found in the gym, or gazing into the distance dreaming of further travel…”


markMark Neilsen
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.


holly70bHolly Rose
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.


fi lighter backgroundEFi Mackenzie
Practice Manager

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!”


Complementary Therapies:

mintAraminta de Clermont
Art Group Facilitator

BSc Architecture

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.


timTim Bennett
Clinical Social Worker and Meditation

Tim is a clinical social worker and 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 lighter backNikki Slade
Kirtan Chanting

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.