We work with staff who are seasoned, experienced, in long-term personal recovery, possess the highest integrity, have undergone lengthy professional trainings, and share our values.
Ultimately, it is The Mews House team that makes our treatment centre what it is. Many of our team have been with us since Start2Stop was founded 2010.
Dr 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.
Unit Head, The Mews House
CACAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) Level 1, 2 & 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (QCF), FDAP (accred), ATSAC member
Trish has been involved with Start2Stop since 2010 and is the house manager of Mews House, the residential and day care arm of Start2Stop/The Mews House. She has held this position for five years. Trish also works as a counsellor and facilitates groups, as well as seeing clients on a one-to-one basis.
Before joining the team, Trish worked at ODAAT, an addictions treatment programme in South London. Prior to entering recovery for herself, Trish worked as a radio operator for the London Ambulance Service, as well as for the National Missing Persons Helpline. She also had spells as an estate agent and a pub landlady. Trish is trained as both a first aider and a fire marshal.
Trish is close to completing an ISAT sex addiction diploma and Level 5 in Health and Social Care.
Trish lives in South London and enjoys sports, cinema and reading, as well as being passionate about animals. She is an Accredited Drug and Alcohol Professional with FDAP.
Dip Therapeutic Counselling, CACAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) Level 1, 2 & 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (QCF), FDAP member
George joined the Start2Stop team in 2013, where he has experience of working on both the outpatient and residential programmes. George is currently the senior Mews House counsellor. He is also a regular lecturer at a London college, where he teaches counselling skills.
George completed his diploma in therapeutic counselling in July 2015 and intends furthering his studies and specialising in behavioural addictions. He is a member of FDAP.
One of his many passions is jewellery and precious stones. He likes having bespoke jewellery pieces made to his specifications. He also enjoys singing and has taken part in a couple of charity singles.
George really enjoys being a member of the team and his warm and caring approach to life is much appreciated by both staff and patients.
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.
Experiential and EMDR Therapist
PG Cert., 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; he is both an accredited Alcohol and Drugs Practitioner and is one of a relatively small number of accredited EMDR practitioners in the UK.
Josh currently runs experiential groups at Start2Stop as part of the Daycare programme.
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.
Eating Disorder Consultant and Psychotherapist
BSc Hons (Roehampton), Cert Group Facilitation (Gestalt), MUPCA
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.
Eating Disorder Consultant
Dip Couns, MBACP (accred), FDAP (accred), NCAC, BACP Registered Independent Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Jodie has been working in the field of addiction and eating disorders since 2005. She thoroughly enjoys her work and is incredibly passionate about working with people with eating disorders. She has worked as a counsellor both in the UK and in South Africa at various well known treatment facilities. She has extensive experience of working with adolescents, eating disorders, addictions and clients with mental health issues. She has also had senior roles in running addictions programmes for offenders, eating disorders and running services for people with learning disabilities.
Jodie holds a Diploma in counselling and NVQ3 in health and social care. She also has a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is currently doing a Master Practitioner Diploma in working with eating disorders. She is an accredited member of BACP, an accredited member of FDAP and a BACP independent registered counsellor/ psychotherapist. Jodie has been with Start2Stop since 2012.
Jodie is married with three children. In her spare time, Jodie likes spending time with her family and friends and has an affinity for the gym and extreme sports like sky diving and snowboarding.
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. Mark has a thriving private practice.
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.
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.
BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, CPCAB Levels 1, 2 and 3 Certificates in Counselling Studies, MBACP
Originally from South Africa, Bea came over to the UK in 1998 and worked in the NHS for a few years, until she had her children. When her boys were a bit older Bea decided to go back to studying and follow her passion for counselling.
She has a keen interest in equine assisted therapy and her goal is to one day open a residential trauma facility centred around working with horses.
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
BSc Architecture (Bartlett)
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. 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.
Tim has been teaching meditation at Start2Stop 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.