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
Grad Dip Psych (Open), MA (Edin), DPsych (City), CPsychol (BPS)
Grad Dip Psych (Open), MA (Edin), DPsych (City), CPsychol (BPS), AFBPsS
Cosmo is an addictions treatment specialist, chartered psychologist, doctor of psychology and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has been helping people to recover from addiction 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 brings to Start2Stop a through-the-line wealth of experience in helping people suffering with addiction, being possibly the only person in the private sector to have run primary residential, secondary residential, tertiary residential, sober living and outpatient programmes. He has also worked for the NHS in London, in its specialist outpatient gambling clinic.
Having been initially educated at Eton College and Edinburgh University, he later received a 1st class undergraduate degree in Psychology, being awarded the ‘Bruner Prize’ by the Open University. Cosmo’s published doctoral thesis was on the subject of the ideological dilemmas of 12-Step recovery.
Cosmo has given talks on treating addiction at the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) annual conference and at Public Health England (PHE). In 2018, he was invited to give one of the opening talks at the iCAAD London international addictions treatment conference: https://vimeo.com/282225633
More recently, he was a speaker at iCAAD Paris (2019), on the topic of ‘Recovery & Identity’. He is a co-author of ‘Recovery RSA’ (2011), a guidebook to recovery from addiction.
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 & Linguistics 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 also has an ISAT (level 5) diploma in sex addiction therapy.
He lives in South London with his family and fills his spare time with Crystal Palace FC, football, boxing, cinema, literature and foreign travel. He also works in private practice.
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.
Dip Integrative Counselling, Recovery Coach, MBACP
Daniel is a qualified integrated counsellor, certified group facilitator, and recovery coach with over five years of experience working in the field of addiction treatment. He did his integrated therapeutic counselling training at Richmond Adult College, which was an accumulation of psychodynamic, person centred, transactional analysis, gestalt and transpersonal therapy.
He has gone on to do various other pieces of additional training which have included transpersonal psychology, cognitive behaviour therapy, family systems theory, experiential, and attachment therapy, from a number of organisations including Clearmind International and The Bowlby Centre.
He possesses ten years of experience with the twelve steps, and has a particular passion for this process, and how it can transform peoples lives. Daniel is extremely passionate about the work he does and finds great joy and appreciation in seeing others recover from addiction.
Cert. Couns (SACAP), ED Dip. (NCFED), FDAP
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.
MA, MSc. Dip, MBACP
Virginia has been working as a therapist with individuals, groups, and families in the psychiatric field since 1993.
She is interested in how therapy helps clients recover their real selves, and unblock self-defeating behaviour. She also considers how their families have been affected – and is keen to help them find a programme of recovery.
She has her own private practice in central London, and facilitates group-work and workshops for the Start2Stop evening programme. She has strong links with rehabilitation centres in the UK, US and South Africa, and considers relationships with other professionals/resources in the field important so she is able to provide effective guidance and advice for clients and colleagues when required. She also helps devise programmes for inpatient care and workshops, and offers consultancy and teaching/training/mentoring/supervision services for those working in the field of addiction.
After over two decades spent in the hospitality industry, Richard found his way – via the Start2Stop Outpatient Programme – into recovery. He is familiar with the testing work environments which many clients have to face.
Richard is now a counsellor (PGCert FDAP) with a particular passion for 12-Step methodology. He is also a recovery coach with a robust understanding of the mechanics and psychology of addiction and is a proponent of Motivational Interviewing and metacognitive thinking strategies.
Richard works with clients 121, facilitates groups, runs workshops and is the face of most Saturday mornings at Start2Stop.
He lives in South London with his wife and two young children.
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.