Our People

Tony – Managing Director and Founder

 

I plied my trade in the Swedish 2nd Division as well as the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Divisions of the English Football League in a 9 year career. I spent 3 years at Stoke City under legendary managers such as Alan Bell and Lou Macari and had numerous highs and lows during that period, namely a Wembley winners medal and my famous ‘YouTube’ goal at Anfield in a 2-2 draw in the 1991 League Cup!

If I knew then what I know now, with regards to how professional therapy can be a ‘life saver’, I would not be writing this article. ‘Problem gambling’ can be helped with proper treatment, which may include Psychological therapy. There is no magical cure as it’s an illness and should be treated as such.

We will endeavour to find out what triggers people’s compulsive behaviour and urge for compulsive gambling and I am sure with, your full commitment and continued therapy, together we can accomplish our aim.

Sandra – Counselling Psychologist

Sandra Mtandabari is a Chartered and Registered Counselling Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health, working in the NHS, voluntary sector and in private practice. Her approach to therapeutic practice is integrative, informed by cognitive behavioural, schema and existential models, also incorporating systemic principles & motivational interviewing techniques. Working with adults and adolescents, Sandra offers individual and group therapy, for most psychological presentations including addictions. As an integrative practitioner, Sandra endeavours to work with a holistic approach, thus ensures all the existential dimensions (psychological, physical, social & spiritual) are addressed at the assessment and treatment of clients.

Malcolm – Therapist

I have worked as a Psychotherapist since 2003, i have worked as a Honorary Psychotherapist at the Maudsley Hospital for three years. I have worked in specialist NHS services and currently work in the NHS. I have managed an addictions counselling service in central London, which had a specialist group work programme for people suffering from a dual diagnosis. During my work with addicted populations I worked with people who had gambling addictions as well as drink or drug addictions.

Alptekin Aydin. MSc-MBPS-FDAP

Addiction Specialist Psychologist.

Addiction Specialist Psychologist

As a Psychologist specialise in addiction, my aim is provide brief interventions, harm-reduction and therapeutic treatment for gambling addiction, drug and substance misuser by working at the projects or clinics.

Andrea Hollis – Personcentred/cbt/pyschodanmic trained counselling mbacp.

 

 

 

 

I have been involved in the addiction field for the last 11 years at least. After a wealth of experience of working with private clients/schools and companies covering all issues from individual therapies to couple counselling and child, to addiction issues among high profile sports clientele also. I currently also work still with GamCare specialising with problematic gamblers and the affected other/families/sports industry. I still have a private practice also.I do work using various methods and find this very useful as all are very often needed and used, in the process.I am a member of the bacp and I have been since 2005 at least, and a member of the various counselling local directories. In process to sort accreditation soon of the bacp too. I have joined red card foundation as this is where my passion lies helping others and my goals to help educate the public and to become aware also of the dangers of gambling if it is not managed, afforded and controlled. I look forward to an ongoing successful future with Red Card.

Alptekin Aydin. MSc-MBPS-FDAP
Addiction Specialist Psychologist.

As a Psychologist specialise in addiction, my aim is provide brief interventions, harm-reduction and therapeutic treatment for gambling addiction, drug and substance misuser by working at the projects or clinics.

 

About Me

Aside from my academic & clinical experience I am a research software engineer I developed a mobile based iPhone application called The Alcohol Intoxication Monitor (AIM) for my Msc thesis. The AIM App uses smartphone technology with an integrated application for ecological momentary assessment (EMA) in a natural environment. The app is designed to incorporate the recording of alcohol consumption, BAC Level (blood alcohol concentration), coordinated Geographic Information System (GIS) to place drinking in location, time and recurrence and includes measures of subjective intoxication and mood state with a short version Profile of Mood States (POMS)

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

MSc Courses in Addiction Studies -Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) King’s College London.

Bradley – Therapist

Brad Riddell

 

 

 

Bradley Riddell – BA – Ad.Dip in Integrative Counselling – MBACP (www.addiction-counselling.org.uk)

I have been actively involved in the world of addiction since 2001, when I began working for the National charity Addaction, counselling substance mis-users with drug and alcohol issues. I have worked with families of addicts for the charity CRI-Patched, and for the charity Breakeven which specialises in the area of gambling addiction offering free counselling to problem gamblers and their ‘significant others’ ie: friends and family.
I recently began my own private practice in 2014 based in Maidstone & Brighton specialising in addiction therapy whilst continuing my work with problem gambling with Breakeven who have offices throughout the South East of England.
My interests in addiction stem from my own experiences in my earlier years when I began to use alcohol & recreational drugs heavily and obsessively. Interestingly for an “Addictions Therapist” I am not a particular fan of the term “addict”. Whilst I recognise that when used appropriately it can have tremendously healing potential I’m very aware that when used derogatively it can cause stigma and shame, adding to the addictive behaviour and thinking, and not helping it. For this reason therapeutic work needs to be undertaken sensitively, compassionately and with empathic understanding for the pain the person in the grip of the addictive compulsions is going through. I work in an integrated way and with a keen interest in Neuro-scientific research into brain chemistry. In my experience these insights can help clients understand what was previously inexplicable and greatly aid therapeutic progress and integration of self.
I am a member of the BACP and an active member of the Counselling-Directory on whose site I have had several articles on addiction published.
I am currently in the process of becoming an accredited member of the BACP.