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.
Alp – Therapist
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.
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
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.
Chris – Project Manager
Chris Avery has been working with Tony and Red Card, providing admin support: researching, reviewing and editing documents, updating letter heads, setting up spreadsheets, and generally helping to run the organization. Having worked as an IT manager for many years he is pleased that he can bring his experience in report writing and other methods of presenting information to such an important project.
“Since making contact with Red Card I have been made acutely aware of the impact and extent of Gambling addiction in this country. It is a serious mental health problem, but does not attract the attention that other more high profile addictions do. In fact the availability and promotion of gambling opportunities is increasing and there seems to be little consideration given to the potential damage this could cause.
Anyone can become addicted to gambling but it is a particular problem for some of the more vulnerable and hard to reach groups in society such as young people and ex offenders. The number people becoming involved in gambling is increasing, and as a parent this is naturally a concern, while ex offenders are similarly at risk with many of the factors: low Income, uncertainty of the future, a desire to fit in, being common to both groups.
It is absolutely essential that we raise awareness of this problem and ensure that those at risk, along with their families are equipped to be able to resist the temptations of gambling and support those who have become addicted. I believe that the work that Red Card is doing is a key factor in achieving that aim and I am happy and proud to be a part of it.”