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Our Team

Meet our Team

Qualified & Experienced

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Chris Cordell

Managing Director

With over 25 years in the field of addiction treatment, Chris brings a wealth of senior managerial experience to Help Me Stop. He's worked as a Hospital Director for one of Europe’s premier private, residential treatment facilities and as a front line worker and Area Manager for one of the UK's leading community alcohol, drug and mental health charities. Chris is a senior associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Certified International Recovery Specialist, and a member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine. Chris is also a former advisor, alongside the Director of Policy and Research (UK Drug Policy Commission) and the Head of Drug Strategy Unit Delivery Team at the Home Office, in contributing to the "Whole Person Recovery: A user-centered systems approach to problem drug use" - a National Investigation into UK Drug Policy.

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Troy Ballara

Finance Manager

Troy has over 20 years of accounting and finance management experience and education, working across multiple business sectors including finance and investment, hospitality, property and healthcare. He is creative and versatile in his work approach. He enjoys working in an organisation that has a soul and upholds the company’s values. In his free time, Troy enjoys travelling, tennis and arts.

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Chris Love

Director of Admissions & Marketing

Chris is passionate about supporting clients and their families through the process of entering into treatment, ensuring that the experience is as seamless and stress free as possible. Having built a successful 20 year career in advertising, Chris found himself unable to fulfil his true potential. He began his personal recovery journey in 2008 and found a new purpose in his life. His continued enthusiasm for the practices and principles of 12 step recovery and his ability to draw on his personal experience are invaluable assets in inspiring others who have found themselves in a similar position to find freedom from addiction.

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Lisa Kearney MSc, BACP

Treatment Service Manager (Central London)

Lisa is an experienced integrative psychotherapist, working in both the private and public sector. She has a MSc degree in Addiction, Psychology and Counselling and is a member of the BACP as well as an accredited member of FDAP (Federation of Drugs and Alcohol Professionals). Lisa oversees our treatment programme in our central London Dayhab in Fitzrovia. Additionally, she runs the family programme at Help Me Stop, offering support to family members affected by addiction.

Help Me Stop Team Member Rocky McKnight

Rocky McKnight BA, MA, MSc

Treatment Service Manager (West London)

Rocky manages our West London Dayhab in Acton. He is an experienced and compassionate addiction therapist, having practised at two London treatment centres. He designed and led a treatment programme as lead therapist and he managed an inpatient clinic. After a successful career in university management, as Head of Corporate Relations at the London School of Economics and, most recently, Senior Associate Director for the Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge, Rocky retrained via an MSc in Addiction Studies at King's College London. Alongside his work at Help Me Stop, he is training as a Group Analyst at London’s IGA. He is passionate about integrating psychodynamic and behavioural approaches into addiction work.

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Moira Jobson BACP

Treatment Service Manager (Online)

Moira heads up the Help Me Stop Online Rehab. She is a qualified therapist and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She specialises in addiction in its many forms and has a deep insight into the issues that often lay beneath addictive thoughts and behaviours. She is also experienced at helping clients with: stress and feeling overwhelmed, anxiety and fear, relationship issues, low self-esteem and co-dependency.

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Ted Ferguson BACP


Ted is an Integrative Counsellor who draws upon theories, concepts, techniques and interventions from various therapy models. Counselling research plays a crucial part in his work with clients and he draw on valid, updated and recommended research material that guides which facilitates and informs his practice as a therapist. He is MBACP registered and has additional training in bereavement and eating disorders.

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Janet Waight BACP


Janet is an Integrative Psychotherapist and an experienced Addictions counsellor. She utilises a range of therapeutic modalities according to the individual needs of the client; including person-centred, CBT, body-oriented and trauma focused interventions. Janet is passionate about the positive impact of Mindfulness based practise and tools in daily life, and how these can benefit those in recovery from addiction. She is a certified Mindfulness in Recovery Facilitator and assists in the implementation of the mindfulness programme at Help Me Stop.

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Nicola Wilkins BACP


Nicola is a person-centred therapist experienced in both group work and one-to-one sessions in a treatment centre environment. She specialises in addiction, domestic violence, narcissistic abuse and childhood trauma and has worked with adolescents using art therapy and play therapy along with metaphor and non-verbal therapy.

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Samantha Chapman MBACP


Sam has over 10 years’ experience working with clients seeking recovery from all walks of life, and is a qualified therapist MBACP with a foundation year at the Institute of Group Analysis. With experience in both charitable and private residential settings her passion is working both 1:1 and group therapy, facilitating growth from isolation to connection.

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Debbie Brown


Debbie is an integrative counsellor with over 10 years experience of helping clients understand and move past their obstacles and make positive changes in their lives. She strongly believes that a person's history should not define who they are. Each person deserves every possible chance in life and is passionate about helping people create such chances and thrive as a result.

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Tony Brooks


Tony is a qualified person-centred counsellor with a BSc Honours in Addiction Counselling, Minister and Mindfulness Practitioner. He has a specialism as a Chemsex Worker and regularly runs national training both for the Metropolitan Police and Pharmacists. Tony has a full working knowledge of the 12 steps and is proponent in this model of recovery.

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Jayne Drewett


Jayne is a qualified Integrative Counsellor, holistic therapist and certified mindfulness-based, relapse prevention practitioner. She is a member of both BACP and CThA (Complementary Therapists Association). Jayne is an experienced group facilitator, with over 15 years experience in addiction settings. She strongly believes in the 12 step approach, having had personal experience of overcoming addiction. and being in long term recovery herself (since 2003). She enjoys supporting clients emotionally and mentally, at Help Me Stop and in her private counselling work where she counsels clients to address anxiety, depression, grief/loss and self-esteem issues.

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Talat Mahmood

Administrative Manager & HR

Talat is often the first point of contact for clients, families and professionals arriving or calling Help Me Stop. Talat has a number of years of administration and office management experience from his time in Harley Street. As the clinic's Administrative Manager, he ensures our office procedures run smoothly. Among this, Talat is professional, intelligent and caring as he also understands the impact of drugs and alcohol on individuals.

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Fatimah Hatam

Administrator/ Receptionist

Fatimah has a BSc (Honours) in psychology and counselling and is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). As clinical administrator, she supports the therapists and assists clients and visitors. Fatimah deals with internal and external communications ensuring organisation of day-to-day operations of Help Me Stop.

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Bianca Speedie

Recovery Support Volunteer

Bianca is a Certified Recovery Coach specialising in bespoke programmes supporting clients on their journey of recovery. She is currently studying for a BSc degree in Psychology and Counselling and is a member of The British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Federation of Drug And Alcohol Professionals (FDAP). Bianca has first hand experience and knowledge of the 12 Step programme and is deeply committed to service within the recovery community.

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Charlotte Tarrant

Marketing Manager

Charlotte is a communications specialist who has worked in the addiction treatment and mental health field for almost 15 years. With a passion for words and stories, as well as fair access to high quality treatment, Help Me Stop is her vocational home. She loves the buzz and camaraderie of working alongside colleagues in the busy admissions and marketing team, holding the door open for people who choose treatment with Help Me Stop. Charlotte is also training to become a qualified counsellor, to enhance her ability to listen, empathise and respond well to people at every stage of their recovery.

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Mary Holditch

Adminstrator/ Receptionist

Mary is the friendly face at Help Me Stop's reception, welcoming clients and colleagues into our central London Dayhab and helping with queries and requests. Mary has experience from a wide range of administration and social care roles, and brings to her work a chatty and caring demeanour. Mary loves working alongside people who are so motivated to progress in their lives and she deeply values how Help Me Stop challenges her in her own personal growth. In her free time, Mary loves riding her bike and is a keen sewist.

Board Members

Chris Cordell
Managing Director

Chris has over 25 years in the field of addiction treatment. He’s worked as a Hospital Director for one of Europe’s premier private, residential treatment facilities and as a front-line worker and Area Manager for one of the UK’s leading community drug, alcohol, and mental health charities. Chris is a senior associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Certified International Recovery Specialist, and a member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine.

Martin Sherwood
Non-Executive Director

Martin has many years’ experience in small company fund-raising and investor relations. He has extensive board experience across a wide spectrum of sectors, including Renewable Energy, Leisure, Healthcare and Media and is currently Chairman of Halcyon Hotels and PushFar, the career progression and mentoring business.

Tim Smith

Tim has extensive experience in the marketing, media and finance sectors. Tim has also served as a trustee on a number of drug and alcohol charities.

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Work for us

Help Me Stop has several opportunities for part-time and full-time 12-Step therapists, volunteer recovery support workers and interns seeking placements as part of their  diplomas, degrees and masters level courses.

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Our Programme

Our programme is made up of a mixture of group work and one-to-ones with a primary therapist. We also include a 20-hour group work programme which includes up to two family members or friends. 

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