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Our Team

Qualified & Experienced

Meet our team


Chris Cordell

Director of Operations

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.


Sammy Manzaroli

Dip.Couns (Addictions) Director of Treatment Services

Sammy is a psychotherapist with a specialism in addiction therapy and has a wealth of experience which includes working as a therapist, facilitating groups and working on a one to one basis with clients in charitable, statutory and private sector organisations over the past 20 years. He has also been a registered manager for a number of residential treatment centres and set up a charity to support people with addictions through the use of art, music and drama. Sammy is a huge advocate of 12 step recovery and has experience of utilising this process in his own day to day life for well over twenty years.


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.


Param Singh

Admissions & Marketing Executive

Param began as a Recovery Coach at Help Me Stop. He recently came on board in his current capacity as part of the Admissions and Marketing team with Chris Love and works on helping clients find recovery. He works on developing the marketing strategy to help spread the word about Help Me Stop and its services, working closely with the PR, SEO, social media and website teams. His passion lies in helping people and he also facilitates weekly client workshops on various topics from goal setting, to 12 step recovery topics. He is in long-term recovery with personal experience in helping others find their purpose in life.


Talat Taj

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.


Neena Tailor

Director of Finance & HR

An experienced CFO/Finance Director, Neena brings well-developed strategic planning skills and stakeholder engagement experience, as well as advanced financial modelling and analysis expertise. Her recent roles have demonstrated senior financial leadership, and strong commercial acumen.


Lisa Kearney BACP

Senior Psychotherapist

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 additionally runs the family programme at HMS, offering support to family members affected by addiction.


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.


Moira Jobson BACP


Moira 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Debbie Brown BACP


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.


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.

Board Members

Tim Smith
Chief Executive Officer

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.

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.

Stephen Bradshaw

Stephen has been involved in Behavioural Healthcare for the past 35 years. He started his own education company which was later the first to be bought by a PE group. Having been invited to join the main board at the Priory Group as a Director, he developed over 20 new services for adults and children, including care pathways through to adult services.

See also

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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Group Work

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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