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Our Team

Help Me Stop staff are qualified and experienced, and many have had their own personal experience of alcohol and drug problems

All our therapists and the majority of the people who work with us have been through their own experience of addiction and recovery. Our understanding of what the process involves from the point of view of the individual undergoing it, means we are better able to help our clients. And our personal histories makes us passionately committed to delivering a successful solution for you.

Our therapists are highly qualified with expertise in a range of recovery processes and programmes which include 12-Step, CBT, Psychodynamic Counselling, Motivational Enhancement and Person-Centred Therapies. They also have a depth of experience of working with clients one-to-one and facilitating group sessions.


Chip Somers BACP FDAP
Chip Somers BACP FDAP
Clinical Director

Chip has run treatment units and rehabilitation centres throughout his 33-year career. As Help Me Stop's Clinical Director, Chip's role is to oversee the programme and ensure the therapies and approaches we use meet the needs of individual clients. As a renowned expert in the field of addiction and recovery, Chip brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Help Me Stop. Alongside his work with us, Chip also runs a private practice in Harley Street.

Chris Cordell FDAP
Chris Cordell FDAP
General Manager

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. He is also a senior associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Certified International Recovery Specialist.

Vernon Hartshorne BACP FDAP
Vernon Hartshorne BACP FDAP
Head of Treatment

A qualified therapist with over a decade of experience in alcohol and drug addiction, Vernon led the development of the Help Me Stop treatment approach. Having studied Intensive Outpatient Programmes in Los Angeles, Vernon brings a wealth of knowledge in Dayhab treatment. He's worked in some of the leading treatment centres globally, including Hong Kong, Thailand, the UK, and Bali where he was a clinical director. Vernon specialises in group dynamics, family programmes and 12-Step recovery.

Warren Vinciguerra BACP FDAP
Warren Vinciguerra BACP FDAP
Psychotherapist

An experienced addictions therapist, Warren has worked in both the public and private sector. With extensive experience supporting clients with challenging issues, Warren's counselling approach works within an integrative framework including, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Transpersonal, CBT, Transactional Analysis, and Solution Focused therapy.

Heather Finlay BACP
Heather Finlay BACP
Psychotherapist

A psychotherapist with a relational and integrative therapeutic approach, informed by Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, CBT and Humanistic therapy, Heather is an experienced addiction specialist. She has an MSc degree in Addiction Psychology and Counselling and is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She gained her extensive experience in addiction working for a leading private clinic.

Stuart Bradbury BACP
Stuart Bradbury BACP
Psychotherapist

Since qualifying in 2013, Stuart has worked with a broad range of clients. He's also run a residential rehab centre where he developed his therapeutic style which he describes as a combination of the 12-Step approach, person centred, cognitive behavioural and psychoanalytical psychotherapy together with mindfulness and compassion-focused therapy. Stuart is also in long term 12-Step recovery.

Helen Daniels BACP
Helen Daniels BACP
Psychotherapist

Qualified as a therapeutic counsellor in 2007 (CPCAB), Helen went on to specialise in addiction and bereavement counselling. She's worked as an addiction counsellor for thirteen years integrating the 12-Step recovery model into both group work and 1-1 counselling.

Lisa Kearney BACP
Lisa Kearney BACP
Psychotherapist

A qualified psychotherapist specialising in addiction, Lisa gained her experience in both the private and public sector. She has experience in both 1:1 counselling and group therapy, she uses an integrative model with a firm foundation in theory, experience and training. Lisa also uses the 12-Step model of recovery drawing on client-specific therapeutic approaches.

Ewan Corlett BACP FDAP
Ewan Corlett BACP FDAP
Psychotherapist

Primarily trained in Person-Centred Counselling, Ewan's practice is dynamic, informed by other Humanistic approaches; Existentialism, Transactional Analysis and Solution Focused Therapy, as well as more systemic approaches such as CBT. He also has a keen interest in Carl Jung's Psychoanalytical theories and applications and has experience working in drug, alcohol and eating disorders treatment centres.

Paul Watmore BACP
Paul Watmore BACP
Clinical Supervisor

A qualified therapist with over a decade of experience in alcohol and drug addiction, Paul  has been clinically supervising therapist of all levels for seven years.  Having worked both in an inpatient and community setting,  Paul brings a wealth of knowledge in Dayhab treatment. Paul specialises in group dynamics, one-to-one therapy, trauma and 12-Step recovery.

Janet Waight BACP
Janet Waight BACP
Recovery Support Worker

After training as an addiction therapist, Janet has worked both in the public and private sector. She has experience of family work and supporting clients with challenging issues. Janet's counselling approach works in an integrative framework including; psychodynamic, humanistic, transpersonal, CBT, transactional analysis, and solution focused therapy.

Nanette Jean
Nanette Jean
Recovery Support Worker

A recent BSc Psychology graduate from Newham College University Centre, Nanette's main interest is mental health and psycho-education, in which she intends to gain formal qualifications. Nanette has worked as a volunteer for a mental health, homelessness and drug and alcohol use service. She's also volunteered as a co-facilitator for a women’s group within a structured day programme, after completing the same recovery programme herself.

Sally May BACP
Sally May BACP
Recovery Support Worker

Specialising in addiction and bereavement, Sally is qualified person-centered therapeutic counsellor. She has many years' experience of group work and one-to-one therapy both in 12-Step treatment centres and in private practice.

Charlie Murphy
Charlie Murphy
Recovery Support Worker

With first-hand experience of successful 12-Step recovery, Charlie is well-placed to support other recovering alcoholics and addicts during their treatment programme. He's also currently studying for a counselling qualification at Richmond Adult College.

Nicola Wilkins BACP
Nicola Wilkins BACP
Recovery Support Worker

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.

Neena Tailor
Neena Tailor
Head of Finance

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.

Lucy Connor
Lucy Connor
Client Services Executive

After studying media at Oxford College Of Further Education, Lucy went on to study performing arts in London. Since then she has a wealth of experience in the media, including Public Relations and events management, where she organised events for high profile clients within the music, film, TV and fashion industries. Lucy brings extensive client services skills to Help Me Stop, where she is the first point of contact for our clients.

Param Singh
Param Singh
Recovery Support Worker

Param is arecovery coach specialising in tailor-made recovery programmes to suit individual clients with a person-centred approach. He is constantly adding to his knowledge of spiritual, physical, and mental health. His skill set includes motivational interviewing, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, active/reflective listening, problem-solving, advocacy work, and identifying destructive behaviour patterns.

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 fundraising, specialising in the Hospitality & Leisure Sectors. He is currently chairman of the four British Country Inns companies and Halcyon Hotels and Resorts plc, a major investor in Luxury Family Hotels which he helped launch 20 years ago.

Stephen Bradshaw
Chairman

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.