Dr Cosmo Duff Gordon
Grad Dip Couns (SACAP), Grad Dip Psych (OU), MA (Edin), DPsych (London)
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Health Care Professions Council registration number: PYL 34335
Dr Cosmo founded his own clinic, Start2Stop, in London in 2010. At Start2Stop, Dr Cosmo pioneered intensive outpatient programmes and residential secondary treatment in South Kensington, in the heart of West London. Additionally, he also worked for nearly two years in the main NHS service for treating problem gambling.
Start2Stop is now an internationally benchmarked centre of excellence and is London’s biggest private sector addictions treatment centre. Start2Stop was bought by the Nightingale Hospital in 2022 and Dr Cosmo continues to clinically supervise the work undertaken there.
Dr Cosmo has published in the peer-reviewed literature, in the Journal ‘Health’ (2020):
He is also a chapter author in a book on recovery. His doctoral thesis was on the subject of the ideological dilemmas of 12-Step recovery. He was awarded the Bruner Prize by the Open University in 2011.
Dr Cosmo has been an invited speaker on addiction to the staff of Public Health England (PHE). He has also been invited to deliver talks on addiction at the BPS’s Summer conference and been a keynote speaker at iCAAD London (2018) and iCAAD Paris (2019). He has been interviewed on the subject of addiction by various forms of media. These include: Radio 4’s Today Programme, The Times, The Telegraph, Tatler, The Evening Standard and The Guardian. He has also himself, as a freelance writer, published many features in the South African Sunday Times magazine.
Therapeutically, Dr Cosmo likes to practise in a solution-focused manner and draws on many models in his private practice. His special interests include: clinical case management; DBT; online gaming (having co-founded www.gamewell.co, the UK’s first online CPD accredited provider of education about gaming); and gambling (Dr Cosmo worked for nearly two years in the NHS’s flagship problem gambling programme).
Health Care Professions Council (HCPC): membership number PYL34335
British Psychological Society: membership number 303307