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Our Team

Meet our Team

Qualified & Experienced

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Chris Love

Head 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. 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 to find freedom from addiction.

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Sammy Manzaroli

Head of Treatment Services

Sammy is an addiction therapist with a a wealth of experience which includes working as a counsellor, 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.

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Debbie Brown

Senior Psychotherapist

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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Nicola Wilkin


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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Ben Hardisty BACP


Ben is a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist and member of the BACP. Ben is experienced in different modalities such as CBT, Psychodynamic, Jungian, and person-centered theories, He is committed to guiding individuals on their journey to recovery and helping them reclaim control over their lives. He is well versed in the 12 Steps from personal experience. Ben's goal is not only to help clients overcome their addictive patterns but also to foster personal growth, self-awareness, and resilience for sustained recovery.

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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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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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Talat Mahmood

HR Manager

Talat has a number of years of administration and office management experience from his time in Harley Street. As the clinic's HR Manager, he ensures our office procedures and team management processes run smoothly. In doing this, Talat is professional, intelligent and caring as he also understands the impact of drugs and alcohol on individuals. In addition, Talat supports the day to day operations with clients, families and professionals arriving or calling Help Me Stop.

Board Members

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.

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.

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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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