Dr. Cosmo Duff Gordon
MA (Hons), DPsych, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Cosmo is a counselling psychologist and addiction treatment specialist, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has helped people in recovery since 2005 as a counsellor, educator, consultant and programme head.
Cosmo works in Central London at the Start2Stop clinic, which he runs as well. Cosmo can be contacted for private appointments on +44 207 581 2908 or on email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having worked for several years in South Africa, where he was the head of addictions treatment at a private hospital in Cape Town, Cosmo returned to London in 2010 and co-founded Start2Stop with Dougie Duff.
Previously, he has worked for the NHS in London, for its specialist outpatient gambling clinic.
Start2Stop is a leading private provider of addiction treatment, where together they pioneered a 100-day outpatient treatment programme for professionals with binge-pattern addiction problems.
In 2012 Start2Stop opened Mews House, which is London’s only provider of residential secondary and tertiary treatment. Cosmo is passionate about long term care in the community and is a strong believer that this generates the best outcomes.
He has also trained social workers in addiction counselling, working with counselling teams and lecturing at various Universities in both the UK and South Africa.
As an addiction professional who is in recovery himself, Cosmo has a deep understanding of his patients. He believes that there is no better way to recover than within the setting of the clients’ own environment. His treatment plan is a gentle, long-term, sustainable and holistic-focused approach.
Cosmo started his education at Eton College and Edinburgh University, and later went on to receive a 1st-class undergraduate degree in Psychology by the Open University where he was awarded the ‘Bruner Prize’. Cosmo’s published doctoral thesis was on the subject of the ideological dilemmas of 12-Step recovery.
Cosmo has given a number of talks on treating addiction at the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) annual conference and at Public Health England (PHE). In 2018, he gave one of the opening talks at the iCAAD London international addictions treatment conference, which can be seen here.
More recently, he was a speaker at iCAAD Paris (2019), on the topic of ‘Recovery & Identity’.
Some of Cosmo’s publications include, ‘Surrender to win: Constructions of 12-step recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction’, published by the University of London Department of Psychology.
He is also the co-author of ‘Recovery RSA’ (2011), a guidebook to recovery.
In addition, a selection of his features writing for the South African Sunday Times appears in the book ‘Place’ (2009).