Meet the team
Our team of qualified clinicians specialise in the treatment of problem gambling. The clinic has psychiatrists, psychologists, a family therapist, a financial awareness advisor and other specialist therapists.
We have a proven method of successful treatment. All clinical and counselling psychologists are trained in the specialist use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and its application to problem gamblers. We use the only proven CBT treatment programme for problem gambling.
Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones
Lead consultant psychiatrist at the NHS National Problem Gambling Clinic
MRCPsych, BA (Hons), DOccMed, MD (Imperial)
Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones is a consultant psychiatrist working in the field of substance misuse.
Within the NHS she is the Lead Consultant for Problem Gambling for Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust as well as running an inpatient ward for alcohol and drug detoxifications in central London.
In 2008 she founded the CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic, the first NHS multidisciplinary treatment centre for problem gamblers which has been inundated by new referrals since its opening. The clinic works on an evidence-based approach and is host to high quality research projects.
She is the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ spokesperson on Problem Gambling, as well as being an elected member of the Executive Committee Addictions Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Henrietta is a member of the government’s Responsible Gambling Strategy Board advising on prevention, research, treatment and education and a member of the Board’s Prevention Panel.
Having completed her medical degree and her psychiatric training she spent some years researching the effects of alcohol on the brain. She was awarded an MD for her work, her doctorate thesis with Imperial College is on Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Dysfunction in Alcohol Dependency.
Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones is an honorary senior lecturer in the Division of Neurosciences at Imperial College and is the co-recipient of a Medical Research Council grant in the area of decision-making and impulsivity.
She has a group of 12 researchers from Imperial, Cambridge, Oxford and University College London collaborating on different research projects within the National Problem Gambling Clinic.
In her charity work she is a trustee of Sporting Chance Clinic, a high profile addiction charity which helps top sportsmen and women in the UK in their fight against drugs, alcohol and gambling.
Dr Neil Smith
Principal Clinical Psychologist
BSc (Hons) D.Clin.Psy C.Psychol
Dr Neil Smith is the Principal Clinical Psychologist at the National Problem Gambling Clinic. He is a chartered clinical psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council and British Psychological Society.
Dr Smith has worked with a variety of addictions client populations over the past 10 years, including those using methadone, alcohol and cannabis. He has published research papers on cannabis use and on problem gambling, and supervises doctoral projects on problem gambling.
Dr Smith joined the National Problem Gambling Clinic in 2008 and now works solely with problem gamblers in both individual and group CBT treatment formats. He is responsible for the organisation and delivery of the CBT treatment programme at the clinic and supervises both qualified psychologists and clinical and counselling psychologists on doctoral training programmes.