James West has been our Clinical Director since the Sporting Chance Clinic first opened for residential treatment in the spring of 2003, and has overseen the clinic’s move to its current home in Forest Mere and the expansion of the range of services it can offer. James is an experienced psychotherapist, who trained at Regent¹s College School of Psychotherapy and at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. James was Co-ordinator of the Highbury Counselling Service and was Project Manager of a probation and bail hostel, where he worked with offenders and ex-offenders. He is also a joint founder member of Counselling Initiatives, a national non-profit service which provides low cost psychotherapy for those in need. James has a private practice in London, where he provides counselling and aftercare for Sporting Chance Clinic clients. James comes from a musical rather than sporting background, but it was though working with Tony Adams, and helping him overcome his drink problems that James came to be involved with Sporting Chance Clinic. James’ early life was badly affected by his own addiction to drugs and alcohol. In 1979 he received a six-year prison sentence for drug-related offences. On his release he sought help for his problems and has been in recovery since 1985. James’ own experiences served to give him the passion and enthusiasm to help others, his extensive training gave him the necessary skills, and Sporting Chance Clinic has given him the rewarding opportunity to be able to enable those seeking help to turn their lives around.