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Frank Dunne
Deputy Lead Addiction Therapist

Frank Dunne

Frank Dunne is Deputy Lead Therapist on the Addiction Treatment Programme at Priory Hospital Altrincham.


Frank has worked in addiction for over 22 years, much of that time in London with RAPt (12-step rehabilitation in prisons). Frank was on placement with them as a trainee at HMP Pentonville and after he qualified as an Addiction Counsellor, Frank continued to work with them where he was promoted to Senior Counsellor working at HMP Wandsworth. He then went on to manage a unit at HMP Downview and he also managed a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme at HMP Brixton.

He moved from there to work as Deputy Manager for Kairos Community in Camberwell in London for five years. He then moved back to working with RAPt as a Counsellor, then Senior Counsellor at the Island Day Programme in Tower Hamlets for another two years, before moving to Manchester to work for Priory Hospital Altrincham.

Addiction and alcoholism have been part of my life since I was a child. I come from a family where alcoholism and addiction play a huge part and have caused a lot pain in mine and my family’s life. I have suffered in active addiction for nearly 16 years – 10 of which were very chaotic.

I have been in recovery now for over 24 years and I have worked in the field of recovery, mostly the 12-step programme, for over 22 years. I believe in the 12-step approach and so my personal experience and the extensive years of working as an Addiction Therapist informs how I work.

Being an Addictions Therapist is at the heart of who I am as a person. I feel privileged to be able to deliver an evidence-based service to all the patients and families I work with, meeting them at what is often the most difficult and vulnerable  times in their lives.

As a committed team we offer a safe, supportive and compassionate programme of recovery to guide patients and their families back to a happy and fulfilling life, free of the chains of addiction.

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  • 1996 Introductory course in Counselling at Morley College, Lambeth, London
  • 1997 RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills at Southwark College, London
  • 1998 Diploma in Addiction Counselling at RAPT Training Unit and on placement at HMP Pentonville
  • 2001 Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling at CPPD School of Counselling in London
  • 2002 Certificate in Clinical Supervision at Lambeth College, Clapham, London
  • 2010 Certificate in CBT Counselling for Depression, Anxiety and other Disorders in Tower Hamlets
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