In June 2011, Tony’s gambling problem came to light when it was discovered that he had stolen €1.75 million from An Post to fuel his gambling addiction whilst working as a Branch Manager. As a result, he served 3 years in Prison. While serving his sentence he re-educated, re-invented himself and trained as an Addiction Counsellor.
In March 2018, 'Tony10' was published by Gill books. It is co-written by Tony and Declan Lynch. It tells the story of his gambling addiction, highlighting how a €1 bet led to a turnover of over €10 million in his online account. He hopes that his story will help start a much needed national conversation about Ireland’s gambling problem.
Tony is an experienced Counsellor who specialises in all areas and aspects of Addiction. He is a fully accredited member of the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI) and works within their code of ethics. He holds a BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Middlesex University which was completed in conjunction with PCI College.Tony works predominately in the therapeutic and treatment areas of addiction & problem gambling but believes that harm minimisation and education is vitally important in todays society. He is currently working with a number of organisations delivering workshops and awareness programmes to various businesses, sports clubs and schools in Ireland and the UK (See who I work with). He specialises in Gambling Addiction Counselling but also works with other issues such as:
- Emotional Regulation
- Self Confidence/ Self Esteem Issues
- Alcohol Misuse or Addiction
- Drug Misuse or Addiction
- Internet/Social Media/ Gaming Misuse or Addiction
His approach is professional, relaxed and focuses on the development of the therapeutic relationship in a non judgemental and empathic manner.