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. His proceeds of the book are going to charity to further help people who are struggling.
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.