Difficulties with gambling can have a profound impact on various areas of life including work, finances, relationships with others and of course your relationship with yourself. If you are struggling to stop or reduce your gambling it may be important to seek help from a professional.

Individuals who engage in repeated gambling behaviour may experience significant distress or impairment encompassing a need to gamble with progressively higher amounts of money to feel excited and may feel irritable or edgy when trying to stop or reduce their gambling behaviour. At times individuals may attempt to cease or reduce their gambling patterns but are unsuccessful or spend lots of time fantasising or thinking about gambling activities. Gambling can begin to be a way to try and manage distress and may lead to financial difficulties and a distorted perception regarding the severity of one’s gambling difficulty. Sadly it may lead to financial stress and job or relationship loss.

Individuals initially hooked in by the thrill of the win may then be drawn into a pattern of trying to recover one’s losses by continuing to gamble, often with increasingly higher amounts of money. Gambling can affect individuals from as early as adolescence and tends to have a gradual onset, although females are more likely to display a rapid escalation of behaviours compared to men.

What is your gambling problem costing you? Friends, relationships, your marriage, problems with your career, loss of your self-worth? Whether its poker, pokies, scratchy tickets, sports, horses you can get help and claim your life back. The dizzying thrill of gambling is short-lived at best, and the reality of self-destruction is sobering.

The trained psychotherapists at Bayside Psychotherapy can help you start to work on your difficulties with gambling. 

Research studies exploring effective counselling and therapy interventions for gambling are continuing. While there is no strong evidence to support a specific therapeutic approach as effective for the treatment of gambling, current research suggests cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) principles and motivational interviewing (MI) may be helpful. CBT involves exploring the links between thoughts, emotions and actions and involves a collaborative approach to help identify how thought patterns and chains of behaviours and decisions may leave on more vulnerable to maladaptive behaviours and coping strategies. MI involves a joint process between client and clinician to explore consequences of unhelpful behaviours and support a gentle change process that is guided by the desires of the client.

Stop your gambling addiction from continuing to dictate your every move while harming your relationships and robbing you of a financial future.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to book your confidential online appointment. Let’s work together to help you work on your gambling problems.


Gambling Addiction

How long will gambling treatment take?

Gambling treatment timeframes vary from individual to individual. Our therapists work with you, but your willingness to participate in your treatment is a critical factor. There may be more than one attempt at finding a viable treatment option for you but rest assured that your psychotherapist will work with you to help you overcome your gambling addiction. Consider downloading a recommended quit gambling hypnosis recording as well, to compliment treatment in between sessions.

How is Bayside Psychotherapy’s treatment different?

Gambling treatment options vary here at Bayside Psychotherapy. Your progress dictates the direction we will take together. By meeting with you for an initial consultation your therapist can make an action plan to work with you. If, after a few sessions, we don’t see things moving in the right direction, we will alter treatment options to help you accelerate results. By working together, you can tap into multiple treatment options that can be tailored to your specific situation.

You can make an appointment right now or call (03) 9557 9113 for an online session via Skype, Zoom or similar.

Note: This information is informative only and is not to be used for diagnosis or substitution of appropriate assessment and/or treatment by a registered practitioner. Information on this page and our entire site should not be construed as implying that our therapists are specialists in treating any condition whatsoever. While some of our therapists may have experience working with people suffering from a specific condition, not all of our therapists do. We do not guarantee any particular level of performance, cure or management of symptoms. Each case is unique and responds differently with collaboration between client and therapist being crucial. Always seek appropriate assessment from a qualified professional such as a GP, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or social worker especially if you are acutely distressed.

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