Counselling for Gambling
Counselling for Gambling
Compulsive gambling is the uncontrollable urge to gamble despite the negative impact that it has on you, your life, your friends and family. Compulsive gambling is generally a way of coping with other seemingly unsolvable problems, past or present. Gamblers use the ‘buzz’ of placing a bet to create a short term distraction from the unsolvable problem which quickly dissipates and must be repeated over and over in order to maintain the distraction.
Who Can Gambling Counselling Help?
Are you unable to stop gambling? Is your gambling having a negative impact on your life? Will you do almost anything in order to place a bet? Does your gambling feel as if it controls you rather than you it? Is your life negatively affected by gambling even if it is not you who is gambling? Do you feel anxious, angry or depressed if something or someone prevents you from gambling?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions you may have a gambling problem and could benefit from our counselling services for gamblers.
What Does Treatment for Gambling Involve?
Everyone’s experience of anxiety is different so the first step is for your Therapist to get a good understanding of yours so that treatment can be specifically tailored to what you need. They will do this by asking you about when your anxiety started, what you worry about when you are anxious, what physical symptoms you have, what your anxiety makes you do and what it stops you doing and what makes your anxiety better and worse. Your Therapist will also ask you a little bit about other aspects of your life, work, relationships, family and how you spend your leisure time in order to get a sense of you and what type of approach will be most effective.
Next your Therapist will help you to reduce your symptoms of anxiety. This will involve a combination of techniques designed to not only lessen feelings of anxiety but also to build confidence and self-esteem which are essential in keeping anxiety at a manageable level. Techniques may include:
- Assessing the accuracy and helpfulness of thoughts that are causing you anxiety and replacing them with thoughts that encourage calmness and confidence
- Exercises to encourage your mind and body to relax and stay present rather than constantly ruminating about the past and worrying about the future
- Experiments to help you to build your confidence that you can successfully manage the situations that make you feel anxious
Once you feel in control of your anxiety your Therapist will help you to identify why it developed in the first place and then devise ways for you to protect yourself against these influences ensuring that your symptoms do not return.
The final phase of treatment focuses on you consolidating the anxiety management skills you have learnt and building confidence in your ability to manage without therapy. This is likely to involve a number of tasks and challenges that will enable you to practice and test yourself.
All of our Therapists offer Gambling counselling.