Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction, sometimes called compulsive gambling or gambling disorder, is the inability to curb or stop gambling, in spite of the damage it causes. Similar to substance abuse, gambling can stimulate the reward center of the brain, leading to addiction. If you find yourself always thinking about gambling, including how to get more money to gamble with, using increasing amounts of money to feel the same thrill, being unable to cut back on gambling, gambling to relieve other feelings, or lying to others about what you're doing with your time, you may have a gambling addiction. A therapist trained in gambling addiction will strive to learn more about your gambling habits to understand the patterns that trigger a gambling episode. They will work to help you identify unhealthy or irrational beliefs that may be contributing to this behavior, and teach you tools to replace gambling with healthy behaviors. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s gambling addiction specialists today.

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I am a CalGETS provider for the State of California. I studied with the Gambling Studies Program at UCLA. I offer no cost gambling services to gamblers and affected individuals (spouses, parents, siblings, co-workers, etc) for those who qualify. Contact me for a consult.

— Michelle North, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA

Using CBT and talk therapy.

— Donn Yeager, Mental Health Counselor

I am an internationally certified gambling counselor and treat gamblers and their family members. Screening, treatment options and family support are important parts of recovery from problem gambling and its negative consequences. I have assisted many clients with long term recovery outcomes! Contact me today to begin the healing process.

— VIVIAN FREAR, Counselor
 

The availability of casinos, sports betting, internet gaming, slot machines, and lotteries are easier, faster and more wide-spread. We can develop a unique plan to cope with urges and create lifestyle balance. We will work together to identify and maintain your motivation to stay focused on your goals.

— Stephanie Phillips, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Catonsville, MD

I am the only Chinese speaking authorized provider of the California Gambling Education and Treatment program. If you are a gambler or someone impacted by gambling, you may quality for NO COST counseling service. Call me and we will do a phone screening to see if you qualify.

— Hiedi Chan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

I have been working with individuals experiencing Problem Gambling and Gambling Disorder in both outpatient and residential clinical settings over five years. As the son of a parent with Gambling Disorder I have personal insight into how destructive the disease can be both to the individual and the family.

— Les Waite, Clinical Psychologist

I have specialized training in gambling addiction and am a certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor.

— kandee willis, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Oswego, IL
 

Our practice specializes in providing State funded treatment for problem & compulsive gambling. Virtual Services & Virtual Gambling Addiction Group Therapy are available! We offer group, individual, family, & couples counseling to adults of all ages. We work with addicts, spouses, affected members, & families during the treatment process to develop a customized approach that best meets each person’s individual needs.

— Jeffrey Schwartz, Addictions Counselor in Chandler, AZ

I completed 30 continuing education credits in gambling addiction in order to have specialized training in this area. I am currently an approved provider through the Michigan problem gambling hotline and see clients for individual sessions to address issues of unhealthy gambling behaviors.

— Alaina Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
 

I have worked with people dealing with gambling addiction since 2013. Most recently supervising an outpatient and residential treatment program for people navigating recovery from PG. Gambling disorder is different from other addictions, and it's these differences that are important to your treatment if you want it to be successful. We will explore issues like: money, dreamworld, shame, stigma.

— Julio Iñiguez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR