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.

Meet the specialists

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 am a Certified Gambling Addiction specialist. I have been working in the field for over 20 years when gambling first came to Detroit. I have spoken and trained on the topic at a national level. The cycle of addiction can be broken, you can recover, your relationships can be restored.

— SABRINA BLACK, Licensed Professional Counselor in Detroit, MI

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
 

Gambling is an activity that is widely and generally accepted in society. Statistics indicate individuals who become addicted to gambling are more likely to commit suicide than any other addiction. Financial desperation, isolation, shame, guilt and lost of hope are some common symptoms of gambling addiction. In session, a combination of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy will be used. Individuals will receive assistance to achieve financial stability, change their thinking & behaviors and fulfill life connections with family and friends.

— Tracey Little, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Forest Hills, NY

I hold the International Certified Gambling Counselor, Level 1 (ICGC-I) certification to treat gambling addiction and problem gambling behavior.

— Kristen Haflett, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO
 

I am an International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC). I have over 5 years of experience working with individuals and family members who are affected by problem gambling.

— Jeremy Jenkins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Edmond, OK

Gambling is an activity that is widely and generally accepted in society. Statistics indicated individuals who become addicted to gambling are more likely to commit suicide than any other addiction. Financial desperation, isolation, shame, guilt and lost of hope are some common symptoms of gambling addiction. In session, a combination of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy will be used. Individuals will receive assistance to achieve financial stability, change their thinking and behaviors and fulfill their life connections with family and friends.

— Tracey Little, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Forest Hills, NY
 

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

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

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