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Gambling Addiction

Mental Health Counselling for Gambling Addiction in Wolverhampton – Also Available Online

Gambling ‘Addiction’ is fast becoming a significant problem in our society and the NHS estimates that as many as 250,000 people in the UK are addicted to gambling, spending a combined total of £7 billion every year and yet only about 5% (approx 12,000 people) of gambling addicts actually seek help for their problem which would seem to indicate that most don’t regard it as a ‘real’ problem at all.

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There are a variety of options available for those suffering with a gambling addiction and psychotherapy is an increasingly popular option. Psychology and psychotherapy aims to tackle both the addiction itself and any underlying problems that may have triggered the addiction (such as trauma, stress, lack of self-confidence or depression), in an attempt ease the addict out of the ‘need’ to gamble.

Why Do People Gamble in the First Place?


It seems clear that gambling is something that appeals to the human mind, as it has done so for thousands of years. So why do we do it when it is common knowledge that ‘the house always wins’? This means that betting shops and casinos calculate the odds so as to make a profit from losing gamblers. The bottom line therefore is that gamblers are more likely to lose than to win.

However, gamblers tend to believe that they are MORE likely to win following a run of losing bets whereas in reality, the number of times that you lose has absolutely zero bearing on the likelihood of winning.

Do YOU Have a Gambling Addiction?


There is a big difference between a person who enjoys an occasional bet at the races a few times a year, and a person who can’t get through the day without betting on something.

This has been made much easier, of course, by the de-regulation of on-line gambling and casinos.

Signs of a Gambling Addiction


There are a number of signs to look out for if you think you may be developing an addiction to gambling, including:

  • finding it difficult to stop gambling
  • spending too much money – often more than you have
  • increasingly argumentative or defensive about money
  • becoming increasingly reclusive
  • losing interest in socialising
  • always thinking about gambling
  • lying or hiding habits from other people
  • gambling to get out of financial trouble
  • borrowing money, selling items or ignoring bills to fund gambling
  • needing to risk larger amounts of money to get enough of a ‘buzz’
  • neglecting relationships or responsibilities

Help for Gambling Addiction


Psychotherapy and psychological treatments are effective in treating gambling addiction.

By digging deeper into a client’s underlying belief systems we can explore certain behavioural patterns and, by using cognitive therapies, help the client to break out of these patterns.

By altering their thought processes and learning to channel their emotions in different ways, an addict can learn to overcome their gambling addiction and also learn techniques to keep them going even when their therapy sessions are over.

Transform Your Thinking & Overcome Gambling Addiction

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If you’re committed to overcoming your gambling addiction problems then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul.

Tranceformental CBT is available as Online Therapy if required

The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic psychological training course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.

Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.

Initial Consultations for Gambling Addiction

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We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your gambling addiction problems prior to commencing any treatment plans.

The consultation is free and last around 50 minutes

During this consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.

At TranceForm Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.

Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.

For most mental health problems we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established cognitive behavioural therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.

CBT is a proven, evidence-based form of mental health counselling for developing a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.

The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.

Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.

Visit Online Counselling for more details.

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Is Addiction Real?

Many scientists now question whether or not an ‘Addiction’ is a ‘real’ phenomenon created by a ‘hook’ or is actually more to do with what a person ‘believes’. Some research suggests that addiction is related to the degree of social connection that a person has or has not.

Read about our perspective on Addiction here.

Do You Have a 'Mental Illness'?

Why not try out these mental health quizzes to see if you have the symptoms of Depression or Anxiety.

PHQ 9 Depression Test

GAD7 Anxiety Test

These two tests are used throughout the mental health profession as indicators of mental illness.

NOTE: These quizzes do NOT diagnose mental illness, only that you have associated symptoms.

Contact Paul Lee BSc. MSc.

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Single sessions of mental health counselling cost £90 and our 10 session Tranceformental CBT programme is £795.

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