What is Gambling Counselling?

Gambling counselling is a modern form of treatment that enables a person with gambling problems to understand and take steps to overcome their problems with the assistance of a professional counsellor.

There are a number of different problem gambling counselling techniques. The IPART report recommended the use of a range of techniques, with the choice of the best technique made by the counsellor in consultation with the client. Gambling counselling enables the client to better understand why they gamble and what thought processes need to be changed so that they can stop.

Does Gambling Counselling work?

Gambling treatment has a 69.4% success rate in resolving all or some of a person's gambling problems. Those who try to stop gambling without counselling or other help are more likely to fail.

How much does it cost?

Many gambling counselling services are funded by government or industry and are free. Private counsellors usually charge a fee, and in some cases this may be claimable from a health fund or Medicare. Always ask about the cost and payment options before making an appointment.

Where can I find out more?

Check out the our Problem Gambling Counselling Services page for a comprehensive listing of free gambling counselling services is every state and territory in Australia.

What else can I do?

Gambling counselling works best when combined with other appropriate steps. Consider joining a self-help group such as Gamblers Anonymous and a self exclusion scheme.

More information?

Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal Report Gambling: Promoting a Culture of Responsibility NSW 2004

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