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The National Problem Gambling Clinic treats problem gamblers living in England and Wales aged 16 and over. The team assesses the needs of problem gamblers as well as those of their partners and family members.
The National Problem Gambling Clinic is an established provider of treatment for problem gamblers in the UK. It has gained an international profile through research, presentations at conferences and the provision of training for problem gambling services worldwide. The clinic employs psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and counselling psychologists who have received broad training to doctoral level in both NHS and academic settings in the identification, management and treatment of a range of mental health disorders and addictions. The core clinical team at the clinic have a combined 30 years of experience in the management and treatment of gambling disorders.
The National Problem Gambling Clinic has also served an essential function since its inception in the training of a range of mental health professionals in the treatment of problem gambling. Since opening, over 100 psychology and psychiatry professionals have worked in the clinic, going on to work in other mental health arenas taking the knowledge and awareness of the problem and treatment options with them. The clinic has also provided a regular contribution to the research literature on problem gambling and treatment in international publications.
We offer the following services for problem gamblers:
Psychological support is offered in the form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Research shows that CBT is an effective treatment for problem gambling. CBT is a form of talking therapy with a 'hear and now' focus. It can be used to help people identify and manage the triggers to their problem behaviour, challenge irrational thinking and find ways to better cope with feelings, thoughts and urges that may precede a gambling episode. You and your therapist will work together to help you develop strategies and techniques to help you achieve your own treatment goal. Your therapist will encourage you to harness your resources and strengths to help tackle your gambling problem. CBT places an emphasis on putting what has been learned into practice between sessions, sometimes termed 'homework'. This homework may consist of filling out sheets to enhance awareness, trying out new ways of coping and developing new, more helpful behaviours including new hobbies. This work is seen as vital to the treatment effectiveness.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a treatment focusing on relational and emotional difficulties contributing to the initiation and maintenance of problem gambling difficulties. It may be of use with those who have failed to maintain abstinence using CBT methods or for those who are clear that there are emotional reasons for their lapses.