Developing a Gambling Problem

Gambling is often a source of great entertainment and a pleasurable activity for many people. However, it can become an addiction very quickly and many gamblers find themselves betting more and more frequently using larger and larger stakes until it has escalated out of control and they feel there is no way out.

How We Can Help

apas provides free and confidential counselling and support for anyone who is experiencing difficulties resulting from a gambling problem – including partners and family members.

The service is offered in partnership with GamCare, the UK’s leading national gambling charity. All sessions are delivered by fully qualified and UKCP, BACP and FDAP accredited counsellors and by experienced trainee counsellors and practitioners who are working towards accreditation.

Counselling is a safe, confidential therapy which involves talking through your situation and your feelings with someone trained to listen in a non-judgemental way. Counselling offers you the chance to explore the causes of your gambling behaviour, inviting you to look at it in the context of your life experiences. Your counsellor will help you examine your life and relationships and will help you find the best method to deal with the impact that gambling has on your life. Your counsellor will also work with you to help you make positive changes in your behaviours, healthier choices and support you during the process of change.

Ongoing group sessions and brief practical advice are also available and may be recommended on assessment as an alternative or preparation to one-to-one counselling.

How to Register for Counselling

You can register for the service by contacting us directly by phone or email, or by calling the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133.

Once we have your contact details we will call you back to arrange an initial assessment session. During the assessment we will help you to identify if counselling is the best option for you or if other types of help such as group therapy or practical brief advice may be more suitable for your problem and current circumstances.

If you know someone who may benefit from our gambling services, please do recommend apas to them. Please remember that the person you are recommending will need to contact us and arrange an assessment themselves.