Gambling problems

Gambling problems.    Counselling Exeter, Brian Dennis MBACP (Accred.),  M.A.

Gambling can be enjoyable, it can be fun and a great way of adding excitement to a period of relaxation.  It can also be a big problem for some people.  Nobody was born as a gambler, any problems of gambling are learned since birth. As such, they can be 'unlearned'.

Counselling can offer the possibility that a person can consider themselves as a defferent person. That learning to be a 'non-gambler' is the direction that the counselling will work towards.

Gambling problems can be destructive habits; which often will negatively affect relationships, finances, employment, and other aspects of having an enjoyable life.

A common situation with problem gamblers is a lack of reality. The reality is that the gambling industy will always have the benefit of the gambling advantage. The gambling will always be tilted against the gambler. Bringing that reality is a major part of the counselling process.  Gamblers commonly believe that they can affect reality, by really wanting it to be different.

I have extensive experience of working with problem gamblers, who often are then able to change their emotional ability to stop their gambling problems. I also provide counselling to partners/relatives who are affected by another person's gambling.

People are usually in control of their emotional responses;  most people would not contest a parking or speeding ticket from a police person - they would realise that it would be a futile, probably negative, emotional response.

Most people would instinctively drop a hot pan that they picked up with bare hands - they would realise that it would be a negative physical  behaviour, and painful, to hang on to it.

Understanding that difference between emotional responses and behaviours, versus physical responses can be important.

The confidentiality of clients is an essential part of this counselling. Clients have total confidentiality in their counselling process, with very few exceptional situations concerning statatory requirements. In my experience that is an extremely rare occurance. For example, if a person were to enquire: "is Mr Smith a client", they would be told "that information is confidential".

I practise as a counsellor to assist clients to develop positivity and their improved well-being. I work with various issues, using  counselling with clients in locations worldwide. One issue which is common in many locations is excessive gambling problems, which may also be called compulsive gambling.

If you consider that you might b a problem gambler - or a person affected by a gambling person, or have tendencies towards that behaviour, please contact me by email or my contact page.

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