FREE help offered to gamblers struggling with their addiction

FREE help offered to gamblers struggling with their addiction

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:20am 19th June 2020. (Updated at 10:18am 22nd June 2020)

A gambling charity is working with a Dorset counselling practice to help those struggling with gambling addictions. 

Steven James Counselling Practice is a partner of GamCare, who are providing people with ready funded counselling sessions. 

They are offering help in the form of:

  • One to one counselling for a few weeks, at 50 minutes a session
  • Support groups of up to six, which usually take place face to face but are being run online due to lockdown
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Lindsey Flack is a Counsellor for the Steven James Counselling practice.  She told Wessex FM gambling problems arise for many different reasons: 

"The problems can take many different shapes, some people have problems with online gambling, some people it would be in betting shops, there's a whole variety of reasons why it becomes a problem for them.

"It's not a stereotyped problem, it affects all different types of people from all walks of life. Therefore, the lockdown has affected those with gambling problems, for some it's actually decreased, for others it will have increased.

"People may be gambling to try and win back the money they aren't earning during lockdown and now betting shops are opening and sports are re-starting, that is going to impact some people, where they may have managed to stop for a while or cut down." 

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GameCare is a national charity and organisation who offer, support care and guidance through the whole country, but Steven James Counselling practice focus on the whole of Dorset. 

The charity gives those with gambling problems the chance to talk about their issues and find strategies to help them stop and prevent gambling in the future. 

'Further Information'

If you would like to speak to someone about a gambling issue, GamCare has a 24/7 helpline: 0808 8020 133.

If you know someone who is experiencing problems with gambling or if you have been affected, please contact Steven James: 01202 740044