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GAMBLEAWARE - Central Sydney

We are a GAMBLEAWARE provider that works to empower people to prevent and minimize gambling harm.

If you, or someone you know, is suffering because of gambling, we’re here to help. We have clinics in Central Sydney, Blue Mountains and Western Sydney, and South Western Sydney.  We offer face-to-face, online, and over-the-phone therapy for difficulties related to gambling, and provide support for close friends and relatives of problem gamblers.

About GAMBLEAWARE clinics

All GAMBLEAWARE clinics offer free and confidential service for gamblers and their family members. Call us on 1800 482 482 to book in. Our clinics are in discreet and easily accessible locations, and we now offer online and phone sessions for those who require it.

Clinic locations

  • Ashfield: 93 Milton St, Ashfield, NSW 2131
  • Bankstown: Suite 4/4-8 Jacobs Street Bankstown NSW 2200
  • Belmore: 479 Burwood Rd, Belmore NSW 2192
  • Bowral: 22 Bendooley St, Bowral NSW 2576
  • Campbelltown: 256 Queen St, Campbelltown NSW 2560
  • Camperdown: Level 2/94 Mallett St, Camperdown NSW 2050
  • Fairfield: Suite 6 Level 2/54 Smart St, Fairfield NSW 2165
  • Fairfield: Oakdene House: 1 Dale St, Fairfield NSW 2165
  • Lewisham:2C West St, Lewisham NSW 2049
  • Liverpool: Level 3/203/209 Northumberland St, Liverpool NSW 2170
  • Parramatta: Suite 2 Lower Ground, 55 Phillip St, Parramatta
  • Penrith: Level 1/95 Henry St, Penrith NSW 2750
  • Seven Hills: Suite 4/197 Prospect Hwy, Seven Hills NSW 2147
  • Tahmoor: 15 Harper Close, Tahmoor NSW 2573

Our treatment approach:

  • We start by exploring the impact gambling has had on your life and work with you to develop your treatment goals.
  • We go on to explore your personal beliefs about gambling, which is an interesting and engaging process.
  • We address any other problems you might be experiencing such as anxiety, depression and relationship issues, and can refer you to, or liaise with other services where necessary.

Our services

We have a terrific team of qualified psychologists who have chosen to work in the field of problem gambling. Over the past 20 years we've helped more than 8000 people from all walks of life, with varying degrees of gambling difficulties, get their lives back on track. We follow the progress of our clients after they finish treatment, so we know our program is effective.

We offer hour-long sessions on a weekly basis, usually over a two-to-three-month period, depending on your needs.

In these sessions we will explore:

  • how gambling has impacted your life
  • look at your personal beliefs about gambling
  • work with you to develop your treatment goals 
  • and address any other problems you might be experiencing such as anxiety, depression and relationship issues. 

Our approach is effective for the majority of our clients, even for those people who have been gambling for decades.

Call us now on 1800 482 482 for no cost and we can provide confidential gambling treatment with a specialist psychologist. No referral is necessary, but you do need to make an appointment.

We also offer counselling to partners and family members. We aim to help you support your loved one as they face their gambling difficulties, as well as guide you on how to look after yourself through this difficult process.

We have a profound respect for the dignity and privacy of our clients. We are also committed to developing culturally appropriate counselling responses to enhance the health and wellbeing of First-Nation peoples, and people from all cultures and backgrounds.

Our approach

At the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic (GTRC), we are aware that gambling affects First-Nation Peoples and their communities at higher rates than individuals from other cultural backgrounds. That's why we are committed to developing culturally sensitive counselling practices of the highest standards, to enhance the health and wellbeing of First-Nation peoples.  

Cultural awareness training

 To provide culturally sensitive and aware counselling, our psychologists undergo training to ensure that our staff have an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of First-Nation cultures. 

Outreach programs

The Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic is proud to be building partnerships with  The Shed, at Emerton, and the Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation at Campbelltown which supports members of the Aboriginal Community in the Mount Druitt region, greater Western Sydney and South Western Sydney regions . The clinic is in the process of building relationships with correctional services to target problem gambling therapeutic interventions in correctional facilities, transitional centres and community justice settings, where both Aboriginal people and problem gambling are significantly overrepresented.

We run outreach programs year-round to promote gambling treatment as well as other more holistic psychological services, which adopt a Dadirri mindfulness practice developed by Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr from the Northern Territory. Dadirri represents "Inner deep listening and quiet still awareness". We also offer treatment for individuals with problem gambling and related issues, as well as their family members. We are proud to be working with these important organisations.

Call us on 1800 482 482 and we can provide confidential, free, gambling treatment with a specialist psychologist. No referral is necessary, but you do need to make an appointment.

Our staff

Professor Sally Gainsbury PhD

Doctor.ClinPsych, BPsych(Hons)

Head of Clinical Services

Kirsten Shannon BA (Psych) (Hons), MA (Psych), MPsych (Clin).

Clinical Supervisor

Dr Christopher Hunt BSc, MPsych (Clin), PhD


Janine Bleakley BA (Psych)

Josh Battin BPsych (Hons) MPsych(Prof)

Paul Thompson BPsych (Hons)

James Croft GradDip (Psych), BSci (Psych)(Hons1), MPsych (Clin), AMACPA

Sophia Tran BPsy (Honours), MPsy (Clinical)

Kaitlin Sturges BA (Indigenous Aust), BSW, MA (Human Services) 

Financial Counsellors

Nadine DeVilla  Dip Financial Couns, Dip Couns, BSc (Comm),MA (Public Admin), MBA

James Gainsbury Dip Financial Couns, BA (Psych), MBA

Djimi Barber Dip Financial Couns, BPsych, Grad Dip (Couns) 

Senior Administration Officers

Josie Schofield

Laura Deehan

Intake Officers

Jacqui leather

Alex Beauman

Lauren Forsyth-Smith

Namira Uddin

Josie Schofield

Contact us


Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic

Opening hours
9am - 5pm

Camperdown clinic