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 harm and provide support for close friends and relatives as well.
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.
Our treatment approach:
We have a terrific team of qualified psychologists, counsellors, financial counsellors, and social workers 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:
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 clinician. 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 also offer couples counselling for couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationship, where at least one individual in the relationship is being affected by gambling harms. The aim of couples counselling is to improve communication between the partners in the relationship and learn how to resolve conflict more easily. Please note that the couples counselling sessions do not provide gambling treatment to either party.
GambleAware periodically runs DBT groups for those experiencing gambling harm and affected others. If you are interested in a group you may enquire over the phone about the current availability and/or waitlist for a group. Please keep in mind, these groups only run intermittently throughout the year, and we prioritize those experiencing gambling harm on our waitlists.
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.
At the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic (GTRC), we are aware that gambling harm 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 clinicians undergo training to ensure that our staff have an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of First-Nation cultures.
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 therapeutic interventions for gambling harm in correctional facilities, transitional centres and community justice settings, where both Aboriginal people and gambling harms 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 gambling harm 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 clinician. No referral is necessary, but you do need to make an appointment.
Janine Coombs – Clinical Supervisor South Western Sydney
Carmen Iancu – Clinical Supervisor Blue Mountains and Western Sydney
James Croft – Clinical Supervisor Blue Mountains and Western Sydney
Sophia Tran – Clinical Supervisor Central Sydney
Josh Battin – Psychologist
Paul Thompson – Psychologist
Kaitlin Sturges – Social Worker
Adrian Ienna– Psychologist
Melissa Sims – Psychologist
James Gainsbury – Financial Counsellor
Djimi Barber – Financial Counsellor and Gambling Counsellor
Jack Hedges – Administrative Officer
Lauren Forsyth-Smith – Client Liaison Officer
Jacqui Leather – Client Liaison Officer
Alexander Beauman – Client Liaison Officer
Namira Uddin – Client Liaison Officer
Sibyl Lin – Client Liaison Officer