Gambling counselling

We see the immense hardship faced by people and families affected by problem gambling. If you’re considering taking that first courageous step out of problem gambling, we are here to help you on your journey. Call us on 1300 827 638.

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Wesley Gambling Counselling provides an individually tailored counselling program, which may include personal or financial counselling, family support and legal services. Our different types of counselling include

Legal services

These services may be available to people with gambling problems and their families in situations where funds used for gambling have been illegally obtained.

Personal counselling

This service helps people to overcome problem gambling. It uses a holistic method of counselling, which includes strategies to establish and maintain change in regular gambling activity and focuses on identifying underlying reasons behind the development of problem gambling behaviour.

Financial counselling

Begins with an assessment of your financial situation, in particular, the level of gambling-related debt. Financial counselling uses a variety of strategies, particularly assisting people to negotiate with creditors. The aim is to establish a manageable financial situation but we do not provide funds to repay debt.

Family counselling

We provide counselling and support groups for families who are struggling with the negative impact of problem gambling. Assistance is also available for family members in situations where the person with the gambling problem will not seek help.


How does the counselling process work?

Following an initial phone conversation with Wesley Gambling Counselling, you are invited to make an appointment to see a counsellor. This may involve you and/or family members and friends. It’s an opportunity to identify and discuss your main concerns.

The counsellor will put together an initial assessment of your gambling problem, focusing on the impact it has on your personal wellbeing, family relationships, finances and work performances. You will be encouraged to set your own goals for change. 

Recognising problem gambling

If you are experiencing any of the following signs then it’s time to reach out for help.

  • adverse effects on personal wellbeing, relationships, finances and work performance gambling to excess
  • repeatedly gambling beyond what a person can reasonably afford or would want to spend
  • failure to control
  • finding it difficult or impossible to stop gambling until all available funds have run out
  • lifestyle impacts.

If you want to talk someone right now, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or use crisis chat online.

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