Help from the pros

Help for Problem Gambling

Counselling services are provided by many community organisations, and can help you with any problems you may have, including gambling.

Counsellors aid problem gamblers by helping them develop ways to cope with the immediate problem and helping them to work out the underlying factors that contribute to the problem in order to deal with it in the longer term.

Visiting a counsellor gives you the opportunity to talk to someone in confidence. The counsellors are qualified to help a person to deal with a range of issues that may have resulted from gambling or contributed to the problem. Counsellors are able to give problem gamblers guidance and assistance to deal with emotional, financial, relationship and work issues.

Some counselling services are provided free, others charge fees for their services. The counselling services listed below are offered at no cost and specialise in assisting problem gamblers around the ACT region.

Relationships Australia Logo and LinkThe ACT Gambling Counselling and Support Service is a free service offering confidential face-to-face, telephone and online counselling services for people with a gambling problem and/or to the family or friends of people with a gambling problem. Individual, relationship and financial counselling are available. The service is operated by Relationships Australia. For further information call Relationships Australia on 1800 858 858.

Link to Gambling Help OnlineGambling Help Online provides free information and access to quallified gambling counsellors who can provide support either through live counselling or email.  The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be accessed anywhere from within Australia.  People will have the option to seek assistance anonymously or to register with the service in order to keep a record of their discussions. To find out more click on the logo and visit the website.
Care LogoCare’s Financial Counselling Service provides information, support and advocacy on credit and debt issues including a specialist financial counsellor to assist people affected by problem gambling. Services are free, confidential and nonjudgmental. Care Inc also hosts the Consumer Law Centre which provides free legal advice on credit and debt matters. To speak to a financial counsellor or solicitor call Care on 1800 007 007.
The national free call "1800 Gambling Support Number" will also connect you to a counselling service nearby, just dial 1800 858 858. For assistance with matters other than problem gambling some more general counselling services are listed on the Links page of this website.