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Compulsive Gambling

Hypnotherapy and NLP can help you to beat problem gambling

Compulsive gambling and problem gambling are just two of the terms used to describe gambling behaviours that get out of control. Problem gambling is the term used by Australian governments. And is…’characterised by many difficulties in limiting money and/or time spent on gambling which leads to adverse consequences for the gambler, others, or for the community.”


This definition accepts that it is tough to change without help and recognizes the amount of damage that is caused. If you just can’t see how to change, if you cannot grasp a way to change or everything you try seems out of tune – hypnotherapy and NLP can offer a way to overcome your problem gambling, forever.

The consequences …

Compulsive gambling can lead to you risking money you simply cannot afford to lose, or borrowing, or lying to family and friends about what you are doing, or trying desperately to stop, but having to go back to getting your thrills the same old way….

… And the thrills

There are claims that many of those with a gambling problem are people who are ready for action, thrill seeking, sharp-witted, and adventurous: They may well get bored easily. If that is so then it is easy to see how it can be so attractive. The thrills and excitement are a very important part of its attraction, so much so that people who have a this problem can get a charge simply by thinking about a bet, or by making plans for their next encounter with chance. The knowledge that the odds are in favour of the house in all forms of gambling gets pushed to the side.

Gambling is a habit

What has happened is that it has become a serious habit. Any behaviours that we repeat become automated, they no longer require conscious attention because they are driven by unconscious thoughts. These behaviours can be triggered by passing a betting shop, or thoughts about how to pay for the next gambling event, or by anything related to gambling. The unconscious habit then unfolds in a sequence of thoughts, emotions and actions: all the behaviours that build up into the irresistible urge to gamble again. The emotions include all the excitement associated with gambling.

New patterns of behaviour

As with all habits, this one can be described as a pattern of unconscious behaviours. We can help you to get out of the habit that is causing you so much grief by showing you how to bring the pattern into consciousness and make changes to it, removing its power to control your mind. We help you by showing you how you can regain control of your thinking, how to get your imagination working for you.


You can find out how to stop problem gambling, and then discover that this leads to restored feelings of comfort and self-confidence. People who have overcome the gambling habit often report increased feelings of self-worth and confidence as a result of stopping. Tellingly, their new perspective reveals adventurous and rewarding ways to exercise their minds among friends and family.

Hypnotherapy for ending the gambling habit

We make extensive use of hypnotherapy and NLP to help you make these changes. You can learn to use NLP to change your habits in a conscious way. We use hypnotherapy to allow you to make changes at an unconscious level, using suggestion, metaphor and story to communicate with your unconscious mind. We find that this habit can respond very rapidly to this approach.


Much of the speed can be attributed to our approach. We do not spend hours searching for causes in the past, or blaming some kind of weakness of personality. We confine ourselves to dealing with your problem as it manifests itself in your mind, and with showing you how to gain control of your behaviours.


Some of the behaviours that can be associated with problem gambling are:

How long will it take for me to overcome my gambling habit?

On average, we find people require between two and four one-hour sessions, but many people can make significant changes in just one session.