Addictions - Gambling Mindfulness approaches

Addictions - Gambling

Gambling addiction, as other addictions, starts innocently and escalates to uncontrollable levels. Whether the habit involves online gambling or casino games, it can be harmful and lead to financial and relationship ruin. Gambling addiction can turn a very honest person into someone who steals money to fund the habit.  Like other addictions, gambling addiction features a lack of self-control which results in a lack of control in various other areas of a person's life. Recognising the danger signs and acknowledging the problem is the first step to healing.

Gambling addiction is an invisible disease, in the sense that there are no physical symptoms. The first sign of gambling addiction is the urge to gamble, despite the desire to quit. Most problem gamblers will deny or trivialize their addiction. However, they will often sneak around to feed their addiction, or lie about it. The condition affects their loved ones, from whom they will usually withdraw.

If you feel the need to hide your gambling habits, or lie about it, or if you want to stop gambling, but can't, you may have a gambling addiction. It's common for gamblers to want to up bets to win back their lost money, and to want to gamble even when there is no money left.

Psychotherapists offer a range of psychodynamic therapies to deal with uncontrollable, self-destructive and impulsive behaviors, including gambling addiction. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been found to be effective in dealing with gambling addiction but therapists often use other approaches as well. The therapists in this directory use a range of different approaches, including counselling, peer support, self-help programs, and step-based programs.

If you need a counsellor or psychologist to help you address the effects of gambling addiction, you can search the directory below to find a professional with the approach best suited to your situation.

 

Mindfulness approaches, Emotion Focused Therapy

Mindfulness approaches help clients to be focused in the here and now. Generally rooted in Eastern meditative techniques,  Mindfulness approaches offer a non-judgmental alternative therapy for dealing with stress and other psychological issues.

By observing worrisome thoughts and learning to accept situations for what they are, people can learn to cope with issues better and make more productive choices.

Mindfulness approaches include a range of models, including dialectical behaviour therapy,  mindfulness-based stress reduction, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. These approaches can be used in a wide range of settings to reduce the symptoms of a broad spectrum of psychological issues.  These therapies can be practiced effectively in individual or group therapy.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Mindfulness approaches, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Note:  Some practitioners practice Emotionally Focused Therapy rather than Emotional Focused therapy.  You will want to confirm that it is indeed Emotion Focused Therapy that the counsellor/psychologist practices.  

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Avraham Cohen

Ph.D., RCC
Avraham Cohen, Ph. D., RCC, CCC holds the designations of Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and Canadian Counsellor Certification (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling... Read more

Matthew Vlasic

M.Couns., RCC
Matt believes that clients are the experts in the counselling space. Using a non-judgmental, collaborative, and trauma-informed approach, Matt works closely with those struggling with mental health concerns like anxiety... Read more

Lisa Otterstein

M.A., RCC
Lisa is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private counselling practice in North Vancouver.  She has a Masters degree with honours from UBC, and advanced training in EMDR.  She has extensive training... Read more

Lizelle Badenhorst

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
I have a Masters Degree in Psychology and have worked as a therapist since 1995. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor(RCC) with the BC Association for Clinical Counsellors. I have been working with anxiety,... Read more

Kendra Antony

M.A., RCC
Kendra Antony is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#4581) and a member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling... Read more

Leslie Malchy

M.A., RCC
    • Video on profile
  I provide in person counselling as well as Online, Virtual or Video counselling and Tele-counseling.  I provide long term or short term therapy and I am available daytime and in the evenings... Read more

Mary Ann Pelzer

M.A., RCC
Hi Are you struggling to get through each day? Trying so hard and going in circles. Surviving has become your motto, until one day you decide you can’t take it anymore. This scenario is very common. It... Read more

Agata Burdziuk

M.A., RCC
Agata holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and... Read more

Martine Charles

Ph.D., RCC
I have over 25 years experience in providing individual counselling to adult women and men. I offer counselling for a wide variety of difficulties including trauma (recent and past), anxiety, depression, addictions... Read more

Peter M Williamson PhD

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Peter Williamson is one of only 7 officially Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapists in the province of B.C. (at time of this writing - 9/2017). Although extensively trained and with 25+ years of expertise... Read more

Deborah Braun

M.A., RCC
My experienc Deborah Braun, BLA, MA, RCC welcomes individuals and couples facing challenging issues. Whether it's chronic illness, relationship, career or college satisfaction, anxiety, depression, loss, stress... Read more

Madeleine De Little

Ph.D., CCC
When children are struggling at home or school, they are often not able to say what they are experiencing and causing their distress. However their behaviours like bed wetting, school refusal, perfectionism, excess... Read more

Louise Chivers

M.A., RCC
Many people struggle with anxiety, stress, fear of the future, fear of things others aren’t be bothered with. They are tired of worrying about things they can not change, or things they have trouble figuring out... Read more

May Mikhail

M.S.W., RSW
May brings over 30 years of practice experience to her counselling.  As a medical social worker, May counselled in many settings including: rehabilitation, palliative care, and Hospice.  May developed... Read more

Bonnie Mason

M.A., RCC
Bonnie Mason and Associates currently has six  associates providing services to White Rock and South Surrey, Melanie Huck, Tia Noble,  Sherri Calder, Leanne Fessler, Eva Pedersen and Teal Maedel... Read more

Cristina Ciccone

M.A., RCC
Allow me to introduce myself, I am Cristina Ciccone and I have been providing individual, group and relationship counselling services in Vancouver since the mid 1980's.  In addition to... Read more

Svetlana Vasilyeva

M.C., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Counselling Degree from City University of Seattle. My previous education and experience was in medicine (M.D. from Kuban State Medical University in Russia with a... Read more

Tricia Antoniuk

M.S.W., RSW
Imagine finding Hope & Passion in your Life... If you feel stuck or frustrated, in emotional pain or a struggling relationship, counselling can help. With respect and patience we will discover how you can meet... Read more

Nikita Crook

M.Ed., Dipl. TCCP RCC
Nikita has been in full-time private practice for two decades.  Originally trained in contemporary schools of psychoanalysis, and as a dedicated lifelong learner, she now blends her knowledge and experience with an... Read more

Marilyn Kwong

Ph.D., R.Psych
Hello and welcome! I am a Registered Psychologist (#2043) located in Kitsilano, with specialized training in helping people with their emotions and relationships in a deep and experiential way. Relationships have... Read more

Caitlin Celinski

M.A., RCC
My therapeutic approach is grounded in the belief that we all have the capacity for change and continual growth. No problem is insurmountable, sometimes we just need a little help – whether we feel slightly stuck... Read more

Claire Sutton

M.A., RCC
I help people who feel stuck. I help people who are angry and overwhelmed. I help people who are afraid of change, afraid of making the wrong decision and afraid that they might not be good enough.  I help... Read more

Cathy Hill

Ph.D., R.Psych
  PLEASE NOTE:  I AM CURRENTLY FULLY BOOKED AND NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS.  I DO MAINTAIN A WAIT LIST FOR THOSE SEEKING COUPLES THERAPY.            My practice includes... Read more

Colleen Stewart

M.S.W., RSW
Therapeutic Approach Colleen’s training and therapeutic approach stem from an anti-oppressive lens that underpins her praxis - where theory and practise meet.  Anti-oppressive theory acknowledges that... Read more

Charlene Kostecki

M.A., RCC
Individuals, couples and families achieve positive success thanks to Charlene's professional and affordable counselling services. She provides a respectful, safe environment to restore life's balance. Contact... Read more

Katarina McCurdy

M.A., RCC
To be seen is to be vulnerable, and vulnerability takes a lot of courage. As a therapist, I will walk alongside you because I believe that we all have the capacity to experience healing when we are seen as we are in a... Read more

Jill Parker

M.Ed., RSW
***Due to the Covid-19 circumstances I will be doing telephone and video counselling only.  I will resume in-person sessions when the situation settles down.  Thanks for your understanding.  Warm regards... Read more

Leanne Fessler

M.A., RCC
Leanne works from the understanding that we all experience challenging life situations - and challenges dealing with them (counsellors included)!   Clients seeking Leanne's assistance often... Read more

Sacha vanEeten

M.A., RCC
Hello, my name is Sacha and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 17 years of experience working with folks struggling with the effects of traumatic stress, substance misuse and a wide range of life’s... Read more

Kevin Kokoska

M.Ed., RCC
LOW COST ONLINE THERAPY available for individuals impacted by COVID-19: www.kokoska.co/covid * My name is Kevin and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (... Read more