“Rock bottom became the foundation upon which I built my life.” 

- J.K. Rowling -
Dr. Sharleen McDowall, Psy.D., C.Psych.
Registered Psychologist
Gambling Gambling


At Mcdowall Counselling & Counsulting Group we offer a comprehensive 10-week cognitive-behavioral problem gambling program to individuals who want to stop or control their gambling behavior. We offer a confidential and non-judgmental atmosphere to help our clients make the necessary changes to overcome their gambling addiction. Our program is designed to provide our clients with psycho-education about the addictive thoughts and behaviours behind a gambling addiction and to provide strategies on how to overcome problem gambling. As part of the treatment, we also address some of the underlying causes that may trigger problem gambling behaviour. In this sense, our program is customized to fulfill the unique circumstances and needs of each individual client.

Do you have a gambling problem?

Gambling is a problem when it:

  • Causes you to feel out of control.
  • Harms relationships with family or friends.
  • Interferes with work or other responsibilities.
  • Affects your physical or emotional health
  • Strains your finances.
  • Takes over more and more of your life.

How does gambling addiction affect your life?

Problem gamblers may experience:

  • Work related difficulties and possible job loss.
  • Lowered academic performance or inability to continue their schooling.
  • Significant financial loss.
  • Higher rates of marital/relationship and family breakdown.
  • Headaches, back pain, cardiac problems gastro-intestinal disorders, nutrition problems, intensified chronic pain.
  • Depression, mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia.
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts.
  • Heavy nicotine use, some substance abuse.

Does someone you know have a gambling problem?

The following is a list of warning signs of problem gambling. The more warning signs one has, the greater the chance that gambling may be a problem.

  • Is there money being gambled that your family cannot afford to lose?
  • Is there someone in your family who cannot be trusted with money?
  • Have you noticed money missing from a bank account or wallet?
  • Are you worried about the amount of debt that is accumulating?
  • Has your family member started a second job with no change in finances?
  • Are bills and credit card payments going unpaid?
  • Is there lying occurring to cover up or deny gambling activities?
  • In addition to the above, is that person moody or preoccupied or secretive about finances?
  • Is that person gone for long unexplained periods of time?
  • Has the person distanced himself/herself from responsibilities and interests?
  • Is the person talking a lot about gambling or money?
  • Is the person experiencing mood swings or physical ailments?

From the Responsible Gambling Council of Ontario (RGCO) and Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)


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