This book is a treatment manual providing guidance for therapists treating clients with gambling addictions.
In this book the authors use a cognitive behavioural approach and provide a session by session guide for overcoming problem gambling. Essential topics covered include:
assessment and psychoeducation
cognitive behavioural strategies to stabilize gambling
identifying and challenging thinking errors
relaxation and imaginal exposure
problem solving and goal setting
managing negative emotions
relapse prevention: maintaining a balanced lifestyle and coping with high risk situations
A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program for Problem Gamblingsupplies detailed information to help the therapist and client understand gambling behaviours, as well as practical advice on techniques that can be used with the client to change these behaviours.
This practical guide includes handouts and exercises that can be downloaded by purchasers of the print edition. It will provide helpful guidance for addiction counsellors and therapists worldwide.
Namrata Raylu has been involved in a number of research activities in the area of addictive behaviours over the last 12 years and has published in the problem gambling area. Currently, she works as a research collaborator at the Psychology Department, University of Queensland and as a clinical psychologist in private practice.
Tian Po Oei has published widely in the areas of substance, anxiety and mood disorders and processes of change in psychotherapy, especially CBT in Asian cultures. Currently, he holds a personal Chair in Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland and is the Director of the CBT Unit at Toowong Private Hospital.