Get Help

Are you interested in attending a treatment  group for women who have gotten free of gambling and want to stay that way? The group is given free of charge.

To make an appointment call Cindy Varona 646-774-8096. Or Call: 646-774-8009 to find out more about the program.

In response to your comments and suggestions on the need for group therapy for the treatment of gambling problems among women, we decided to a create group therapy and support program catered to the sensitivity and needs of women.

According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, 20 years ago, only a handful of those seeking help for a gambling addiction were women. Now, almost half are female.


In this group, women meet face-to-face with two trained therapists and talk about what troubles them.

Members are encouraged to give feedback to each other by expressing their own feelings and concerns about their gambling problems. This group gives members an opportunity to practice ways to cope with urges to gamble and ways to stay free of gambling.

The group is an unique and safe environment. The content of the group sessions is confidential; what members talk about or disclose is not discussed outside the group.

Group therapy sessions last approximately 60-90 mins

Free Individual Treatment is Also Available

Some people gamble to escape from problems or to relieve depression. Others gamble for the excitement. Whatever the reasons for gambling, problem gamblers frequently end up having to lie to people they care for about how much they gamble or the consequences of their gambling. It is not unusual for them to engage in fraud or other criminal activities to obtain the money they need to maintain their gambling addiction.

What are the consequences of problem gambling?

Gambling addiction is associated with sizeable money losses and with a progressive disruption of the gambler’s life. In many cases, the lives of the people close to him/her are affected as well. Many problem gamblers lose their jobs and have increased emotional and medical problems. These serious personal and social problems, including financial, legal, occupational, medical, and psychological difficulties, result in significant costs to the individual, the family, and society.

What are the treatment options for problem gambling?

Although there is no consensus about the best treatment for gambling addiction, numerous studies point to a wide range of potentially effective approaches, such as medication, psychotherapy, and self-help groups like Gamblers Anonymous.

Case example of problem gambling

A woman made an appointment with a psychiatrist because she had been forced to confront her 39-year old husband about his gambling and the terrible financial pressure it caused them. Married for 14 years, they had a 7-year old daughter. She had known that her husband had a problem with his gambling behavior for five years, and the problem had become more severe in the last three years. Although he earned a good living working as a salesman, they never seemed to have enough money for daily expenses and she had been forced to start working. She had been denying that their marriage was in crisis because she was afraid of being on her own and having to support herself, despite the fact that it was her income that had been keeping the family together. Her husband’s gambling addiction consisted of playing cards and slot machines 3-4 times a week. He would borrow sums as high as $2,500 from loan sharks and then would be unable to pay back the money. He lost up to $500 a day. After that, he would become remorseful, promise to reduce his gambling behavior and to make it all up to his family, but his efforts were unsuccessful.

The psychiatrist recommended that the husband himself come to an appointment if he was interested in discussing treatment. It took some pressure from the wife to convince her husband to see the psychiatrist, and further work to convince him of his need for treatment. After a thorough evaluation, medication and psychotherapy were started on an outpatient basis. He first experienced a calming effect after two weeks on the medication. Gambling stopped by week 3. He no longer lost money through gambling, so he and his wife could begin to pay off his debts. He continued with his treatment and has since remained abstinent.

Some of the information in this history has been disguised in order to protect the privacy of the individual.

Our staff is available to set up an appointment.
646-774-8009 OR