Things to discover

If you’re thinking about accessing treatment for gambling harm, consider the following questions to see if our Retreat & Counselling Programme might be the right path for you to take:

  • Is gambling causing you harm financially and emotionally?
  • Is gambling affecting your relationships?
  • Is gambling causing problems with your mental and physical health?
  • Are you unable to spend extended periods away from home?
  • Do you struggle to share in groups that include the opposite sex?
  • Do you feel alone in the issues you’re facing and want to connect with other people going through the same thing as you?

If the answer is yes to those questions, keep reading.

How does it work

Our Retreat & Counselling Programme is an intensive treatment programme that meets the needs of men and women who are struggling to overcome their gambling harm.

The service combines two short-stay residential retreats with 12 weekly therapy sessions delivered either online or on the phone.


Peer support

We run a male and female programme so you will feel safe and supported in a group of your peers.

The first three-night residential session includes a series of therapeutic group workshops in a retreat-style setting.

During this time, you will be able to step back from your day-to-day life and focus on your own needs and issues.

You will be supported to develop an understanding of why your gambling has become so problematic, in a positive network of people who are struggling with similar problems.

This will be followed by weekly one-to-one therapy sessions for about eight weeks. Also, for one hour each week, you will get support with day-to-day problems and connect with others in your programme through an online group.

After eight weeks, you’ll be invited back to stay with us for a further two nights. During this time, you will be able to look at what you learned in your time back at home, discuss any insights you gained from treatment and create a personal plan that will enable you to lead a gambling free life.

The programme will conclude following an additional four, one-to-one weekly sessions.

There is currently no cost to you for this treatment, other than your travel to and from the venue. Should you require any more information please do not hesitate to contact us, we’d be happy to talk to you.


How to apply

All application forms are retrieved Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm. We try in all cases to contact you within 48 hours of your application being received. 

 Should you need urgent help during this time  please contact  National Gambling Helpline

Apply for a Place

Alternatively you can download the application form using this link and return it via post or a scanned pdf to . Any information you provide will be treated confidentially. On receipt of your application you will then be contacted and a telephone interview will be arranged at a time to suit you.

Please ensure that you provide an address and/or contact number so we can communicate with you further. If you do not have an address or phone number where you can be reached, please contact us by telephone on 01384 241292 to discuss how we can proceed with your application.

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We want you to get the help you deserve to deal with your gambling addiction.

Before making an application for our retreat & counselling programme, please read the following statements

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  • What treatment programmes do you offer?

    There are a number of treatment options in our programmes.

    These range from outreach and online support to retreat and counselling services and residential treatment.

    To find out more go to our How We Can Help section.

  • How long is the waiting list?

    The waiting list can vary depending on the time of year but the average is four to six weeks.

  • Can I work or study while attending residential treatment?

    No. We need every resident to be fully focussed on their treatment, so contact with outside organisations is restricted.

  • Can I have my mobile phone, tablet, computer?

    Phone and internet access will be allowed at certain times. However, to allow people to focus on their recovery programme access is scheduled in through staff agreement.

  • Do you offer online counselling?

    Our residential  and retreat and counselling programmes have helped many break free from gambling addiction. At present, because of Covid restrictions all outreach work is online and our male residential centres are still open for treatment.

    In future, we are aiming to run more online options learning the lessons from lockdowns to assist people get support that fits in with personal circumstances.


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