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Raymond Nourmand, Ph.D.
Addiction Psychologist For Men

Gambling Addiction Therapy

Gambling addiction therapy is designed for people struggling with gambling addictions or related problems, including gambling binging, pathological gambling, and chronic gambling relapsing. Whether the gambling occurs in the form of playing slot machines, card-games, sports betting, or other activities, excessive gambling of any kind could lead a person not only to financial debt, but to an emotionally empty, worthless, and valueless place. One of the exceptional challenges people with gambling problems face is that money, the common currency for gambling, is socially prized and almost everywhere. Opportunities to gamble are vast as well, especially with the advent of online gaming. In addition to leading to the loss of money and assets, often problem-gambling can lead to strained relationships with family and friends, poor performance at school, work, and home, legal issues, and lost opportunities.

In gambling addiction therapy, Dr. Nourmand focuses on helping clients gain clarity and insight into the root causes of their gambling habits, while paying special attention to clients’ understanding of the meaning of money. He believes people who develop a problem with gambling are smart, sophisticated, and sensitive. They keep going back to the gambling, and keep making significant wagers despite their losses because doing so is working for them in some way. Maybe the gambling allows them to briefly “space out” from their stress, temporarily covers their anxiety or depression, or momentarily distracts them from other unpleasant experiences.

After clients have a solid understanding of why they gamble the way they do, gambling addiction therapy usually enters into a phase of trigger identification. People who gamble habitually have become accustomed to gamble under specific circumstances. Some gamble when they are alone, others gamble when they are in a group, and there are those who gamble when they feel a particular way. And yet, for some it might appear that there are no conditions to their gambling. While for some it may seem that there are no specific reasons for their gambling, that “any reason is a reason to gamble,” the truth is that there is always a reason why someone gambles. Just because someone doesn’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Dr. Nourmand guides clients in becoming more mindful and sensitive to sometimes very subtle triggers, helping clients better understand what their triggers are, and why they are triggering.

Once clients know what their triggers are and why, gambling addiction therapy naturally transitions to acquiring the right tools to effectively cope with the issues they are struggling with. Dr. Nourmand emphasizes teaching clients inner-self skills, whereby clients become more personally refined, more in-tune with themselves and why they think what they think, feel what they feel, and do what they do. Living with such thoughtfulness and deliberateness allows a person to make categorically better decisions in life. When people make better decisions in their lives, the need for gambling drops.

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"I have been under Dr. Nourmand’s professional psychological care for the last several months and have found Dr. Nourmand to be extremely knowledgeable and professional during my treatment.  Dr. Nourmand’s philosophy in caring for various addictions, including my addiction to gambling, has been extremely enlightening in opening my path to a new world without gambling.  His philosophy of living with truth and honesty has also been extremely helpful in my interpersonal relationships, including my marriage.  I can honestly give my highest recommendation to Dr. Nourmand as a world class Psychologist."
-Marcus K.

"Dr. Nourmand's therapeutic approach was a great match for my husband and I as we worked on our relationship and his recovery. Raymond's motto of 'living in our truth' led us to a more open and flowing path of communication, despite it sometimes being difficult, painful or met with resistance. We were able to break down some walls of our past, both as individuals and as a unit, in order to slowly find our way back to each other. Thank you Raymond for all of your efforts with us!"
-Rebecca