1314 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Since 1998 I have been providing gambling addiction treatment and general outpatient therapy for gambling related problems, I hope that this website will assist you in your journey toward recovery from gambling related problems for you or you family/friends who are suffering. I have tried to include some basic information regarding the nature of gambling addiction and related mental health issues and my private practice as well as some ideas about ways to find help if your are not living in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
In conjunction with the State of California's Office on Problem Gambling (within the Department of Public Health) which is administered by UCLA's Gambling Studies Program I am able to offer 8 session at no cost, completely free, to anyone who can attend therapy in person in my Westwood Office. This offer is also open to anyone who is involved in a close relationship with a person who is a compulsive gambler.
Please use the Treatment information tab for more information on this special program. It is very easy to qualify for this free program and the gambler only needs to have one of the 10 symptoms listed on the assessment page. Additional blocks of 8 sessions (1 and sometimes 2) may also be available in certain situations.
Update January 20 2016:
The Youtube video section is being updated, I have just started this please see that section for more info including a new way to have your questions answered.
At this time I am not able to accept any new patients for in person office sessions. We have trained over 200 new licensed therapists to treat gambling addiction in the State of California for Free. Family therapy is also available for free. Please call 800-GAMBLER (800-426 2537) for a referral.
In some cases I might be able to provide telephone or skype sessions, if you are interested to learn more about this please call me at 310446-3887 and leave a message with your contact information. I can not do telephone sessions in all cases so please do understand this before calling. Please note the free State of California/UCLA program can not be conducted on the telephone or by skype so please do not call me to ask for to do that. Accepted forms of payment for telephone skype sessions are checks (sent and recieved at least 1 full week prior to session). I can also accept paypal and this is preferred method. Unforntately, I am not able to accept any insurance for telephone sessions.
Some thoughts on my work helping gamblers and their families:
Pathological gambling is a treatable disorder. Most people can recover from it, although some have to experience cycles of relapse-recovery before they finally stop. Unfortunately, some patients do not recover, but most can and do. When I first started to do this work, I would ask patients "do you want to stop or learn to control the gambling?" I learned the hard way that this was not the right approach and do not work this way anymore.
Do not worry if you are not feeling like you want to stop or that you can, most people that see me can not imagine never gambling again so we work hard to find gentle ways of making changes so that it is possible to be very happy without gambling.
I feel blessed to have found a line of work that I love. I enjoy my work and feel grateful every time a patient invites me into their lives. I look forward to hearing from you soon.I have a wide range of understanding about psychological problems and can work with issues beyond the gambling problem once that is stabilized.
Thank you for stopping by,
Eric Geffner, Ph.D., CCGC, NCGC
California State Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY15581
California Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor, CCGC
Nationally Certified Problem Gambling Counselor, NCGC Supervisor for the State of California Gambling Treatment Program
Copyright 2011 Dr. Eric Geffner's Gambling Treatment Program. All rights reserved.
1314 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024