About Us

The Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic was established in 1999 and has consistently aimed to be a leader in gambling treatment and research. We are embedded in the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre. Our Director, Professor Alex Blaszczynski, is a leading international figure in understanding and treating pathological gambling. Our clients have the opportunity to opt into a range of exciting research projects.

The Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic (GTRC) offers a free, confidential, face-to-face counselling service operating within the School of Psychology, at the University of Sydney, at the Camperdown, Lidcombe, Parramatta and Campbelltown Campuses. Our clinicians are highly experienced and have contributed significantly to the development of the program.

The Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic is funded by a grant from the Responsible Gaming Fund (RGF), a branch of the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing in the NSW State Government. The RGF currently funds similar treatment services throughout the state. These services are provided free of charge to individuals with gambling problems and their families.

Please contact us to see how we can help you today.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic (GTRC) is to provide high-quality, evidence-based therapy to individuals in the community who are experiencing difficulties related to their own gambling, and support close friends and relatives of problem gamblers.

The GTRC further aims to plan, conduct, and disseminate high quality research on gambling, and maintain an active role in the training and education of both new and experienced clinicians in the gambling treatment sector.

The GTRC welcomes and respects the diversity of clients, employees and our other stakeholders. The GTRC recognizes and endorses the Reconciliation Statement to respect, promote equity andjustice, and value the cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and recognizes the unique needs of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. The GTRC is committed to providing culturally-sensitive treatment of the highest standards to members of this important community.

The GTRC maintains a neutral stance towards gambling itself, and seeks to inform public debate about gambling with empirically based comment.

Our Internship Program

We have recently introduced a post-graduate clinical intern placement program for 5th and 6th year psychology students, as part of our efforts to improve service provision to problem gamblers and foster continued involvement in the field. Feedback from past students has been very positive and highly encouraging.

During the first half of placement, interns receive intensive training, weekly supervision and have the opportunity to participate in co-therapy. In the second half of placement they have responsibility for their own client load. In addition to seeing clients, interns are required to maintain client files and meet the administrative duties of the role which includes intake and entering data into the titanium system. The Clinic offers modern facilities. Interns allocated a private workspace and counselling room.
For more information about internships, please contact the manager: Kirsten Shannon