I will be speaking to WLRFM about the increase in online gambling at around 11:15 this morning. This is in relation to the announcement of Paddy Power Bookmaker’s half-year results which showed a huge increase in profit as well as an increase betting via online and mobile devices.
The increase in online betting is worrying as, unlike the traditional bookie-shop, the internet is open 24/7. With the advent of smartphones and other mobile devices, it has never been easier to place a bet – any time, anywhere.
Some commentators have also voiced concern that more women may become involved in betting as they can gamble secretly and do not have to face the intimidation of entering the predominantly ‘male domain’ of the bookie-shop.
Here is an essay I wrote on the following topic: “Critically discuss the factors that counsellors should consider in assessing whether clients with addictive disorders might benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy”.
Waterford Addiction Counselling, which is the trading name of Barry Grant (B.A. Degree Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies) will officially launch on Monday July 18th 2011. Up until December 2011, I will be operating from Apt. 20 Spring Gardens, Spring Garden Alley in the heart of Waterford City centre. It is easily accessible by foot from Parnell Street or by car from Apple Market. Depending on demand, I may then be moving to another city centre location. I’m really looking forward to developing my private practice and providing support to the people of Waterford City and the surrounding areas who find their lives affected by addictive or other unhealthy behaviours.
All the best,
Email: barry ‘at’ waterfordaddictioncounselling.com