Through interviews provide appropriate cases counseling service users , to help them overcome the difficulties encountered in all aspects of debt distress caused by gambling , emotions, relationships, family , school, health , etc., and when there is a need for them to turn referral and other professional services
- Registered Consultant Lawyer
- Counselling Psychologist
- Clinical Psychologist
- Registered Social Worker (RSW) & Registered Counsellors
- Certified Gambling Counsellors (CGC) & Certified Gambling Trainers (CGT)
YIM, Ho-yu Jeffery
Dip.(Hons) in Counselling and Psychology
M.COUN., The University of New England (Australia)
Registered Counsellor (APCA)
There is a long history for Gambling and is normally no doubt interpreting that as an entertainment, a general gathering between friends or anything orthodox. Gambling had been looked squarely and had been being handled with counselling for just ten and something years. It is thought that gambling causes the problem of addiction and debt only. However, the inducement of addiction, the extended problem and the problem of relapse are most likely being ignored. As counsellors of gambling, we are not magicians and are impossible to stop their gambling behavior within just several chit-chats. Nevertheless, no matter how serious is the gambling addiction, it is not in despair. When a gambler definitely declares to abstain gambling, accompanying with systematic assessments and counselling, we do believe that they can abstain it.
NG, Man-chun Matthew
B.Soc.Sc.(Hons) in Social Work
Master of Christian Marriage & Family Therapy
Cert. in Clinical Pastoral Education
Registered Social Worker (Hong Kong)
Why people gamble? Different people give different answers. Some people pursuit excitement & pleasure through gambling , some people utilize gambling to avoid get in touch with inner pain, some people use gambling to reduce pressure, some people intend to demonstrate one’s wisdom & intellectual through gambling. Many problem-gamblers wish to make money through gambling, they deeply recognize the power of money, they realize that Hong Kong is a money-mined society , even though money do not posses power without limit , people without money would suffer a lot . Problem-gamblers were poisoned by the money-mined ideology of materialistic Hong Kong Society , they pursuit money blindly without critical thinking and value judgement, they believe that they can get fortune through gambling, it is a short-cut to make money.
In the opposite, gambling brings problem-gamblers lot of debts , harassment or threat from money-lenders towards their family members. This fact is in response to 1 Timothy 6:10 ” For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs＂. In fact, the nature/meaning or true reality of gambling token is not only money itself , it is family relationship , marital relationship, one’s job , one’s faithfulness indeed. Many problem-gamblers pierced themselves & their families with hazard and chaos through gambling ,they wish to abandon problem-gambling, but their gambling-addiction indulgence is similiar to drug addiction indulgence ,they are being caught and trapped, and they lose capabilities to make free choice . The situation is in response to Romans 7:15 ＂I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do , but what I hate I do .” and Romans 7:21-23 ” So I find this law at work : when I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. ＂ For the problem-gamblers I get in touch, their embarrasement is described in Romans 8:24 ＂What a wretched man I am ! Who will resuce me from this body of death ? ” Lot of problem-gamblers’ families are ruined, marriage get divorced , they commit suicide themselves at the end.
As a counsellor for problem-gamblers, I urge to give advice to problem-gamblers & their deeply-hurted family members ; adversity is not the end, one could recover resiliently from valley of the shadow of death, we shall overcome someday . Zion Social Service Yuk Lai Hin Counselling Centre use various individual and family counselling approaches integrated with group psychotherapy ; for example : Gamblers Anonymous, Self-help group , football group …..etc., intervention approaches to help problem-gamblers to get rid of problem gambling ,never gamble again. For the deeply confessional souls , they confess to their sin of gambling, I would let them know the God my Lord Jesus Christ, the savior of human beings, He is the source of might, anyone who accept Jesus Christ as their saviour could gain power from Him, receiving counselling from Holy Spirit to overcome the temptation of gambling ; Philippians 4:13 ” I can do everything through Him who gives me strength ＂ Hence, as a new born Christian, to follow the truth of Bible and God’s Word to live, to establish new life without gambling. I am eager to become your comrade to fight problem-gambling, to tackle what difficulties may be encountered during counselling process !
YIM, Ting-Ling Augusta
Master in Counselling Psychology
Bachelor (Hons) in Counselling and Psychology
HKPS Graduate Member
Hello everyone, I am Augusta. I am the counseling psychologist of Zion Social Service Yuk Lai Hing Counselling Centre.
For me, gambling is so close, yet so far. Although I do not participate in any gambling activity, making decision in our life is actually like gambling, in which we cannot completely ensure the decisions that we make are correct or not. However, in order to make choices and decisions in our life, we often need to be courageous to step out of our own comfort zones. For those who have gambling addiction, to what extent that their choices and decisions are influenced by gambling? Is it a must for the choices and decisions that they make in life to be influenced by gambling? Do they really want to be influenced by gambling in their entire life? Indeed, are they aware of how gambling is affecting their life?
Those with gambling addiction may rethink about the above questions in the process. The process of gaining more self-awareness, stepping out of comfort zone and making the choice to change is no doubt a precious part of the counseling journey.
Ip, Ka-fai Godfrey
M.Soc.Sc. in Counselling
“Our lives are strings of Todays. In these Todays, we are taking first steps, again and again…. Although there may be things blocking our way, they are not the way itself. No matter how dark along the way, the hand always knows the way to the mouth… The current of life requires us to stand up, again and again… Our strength will continue if we allow ourselves to feel scared, weak, and vulnerable, for then we accept ourselves as we are…” (thoughts extracted from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo).
If not now, when? Today may I be your companion along the way!
CHU, Ho Ming David
Master of Social Science in Social Work
Registered Social Worker
Many people think that gambling will enhance wealth, compensate for debt, build up self-confidence and gain recognition. Besides, many people believe that gambling will alleviate pressure and regard gambling as entertainment. In fact, these concepts are absolutely wrong. In contrast, gambling will not only lead to bankruptcy and aggravate pressure, but also undermine personal well-being, implicate family members and destruct friendship. Undoubtedly, gambling is absolutely harmful and does not have any advantages. Gamblers will certainly become losers.
Gambling counselling is a long-term solution. I wish to help gamblers and their family members by mean of counselling, groups, activities and community education. Gamblers, their family members and I will face and overcome all adversity, difficulties and obstacle together in the future. Most importantly, termination of all contact and interaction with gambling friends and gambling information, healthy lifestyle, proper financial management, appropriate hobbies, and proper values of work and life are the most effective prevention from problem and pathological gambling.
Master of Social Work (MSW)
B. Soc. Sc. (Hons)
Gambling in China has a very long history, and Chinese and Westerners gambling habits are different. Chinese people like to gamble with others rather that against the machine. Mahjong, Sic Bo (Tai-Sai), Baccarat are the most popular Chinese gambling games, these games all need more than one people to play. While gambling, people would like to chat with others, because the Chinese people like the lively atmosphere, and do not like the machine gambling. Since the Chinese people view gambling as a kind of socialization culture, and it is views as a kind of friends and family-style entertainment, this traditional view that gambling in the Chinese society is deep-rooted, as a result the Chinese problematic gambler ratio is higher than the British, the United States and Western countries. In recent years, many adult and children’s game centers have acquired some gambling games, and the Amusement Centres with Prize has also acquired the “Coin Pusher “, ” Rainbow Throw ” and other gambling games, the fact that gambling and gaming have been mixed together means that gambling has been normalized for children and youth. Once these children and young people became addicted to the gambling games, they may neglect their studies and become problematic gamblers. Therefore, teenagers and adults with social gambling or problem gambling should seek the help for gambling counseling services. Get rid of gambling addiction, give yourself a chance. Call us for help.
TAM, Tsz-ho Jelly
Master in Counselling Psychology
Bachelor (Hons) in Criminology and Psychology (2nd Major)
In the past experience of my gambling addiction counselling, I really know changing a person is not an easy task ── you can only change yourself, not anyone else! For my counselling work, I would like to create a warm and safe environment with you so that your inner power can be nurtured naturally. In the counselling process, we need to slowly plant the seed and then nature it together. Finally, the seed will grow and become a tree. In the growing process, there must be challenges and failures waiting for us. For all the setbacks and failures, we are going to go through hand by hand and you are not alone on this road. After a moment, for those who passed challenges, they all grow and become a better person! They all become a tree that can protect themselves and the people around: living happily and peacefully.
I remembered a person asked me after a session: ”For your current counselling work, you do it for the occupation or for other purposes?” I replied mildly: ”I am here for your well-being and happiness! I hope you can live happily and healthily! This is my only purpose in my counselling work 🙂 During the counselling process, you just need to get what you think is a benefit to you.” During the counselling process, I always emphasize my action in my daily life as “Action speaks louder than words!” Hence, I also practice the elements of counselling psychology in daily life and also apply the recent academic research. Furthermore, I become happier and healthier because of the useful knowledge so that I am confidence to look for your well-being with you!
Later, I really understand that “Well-being is a choice!” Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional. At least for my own satisfaction with life, I achieve and also hope that you can achieve as well. Lastly, I wish I can free from troubles and become happy and healthy. I also wish you can free from troubles and become happy and healthy!
HUI, Lok-ting, AMY
Master of Guidance and Counselling
Registered Hypnotherapist (GHR.UK)
Before you read the following words, please imagine this situation: someone owns lots of debts because of gambling……what will you think next ? his personal financial situation, his career, friends and family also being affected….later this person lost all his choice in his life, he have to work in order to repay the debts, his income is for the debt, at last, gambling are also serve for the debts, except the expected financial pressure, this person also have to face different negative emotion, no matter form himself or his family, such as worries, disappointed and anger. He may also loss all his interest due to lack of money and mood. It is not difficult to imagine, right? Besides we often see this situation in the television or news, seems we understand well what will happen for most of the gambler who doesn’t have self control.
The most important question I would like to invite you to think is: when people loss all the choice in his life, can we still say this people is free?
I believe everyone want to be free, Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher said, “Freedom is not letting you do whatever you wanna but teaching you not to do the things you don’t wanna do.” , do everything we want seems good, but our will can free from control of our desire is even better. Quit gambling may be a long and hard journey, however, if we can pass through this journey, we can enjoy our own life with freedom
We are willing to walk with you.