The National Centre for Gaming Disorders is a gaming addiction clinic in the UK that provides treatment for problem gamers living in England and Wales aged 13 and over.  We assess and treat the needs of problem gamers as well as their family members or carers.

The clinic helps young people and their families overcome problem gaming. The service is led by a consultant psychiatrist and staffed by psychologists and family therapists.

Our Services include:

  • Comprehensive assessment of the individual
  • Family assessment if appropriate
  • Individual and/or group treatment of up to a 12 week programme
  • Family therapy
  • Practical support and advice for the young person’s family or people close them who may also be affected

Self-admissions as well as referrals from family members and professionals are welcome.

To request a referral form or if you would like further information about the gaming clinic, please email ncba.cnwl@nhs.net or call 020 7381 7722

The National Gaming Disorder Clinic provides both in-person and online treatment for problem gamers living in England and Wales aged 13 and over.  We assess and treat the needs of problem gamers as well as their family members or carers.

We offer psychological treatment and support to gamers as well as adult family members or guardians. For gamers we provide:

Assessment

A comprehensive assessment to gather information about the impact of gaming as well as other aspects of your life

Preparation for Change Group

A 3-session introductory group which works on motivation and goal-setting, and explores the role gaming plays in your life. You will learn strategies to help you as you move into Phase 2 of treatment:

Group or individual CBT

8 sessions involving a mixture of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques. We focus on your personal life goals and values and explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours that contribute to gaming addiction. We will work on skills in challenging unhelpful thinking styles, managing difficult emotions and making changes to your behaviour.

At the clinic, we recognise that Gaming Disorder also impacts people beyond the individual gamer. We work in collaboration with parents and guardians and incorporate the knowledge and resilience that already exists within the family to support desired changes to gaming behaviour and relationships. Treatment consists of:

Assessment

A comprehensive assessment to gather information about the impact of gaming as well as other aspects of your life

Parent group

Four psychoeducational workshops which will help you understand the addictive nature of gaming and give an insight into the treatment we provide for gamers. We will discuss healthy communication and setting effective limits and boundaries around gaming. These groups offer a chance to learn from others who share some of your experiences and provide an opportunity for safe disclosure, discussion and learning.

Family Therapy

Additional sessions are available for family groups who may benefit from talking together to strengthen communication and reduce stress. These sessions offer an opportunity to understand different perspectives, solve family problems and pool resources in order to improve functioning in the family environment

The Gaming Disorder Service accepts self-admissions as well as referrals from family members and professionals.

The clinic is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please do not email us in an emergency - you should call us/ contact your GP/ go to A&E or call the CNWL Out-of-Hours Urgent Advice Line: 0800 0234 650

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