Spielsuchthilfe is a counselling and therapy center for gamblers and their families in Vienna, Austria.
For many years it has been the only institution in Austria specializing in counselling and treatment of
pathological gamblers. The center was founded in 1982 by Mr. Wilhelm Gizicki, a former business
man and roulette gambler. Established as a self-help group our institution very quickly became a
professional treatment center offering medical, psychological and psychotherapeutic help, social work
and debt counselling.
We see it as our mission to offer help to addicted or endangered gamblers and their families and to
generate public awareness of the dangers of pathological gambling.
Sponsors (in alphabetical order)
We would like to thank all our sponsors for their most valuable aid.
- Austrian Gaming Industries
- Austrian Lotteries
- Casinos Austria
- Concord Card Casinos
The treatment model of our institution is adapted to the specific needs of our clients (gamblers/their relatives) and includes:
- Psychological, medical, social and debtors counselling
- Psychotherapy for individuals, couples/families (systemic, behavioural, hypno-, trauma therapy and existential analysis)
- Group therapy for gamblers
Group therapy for relatives
Referal to in-patient therapy for gamblers
We provide easy access: no costs, counselling is possible
We are a multi-professional team consisting of a psychiatrist, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists
and a social worker and debts counsellor.
In a first meeting our psychologists and psychotherapists will decide together with the clients which
offers would be helpful. Every person needs specific counselling and treatment considering his/her
background and problems. Together with psychotherapy (individual, couple’s, family and group
therapy) medical consultation and/or a meeting with our social worker could be necessary. The
frequency of the counselling sessions will depend on the individual situation of every client.