Internet Addiction

Internet addiction is defined by the inability to curb or stop going on the internet, in spite of the damage it causes. Similar to substance abuse, the internet can stimulate the reward center of the brain, leading to addiction. If you find yourself always thinking about internet and have trouble filling personal and professional obligations because of your online activities, you may have an internet addiction. Or, perhaps your use of the internet is causing a strain on your relationships with family and friends? A therapist trained in internet addiction will strive to learn more about your habits to understand the patterns that trigger an episode. They will work to help you identify unhealthy or irrational beliefs that may be contributing to this behavior, and teach you tools to replace the internet with healthy behaviors. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s internet addiction specialists today.

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As a lifelong gamer myself I have an acute understanding of this lifestyle. For as long as I've been able to pick up a controller I have been playing video games and browsing all the corners of the internet.

— Bryce Miller, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

If you feel like you can't disconnect from your phone, laptop, or other technology device, you aren't alone. In this day and age, it's nearly impossible to not be logged on to something most of the time. But there are ways to take charge of your time and energy and set boundaries around your technology use. Doing so can lead to a more fulfilling and content life.

— Nora Bice, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Burbank, CA
 

The majority of my clinician background has been in the field of addiction/compulsive behaviors, with a special focus on digital media overuse/addiction for the last three years. This includes various online behaviors like gaming, porn, social media, shopping, and information/entertainment addiction. I have also been fortunate to speak at a number of conferences and schools as an expert in the digital media overuse field, in addition to teaching other therapists how to work with this concern.

— Natalie Worobel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO
 

I enjoy working with people who are experiencing internet and video game addiction.

— Daniel Wethington, Licensed Professional Counselor in York, PA

Before considering my services consider the following questions: How much time do you spend online per day? Within that timeline, what are you surfing through the web for? Are you gaming more than going out, and if so why? These questions are the primary focus within psychotherapy, as anxiety and depressive symptoms are influenced by cultural factors such as internet and gaming use.

— Raphael Sayada, Psychotherapist
 

Specializes in treating video game addiction, internet addiction, social media addiction, phone addiction, and other technology. I also work to help parents support their kids who are addicted to technology.

— Adam Holman, Mental Health Counselor in Tempe, AZ

Services available for individuals, couples, and families that are impacted by internet/technology/gaming concerns. These concerns can look like: excessive social media usage, spending more time on the phone than intended, gaming to the point of escape rather than entertainment, difficulties completing daily tasks due to time lost to devices, and/or concerns with maintaining focus on a single task or activity.

— Jessica Ferrante, Licensed Professional Counselor in Beaverton, OR
 

I am experinced treating internet and gaming addiction and cybersex/pornography addiction for teens and adults and provide free presentations to parent, school and religious organizations to educate the public about this epidemic, and how it is changing our brains.

— Michelle Holleman, Addictions Counselor in Charlotte, NC

Internet use and over use are misunderstood. Behaviors of two people using the internet throughout the day may seem similar, but have different purposes. The first may be using it to promote health, wellness, and productivity for themselves or others, while the other is compelled to use it due to their negative emotions. The why is overlooked or mischaracterized, but I take a deep look into the purpose internet use plays in the person's life.

— Joshua Garth, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Newport Beach, CA
 

Many of the people I have worked with were addicted to pornography and other forms of online acting out.

— Forest Benedict, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Balancing the social and neurological rewards we get from gaming comes at the price of our relationships, finances, and careers goals.  This prevents us from addressing our heavy "to-do" list,  engaging in difficult conversations with our partner, or filling out that job application we told ourselves we'd do a month ago.  The suppression of negative/difficult emotions such as shame, fear, anger, sadness, and hopelessness compounds over time, leaving gamers in a deeper hole to crawl out of.

— Monet Goldman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Clara, CA
 

I specialize in digital addictions, notably video game addiction. I have been a active member and player in the video game community for 28 years. I understand the joy and anguish video games can cause depending on how they are being used.

— David Klemm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arlington Heights, IL