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 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

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

In my work with children (especially post COVID-19 pandemic), technology addiction has become something I see come up in more and more in my work. In an effort to better serve my clients I obtained certification in Tech Addiction & Digital Health in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults: Level 1.

— Shaylyn Miller, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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

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

In the U.S. 18% of porn users become addicted, while 7% of video gamers, and 3% of online gamblers become addicted. Online addictions are a disease of the brain’s reward system that can be just as destructive as drugs or alcohol. The convenience, immediate gratification, visuals, sounds, access, and wins provided by Internet 24/7 make this a challenging addiction. Our #InternetProofRecovery program uses specialized tools and exercises to counter this unique addiction.

— Dr. Tenille Richardson-Quamina, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Advanced certification in Sex Addiction

— Nicole Shields, Clinical Social Worker in Lubbock, TX

In an age where technology is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our lives, it is also leading to behavioral, social, and emotional issues. Services are designed to develop a technology routine that is best for your child and yoiur family. They are also aimed at addressing related behavioral issues.

— Brian Goldberg, Clinical Psychologist in Commack, NY

Any issues related to video games, endless scrolling and browsing, tilting in games, rage-quitting, table-banging and lack of productivity.

— JEFF HSIAO, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA