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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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 San Diego, CA

There’s been much confusion over the term sex addiction. Just because someone engages in a fetish or enjoys porn does not mean that he or she is a sex addict. So, what is a sex addiction? All addictions (not just sex addiction) include these three criteria: Intense obsession with the substance/behavior, inability to quit, and negative consequences from the substance/behavior. If you want to watch porn or enjoy sex, that’s your business. If you cannot stop but want to, I can help.

— Tim Martin, Psychotherapist in Miami, FL

Kendra is certified in Digital Health and Wellness through the National Institute for Digital Health and Wellness (NIDHW) and has received specialized training in diagnosing and treating technology addiction in children and adolescents.

— Kendra Foisie Rice, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

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

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

Advanced certification in Sex Addiction

— Nicole Shields, Clinical Social Worker in Lubbock, TX

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

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

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