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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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

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

As someone who worked in technology for decades prior to being a therapist, I have a keen understanding of too much Internet use and the problems it can create. I have both professional and personal experience helping my clients to use technology in a way that is helpful and aligned with one's values

— Ian Felton, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

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

It can be hard to pull away from the internet or technology in general. It can get in the way of us interacting with the world in ways that are meaningful to you. Its easy, its available. Our brain likes to turn towards what's easy. In our time together we will explore what is important to you and to have you notice when your brain wants to head toward the screen. We will work together to create a life that is meaningful to you even if the pull to the screen is present.

— Mark Holt, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Austin, 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

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 in , TX

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

Addiction is defined as "The state of being being given up to some habit or compulsion." Smartphones and the internet are tailored toward keeping your personal interests active. We are in "wild, wild, west" territory here, but while we are in it, we don't have to be of it. There are tools and methods to help regulate this new world. I am in it, of it, and have learned how to help others healthfully modify and recognize and take on compulsive behaviors.

— Darrell "Sandy" Marsh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, 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

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

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