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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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

My absolute favorite topic, and one that comes up frequently in clients of all ages. No matter what your age, you have been impacted by social media and deserve a space to talk about it. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay and I'd love to help you navigate it with healthy mindfulness.

— Kasey Ramoth, Licensed Professional Counselor in Brick, NJ

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

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

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 , AZ

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

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

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

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