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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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 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 Addiction encompasses the compulsive use of games, pornography, shopping, and media, and also the difficulties of living in hybrid/virtual environments that over-expose our lives in ways we cannot control. Integrating what you do and who you are online is part of my therapeutic technique.

— Emaline Friedman, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

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

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

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 hold a post-graduate certification in Psychology of the Web which deals with both positive and negative ways in which technology affects all of us. I've worked with many individuals to resolve addiction to social media and video games.

— Tim Quinn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Modesto, CA

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

I've always loved technology and worked as a website developer for years. When I began my work as a social worker, I started to see how challenging technology could be for both kids and adults to navigate. I then dedicated much of my doctoral work to understanding technology addiction and how it could be treated. I do work with individuals trying to form better habits around use and parents who want to learn how to better support their children to develop healthy technology habits.

— Jeffrey Gagliardi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

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

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