Joshua Garth (he/him)

MA

I'm a gaming addiction specialist dedicated to shining light on a problem that is highly misunderstood.

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Newport Beach, CA
Supervised by Dr. Mickey Wilson, LMFT

  • Free Initial Consultation
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Services
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

GAMING ADDICTION creates a void that many people don't understand. The hours that are wasted, the shame, regret, and exhaustion that are felt, and the lies that you tell to your friends, significant other, and yourself. For some reason, even after being burnt out, your hands keep coming back to the device. Part of the soul gets trapped in the experience, and never leaves. Escaping the cyber prison seems impossible. It is so easy to get trapped, but it doesn't have to be your prison forever.

My Background and Approach

My approach takes into account the individual and the family. Gaming addiction forms and thrives in the current environment it is fostered in. It is cultivated in miscommunication and misunderstanding, feelings of inadequacy and helplessness, and grows in a destructive cycle of depression and anxiety. To break the virtual chain is to directly address and change the current environment with the family, and give room for the individual to achieve success. I assist the individual in understanding their stunted internal environment. Just as there are cycles that spiral out of control, video game addicts can find ways to spiral back into control. I offer consistency, and structure as a replacement for the wayward day-to-day monotony through real tools clients can hold on to. I also hold the family accountable for helping the individual as they are just as important in this undertaking.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I grew up in a chaotic household not knowing what mood the family would be in from day-to-day. I was reminded how ineffective and inadequate I was no matter what accomplishments I could brag about. My parents always talked about "working hard" and "go to college to get a good job" but offered no foundation to prove what the rhetoric meant. During this time, the only consistent thing in my life was video games. At my core, I believed in the lie "I'll never be good enough". This translated into "I'll never work hard enough", and "I can never go to college." At least I had solace in my gaming skills as my grades and self-worth fell through the floor. This picture is not unique to me though. Many gaming addicts have this at their core, but it is perceived as lazy on the outside. Even worse, the gaming addict has trouble explaining their experiences so their behavior is left up to assumption by others. However, I proved the lie was just a lie. And gaming addicts deserve at least that.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Christianity

At A Glance

  • Experience: 2 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $175 - 225/session

Info

(714) 367-4795 Email Joshua
4000 Macarthur Boulevard
East Tower, Floor #600
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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