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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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

If you feel like you can't disconnect from your phone, laptop, or other technology device, you aren't alone. In this day and age, it's nearly impossible to not be logged on to something most of the time. But there are ways to take charge of your time and energy and set boundaries around your technology use. Doing so can lead to a more fulfilling and content life.

— Nora Bice, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Burbank, 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
 

Advanced certification in Sex Addiction

— Nicole Shields, Clinical Social Worker in Lubbock, TX

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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