The term Internet addiction, or Problematic Internet Use as it is sometimes referred to, covers a number of different problems, all of which involve compulsive computer use that interferes with daily life. Because so many of us spend much of our time in front of computers for work, it can be tough to identity Internet addiction, but if your computer time is causing trouble with your relationships, work or otherwise creating disturbances, you may have a problem. Internet addiction encompasses online gambling addiction, compulsive web searching, obsessive computer game playing, cybersex addiction and cyber relationship addiction. If you are unable to get your computer use under control on your own, a mental health professional can help you get a handle on it and work with you to make positive changes.
Local Experts in Internet Addiction
As a certified sex addiction therapist, a large part of my training and experience has been related to problem online behavior, including internet, pornography and/or cybersex addiction. Most people who struggle with internet addiction have some combination of online sexual and non-sexual behaviors, including gaming and social media addiction.
While in graduate school I conducted research on the treatment and diagnosis of process addictions involving the internet, gaming and social media. I was a clinical intern with the Gaming and Tech in Excess program at Lewis & Clark\'s Community Counseling Center. I conducted individual, family, and group therapy to assess and unpack disordered relationships to technology.
The world is full of technological miracles. Unfortunately, many people feel burdened with this incredible access to information and distraction the likes of which no other era on Earth has experienced. Not all of us are thriving. A healthy relationship with technology does not come naturally to all of us, but with help, I believe we can establish one.
Gaming, internet, and media addictions of all kind are becoming a defining feature of the challenges of modern living for people of all ages and levels of functioning. I understand these challenges and I can help you develop a behavioral plan to change the way you use technologies to better suit your long-term goals in life.
Internet and social media addiction is real, and it's on the rise. Do you find yourself in front of a screen gaming or surfing for several hours a day, unable to stop, unwilling to move? Perhaps you're noticing you're missing out on a lot of real life. After attending a two day training on this topic, I am equipped and motivated to help you relieve this addiction.
It's challenging when we get too much of something that 'almost' works. The internet can be so useful. We can learn, connect to people, save time, etc. However, the folks who design the internet and it's apps are hoping you become addicted to it. Screens often mimic the type of intimacy we seek in the real word. Whether you are looking to balance screen time or swear it off, let's talk.