Addictions - Online Gaming ONLINE / VIRTUAL COUNSELLING

Addictions - Online Gaming

Online gaming addiction affects people of all ages, including children. As with other addictions, online gaming addicts use computer or video games as an escape from the problems in their lives. Games offer players complete control, and this intoxicating world causes their brains to release endorphins that cause a high similar to what drug addicts experience.

There is a specific danger attached to children with online gaming addiction, as they are often so attached to virtual reality that they have lost their ability to communicate naturally and comfortably with real people. In cases where children become addicted at a very young age, they may never have developed that ability at all.

It is often hard for people to quit something when it's always in front of you and when everyone else is doing it. Online gaming addiction involves players thinking about and wanting to play games all the time, and getting angry when they can't. They may be unable to talk about anything that doesn't involve gaming and as a result, it will impact on relationships. Adults with online gaming addiction may spend a lot of money on buying games and peripherals and enter tournaments and more. It may affect their work and family lives as well.

The therapists below are some of the few who acknowledge this "new" phenomenon, and they use a range of treatment approaches to help people with online gaming addiction. They will challenge beliefs that steer harmful behaviors and help patients to develop coping skills. Behavioral changes are implemented using a step-by-step method while dealing with underlying issues, such as social anxiety, depression and other issues.

Since online gaming addiction often goes hand-in-hand with other conditions, such as pornography addiction or online gambling, it is important to find a therapist who can help with that too.

If you need a counsellor or psychologist to help you address the effects of online gaming addiction, you can search the directory below to find a professional with the approach best suited to your situation.

ONLINE / VIRTUAL COUNSELLING

Online Counselling or Online Internet Psychotherapy uses common technology to create major shifts in clients' emotional health. It is suitable to clients who wish to enjoy therapy from the comfort of their own homes, and therapists have noticed an increase in patients seeking help using this medium.

In order to attend online counselling sessions, clients and the therapist need access to fast internet connections and webcams. Online counselling is particularly useful for clients who can't leave home, or live far away from a therapist.

While online counselling is effective for helping with anxiety and other emotional conditions, it does not replace medical assistance in emergencies.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Online Counselling, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Robbie-Roberta Chesick

M.Couns., RCC
Robbie Chesick (MA, MC, RCC) is a registered clinical counsellor­­­­­­­­­, certified emdr practitioner,  level II sensorimotor psychotherapist, and certified meditation... Read more

Amelia Wu

M.Ed., CCC
吴偲予是持有心理学学士学位和心理咨询硕士学位的加拿大注册心理咨询师。在工作中,她习惯运用综合疗法以及不同的技巧,例如: 辩证行为法,认知行为疗法,人物中心疗罚,解答聚焦治疗,情感集中治疗, 艺术疗法和觉知训练方法等,来帮助大家达到预期效果。传统的中国文化背景让吴偲予对移民在西方文化环境里面临的挑战,以及父母子女之间潜在的文化差异与代沟有着深刻的了解与体会。因此能够更好的帮助解决因为文化导致的各种问题,促进家庭关系,... Read more

Alexandra Stewart

M.A., RCC
ABOUT ALEXANDRA Alexandra Stewart is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and Certified Clinical Counsellor (CCC). She provides therapeutic services to her adult clients at both her... Read more

Ruby Willems

M.A., RCC
Do you have a teen who is anxious? Depressed? Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems among all age groups across Canada. I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with over 25... Read more

Kirsten Noack

M.Sc., RCC
Finding the right counsellor who you connect with, trust, and who can support you in the ways you need is so crucial. I offer free 30 minute in-person consultations to decide if I'm the right fit for you. This... Read more

Lorne Pierce

M.A., R.Psych
I have been in private practice since 1999 providing counselling services to individuals, couples and familes. I have over 20 years experience in the helping professions in both government (federal and provincial)... Read more

Suzana Dujmic

M.C., RCC
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My name is Suzana Dujmic and I am Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling from City University of Seattle (Vancouver campus) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Child and Youth... Read more

Lise McLewin

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Lise McLewin is a registered psychologist who completed her training in a Clinical-Developmental Psychology doctoral program working with children, youth, and families. She has provided assessment and treatment... Read more

Tony Ho

M.S.W., RSW
If you're having sleep troubles, I offer and integrate behavioral sleep therapy into my practice as it can significantly improve your overall wellbeing, so you have the energy to focus on what matters most... Read more

Daeniela Bheaumont

M.Ed., R.Psych
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I am a registered psychologist (College of Psychologist of BC #651) and have been a member of the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology since 1990.  I received my Masters degree in Counseling... Read more

Nina Hopmeier

M.Couns., RCC
Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately by your emotions and life demands? Do you sometimes feel like you have exhausted your coping resources and no longer know how to move forward? If so, do not worry or judge... Read more

Kevin Gomes

Ph.D., R.Psych
A genuine human connection is the most important part of any successful therapy, as it’s from this nurturing relationship that people can begin to heal wounds, make meaning, find purpose, and eventually grow. With... Read more

Banafsheh Sadeghi

M.A., RSW
Banafsheh is a registered social worker with a Master's degree in Social Work and a Bachelor's degree in General Psychology with more than 20 years of experience in counselling students, individuals, couples,... Read more

Tessa Sivak

M.C., RSW
We are human and challenges arise for each of us. Counselling can be a means of support a way to heal from past experiences and to plan for the future. There are many reasons people access counselling. The most common... Read more

Tanya Dang

M.Ed., CCC
Tanya is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria. Her focus has been working with youth and adults to face their fears and to find direction... Read more

MaryClare Bovard

M.Couns., RCC
Mary Clare Bovard, BScOT, Master of Counselling, RCC, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in North Vancouver.  She welcomes individuals who are facing concerns that are impacting their daily... Read more

Sandi Bossons

M.A., RCC
Counselling Process Making the decision to seek out counselling is a courageous step towards healing. Often people hesitate to seek out counselling because they feel it is a sign of weakness. On the contrary, it is a... Read more

Anne Dietrich

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Dietrich has extensive experience and training in the area of psychological trauma, such as childhood abuse, interpersonal violence (e.g., domestic violence, sexual assault, physical assault), motor vehicle... Read more

Alison Bell

M.A., RCC
I am pleased to offer in-person, video and phone session to individual, families and couples. I have been providing counselling services for over 20 years and I have worked in private practice in the... Read more

Nichole Fairbrother

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a registered psychologist in Victoria BC. I have a PhD in clinical psychology and over 15 years experience as a therapist and scientist. I specialize in anxiety (anxiety disorders, trauma, OCD, and perinatal... Read more

Marilyn Chotem

Ed.D., R.Psych
Dr. Chotem is a Registered Psychologist who sees clients in her West Vancouver office. Her major areas of practice are eating disorders, addictions, attachment and relationship issues, child and family issues, as well... Read more

Jennifer Scott

M.A., RSW
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Are you living the life you want? Are you feeling sad, angry, anxious, or scared? Are you stuck, sleepless, or just tired of it all? Are you recovering from a trauma or loss, struggling in relationships, and ... Read more

Steven Lake

M.Ed., CCC
Dr. Lake has a PhD in Educational Administration. He has a personal interest in emotion and crisis management and created a Model Of Effective Crisis Management for his dissertation. His Master's degree is in... Read more

Mary Munro

M.C., RCC
I can help. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor practicing in downtown Victoria.  Counselling can help you function better: to feel calmer and more effective, to give you insight, to help you meet challenges... Read more

Megan Sutherland

M.S.W., RCSW
Warm, accepting, inclusive and practical best describes my personal therapeutic style. I also place a high value on careful listening, empathy, professional ethics and accountability.  I believe that all people... Read more

Denise Mansell

M.A., RCC
Grief and Loss. Life Changes. Compassion Fatigue. Burn out. Stress. Denise Mansell, MACP is a Reg'd Social Worker,  Reg'd Clinical Counsellor and Grief Therapist with a wide... Read more

Khalil Nourani

Ph.D., RCC
Dr. Nourani is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. He has more than two decades of experience in the field of mental health. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Developmental... Read more

Grace McDonald

MFT, RCC
As a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist and Clinical Counsellor, I am passionate about helping people to more positively perceive themselves, their lives, and their relationships. In particular, I provide... Read more

Ruth Skutezky

M.A., RCC
Is anxiety getting in the way of living your best life? Are you feeling disconnected from your partner, arguing more, or even having doubts about your future together? Are you a new parent, struggling to adjust to this... Read more

Danielle Aldcorn

M.A., RCC
Danielle Aldcorn, BSW, MA, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Co-Director of Satori Integrative Health Centre. Her primary areas of practice are child, adolescent and family counselling for anxiety, behaviour... Read more