Addictions - Online Gaming ONLINE / VIRTUAL / TELEHEALTH 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 / TELEHEALTH 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.

Kevyn Lee

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and am located in the community of Pitt Meadows. I provide counselling for individuals experiencing a wide range of personal challenges. Challenges that include anxiety,... Read more

Mark vanVliet

M.Div., RCC
I work with clients struggling with pornography and sex addiction. I drawn upon my training as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and my experience as an addictions counsellor at a premier addictions treatment clinic... Read more

Mary Yan

M.Ed., RCC
During COVID,  I offer child, individual and family therapy in-person or online. I am a counsellor with 18 years experience helping individuals, children and families create healthy and fulfilling... Read more

Dr Joti Samra

Ph.D., R.Psych
Life is not always easy, and it is a core belief that all of us – if we live long enough and go through enough life experiences – will struggle with psychological health difficulties at some point in our... Read more

Judith Hradsky

M.A., RCC
Experiences of stress, anxiety, and depression - as well as questions around your mental health - are very common. Counselling can help you "make sense" of your experiences and provide you with the... Read more

Tannis Hugill

M.A., RCC
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I am a Dance-movement and Drama Therapist, BC Clinical Counsellor and Spiritual Director with an MA in Somatic Psychology. I bring over thirty-five years of experience to my work with individuals, groups, adolescents... Read more

Dana Millar

M.Couns., CCC
Hello and welcome! I work with adults and teens to overcome anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and relationship/intimacy issues. If you are struggling to show up as yourself in this world, not feeling “good... Read more

Michal Regev

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Michal Regev is a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been counselling individuals, couples, and families since 1990, and has trained psychologists and counsellors in... Read more

Amber Louie

M.Sc., RCC
As an anti-oppression psychotherapist, I value your experiences based on culture, race, indigeneity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexuality, age, disability, and spirituality. I often work with people who are... Read more

Angeline Vaughan

M.A., RCC
Angeline is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#10058) and a member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical counsellors (BCACC). Angeline holds a Masters of Arts degree in Counselling... Read more

Maureen McEvoy

M.A., RCC
Maureen McEvoy, MA, RCC has been in private practice for more than 20 years. She works with individuals, couples and groups. Maureen uses Imago Relationship Therapy in her work with couples. As an Imago therapist,... Read more

Emily Thomsen

M.Couns., RCC
    • Online booking
I am a registered clinical counsellor providing individual and couples counselling online. I hold a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology, am a certified Art Therapist, Life Coach, and have training in mindfulness. I... Read more

Serina Islam

Ph.D., RCC
If you are considering to begin counselling or making a decision about which therapist might be right for you, I hope this website will be an informative starting point. If you still feel uncertain after reading through... Read more

Chelsea Stenner

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#15201) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (#10002791). I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The first thing I want you to know... Read more

Isaac Rosenberg

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor based in Victoria, British Columbia. I work with adults on a broad range of concerns, prioritizing collaboration and an authentic relationship. I bring a holistic approach to my... Read more

Andee Dale

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
I am accepting new referrals for both in person counselling (office located in Duncan, BC) or virtual counselling.  I've been a counsellor for over 15 years and have worked in a number of counselling... Read more

Erin MacLeod

M.A., RCC
** Erin is only offering remote counselling options (phone, video chat) at this time, due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the need for social distancing** Erin is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#10976) with a... Read more

Melina Baum Singer

M.A., RCC
*Online and telephone sessions only at this time *Free 20 minute introductory session  Located in Vancouver B.C., Melina is a registered clinical counsellor and member of the B.C. Association of Clinical... Read more

Mehran Seyed Emami

M.A., RCC
I entered this field as a way to heal my own wounds while trying to work through the sudden tragic loss of a family member. I am often reminded of the quote by A.E. Housman - 'I, a stranger and afraid, in a world I... Read more

Michelle Coulombe

M.A., RCC
Video and telephone counselling available.  I have a BA in Psychology, as well as an MA in Counselling Psychology (family specialization) from UBC. I have been a Certified Canadian Counsellor in... Read more

Riley McDonald

M.C., RCC
*Currently accepting new clients for in-person and video sessions.* My aim is to provide a trusting, nonjudgmental space in which you can feel safe to share your unique and personal story. While there is an innate... Read more

Nazanin Moghadami

M.Couns., RCC
December 2021 update: *I am not accepting new clients* **Until further notice, all sessions will be done remotely to protect everyone against the COVID-19 virus.** Hello and welcome. I am a Registered Clinical... Read more

Rachel London

M.Ed., RCC
You may be looking for a therapist for several reasons.  Perhaps you are feeling: irritable, tense and moody and just can't shake these feelings. the struggle of a major transition or stressful... Read more

Heather Gretton

Ph.D., R.Psych
My virtual office is open with Telepsychology/Video/Online Options during COVID-19.  Please contact me for more information about my general practice. Are you feeling stressed, irritable or low? Are you... Read more

Ginny Wong

M.C., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Counselling, with over 35 years of experience as a community-based social worker serving immigrants and refugee claimants. In additions, I am an... Read more

Tanya Podlozniuk

M.Couns., RCC
Change is never easy and you don't have to do it alone. I am an experienced and compassionate therapist and my goal is to help you heal unhelpful patterns and beliefs so that you can form deeper connections, both... Read more

Praveen Parmar

M.A., RCC
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Praveen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) possessing a broad range of experience in delivering comprehensive counselling and case management services. She is accomplished at fostering meaningful relationships... Read more

Shahrzad Jamali

MFT, RCC
Shahrzad has her Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy from Trinity Western University. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology with an emphasis on neuroscience from University of British Columbia. She has... Read more

Johanna Simmons

M.A., RCC
I believe that families are the foundation of any society. As parents you create the future through your children. Occasionally we encounter challenges and need some encouragement to overcome these. I can provide... Read more

Heike Dumke

Ph.D. (cand), RCC
    • Online booking
Individual as well as caregiver counselling to help you regain your footing in life: Depression Anxiety Stress Management Acquired Brain Injury Cognitive Wellness Brain Health & Aging Caregiver... Read more