Addictions - Online Gaming Counsellors

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.

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

Jamila Hilborn

M.C., RCC
I work primarily with children (ages 5 +), youth, and their families. A strong focus of mine is working with transgenerational trauma, abuse, issues surrounding belonging, abandonment, divorce and separation, addiction... Read more

Mercedes Baines

M.A., RCC
Mercedes Baines is a Registered Clinical Counsellor & a Certified Adlerian Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology & a research focus in grief & loss. Inspiring fully embodied living... Read more

Augustine Parattukudi

Ph.D. (cand), RCC
My approach to psychotherapy is to facilitate the much-needed relational healing space through connectedness and compassion coupled with a very committed journey to find possible remedies of pain and trauma. This is... Read more

Paula Jurczak

M.A., RCC
Child and Family Counselling Services Promoting emotional healing, social development and the formation of healthy relationships. Paula Jurczak has over nineteen years experience providing counselling and special... 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

Lydia Rozental

M.A., RCC
I am  an experienced practitioner who approaches her clients with compassion, hopefulness and relentless belief in their ability to heal and grow. I see clients presenting with a variety of concerns spanning... Read more

Andrea Dasilva

M.Ed., RCC
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Andrea’s warm and friendly approach creates a tranquil and welcoming atmosphere for her clients, as they take that important step to building the life they envision for themselves. Andrea brings to Summit... Read more

Madeleine Sullivan

M.Ed., RCC
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I work with adults suffering from Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Anger, Self-Esteem, Shame Resilience, Grief and Loss, and Relationship Issues. I also work with people involved with ICBC motor vehicle accidents, and... Read more

Lisa McLellan

M.A., RCC
If you are looking for a practically based down-to-earth counsellor with over 30 years of experience in helping others,  you have arrived at the right place. Making the decision to enter into counselling ... 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

Suzanne Williams

M.Couns., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a BA in Psychology. The first part of my professional career has been as an entrepreneur and small business owner. After completing... Read more

Don Davies

Ph.D., RCC
 Dr. Don Davies has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Counselling Psychology.  With over 35 years of experience as an individual, couples and group therapist, Don’s unique counselling style... Read more

Lyne Piche

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Dr. Lyne Piché is a Registered Psychologist working in Abbotsford, BC. Her services are offered in both French and English. She has many years experience working with people who have sexual difficulties, sexual... Read more

Rosanne Johnson

M.A., RCC
As a counsellor, Rosanne offers therapy to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Greater Vancouver and Burnaby. She understands how important it is for these populations to have a therapist who... Read more

Tamara Adilman

M.A., RCC
Tamara has specialized training in relationship therapy and individual psychotherapy. As a relationship therapist she works with couples, adult children with their parents and adult sibling relationships. Her goal is to... Read more

Brenda Casey

B.A. Hons, RCC
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Safety...self care...solutions....You’re looking for a therapist who “fits” with your personality and needs?  Read on… In selecting to work with Brenda, a Registered Clinical... Read more

Mark Davies

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr Mark Davies earned his Doctorate at the Universy of Alberta in Counselling Pschology and has been a registered psychologist since 1995. From 1995 to 2007 Mark has been a full time faculty member at Carey Theological... Read more

Peter Silin

M.S.W., RSW
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I  have been bringing  warmth and compassion to my counselling with individuals and couples since 1980.  I believe the key to effective therapy begins with  building safe relationships where  my... Read more

Barbara Madani

M.A.Sc., R.Psych
Barbara Madani, Registered Psychologist has provided counseling and psychotherapy for over 30 years and is located in Vancouver. She has practiced in settings as diverse as schools, hospitals and universities. Barbara... Read more

Nancy Nigro

M.S.W., RCC
I am a Psychotherapist in private practice with over 30 years of clinical experience. I have specialized training in Relationship issues, Self Esteem, Anxiety/Depression, Grief/Loss, Trauma, Life Transitions. If you... Read more

Andrena Gamblin-Smith

B.S.W., RSW
In the fantastically busy and often confusing world in which we live it is far too easy to overlook the single most important aspect of our lives; the wellbeing of ourselves and our relationships. Every aspect of our... Read more

John Wagner

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Wagner is a registered psychologist in British Columbia and Director of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Wagner assists adolescent and adult client's struggling with a variety of problems including depression,... Read more

Michael Boyle

M.S.W., RSW
I am a graduate of the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. I am a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. My counselling experience is in the area of... Read more

Erin Edwards

M.Couns., RCC
Erin Edwards is an associate of Thrive Collective: Counselling and Wellness.  Previous to her role with Thrive, she was a founding partner of Platinum Counselling Group, and an associate with the Adlerian... Read more

Joyce Barwis

, RCC
  Joyce Barwis is a Masters Level Registered Clinical Counsellor providing the support you need to make significant, fundamental, and lasting change in your life. With over 35 years of practice behind her, Joyce... Read more
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One of my clients said that prior to coming to counselling she'd feared that the experience of therapy would be "like turning the room completely upside down." She instead found it to be "like finally... Read more

Eli Norman

M.A., RCC
I enjoy coming alongside my clients and helping them achieve personal growth, healing, and well-being. Facing problems alone can be overwhelming, whether it’s depression, anxiety, anger, mood swings, stress,... Read more

Josef Zaide

Ph.D., R.Psych
For over 35 years I have worked with clients in hospital, school and private practice settings. In my therapy practice I see individuals and couples from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. They bring a... Read more

Teesha Morgan

M.A., CCC
Dr. Teesha Morgan is a Psychotherapist, published author, and the co-founder of the Westland Academy of Clinical Sex Therapy. Dr Morgan specializes in Sex Therapy and Couples Counselling, and has had a successful full... Read more

Susan McConnell

M.S.W., RSW
I have been in private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 20 years. During that time I have had the privilege of being able to connect with people and help them achieve their personal goals, create... Read more