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.

Andrew Herfst

M.A., RCC
*I am providing Online / Telephone counselling during the COVID-19 crisis* I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with... Read more

Tracey Dahl

M.A., RCC
The Journey: Get out of the rut Do you feel unsettled, worried or stuck? Do you have a sense that you are in a rut, created from doing the same things over and over, and not getting different results? Maybe you feel... Read more

Annu Dha

M.A., RCC
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Counselling is a Smart Investment in Yourself From time to time, we reward ourselves with a treat-a cup of coffee, a new electronic gadget, a massage, perhaps a new watch or clothing. However, we often forget the... Read more

Karianne Axford

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Karianne Axford and Associates is currently offering online/virtual/video counselling during COVID-19. Dr. Axford has over two decades of experience providing counselling and... Read more

Colin Evans

M.A., RCC
Evans-Carlson Counselling believes in supporting individuals and couples in the growth that will help them take the next step towards health and wholeness.   Special Issues In-Focus: Each person coming to... Read more

Kerry Chutter

M.A., RCC
My practice emphasizes individual counselling within a range of concerns. These concerns include but are not limited to: grief and loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, addictive behaviours, and interpersonal communication... Read more

Chantal Bourke

M.A., RCC
Chantal Bourke is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees clients in person in North Vancouver and virtually within the province of BC. Chantal has worked with children, adolescents and their families for... Read more

David Guthrie

M.S.W., RCSW
David Guthrie BA, BSW, MSW is a Registered Clinical Social Worker with the College of Social Workers. David is a certified Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) clinician. David works exclusively with anxiety disorder... Read more

Donna Steadman

M.A., RCC
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As a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Langley, my job is to help you feel better.    Whether you are struggling with relationship issues, suffering from the pain and paralysis of depression, or... 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

Sarajoy David

Ph.D., R.Psych
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The focus of my service is the teaching of emotional self-care skills.  I draw upon leading edge therapies in facilitating each person's journey to self-awareness, healing and empowerment. This self-exploration... Read more

Gwen Bevan

M.S.W., RSW
Gwen Bevan has been counselling individuals, couples and families for over 25 years. In addition to providing counselling, Gwen provides clinical supervision for private therapists (see below for more information... Read more
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Hi! I am am Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). My... Read more
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Tiffani approaches each and every client experience with curiosity and significance, offering support to clients to discover what lies beneath their conscious awareness. In therapy, we want to learn something about... Read more

Alma Vaugeois

M.A., RCC
You Don't Have to let Anxiety Run Your Life! Are you struggling in your life with anxiety or fear that you can't manage ? Does your anxiety keep you from following your dreams and creating the life you... Read more

Clayre Sessoms

MCP:AT, RCC
    • Online booking
My online therapy practice provides a virtual space for LGBTQ2IA+ individuals to explore their mental health. I often help those who question their gender or who need support during life's transitions. Working with... Read more

Lyne Piche

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Dr. Lyne Piché is a Registered Psychologist working in South Surre, 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

Avraham Cohen

Ph.D., RCC
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Avraham Cohen, Ph. D., RCC, CCC holds the designations of Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and Canadian Counsellor Certification (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling... Read more

Tami Amit

M.A., RCC
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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and EMDR Practitioner with extensive training and experience in the field of Counselling, Coaching and Personal... Read more

Melanie Johannson

M.S.W., RCC
I am a Registered Social Worker and a Registered Clinical Counsellor.  I have a Master's degree in Social Work.  I practice out of a Burnaby office and a Surrey office. I have been a therapist since... Read more

Soo Sen Lee

M.C., RCC
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Soo Sen Lee is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees clients virtually, over the phone and in-person in Burnaby, BC.   Burnout, debilitating anxiety and depression, burnout, sexual assault, painful family... Read more

Salley-Ann Ross

M.A., RCC
Salley-Ann sees the potential in every person; whether it is working with families through divorce, parenting issues, children, youth, trauma, anger, grief or mental health issues. She believes that the road to... Read more

Eli Norman

M.A., RCC
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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

Danielle Holtjer

MCP, RCC
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Hi I’m Danielle and I’m the Counsellor-Match Consultant on our team. I have a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology, with my first degree being in Psychology and Neuroscience from UBC.  I... Read more

Naomi Kolinsky

M.Ed., RCC
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Are you finding it hard to get past events that happened to you long ago? Do you find yourself turning to food, alcohol, drugs, or relationships to escape painful feelings and cope with your life? Do you find... 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
Rebecca Christofferson MA RCC BCATR is a registered clinical counselor and art therapist. Her training began with an aboriginal program at VIU, and has included a post-graduate art therapy diploma, many parent training... Read more

Marilee Sigal

Psy.D., RCC
Our relationships with our parents, siblings, friends, lovers, spouses and children can be our greatest source of joy, and also provide our most profound experiences of frustration and sorrow. Marilee has been helping... Read more

Michele Maurer

M.Sc., RCC
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Appointments Available In-office and Virtually You invest yourself in your relationships. Individuals, couples and parents have done their best to cope throughout the pandemic, and it's taken a ... Read more

Janna Straley

M.A., RCC
Janna's focus is on the treatment of Eating Disorders as well as anxiety, depression and family related issues. She has numerous years of experience working with individuals, couples and families and advocates a... Read more