Counseling for Social Media Addiction

Social Media, Device, and Internet Addiction

“Why can’t I stop scrolling? Why do I compulsively reach for my phone and check it?”

Social media and the internet were designed to hit on the pleasure centers of our brains, just like addiction, and keep our attention as long as possible. While there are many positive aspects of being connected through our technology there is also a downside to which many people are not aware. 

Often, people do not realize that an unhealthy relationship with social media, their devices, gaming, and the internet impacts their mental, emotional and even physical health. The negative psychological impacts of social media addiction and device dependence include:

Counseling for social media addiction

Maybe you’ve asked yourself if your addicted to social media, your phone/device, the internet. If you’re asking there is probably a problem. Maybe you’ve been given feedback that your use of these things is getting in the way of your work, relationships, or responsibilities.  Studies show that the more hours a person spends online the more their mental health declines.

There are ways to have a healthier relationship with social media and your phone. Cyber-Wellness is a practical approach to your relationship with social media and technology. A Holistic approach emphasizes safety, awareness, and respect in navigating a healthy relationship with technology use. It addresses needs for physical, psychological, communal, emotional, spiritual, and occupational well-being and the importance of a balanced life while using social media and Internet technologies.

People are often surprised at how difficult a challenge it is to change their behavior with their device alone. They feel a compulsion to look at it that overrides all logic. I provide support for navigating the difficult issues related to the overuse of media, phones, computers and create a personalized plan to have a relationship where you feel in control, rather than being controlled. You can take charge of your life again!

The Benefits of Treating Social Media, Device and Internet Addiction

While I’m located in Ashland, OR, I offer online counseling for social media dependency to residents of Oregon, Washington, Georgia and Florida.

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If you are struggling with how much time you spend on a device and are feeling anxious, depressed, or afraid when using social media, spending too much time on the internet or gaming, then therapy can help you with your relationship with these things. Therapy can help meet the needs of people addicted to social media, devices, and the internet.

Therapy will help you examine your relationship with technology and the parts of it that work and don’t work for you. Once you know what specifically does not work for you therapy can help you address those issues and support you in changing your behaviors connected to using them. Therapy may involve exploring how your thoughts and feelings lead to using social media to cope. Changing negative thoughts and learning new coping skills and strategies to manage negative thoughts and feelings, you can reduce your social media, device and internet use.

The cost of therapy for all of the services is the same please see Your insurance may pay for or reimburse for therapy when there are diagnosable issues connected to social media dependency, device and internet addiction.

If you are experiencing any of the following it is likely that you would benefit from addressing your media and internet use:

  • Feelings of inadequacy about your life
  • Dissatisfaction with appearance
  • Constant comparison to others and their lives
  • FOMO-fear of missing out
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Increased depression and anxiety
  • Cyberbullying
  • Restlessness and Irritability
  • Difficulty thinking critically
  • Self-absorption
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Compulsive checking that feels unmanageable
  • Sleep problems
  • Reduced satisfaction in relationships
  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Poor work or school performance

Therapy consistently takes as long as it takes to meet your goals. If you have straightforward goals and are willing to work towards them then therapy can be brief. If you are struggling with addictive behaviors, then it can take longer to address the underlying issues and make long term changes to behavior. With any therapy we work towards meeting your goals in the shortest time frame possible.

Therapy may be needed if you:

  • You want to quit but can’t.
  • You feel uncomfortable when you’re not online or on a device.
  • You can’t put your phone down and feel anxious if it’s not in your hand.
  • Others worry because of your use. Your friends and family have told you they think you’re online too often.
  • You feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster when using media.
  • You can’t stop comparing yourself to others you see online and are telling yourself you will be happier when you’re more like them.
  • You feel worse about yourself after spending time online
  • You spend more time with your device than you do with the people in your life that are important to you.
  • You can’t focus on an activity without checking your device.

Please contact us for a free consultation to see how we may be able to support you in managing your media use.

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