CBT for TECHNOLOGY USE

You’ve probably landed on this page because you’re wondering if you have a problem with video gaming or social media use; or your family thinks that you might have a problem. I’d like to help.

Problem technology use (PTU) is an umbrella term that refers to the use of digital technology (e.g., gaming, social media use, and viewing of or listening to digital content) in a manner that is associated with biopsychosocial harms to the individual using that technology” (definition by CAMH).

I’m a therapist who specializes in helping youth and adults who are looking for help. I will get to know you, your history, background and interests and listen to what you think about your gaming, technology, or social media use (rather than what family or friends think). I care about helping you make the changes that YOU want.

Mary Cross, CBT Therapist
Mary Cross CBT therapist

We can figure out together whether you are using technology normally, over-relying on it, or have become reliant on it in an unhealthy way. I don’t have any set of rules or expectations – except that I want to be helpful and support you.

P.S. It’s not the amount of time you spend using technology; it’s a problem if it’s getting in the way of other things you need to do, or your relationships, or your work life. Or, it’s a problem because the money you spend affects other people’s finances. Or, if it’s your only coping tool for stress, or only form of entertainment.

We’ve learned a lot about gaming disorder, social media overuse, and problem technology from the research on gambling. Many of the same measurements and ways to help come from that research.

MY APPROACH

I use a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. I work with you to help you notice more about when and why you are using technology – what you are thinking and feeling before, during and after. Working with you, we develop a plan based on your goals – For example, to try decreasing the amount or time or how often you engage in the gaming. Just to see if you can.

I also assess any underlying factors that might be affecting you. For example, depression, anxiety, ADHD, loneliness, social skills, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) etc. If there are, we can work together on those as well.

Here is an anonymous online screener for you to try out to see what it says – https://www.psytoolkit.org/c/3.1.0/survey?s=Xbzs4

RESOURCES for PARENTS

If you are a parent looking for support for a child living in your home with PTU there are organizations you can join and programs you can implement:

Visit my HOME PAGE for more about me, my fees, length of therapy, payment methods etc.

Or book yourself a session using my online scheduler.

CONTACT ME – by phone or text (226) 770-0336, or email mary@cbtonline.ca