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Counselling for Gaming Issues

Everyone copes differently when experiencing emotional distress. Some people may use unhelpful coping strategies such as abusing substance, excessively shopping,.. One problem that is relatively new to our society is gaming Issues.

Is video game addiction real?

While addiction to video games is still up for debate, there has been plenty of evidence pointing out that playing games too much can lead to various problems. For example, individuals who play just too many video games can end up falling short at work, school, or even life. Regardless, the WHO (World Health Organization) added the term “gaming disorder” into its medical reference book back in 2018. Whether or not we agree that video game addiction is a thing, it can be a serious problem.

Many young people have taken to online gaming communities as a way to connect with other people and deal with emotional issues. A lot of the times people who are really in to gaming may not even recognize that they are using gaming as a way to manage their emotional distress. There may be a range of emotional challenges that can fuel the excessive desire to play games. For instance, some people may be facing loneliness, anxiety related to academics, or even social anxiety. In such situations, the underlying emotions such as fear, sadness, guilt, shame, or anger may be driving their behaviour (excessive gaming).

Here’s how we can help.

In therapy, we help our clients to process some of these emotions and find healthy coping strategies that allow them to remain committed to their responsibilities at school, work, and home. Here at Chettiar Counselling, we view gaming dependency as a symptom of an underlying issue. Our therapists work in a holistic manner by helping clients navigate their cognitive, emotional, and behavioural responses.

Gaming dependency can become an ongoing issue that can have a domino effect on other areas of an individual’s life. Contact one of our therapists to get the right support for your concerns.

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Heather Eskedjian

Heather Eskedjian
Registered Social Worker,
Psychotherapist

**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS**
(Individual Therapy for Adults)



Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Depression, Infertility Concerns, Grief & Loss, Stress Management, Life Transitions, Body Image Concerns and Self‑Esteem Issues.

Chris Jarvis

Chris Jarvis
Registered Psychotherapist

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(Individual Therapy and Couples Counselling)



Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Anger Management, Grief & Loss, Burnout, Divorce and Conflict Resolution Skills.

Susana Cadavid

Mary Lee Knox-Bauer
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Intern Therapist (Supervised by Hari Chettiar)

**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS**
(Individual Therapy for Adults and Teens 16+)



Anxiety, Stress Management, Depression, Trauma, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem and Body-Image Concerns, Grief and Loss, LGBTQ+, FASD.

Natasha Busic

Natasha Busic
Registered Social Worker

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(Individual Therapy for Adults)



Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Burn Out, Sress Reduction and Management, Emotional Regulation, Trauma, Life Transitions, Grief & Loss.

Sandra_Harrison

Sandra Harrison
Registered Psychotherapist

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(Current/Returning Clients only)



Gender Diversity and Gender Minority Stress, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ2+, Identity, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Work/Life Balance, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Conflict Resolution Skills.

Hari Chettiar

Hari Chettiar
Clinical Director, Registered Psychotherapist

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FEB 1st to MARCH 15th Video Sessions Only
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Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger management, Couples Counselling, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Gaming Issues, Parenting Support.

Heidi Baker

Heidi Baker
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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Anxiety, Depression, Parenting Support, Separation and Divorce, Relationship Issues, Spirituality and Faith Concerns, Life Transitions, Stress Management, Grief & Loss, Work‑Life Balance.

Rochelle Martin

Rochelle Martin
Registered Social Worker

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(Individual Therapy 18+ & Couples Counselling)



Relationship and Attachment Issues, Anxiety, Stress, Loss of Sense of Self and/or Connection with Others, Trauma, Emotion Regulation, Depression, Self‑Esteem Issues.

Madelyn Whittle

Madelyn Whittle
Regitered Psychotherapist

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(Individual Therapy for Adults)



Anxiety, Depression, Emotion Regulation, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Self‑Discovery.

Susana Cadavid

Susana Cadavid
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Intern Therapist (Supervised by Hari Chettiar)

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Anxiety, Depression, Grief & Loss, Stress, Work Place Issues, Relationship Issues, Family Conflict, LGBTQ2+ Support, Body Image Concerns.

Kelly Nancekivell

Kelly Nancekivell
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Intern Therapist (Supervised by Hari Chettiar)

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Anxiety, ADHD Management, Relationship Issues, Depression, Stress, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem and Body-Image Concerns, Divorce, Infertility Concerns, Grief & Loss.

Sara Kohtala

Sara Kohtala
Registered Psychotherapist

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Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Sex and Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Trauma, Grief, Emotions Regulation, Self-Esteem Issues, Body Image Concerns, Eating disorders.

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