Want to Book a Session Soon? Opt for Video Session to get a slot sooner. We offer online counselling across Ontario. We also offer In-Person Sessions in Guelph
  Refer Family/Friends

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.

Want to know more? Check out our blogs related to gaming issues.

Ready to begin counselling.
Access counselling services without delay.
Contact us today.

Book appointment     Book a Free Consultation

Looking to Book a Counselling Session Soon?
Select the Video Option to view earlier availability. We offer In-Person sessions as well.

Our Counsellors

Susana Cadavid

Susana Cadavid, MACP (in progress),
Regitered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Intern Therapist

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



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

Kelly Nancekivell

Kelly Nancekivell, MACP (in progress),
Regitered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Intern Therapist

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



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

Rochelle Martin

Rochelle Martin, M.S.W,
Registered Social Worker

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



Relationship and Sex Related Issues, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ+ Support, Stress, Trauma, Self-Esteem Issues.

Sara Kohtala

Sara Kohtala, M.A.,
Registered Psychotherapist

**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS**
(Individual Therapy for Adults and Teens 13+)



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

Heidi Baker

Heidi Baker, M.A.,
Regitered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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



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

Sandra_Harrison

Sandra Harrison, M.A.,
Regitered Psychotherapist

**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS**
(Individual Therapy 16+ & Family Counselling)



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

Kelly O'Hearn

Kelly O'Hearn, MACP (in progress),
Regitered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Intern Therapist

**CASE LOAD FULL**
(Current/Returning Clients only)



Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Life Transitions, Emotions Regulation, Self-Esteem Issues, Body Image Concerns, Parenting Concerns, Relationship Issues.

Hari Chettiar

Hari Chettiar, M.C.,
Clinical Director
Regitered Psychotherapist

**CASE LOAD FULL**
(Current/Returning Clients only)



Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger management, Couples Counselling, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Gaming Issues, Parenting Support.

Natasha Busic

Natasha Busic, M.S.W., R.S.W.,
Registered Social Worker

**CASE LOAD FULL**
(Current/Returning Clients only)



Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Burn Out, Sress Reduction and Management, Emotional Regulation, Problematic Substance Use, Trauma>, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss.

Madelyn Whittle

Madelyn Whittle, M.C.,
Regitered Psychotherapist

**CASE LOAD FULL**
(Current/Returning Clients only)



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

Megan Gauthier

Megan Gauthier, M.S.W.,
Registered Social Worker

**CASE LOAD FULL**
(Current/Returning Clients only)



Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress, Stress Management, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Eating Disorders.

Jocelyn Hansen

Jocelyn Hansen, M.A.,
Regitered Psychotherapist

**CASE LOAD FULL**
(Current/Returning Clients only)



Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Anger Management, Relationship Issues, Suicidal Ideation, Self-Esteem, Life Transitions, Eating Disorders.

  • Follow us for Mental Health Tips on:

Refer Family/Friends

Book Appointment

Refer Family/Friends!