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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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Andi Kujtan

Andi Kujtan
In-Person Counselling & Online Therapy

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(Individual Therapy for Adults and Teens 16+)

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Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Trauma, Emotional Regulation, Inner Child Work, Autism, ADHD, Parenting Support, Post-Partum Support, Life Transitions, Stress Management and Sexuality (LGBTQIA+).

Janna Pardy

Janna Pardy
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Anxiety, Depression, Creativity, Stress Management, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Attachment and Early Life Trauma, Sexual Trauma, Self Esteem, Self Discovery.

Melanie Bowman

Melanie Bowman
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Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Suicidality, Self-Harm, Relationship Issues/Loss of Connection, Grief & Loss, Family Conflict, Self-Esteem/Self-Worth, Trauma, Situational Crisis, LGBTQ+, Identity Related Concerns.

Craig Holman

Craig Holman
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ADHD Management, Relationship Issues, Anxiety, Anger Management, Communication Skills, Depression, Chronic Pain and Illness, Emotional Expression & Regulation, Stress, Grief & Loss, Parenting Support, and Burnout.

Dana MacDonald

Dana MacDonald
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Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Stress Management, Life Stage Transitions, Chronic Pain, Illness, Grief and Loss, Caregiver Stress, Emotion Regulation, Relationships, Acute, Attachment and Early Life Trauma, Self-Esteem, Self Discovery.

Mary Lee Knox-Bauer

Mary Lee Knox-Bauer
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Anxiety, Stress Management, Depression, Trauma, Relationship Issues, Communication Skills, Self-Esteem and Body-Image Concerns, Sexuality (LGBTQIA+), Grief and Loss, Chronic Pain and Illness, Parenting Support, Blended Family Support.

Hari Chettiar

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

Kelly O'Hearn

Kelly O'Hearn
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Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Life Transitions, Emotional Regulation, School-Related stressors and challenges, Self-Esteem Issues, Body Image Concerns, Maternal stress and anxiety, Teen and Youth self-discovery, Parenting Concerns, Relationship Issues.

Heidi Baker

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

Caitlin Heximer

Caitlin Heximer
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Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, ADHD Management, Boundaries Setting, Grief and Loss, Stress Management, Trauma, Sexuality (LGBTQIA+), Workplace Stress, Burnout, Career Transitions.

Kelly Nancekivell

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

Courtney Johnston

Courtney Johnston
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Communication Strategies, Depression, Stress Management, Trauma, Sexual Assault, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Burnout, Self-Esteem, Chronic Pain, Relationship Issues and Sexuality (LGBTQIA+).

Susan Vanleeuwen

Susan Vanleeuwen
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Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Communication Strategies, Life Transitions, Grief & Loss, Stress Management, Parenting Support and Strategies.

Jelum Raval

Jelum Raval
Online Therapy

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Relationship Issues, Depression, Parenting Support, Communication Strategies, Couples Therapy, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem Concerns, ADHD Management.

Chris Jarvis

Chris Jarvis
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Relationship Issues, Anxiety, Anger Management, Couples Therapy, Depression, Grief & Loss, Burnout, Spirituality and Faith Concerns, Life Transitions, Parenting Support and Communication Skills.

Madelyn Whittle

Madelyn Whittle
Online Therapy

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

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