TREATMENT VARIES WITH THE TYPE AND SEVERITY OF THE DEPENDENCY. WE BEGIN BY ASSESSING THE SEVERITY OF THE PROBLEM USING ASSESSMENT TOOLS AND CLIENT HISTORY. WE WORK WITH OUR CLIENTS TO IDENTIFY CHANGE GOALS AND TO BUILD MOTIVATION FOR CHANGE. TOGETHER WE CREATE A PLAN THAT LEADS TO ELIMINATION OF UNHEALTHY DIGITAL HABITS AND RESTORES SELF-CONTROL.
Most of the time, the goal is to moderate use, so you are in control of how and when you use digital devices. In some cases, a period of abstinence from certain uses (apps) is required to break the dependency and allow a return to normal brain functioning. We provide support for the mental and physical anguish of withdrawal and help you find motivation to free yourself from problematic use. We help you find ways to enjoy life without a screen. We support you while you change your digital use patterns and find a healthy balance. We work with you to create a plan for moderate use. In addition, we provide information and resources to help you with your situation.
It is common for any type of dependency to be accompanied by depression, anxiety or low self-esteem. Often, digital dependencies are symptoms of mental health issues. Sometimes, after being isolated with your screen for long periods, it is difficult to re-enter the social world of real people. Our counsellors are attuned to these issues and will help you through them and to adjust to a new life free of screen dependency. We test clients for depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts and include mental health issues in the treatment plan when they are present.
Frequently, we like to include family members in counselling. Family members are part of the environment where change happens. We know that many individuals, especially youth, are unwilling to reduce or stop problematic interactive media use. We work with the unwilling to find motivation to change. We work with families to create harm reduction and abstinence plans that take into account reluctance and how difficult change can be.