My Approach to Helping
I have 20 years of experience in helping people recover from Internet addiction. My goal is to help you find ways to moderate and control your Internet use, almost like going on a digital diet. I help you make healthy choices about your computer or mobile use so you can enjoy technology without being consumed by it. Depending on your need, I provide inpatient and outpatient care at the Bradford Regional Medical Center in Bradford, Pa.
My Therapy Focus
Therapy is focused on helping you manage your online use. I am a professor at St. Bonaventure University as well as a clinical psychologist. In 1995, I started to study Internet addiction and over the years I have developed CBT-IA, a uniquely designed model for treating Internet addiction applying Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Harm Reduction Therapy (HRT). CBT-IA utilizes a three-phase approach. In the first phase, behavior modification is used to help you gradually decrease the amount of time you spend on technology. In the second phase, cognitive therapy is used to help you refocus your thinking to regain control of your Internet use. The third phase applies harm reduction techniques to help you deal with co-existing issues related to your compulsive use of the Internet, which may include depression, social phobia, relationship problems, or anxiety.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
I have worked with Internet addicts for 20 years, literally seeing thousands of people concerned about how technology has impacted their relationships and their lives. Therapy is best when you are motivated and you want to regain control over your Internet or mobile use. If someone has complained about your use, or if you have hurt some aspect of your life because of technology use, therapy helps you monitor your online use and identify triggers of addictive use of the Internet. I help you learn new coping skills and ways to manage your time. Length of time varies from 8 to 12 weeks of counseling depending on the success of treatment. Improvement is measured using outcome surveys and clinical assessment tools, including the Internet Addiction Test, the only validated tool to measure Internet addiction. Therapy focuses on improving time management, improving your attention span and distractability, improving your problem-solving skills and learning new coping strategies in your relationships and in your life.