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Starting Internet addiction counseling

What is internet addiction counseling?

Internet addiction counseling is a specialized therapeutic approach designed to address and alleviate problematic or compulsive internet usage. It offers individuals a structured and supportive setting to delve into the root causes of their excessive online behaviors, which may encompass activities like social media and gaming.

How does internet addiction counseling work?

Internet addiction therapists at Thriveworks in Charlotte, NC collaborate with you to identify and alter thought patterns and behaviors that drive your dependence, often employing cognitive behavioral techniques. The primary objective of this counseling is to assist you in regaining control over your internet use, establishing healthier online habits, and addressing any underlying emotional or psychological issues, ultimately fostering a more balanced relationship with the digital world and enhancing overall well-being.

Is internet addiction counseling conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks internet addiction counseling in Charlotte is conducted both in person and virtually through online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does internet addiction counseling last?

The length of internet addiction counseling can differ depending on the person’s particular requirements and the seriousness of their addiction. Typically, this form of counseling includes multiple sessions spanning from several weeks to several months. The precise number of sessions and overall therapy duration are determined through discussions with the counselor.

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Therapy for Internet Addiction in Charlotte, NC—Counselors

Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and unlimited data often mean that people can be online all the time. Some people regulate their Internet use without any difficulty. Others have trouble. Much like gambling or shopping, Internet use can become addictive. Also like other addiction, Internet addiction can cause significant harm to an individual’s person or professional life. And yet, there are many treatments available.

The counselors at Thriveworks Charlotte see many clients who use the Internet compulsively. Internet addiction can compete for control of an individual’s life, but the mental health professionals at Thriveworks Charlotte have guided many people as they fight back. Reach out today for help.

What Exactly Is Internet Addiction?

In the mid-1990s, the Internet was not nearly as accessible as it is today, and yet, mental health professionals were starting to show concern about people’s use. In 1995, Dr. Ivan Goldberg suggested that the compulsive use could be an addiction, and many thought this suggestion was a joke. However, it was not long before other mental health professionals saw the seriousness of the situation. Dr. Kimberly Young outline criteria for diagnosing Internet addiction by 1998. According to her diagnostics, if an individual displays at least five of the following, they may be using the Internet compulsively:

  1. Spending increasingly more time on the Internet in order to feel satisfied.
  2. Using the Internet to regulate one’s mood.
  3. Lying about how much one is online and/or what one is doing online.
  4. Being online longer than one expected or planned to be there.
  5. Difficulty curbing or stopping Internet use—wanting to quit but being unable.
  6. Experiencing a preoccupation or obsession with being online.
  7. Feeling depressed, moody, or irritable when not on the Internet.
  8. Risking one’s personal relationships, financial stability, or professional reputation in order to be online.

Internet Compulsion: Symptoms and Signs

The emotional red flags that someone may be struggling with compulsive Internet use include…

  • Mood swings
  • Boredom
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Dishonesty
  • Isolation
  • Feelings of elation when using the Internet
  • Defensiveness
  • Inability to keep to a schedule
  • Agitation
  • Avoidance of work
  • Fear
  • Procrastination
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Losing a sense of time
  • Anxiety

The physical red flags that someone may be struggling with compulsive Internet use include…

  • Neck pain
  • Backache
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Poor nutrition (forgetting to eat or eating excessively)
  • Insomnia
  • Dry eyes and other vision problems
  • Headaches
  • Poor personal hygiene (e.g., not changing clothes, brushing teeth, bathing, and more)
  • Weight loss or gain

Scheduling an Appointment at Thriveworks Charlotte for Internet Addiction

Internet addiction can manifest in a variety of forms. It can look like a business professional will not stop looking at email. It can look like a teen who is always on social media, looking for that next “Like.” It can look like uncontrolled porn use or like an individual’s whose only relationships are online. Each person is unique and has their own particular struggles. That is why Thriveworks Charlotte offers individualized treatment to every client. When people have an Internet addiction, they may benefit from medication or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or group therapy. The mental health professionals at Thriveworks are dedicated to helping each client find the treatment they need.

When you contact our office, know that your first appointment may be the same week. We offer evening and weekend sessions, and we accept a variety of insurance plans. Let’s work together. Call today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Charlotte therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

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  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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I have been seeing Terryn Maher for a couple of months now and she is awesome!! Very knowledgeable, attentive, thorough, thoughtful, caring, etc. I could go on for awhile. I’ve been in counseling with another therapist for about 14 years but I already feel like I’m getting so much more from working with Terryn. Thriveworks on a whole has been great to work with as well. They are easy to work with and schedule appointments with. I was nervous about working with a company over directly with just the therapist but it has actually worked out well. I highly recommend them!
Read more I have been seeing Terryn Maher for a couple of months now and she is awesome!! Very knowledgeable, attentive, thorough, thoughtful, caring, etc. I could go on for awhile. I’ve been in counseling with another therapist for about 14 years but I already feel like I’m getting so much more from working with Terryn. Thriveworks on a whole has been great to work with as well. They are easy to work with and schedule appointments with. I was nervous about working with a company over directly with just the therapist but it has actually worked out well. I highly recommend them!
Jennifer Feb 2024
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Clarissa is a true professional and I love working with her!
Charlotte Aug 2022
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Dr Patricia shows her professionalism by having a positive attitude, using time effectively, and providing excellent service. Dr. Patricia's communication is wonderful when showing her active listening skills. Dr. Patricia shows compassion because she is passionate about what she brings to this field.
Read more Dr Patricia shows her professionalism by having a positive attitude, using time effectively, and providing excellent service. Dr. Patricia's communication is wonderful when showing her active listening skills. Dr. Patricia shows compassion because she is passionate about what she brings to this field.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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Gabrielle is an amazing therapist. She is very empathetic to her clients and their needs. She can help you through what ever you are going through. Schedule with her! You will not be disappointed.
Read more Gabrielle is an amazing therapist. She is very empathetic to her clients and their needs. She can help you through what ever you are going through. Schedule with her! You will not be disappointed.
Charlotte Feb 2022
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I have had the pleasure of working with Clair Crow professionally and can attest to what an incredible therapist she is! She has a calm demeanor and creates safety with her clients. She balances that safety and care with clear boundaries. I highly recommend her and have often referred clients to her for her expertise.
Read more I have had the pleasure of working with Clair Crow professionally and can attest to what an incredible therapist she is! She has a calm demeanor and creates safety with her clients. She balances that safety and care with clear boundaries. I highly recommend her and have often referred clients to her for her expertise.
Charlotte Oct 2021
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I've worked with Mrs. Matson for close to a year now and I can say with certainty that she's a great counselor to go to for help with emotional regulation and understanding, grief management, and processing trauma in healthy and beneficial ways. Her use of meditation techniques to get to the root of my emotions and habits have helped me understand so much about myself and why I operate the way I do. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone just starting out looking for a good counselor, or anyone looking for a friendly empathetic professional who listens well and draws from a wealth of information to provide really quality services.
Read more I've worked with Mrs. Matson for close to a year now and I can say with certainty that she's a great counselor to go to for help with emotional regulation and understanding, grief management, and processing trauma in healthy and beneficial ways. Her use of meditation techniques to get to the root of my emotions and habits have helped me understand so much about myself and why I operate the way I do. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone just starting out looking for a good counselor, or anyone looking for a friendly empathetic professional who listens well and draws from a wealth of information to provide really quality services.
Charlotte Feb 2021
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I have seen Dr. Daniel Stillwell for a year for individual and couples counseling and I trust him immensely. He is a skilled, authentic, and highly competent professional. I’ve also referred him to others and they described the same. Thriveworks staff have been very helpful with insurance and appointments.
Read more I have seen Dr. Daniel Stillwell for a year for individual and couples counseling and I trust him immensely. He is a skilled, authentic, and highly competent professional. I’ve also referred him to others and they described the same. Thriveworks staff have been very helpful with insurance and appointments.
Charlotte Jan 2021
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Adriana Blanco is wonderful. I never felt any judgement from her during our sessions. She is compassionate, firm and extremely knowledgeable. I could not see myself opening up as much with another counselor, thank you for putting her in my path.
Read more Adriana Blanco is wonderful. I never felt any judgement from her during our sessions. She is compassionate, firm and extremely knowledgeable. I could not see myself opening up as much with another counselor, thank you for putting her in my path.
Charlotte Apr 2020
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Thriveworks Counseling & Child Therapy Charlotte is near the corner of Park Road and Woodlawn Road. We are across the street from Starbucks and Exxon. Sharonview Federal Credit Union is the building next to our office.

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