Regarding “video game addiction”; I tend to think the term is used a little frivolously to describe what is really more of an obsession than an actual addiction. That being said, on the About page, I mention being a lifelong gamer, beginning at age 12 with a “Magnavox Pong System” and playing in arcades through the 70’s and 80’s. Once home systems became more sophisticated, I returned to home play with the Sega Master System and have upgraded systems and my skillset ever since.
As a life-long gamer, I recognize the lures of escape and reward a video game offers. This powerful combination can easily become far more attractive than the routine of day-to-day life. When one neglects responsibilities – such as school or work – relationships suffer, and one can quickly feel overwhelmed and/or lose touch with their values. It’s a difficult cycle to escape.
I have found Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, with its focus on present moment experience and values-based actions, is uniquely suited to escaping this destructive cycle. As committed clients gain ability and confidence through our sessions, balance is restored, and energy renewed.
If you would like to talk more about my work with video game addiction, please do not hesitate to call 918-740-3454 or send me an email.