AREA OF SPECIAL INTEREST: VIDEO GAMING
As for so many others, video gaming was introduced to me during childhood and has since continued to be part of my life to varying degrees over the years. However, my professional interest in video gaming as an activity emerged at the beginning of my training in psychology and counselling. I have since dedicated both my undergraduate (BSc) and doctoral (PsychD) theses to researching video gaming- specifically the motivations and experiences of the gamers who engage in this activity. To read more about my research, please select from the menus at the bottom of the page.
In recent years, video gaming has been on the public agenda following the publication of proposed and official diagnoses for “video gaming addiction”. The heated debates following these new disorders are still ongoing, and there continues to be a lack of consensus in the field regarding how to define problematic video gaming behaviour, how to separate it from healthy, highly engaged gaming, as well as how to treat this condition. To read more about video gaming addiction, please select from the menus at the bottom of the page.
In my private practice, I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals for whom video gaming is a significant part of their lives. This could include working in the gaming industry, streaming or e-sports. It could also mean being an avid gamer who would prefer a therapist that is knowledgeable about video gaming and gamer culture. To read more about how I work with video gaming in therapy and why you might want a therapist who is knowledgeable about video gaming, please select from the menus at the bottom of the page.
As part of my private practice, I also work with individuals who would like to cut down on their video gaming or feel that their gaming hobby has become problematic. To read more about how I work with problematic video gaming behaviour, click here.