The worldwide web is a pretty awesome thing. But as many problems as it solves, technology can also create problems for many, such as an addiction to the internet. This addiction can lead to depression, social isolation, social anxiety and poor self-esteem, since individuals who are glued to their screens have little time to devote to real, satisfying interpersonal encounters.

In some countries, such as China, web addiction treatment is endemic — to the extent that one controversial psychiatrist made a fortune from desperate parents using electroshock treatment with no anaesthesia to ‘wake up’ adolescents’ brains. Bayside Psychotherapy does not recommend going to these lengths to break your internet obsession. But we can offer you a range of counselling options to help you take control of your surfing habits and get back to a more authentic life.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to find out how we may be able to help you. You can also book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Internet Addiction Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Let’s work together to see if we’re able to help you work through your unhealthy dependence on the internet. Seeking help is the first step back to possibly reclaiming your ‘real’ life back.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you tell if your love for online life is an addiction? If you feel anxious or agitated when you cannot use the internet, this could be a sign you have a problem. Doing little else during your free time other than surfing the web is another, clearer symptom of unhealthy internet use. If you’re failing to achieve work or study goals, or your relationships are withering from neglect as a result of your online activities; or if you have trouble directing your energy elsewhere even when you know it’s important to do so, it’s likely that you have a problem that may require attention.

The therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy will endeavour to teach you techniques that may help you overcome your addiction to the internet. Our practitioners have extensive training and experience in different therapeutic methods that we can combine to create a personalised treatment program for you. And we operate within a non-judgemental, completely confidential space.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to find out how we may be able to help you. If you know you’re ready to start treatment, you can use our booking form to make an appointment for either a face-to-face or online session.

In addition to in-person sessions at our Highett office in Melbourne, we offer online counselling via secure online platforms such as Skype or Zoom — and, yes, it is okay to get online treatment for an internet addiction! We also recommend our downloadable self-hypnosis recording for internet addiction to help you get started.

Let’s work together to see if we're able to help you overcome your unhealthy dependence on the internet. Seeking help is the first step back to reclaiming your ‘real’ life.

Over the past 20 years, an upsurge in the use of the Internet has continued to grow. Now, millions of people surf the net every day for pretty much everything and anything, from online shopping and studying to booking appointments and communicating. Unfortunately, this rapid growth of the Internet can have adverse effects that impact our lives, leading to harmful behaviours such as Internet addiction. 

Some of the common negative effects associated with excessive internet usage include depression, anxiety and sadness. People who experience these emotions feel lost when they don't have access to the internet.

Many people addicted to the internet will also continue to browse on their phones well into the night, which leaves them sleep-deprived. There's also the likely chance that the addiction causes loss of relationships with family and friends due to the excessive amount of time spent developing close relationships online.

If this sounds like you or a loved one, you can book an online or face-to-face appointment to talk to one of our therapists by calling (03) 9557 9113.

Internet addiction is a delicate problem since the web has become an essential part of our daily life. Unlike other addiction counselling, such as for cocaine or gambling dependency, this treatment is not designed to stop you from using the internet altogether. That would create just as many difficulties as the addiction itself! A large proportion of the population uses the internet for work, for example — and it’s difficult to arrange anything these days, from restaurant bookings to play dates, without some recourse to social media or online forms.

Instead, the therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy will work to help you create a normal relationship with the web — so that you are using it productively, as a tool, instead of compulsively, as a substitute for reality. Our customised counselling programs aim to teach you strategies so that you can continue using computers, but with a different mindset. Treatment methods such as mindfulness therapy, hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), or Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in a mind-retraining program designed to quell the urge to fall into an internet sinkhole every time you go online. If, after a few sessions, your treatment isn’t helping, we will adjust it in consultation with you.

Addiction treatment methods and results vary from person to person. Your willingness to fully commit to your treatment for internet addiction will have a direct impact on its success. It may take more than one strategy to find the most effective form of therapy for you. Everyone has different underlying issues that need to be addressed for the best chances of lasting success, as well as different responses to treatment. Make your online or face-to-face appointment today by calling (03) 9557 9113 or using our online booking form.  Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Internet Addiction Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Note Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we rely on our clients’ full commitment to and participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.

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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain