Are you or a loved one affected by problematic video gaming? Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) placed “gaming disorder” in their 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD). They have cited the following as symptoms:
- Impaired control over gaming (frequency, intensity, duration)
- Increased priority is given to gaming
- continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences
If you are experiencing similar symptoms, you are not alone. One study suggests that 1 in 10 adolescents in the Ontario school system from grades 7 to 12 experience problematic gaming. At Strong Roots Therapeutic Solutions, we want to help those suffering from problematic video gaming and support people to find balance, rediscover their own avatar (themselves), and develop skills to cope with the “real world”.
Whether you wish to explore gender confusion or are ready to have your assessment completed, we are here to help and support you. We understand this can be a challenging time for some and an exciting time for others. Whatever you are feeling, we ensure respect and non-judgment in a safe environment that allows you to feel supported and have your questions addressed.
Strong Roots provides two types of behavioural approaches.
Behavioural Intervention works one-on-one with a child or youth to implement an individualized Behavioral Plan of Intervention to improve maladaptive coping and help families set boundaries. We are committed to providing a family-centred practice to foster independence, help build relationships, and increase community inclusion.
Behavioural therapy goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Strong Roots Therapeutic Solutions creates a safe, comfortable environment to explore yourself and learn skills and techniques to incorporate into your daily life.
Support for Families and Loved Ones:
Is your loved one struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues?
Through a supportive and educational lens, we strive to understand what you are experiencing and can offer tips, techniques, resources, and skills.
Some skill areas include:
- Protecting Self-care
- Increasing Communication skills
- Setting boundaries
- Enabling behaviour (for example less helpful ways of supporting loved ones)
- Are you struggling with harmful involvement with substances and/or gambling?
Whether you have struggled for years or have recently recognized unhealthy patterns of use, we are here to support, educate, and develop coping strategies with you to meet your personal goals for recovery.
Using an evidence-based approach, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a couples therapy that helps you strengthen your relationship in a way that does not feel forced or inauthentic. Our trained clinician creates safety through empathetic responsiveness with the goal of guiding partners into caring emotional responses that foster secure bonding between partners.
“No one can dance with a partner and not touch each other’s raw spots. We must know what these raw spots are and be able to speak about them in a way that pulls our partner closer to us.”
― Sue Johnson, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.
Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reducing symptoms and improving function.
Personality is the way of thinking, feeling and behaving that makes a person different from other people. An individual’s personality is influenced by experiences, environment (surroundings, life situations) and inherited characteristics. A person’s personality typically stays the same over time. A personality disorder is a way of thinking, feeling and behaving that deviates from the expectations of the culture, causes distress or problems functioning, and lasts over time.1
There are 10 specific types of personality disorders. Personality disorders are long-term patterns of behavior and inner experiences that differs significantly from what is expected. The pattern of experience and behavior begins by late adolescence or early adulthood and causes distress or problems in functioning. Without treatment, personality disorders can be long-lasting. Personality disorders affect at least two of these areas:
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). American Psychiatric Association. (2013).