The Screen & Gaming Disorder Clinic
Internet, Gaming and Screen Addiction Treatment
The Screen & Gaming Disorder Clinic is one of the leading centres in Australia treating children and young people struggling to manage their online life, including gaming addiction, internet addiction, social media addiction, and screen addiction. This may include gaming, social media or other internet or screen-based platforms like Youtube or Discord.
The Clinical Director
The Screen & Gaming Disorder Clinic’s Clinical Director and Psychologist, Brad Marshall, shares his time between helping families in the clinic and his research/academic life at Macquarie University (Sydney) as a PhD Candidate. Brad is a regularly invited as a guest speaker at local and international parent and teenager seminars on the topic of Internet Gaming Disorder and Screen Addiction.
Brad also speaks to parents, students, and staff at schools and corporate events worldwide on the topic of healthy screen, gaming and internet use.
He is also the author of “The Tech Diet for your Child and Teen” a parenting book published by HarperCollins, which has now been published in over a dozen countries around the world, and in multiple languages.
You can follow Brad’s speaking and media engagements at www.unpluggedpsychologist.com
For more information about Brad's work here at Northshore Kidspace, please click here:
Should I be concerned?
Signs of Gaming Disorder or Internet Gaming Disorder:
· neglecting school, university or work.
· loss or withdrawal of social interaction in favour of online platforms
· neglecting regular sleep or eating patterns to stay online
· being dishonest with others about online use
· feeling anxious, angry, depressed or angry as a result of online behaviour
· withdrawal from other activities like sport
· feeling irritable, moody or anger outbursts when asked to come offline
· internet use causing arguments within families
What are my options to get help?
Australian research has found up to 10% of Australian children and teenagers have some “sub-clinical” symptoms of Gaming Disorder and Internet Gaming Disorder that would put them in an “at risk” category. If you feel your child is in this category, but the matter is not yet urgent, you may like to take a look at:
Brad Marshall’s book “The Tech Diet for your Child and Teen” found at all major in store book retailers or at www.booktopia.com.au
The parent tutorial video series, developed and presented by Brad Marshall for parents seeking strategies to better manage their children’s tech and screen use. This can be purchased at www.unpluggedpsychologist.com.au
Aussie research has also found that 1-3% of Australian children and teenagers have a diagnosable Gaming Disorder. If your child is in the more severe end, or if you are unsure and would like an expert opinion, you can make a referral to The Screen & Gaming Disorder Clinic for assessment by a professional, by completing the form at the bottom of this page.
After your assessment you will be offered treatment options (if needed) which could include a range of child counselling/therapy, parent support sessions, or parent and child relationship sessions delivered by our experienced team.
What if I live outside of Sydney, or internationally?
For many years we have welcomed referrals from all over the world! We offer video consultation to those who can’t travel. It may sound a bit odd offering a child with gaming/screen issues a video consultation, but ironically in this post-COVID 19 world children often do better with this than adults.
Medicare rebates for video consultations may be available with a GP referral for those within Australia.
For more information, or to enquire about student parent, or teaching staff school seminars please visit www.unpluggedpsychologist.com
To make a referral to The Screen & Gaming Disorder Clinic
Please be aware that Brad's wait list for new patients is very lengthy, and you will be offered the next available assessment slot. This time fluctuates with demand, but this is routinely a 4-6 month wait.
Brad only accepts referrals for the Screens and Gaming Disorder Clinic, not general child psychology referrals.
Brad only accepts “self-managed” NDIS plans
To make a referral to see Brad in the Screens and Gaming Disorder Clinic, please use the form below: