Specializes in the Treatment & Education of Digital Media Overuse utilizing FITS-IA.
“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.”
– Johann Harris
Our team treats digital media overuse and addictions by utilizing a community-based approach developed by our founder Tracy Markle, called FITS-IA. This approach FITS-IA incorporates key factors to support long term change, such as including the family, providing an integrated team approach and support and opportunities for face-to-face social connection. We specialize in treating children, adults and families ages, 10 and older who struggle with problematic use of screen overuse and Internet based applications such as, video games, pornography, information overload, social media, and mobile devices. We identify and treat the co-existing issues that are commonly associated with digital media overuse and addictions. These include, anxiety, depression, executive function deficits, mood disorders, social isolation, learning differences and more.
Tracy Markle is one of twenty-two experts from around the globe who contributed to the first of its kind clinician’s handbook called, “Internet Addiction in Children and Adolescent; Risk Factors, Assessment, and Treatment”. She shares how she utilizes the community based approach she developed called, Family Integrated Treatment Social Connection ~ Internet Addiction (FITS-IA®) (Melissa, link to FITS-IA page) to treat digital media abuse and addiction in adolescents and young adults.
“This is the first book to thoroughly examine how early and easy access to the Internet and digital technologies impacts children and adolescents. Experts in the field examine the research that shows the social, cognitive, developmental, and academic problems that can result when children spend excessive time in front of screens. As a whole, the book provides an invaluable resource for those who need to assess, treat, and prevent Internet addiction in children and adolescents.” (Springer Publishing Company).Buy the book