Dr. Brent Conrad is a Clinical Psychologist and is the creator of TechAddiction.ca. He currently works at Saint Mary's University and also owns and operates Halifax Psychologist - a private practice in Nova Scotia, Canada.
He has worked in hospitals, forensic institutions, community settings, clinic-based, private practice, and university counselling centres. He has experience with individual, family, and group therapy and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults.
Dr. Conrad specializes in the treatment of computer, internet, and video game addiction and has written several self-help books on these topics - the most recent being How to Help Children Addicted to Video Games - A Guide for Parents and The Computer, Internet, & Video Game Addiction Workbook.
Dr. Conrad completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Dalhousie University, his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology at Simon Fraser University, and his pre-doctoral internship at The University of Manitoba.
Dr. Conrad believes that developing a sense of hope and regaining a feeling of control are two of the most important factors in personal growth and satisfaction.
His therapeutic orientation varies according to the presenting problem and the style that fits best for the client. For example, short-term work would likely involve Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with a Solution-Focused approach. Clients would be assisted in identifying clear attainable goals for personal change and empirically validated methods would be used to help achieve these goals. Longer term therapy may involve more insight-based work with a Client-Centered approach.
PHILOSOPHY FOR THERAPY
Initiating therapy can be a difficult decision. Therefore, it is very important to that clients experience therapy as a warm, non-judgmental, respectful, and supportive environment which builds on the personal strengths they already possess.
In addiction to treating computer, gaming, and internet addiction, Dr. Conrad also offers interventions for adults and adolescents for issues such as:
Anxiety and Stress Management
Job / Career Stress
Procrastination and Motivation
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Dr. Conrad offers comprehensive intelligence and psycho-educational assessments for children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced academic / workplace difficulties or who suspect learning disabilities or giftedness.
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