Tied to the Net?

If Internet use has disrupted your life, this interpersonal therapy group might be right for you.


The Internet Group was created specifically to help those who experience adverse effects of Internet, social media and technology overuse.
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Signs & Symptoms

  • Being preoccupied with the Internet when offline
  • Declining interest in hobbies
  • Withdrawal from friends, activities & events
  • General edginess, or irritability when offline
  • Denying the seriousness of the problem
  • Lying about how much time you spend 
   online and what you do there
  • Trying to quit, then slipping into the same
   pattern
  • Lack of sleep and excess fatigue 
  • A demand for privacy
  • Household chores ignored
  • Evidence of lying
  • Personality changes
  • Academic problems
  • Decrease in productivity at work
  • Increase in mistakes with work
  • Less interaction with coworkers
  • Less tolerant of workplace conditions
  • More sick calls and tardiness
(Source: Dr. Kimberly Young, 1998: Caught In The Net)

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Group Info


  • Age Group: Late teens         to late twenties
  • 24 Sessions over 24 
       weeks
  • New group starting              early, 2015

The Internet Group is led by Marlene Russell, an accomplished psychotherapist with over 30 years of clinical experience.


Marlene and her team create a constructive and comfortable environment where individuals can freely and openly share their experiences.
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Individual Therapy

  • In tandem with group therapy,                                                  individual counselling is    
   recommended
  • If you are already participating                                                  in individual therapy, we will continue                                      to support your work 
   with your counsellor
  • If you do not have an individual                                                therapist we can make referral 
   recommendations

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Interpersonal Groups with Psychoeducational & CBT* Components

  • Groups generally consist of 8-12 individuals with 2 co-facilitators 
  • Co-facilitators offer research-supported material, providing some information and education 
  • Some strategies and exercises will be integrated into sessions and assigned as homework
  • Co-facilitators will encourage group members to share their experiences
    • Through sharing and engaging with each other, the group provides support
    • Participating with one another under the direction of the co-facilitators helps individuals 
        work on and improve their interpersonal skills
  • The group therapy process is collaborative and deliberately confronts issues to assist in timely, meaningful treatment

*CBT = Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
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How can this help?

Participating in an interpersonal group can help you:

  • Increase awareness about yourself (strengths, weaknesses, patters of relationships and motivations)
  • Recognize the similarities you have with others, promoting universality
  • Have a chance to experience acceptance and empathy for others
  • Learn how to express yourself more comfortably and freely
  • Gain tools for action (understanding problems, insight of relationships, strategies)
  • Get support and reduce isolation
  • Discover and accept parts of yourself
  • Have an opportunity to appropriately share how you feel towards others
  • Learn how to express your feelings and say what is bothering you instead of holding it in
  • Understand the impression you make on others / learn how you come across to others
  • Feel more comfortable when others share what they think about you
  • Learn that you are responsible for the way you live your life
  • See that other people take risks by sharing something embarrassing about themselves and 
   benefit from it and this can help you to do the same
  • Feel more trusting of other people
("How can this help?" Source: Yalom, 2005:  Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy)