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Cyber addiction is a growing problem in Singapore today

Internet, gaming or porn addiction.

Through specialist psychological intervention, we can help your child manage their cyber addiction before it deteriorates.

What is cyber addiction?

"8 years old that’s how young, parents in Singapore give their child an internet-enabled device. The world's average is 10..."

Cyber addiction is defined as any internet, gaming and/or porn use that is hard to control or stop.

It is important to recognise that the internet is not the enemy. These are means your child use to gain acceptance within a peer group. Many children and teens interact with their friends through online gaming and social media. 

It only becomes a problem when the child or teen choose to use these devices at the expense of everything else.  

Does my child have cyber addiction?

Does your child...

  • Become aggressive, depressed or irritable when is not allowed to game or use the internet?
  • Have poor academic performance?
  • Have problem finishing homework on time?
  • Feels tired and cannot concentrate in class?
  • Neglect his health and self care?
  • Visit pornographic websites?
  • Gives up attending social events or hobbies and replaces it with internet or gaming use?
  • Unable to abstain from prolong periods of internet or gaming use?

What happens if left untreated?

Physical

Poor quality sleep, migraines, poor personal hygiene, backaches, irregular eating.

Psychological

Difficult to maintain focus, aggression, restlessness and irritability. Preoccupation with games, Internet or porn even when not playing. Loss of interest in other activities.

Social

Stunted communication skills, social awkwardness, neglect personal relationships, poor grades in school, isolation from family and friends.

NOTE: Prolong neglect may lead to amplification of the above issues. 

Our Secret Sauce: The 4A Method

MindfulBear's innovative combination of play therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness can help your child manage cyber addiction at its roots. 

Stage 1: Awareness 

We identify underlying issues of your child with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and formulate an action plan designed to help your child move towards desirable change


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Stage 2: Activation

We kick starts the change process with motivational interviewing and replacement technique, gradually moving your child to take their first step of change.


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Stage 3: Adjustment

An iterative process between you, your child and the therapist. We review the steps your child has taken towards change, assess its suitability and adjust it for long term change. 


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Stage 4: Advancement

We make the change permanent. Your child begins to internalising these changes and learn how to deal with lifestyle stressors when they happen.


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It’s not a lack of willpower, it’s an addiction problem. We equip your child with coping skills and strategies before their cyber addiction deteriorates.  

FAQ

How much does it cost and for how long?

180 sgd/session. Each session is 50 minutes long.

Is cyber addiction treatable??

MindfulBear’s innovative 4A Method can help your child manage cyber addiction at its roots. Equipping your child with coping skills and strategies before cyber addiction deteriorates.  

Is cyber addiction a medical condition??

Cyber addiction is not yet termed a medical condition, but it is currently pending in to be included in the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).

How do I know if my child needs counselling help?

Most parents seek help because they feel stuck. Stuck in rectifying their child's disruptive behaviour.

They have tried multiple ways to steer their child in the right direction, but nothing seems to work. 

The parenting journey is an interesting one. If you have tried everything already, why not give this a chance too? Multiple parents had walked through our doors, seeing positive change in their child’s academic, emotion and behavioural wellbeing. 

How can a counsellor benefit my child?

The parent-child relationship is attached with our own bias and belief. Influenced by our past experience on thorny subjects such as internet addiction, lack of motivation to study or anger issues. This personal bias and belief are unfavourable for effective communication to happen; a prerequisite for effective change.

Done in a safe environment, without any bias or judgement. The counsellor is trained to listen, pick up concerns, assess and guide your child through a process of change to help resolve his/her issues and problems.

At MindfulBear, we guide each child through our proven 4A method for effective change.

Will my child incur a medical record when they attend a session?

No. This is a common misconception. No medical record will be made on your child.

In fact, nobody will know if your child comes for counselling. A professional code of ethics guides our counsellors in matters of privacy and confidentiality.

Any information gained in counselling sessions will not be disclosed outside our centre unless you, give us written permission to do so, the counsellor determines that your child is in immediate danger, or the counsellor is ordered by a court of law to do so.  

What is the easiest way to get my child to come down?

Children often think they are going to therapy because they are bad.

It is important to approach your child so he/she does not feel stigmatise or responsible for any dysfunction in the family. Your approach should be one of collaboration, on how both of you can work together to solve the current issue. Therapy is just a way to solve this issue.

You can say something like, “You know how hard it is to [the issue you are facing]? Mummy/Daddy need more ideas on how to help you, so we met someone who helps children and families, and we think you'll really like them too. Plus, these visits are special because you can talk about anything! Even us and it stays private.” You can also suggest a trial session, if he/she does not like it, they could stop anytime.

Remember, how you say is more important than what you say. Your approach should be one of collaboration.

Can I just come alone without my child?

Yes you can.

The therapist will be able to indirectly help your child through you for the moment.

Some parents want to “check out” what a counselling session involved before bring their child down. They may have a couple of questions to ask the therapist privately before committing.

Other parents may have difficulty bringing their child down. Whatever your reasons may be, it is always a good to take active action, to head down by yourself first.

Ask the therapist any questions you may have regarding your child. When your child is ready, you could always bring your child down later.

What can I expect on my first visit?

On the first appointment, here’s what you can expect:

First, you will have a private conversation with the therapist to understand your goals for your child. Next, the therapist will speak to your child privately, to understand your child’s goals and motivations. Finally, both you and your child will join the session together.

It is normal to be anxious, so the session is meant to be relaxing. Like a group of close friends having a casual but important conversion.

The first session is for us to identify key issues and the goals for your child.

The therapist will ask you a series of questions. So feel free to be honest. We actively encourage it. Everything you say is private and confidential. We are bound by a code of professional ethics.

At the end of the first session, the therapist will advise a preliminary action plan and the next step required to reach these goals.

It is important to know that therapy is a process that takes time to reap the full benefit. Give your child the space they need. Let your child work at their own pace.

How often do I need to go for counselling?

When it comes to matters of the mind and heart, there is no one size fit all treatments.

The frequency and numbers of session your child needs depend on you, your child, the counsellor's assessment and your concerns. On your first meeting, you, your child and the counsellor will discuss your goals for counselling and the number of sessions needed to achieve these goals.

It is important to keep in mind that counselling is a therapeutic process that takes time to reap full benefits. We do not limit the number of counselling session that your child can assess too.

Is your centre for everyone?

No. We only specialise in providing psychological help to children and teens between 6 to 16 years old.

Where are you located?

We are located at Maxwell House, 20 Maxwell Road, #07-01, Singapore 069113.

Can I just walk in?

You are highly encouraged to first make an appointment here: [LINK].

In the rare chance that there is an open slot, we may accommodate a session for your child.

It's an addiction problem.

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