Smartphones. Tablet computers. Google. Facebook. Instagram. YouTube. Netflix. Video games. It can be overwhelming to think of how much time and attention are devoted by almost all of us to these digital devices and internet services. Next time you're in a public area, take a look around and see how many people are being held rapt by their smartphones.
It's easy to understand how technology addiction is spreading so rapidly, especially among children and young adults - but many people aren't certain what options are available to treat and prevent the negative impacts of this new and omnipresent concern.
Dr. Kristen Memoli - A Licensed Professional Here to Guide You
Dr. Kristen Memoli is a clinical psychologist licensed in New York State who specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis - and has professional expertise in working with individuals and families seeking assistance with technology dependence concerns.
In addition to her work with individuals struggling with technology dependence/addiction, Dr. Memoli's practice also focuses on Autism. Since 1996 she's worked with individuals of all ages affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and provided support for their families. She has worked in several school systems, both public and private, and is currently the clinical adviser for a young adult transition program for individuals with Autism.
Dr. Memoli also has experience working with clients suffering from anxiety, emotion dysregulation, and family conflict.
She sees local clients in her conveniently located Huntington Village office -- and is also able to see clients through secure video conferencing.
Treating and Preventing Technology Dependence and Addiction
More than ever there is an increasing need for young people to learn to manage the enticing world of technology. The internet and gaming world provide endless distraction and a steady drip of constant entertainment, which leads to the impairment of one’s ability to focus, cope with boredom, tolerate distress, make true human-to-human connections, or create one’s own joy. What compounds this problem is that these activities have been proven to be highly addictive.
All people are at risk of developing dependence or even addiction to technology but individuals on the Autism Spectrum are especially at risk. Dr. Memoli believes that learning to maintain healthy relationships with technology is critical to good mental health. She works with individuals and families to understand the risks that technology poses and help them establish guidelines that work in their lives. She also help clients learn new skills to prevent future dependence on technology.
Approach to Treatment
While working with individuals and families, Dr. Memoli employs only empirically validated interventions. She utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy and draws from multiple treatment modalities and models such as Applied Behavior Analysis, The Social Thinking Model, Collaborative Problem Solving, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness. When needed she collaborates with her clients' teachers and/or doctors to ensure a cohesive team approach to treatment.
Dr. Memoli's goal is to increase clients' abilities to cope with the challenges of daily life by improving skills related to social communication, relationship development, daily living, independence, distress tolerance, anxiety management, and executive functioning.
In addition to the work Dr Memoli does in session, she also provide clients and families with take-home activities to deepen their skills and expedite change. Dr. Memoli often tells clients that what they do between sessions is as important as what they do during sessions.
While Dr. Memoli focuses on addressing skill deficits, she also believes that clients should learn to maximize their strengths and value who they are as unique individuals. She believes that as an effective therapist it is her job to help clients pursue happy, healthy, meaningful and balanced lives.
How It Works...
After a brief phone or email screening the first intake session is scheduled at a time that is mutually convenient. For children at or below the age of 13, typically only parents attend the intake session. For children and individuals 14 through 17, parents are often included for a portion of the first intake session. Adults ages 18 and older typically attend the intake session independently.
During the intake session Dr. Memoli learns more about the presenting problems and starts to formulate a clinical picture of possible causes and solutions to these problems. She also helps the families or individuals begin to prioritize their therapeutic goals.
Finally, she provides the clients with an opportunity to ask her any questions they have about her, or her approach.
If at the end of the session all participants feel that working together would be productive, Dr. Memoli schedules either a second intake or begins scheduling treatment sessions. She also conduct a full record review when possible. Records and evaluations from schools or other medical providers could be useful to Dr. Memoli's understanding of the client. All sessions are approximately 60 minutes.
Contact Dr. Memoli today and start to make a change!