Jan Hamilton , MS, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Doorways LLC.


 4747 N. 7th Street

Suite 450

Phoenix, AZ 85014

 

A Note from Jan
Founder of Doorways 
 
The headline was splashed all over the news; "Violent Video Games can be Linked to Adolescent Aggression, according to a new study." 

The study was completed by Dartmouth researchers who analyzed young people from 24 countries from around the world and found that there is a strong correlation between children playing violent video games and acting out aggressively.   Read the study here.

Does that mean that children who play violent video games will grow up to be extremely violent adults? No. But many parents and caregivers already know that spending too much time playing video games is not healthy. The struggle is real. 

Parents say things like this to me all of the time, "I can't take away my kids' video game, they will play on their phone." Or, "How do I get my kids to stop playing these games so much?" and, "It's so hot outside; there's nothing else for them to do!"  

But in spite of our frustration, there are some things that we can do to have more control over our kids' video game habits. 

Here are three tips for how to deal with violent video games and to help our kids turn in a more positive direction. 

  1. Have a conversation. As soon as your kids are old enough to play video games, they are old enough to have a conversation and learn about the difference between violent and nonviolent games and their effects. 
  2. Set boundaries. Establish clear boundaries as to what type or rating of games are acceptable and not acceptable. You should also talk about time limits, online chat during gameplay, paying for games and online bullying and any other issues or concerns. 
  3. Enable parental controls. Practically every video game console, mobile phone, handheld device, and computer can be managed with parental control software. Read more about how to enable parental controls here.
I f you have an adolescent whom you feel is spending too much time playing video games, especially violent ones, and is struggling in other areas of their life, we want you to know there is help. 

Call us to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our caring counselors to see if counseling would help your teen.  

Sincerely,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan Hamilton, MS, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
 

602-997-2880



Meet the Provider


Katarina Scott, LAC, Licensed Associate Counselor

Katarina earned  a Master's in clinical mental health counseling at Arizona State University in 2015. 

She spent the last three years working primarily with adults and children with cancer. 

Katarina  has also worked in both partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) eating disorder clinics for the past two years. 

She is trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) approaches to help adolescents and their families move through life's challenges and take the necessary steps into living a meaningful life.

Katarina is accepting new patients. 
 

Now Hiring!
 
We are growing!

We offer flexible schedules, faith-based environment, and a career where your work makes a difference in the lives of hurting young people. 

If you know of someone who would be a good fit at            Doorways, please share these job openings with them.                                                                                                                                       
 
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Open Groups at Doorways
 
Open Groups at Doorways

Doorways offers three different Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) for teens and young adults in Phoenix. These IOPs provide counseling in a small group setting. Open enrollment, join anytime.

The IOP programs are:
Call us at 602-997-2880 or email  IOP@Doorwaysarizona.com for more information.

Doorways has insurance contracts with Aetna, BCBS, Cigna and United Behavioral Healthcare for our IOP services. Please contact your insurance provider for coverage limits.  
                                                                                                    





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