IAmA licensed therapist who writes about and specializes in working clinically with severe anxiety, clients who play video games, e-sports athletes, & couples. I'm passionate about de-stigmatizing therapy and breaking down barriers to seeking ...
My name is Ryan Earl, but I go by DrMickLive in online spaces. You may remember me from my AMA that made the Reddit front page in September 2018. I’m a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Illinois, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Course Instructor at Northwestern University, and Senior Associate Therapist at the Chicago Center for Relationship Counseling. I also have a PhD in Human Development with a specialization in couple & family therapy.
My clinical expertise includes working with clients who play video games (including e-sports athletes), as well as working with all types of severe anxiety (performance, generalized, social, etc.) including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). I also work with intimate relationships, including monogamous and polyamorous relationships.
I’m passionate about de-stigmatizing mental health/illness and challenging assumptions people have about therapists and therapy. I want mental health information to be more accessible to everyone.
There’s been a lot in the news lately about video games and mental health, so feel free to ask me anything about therapy, mental health, video gaming, or the intersection of the three!
*Please note that the views/answers I express within this AMA do NOT constitute professional/therapeutic advice. This AMA is for informational purposes only.
Relatedly – for the past year, I have combined my identity as a gamer with my desire to help people find a starting point for accessing mental health resources and support by hosting a Twitch channel called [Game] Sessions with a Therapist. I also have a very active & supportive Discord community to supplement the stream. Though I cannot ethically provide therapy services on my stream channel or in the Discord, I can (and do) answer general questions, provide general guidance, help find resources, as well as talk about all sorts of things from anxiety to depression to relationship health and more, all while playing video games. My goal is to build a community where people can feel supported by me and other viewers, and where they can chat in a space that's more accessible and relatable. I stream 6 days per week, and am willing to consult with fellow streamers about how to handle mental health issues when they arise in their own communities. If you've ever wanted the opportunity to talk to a therapist in a more casual environment, stop by - I'd love to chat with you!
I will be live on Twitch for the first 4 hours of this AMA (4-8pm central) answering questions verbally as well – feel free to stop by at https://www.twitch.tv/drmicklive