Therapists Specializing in Drug Addiction & Abuse in San Diego

Drug addiction refers to the experience in which an individual has difficulty controlling their use of a substance in a way that is compulsive, consuming, and results in potentially harmful consequences.

Substance-related and addictive disorders are diagnosable mental health conditions that involve the use of drugs, such as cannabis, opioids, hallucinogens, or sedatives. Misuse of other types of substances that also impact an individual’s wellbeing and everyday life is equally important to treat.

Drug addiction and abuse requires specialized and knowledgeable therapeutic care, often for both the individual experiencing addiction or in recovery, as well as their family and loved ones. The following therapists in San Diego have been vetted for their expertise in addiction, including the use of harm reduction and motivational interviewing techniques. They can help you or a loved one understand the role of substances in one's life in order to lessen their impact.

Find a therapist who specializes in drug addiction and abuse below; visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Elle  Michel

Elle Michel

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 - $250 per session

Do you struggle with trauma, relationships, and anxiety, or worry that you might be beyond help? Give me a call--I've been there and, through my own healing, as well as extensive training and experience, I'm uniquely fit to help others. I specialize in healing trauma, depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder, using EMDR, DBT, Brainspotting, and TRM, to achieve tangible results quickly. My clients often tell me that no other therapist has helped them in the way that I have, and that they finally have the tools they need to let go of trauma thrive.

Because life happens outside the therapy office, I offer phone coaching free of charge to all my clients. This allows me to offer you support in your daily life, as challenges arise, and will help you implement what we work on in therapy quickly and easily.

In my approach to therapy I pull from cutting-edge neuroscience, using therapeutic modalities that are clinically proven to be effective. Additionally, I have in-depth training and experience helping people recover from sexual abuse, neglect, substance abuse, suicidality, self-harm, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression.


Kristen Kochamba Lisson

Kristen Kochamba Lisson

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 per session

Sometimes we may find ourselves struggling through a particularly difficult life experience in which we just can’t seem to find our footing. Moments like this can leave us anxious, depressed, feeling inadequate, or worried that life is spiraling out of control.

When it seems our inner resources are completely tapped out, therapy can be a lifeline.

In my private practice, I work with adults who want to build self-confidence, improve relationship or family issues, manage emotions that seem out of control, or overcome social anxiety. My approach to individual therapy is founded on evidence-based treatment methods within the context of a genuinely warm and caring therapeutic relationship. It’s a collaborative process that is highly customized to your goals and needs.

I know from personal experience that it can take immense courage to seek help, and I appreciate your trust in reaching out to me. I look forward to speaking with you soon.


Ryan  Chandler

Ryan Chandler

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 per session

It takes a great deal of courage to ask for help. Appreciating and respecting that courage, my work is to help my clients attain their goals, discarding whatever has prevented them from doing so in the past. I consider therapy a collaborative effort between the individual and therapist. My hope is that the clients with whom I work feel supported and empowered to make the changes they desire.

Treatment focuses on increasing awareness about life patterns, building on strengths, and developing new coping abilities. My professional strengths include: a knowledge of a variety of presenting issues and treatment options, an innate ability to connect easily with clients, and the capacity to incorporate the realities of daily living into the process.


Amir  Ahuja

Amir Ahuja

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 - $300 per session

Welcome to my page at ZenCare. I would be humbled and honored to work with you in pursuing your mental health goals. My work is to meet with you and create a detailed treatment plan focused specifically on your needs. You could be someone who has a diagnosable mental illness and want to work on management, someone with severe and persistent mental illness who has not found the right management, or someone who just wants to work on better coping skills and relationships.

Broadly, I love working with clients who are motivated to change. I can promise you that I will be available to address your concerns, I will not push any treatment on you without you being comfortable, and I will personalize your care.

So, let's get started on our work, and accomplish your goals together!


Janette  Boire

Janette Boire

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $80 - $150 per session

It can be scary and frustrating when life changes. And sometimes you think to yourself, how did I get here? You feel like you've tried everything, but nothing has improved. You may be worried that things are never going to change. You struggle to focus, feel scared of your thoughts, become distracted, or triggered by the world around you. But, imagine what it would be like to thrive! Imagine what it would feel like to have self-confidence, heal from the past, and have the ability to overcome day to day stress. With such a challenging year, mental health is so important now more than ever. Let's move through this together!
It is difficult to find time for therapy because life is so unplanned! I'm here to support you through telehealth sessions, including a flexible schedule of availability both nights and weekends. I am also offering reduced rates for COVID-19 essential workers.
Have questions? Please send them my way! I will respond within 24 hours. I look forward to speaking with you!


Sarah  Cella

Sarah Cella

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 - $150 per session

Therapy is about cultivating a safe space for you to explore your own self, find opportunities for joy and connection in your life, and make peace with any challenges or struggles you may be facing. At certain moments in our lives, we all experience pain, grief, fear, jealousy, disappointment, longing, and loneliness. We may have searched outside ourselves for the answer to our difficulties, when all along the answer was within. By seeking a quick solution, trying to escape the pain, or pushing away and ignoring our challenges, we often deepen the wound. As the difficulty takes over, we can lose the ability to accept and release challenges, and struggle to normalize our experiences and think rationally. At these moments, therapy is an opportunity to reflect, reset, and restore.

I know that finding a therapist can be a very personal journey, and my hope is that you take some time to find what you need. If I can support you in the creation of your safe space and help to lighten the load you carry, reach out here to connect. I would be honored to accompany you on your journey to wellness.


Aly  Lynch

Aly Lynch

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $100 per session

I view therapy as an agent of change, and am excited to partner with you to make meaningful changes in your life. My aim is to provide unbiased feedback, compassionate support, and expert guidance throughout your discovery and change process. Together we will explore ways to be more effective at reaching your goals and managing your challenges. You can expect me to foster a strong and supportive therapeutic alliance, within which you will learn new skills and insight. It is my privilege to know your story and participate in your growth. There is no secret, but together we can find solutions and create lasting improvements in your life.


Monica  Blauner

Monica Blauner

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $200 per session

How I approach treatment varies with each person, depending on their needs.  I see my role as being like a mountain climbing guide: I know how to climb a mountain, what equipment to use, how to deal with ice or rock, when to push forward and when to proceed with caution.  I  always encourage you to tell me how you are feeling in our work together.

I will put your experience into context, so that even seemingly irrational thoughts and feelings make sense. These may include explanations about things such as how the mind works, what makes events traumatic, and what the components of trauma recovery are.  I offer feedback, always checking in to see if it feels right to you.  I “throw the pasta on the wall, and you tell me what sticks.”  Teaching you strategies such as mindfulness, grounding, and communication skills may also be part of our work.

I am a white, cisgender, heterosexual woman, pronouns, she/her, with awareness and sensitivity to culture and race.

You are welcome to contact me for a consultation to see if we’re a good fit to work together.


Carissa  Gustafson

Carissa Gustafson

Online Sessions, CA

Insurances: Lyra Health
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 per session

Do you feel like you are not enough? Is it as though you are perpetually falling short? Is each day becoming increasingly difficult just to get through? You are not alone.

Using evidence-based therapy, I can help you learn skills to handle difficult thoughts and feelings as well as take action to build the life you want.

Please know that whatever you may be struggling with, you are not broken; you are fundamentally, unconditionally whole, and in possession of everything that is needed to build the life you want. I know reaching out can be hard, but if you are even thinking about it please do.


Jennifer  Leupp

Jennifer Leupp

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

Do you find yourself turning to drinking or smoking for relief? Or feeling chaotic and struggling with relationships or difficult memories? By working one on one in therapy, we can identify sustainable ways that you can find peace in your inner world. Our thinking patterns can lead us into states of anxiety, depression or anger which make us want to engage in unhealthy behaviors. I will teach you how to reframe your thoughts in order to achieve a more balanced mood state and how to challenge and become less attached to your thoughts and emotions using cognitive and mindfulness techniques. Recovery isn't easy, but it's definitely worth it. Having an experienced therapist will support you in addressing underlying issues that have been keeping you stuck. I want you to heal quickly, but I also want to make sure we are thorough because I want your recovery to last.


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