Therapists Specializing in Substance Abuse in Boston Area

Find therapists specializing in substance abuse in Boston Area below. All therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Paul  Sawyer

Paul Sawyer

24 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA, 02461

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

No matter what circumstances led us to where we are today, I believe that we all have the potential to be happy and content. It takes work to get there, but with a commitment to therapy, you’ll soon find yourself on the path to a better future.

Choosing to begin therapy and addressing difficult emotions, behaviors, and thinking patterns head-on is an act of courage and bravery. I consider it an honor for individuals, like yourself, to allow me to partner with you on this journey. I am happy to answer any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment with you.


Amy  McCarthy-James

Amy McCarthy-James

Online Sessions, MA

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

Balancing the demands of day to day life can be challenging, especially when you are healing from trauma, addiction, and loss. I seek to create a space of healing, growth, and self discovery in which you can create positive change in your life and achieve your goals.

In my therapeutic work, I use a person centered approach to support clients to rewrite their own stories in a way that is empowering and helps them achieve their goals, and to create a safe and open environment in which people can feel comfortable sharing their stories.

Reaching out is the first, and sometimes the hardest step in healing. I look forward to meeting you and learning more about your story.


Andrew  Kang

Andrew Kang

90 Canal Street, Boston, MA, 02114

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $225 per session

Let's have a conversation about what you need and want.


Jacob  Howe

Jacob Howe

1419 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446

Online Sessions, MA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $300 per session

The decision to enter psychotherapy is often a deeply personal one, and even taking steps toward it can require a great deal of insight and strength. Choosing a therapist is an important part of the process, as research has consistently shown that the therapeutic relationship between patient and therapist is the most important predictor of positive outcomes.
I consider it a privilege to facilitate patients’ realization of their therapeutic goals using evidence-based treatments. In my Brookline practice, I provide my patients with a comfortable and empathic environment in which to engage in therapy. Many benefit from psychotherapy alone. When indicated, I offer integrated psychotherapy and medication treatment. Together, we determine the best treatment plan for you.


Laurie  Sherwood

Laurie Sherwood

Online Sessions, MA

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

It is my hope and intention to offer a warm, welcoming, and peaceful space in which to work as we learn together what most needs compassion and attention in you. From there we will facilitate the strengthening of your natural internal (and external) resources in order to meet whatever challenges may be present as you grow toward the best life you have envisioned for yourself.


Brian  Orr

Brian Orr

319 Littleton Road, Westford, MA, 01886

Online Sessions, MA

117 Appleton Street, Boston, MA, 02116

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

I am a big believer that, when we are able to feel more at peace with ourselves, we find greater joy in life. The journey to feeling peaceful and satisfied is not always smooth–it can feel so personal that we may avoid talking about the “bumps” with our loved ones. Talking with (and thinking together with) someone who is objective & private can be so useful. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over seven years of clinical experience. I have worked with patients who have felt down, worried about every day stressors, dealt with burnout, struggled with a work/life balance, and wanted to find more satisfaction out of life.

I have also worked with people who wanted to make changes but did not know where to begin. I have worked with those clients to help them identify their individual needs, and I collaborate with them to help find ways to move forward. My goal as a therapist is to create a compassionate and non-judgmental space where you are able to express yourself.

Together, we can help you further develop self-compassion. This will lead you to feel more present at work, with family and friends, and things you feel passionate about in life. I am also skilled in working with people who have struggled with substances in the past and are looking to continue in recovery, as well as family/friends of those using substances.


KC  Chiappa

KC Chiappa

73 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA, 02478

Online Sessions, MA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

My 15 years of working with adolescents and their families has taught me to approach clients with a non-judgmental, non-authoritative attitude. This helps clients take an honest look at their lives and identify what things need to change or be accepted. Meeting a client without preconceived expectations is critical because it gives me a chance to see the client from her/his own point of view. Also, I work very hard to not act too 'therapisty,' which is something that often hinders therapy with adolescent clients in particular (e.g., 'How does that make you feel?').
Working at McLean Hospital's Residential Treatment program taught me how to meet the clients on their level, with the utmost respect, kindness, and humility. McLean's intensity, taught me to be human with clients and use my naturally curiosity, playfulness, and positive energy to connect with and help others.
I combine Motivational Interviewing (allows clients to identify THEIR OWN need for change), Humanistic Therapy (approaching clients with acceptance to allow them to feel safe enough to share their deepest most painful struggles), and CBT (identifying thoughts and behaviors that perpetuate the client's problem.


Karen  Stufflebeam

Karen Stufflebeam

10 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138

Online Sessions, MA

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

My approach is collaborative and proactive so we can work together to help you accomplish your goals, experience symptom reduction, and become the person you want to be in a warm welcoming space where there is no judgment.


Jessica  Adam

Jessica Adam

53 Chester Street, Somerville, MA, 02144

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

I consult and work with people who are wanting to make changes in their lives. I understand how change works – it takes time, commitment, and uncomfortable conversations to lean towards that which one hopes for, values, and wants to commit to. My style is direct; therapy with me isn’t going to always be comfortable. And yet, it will be less uncomfortable than what led you to start therapy.

I pull from a narrative approach. This lens acknowledges each of us has innate resources, but these strengths may, at times, be discounted or overlooked in favor of dominant story lines that have taken precedent. I support individuals in facilitating conversations that help them see themselves as separate from the problems and obstacles they are up against, giving space for different narratives and possibilities. In other words, I am here to listen about what got you here and support you in going where you want to go.

​I like to say that my job is to work myself out of job. Clients who seek out working with me are ones who, again, have a part of them who are looking to make changes and experience life differently in some way, to get to know themselves differently in some type of way, in the midst of being uncertain with what that looks like.


Kate  Moschandreas

Kate Moschandreas

Online Sessions, MA

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

I have felt the nervousness that comes from sitting across from a therapist for the first time. It can be utterly nerve-wracking to acknowledge that we want to make changes in our lives, and sometimes, we can worry that wanting help reflects poorly on us. I want to assure you that I see seeking therapy as an act of great strength and courage. We only have one life to live, and you are trying to make yours the best possible. I would be honored to meet with you to hear about your struggles.

As we work together, we will identify your particular gifts as well as the obstacles that you want to overcome. Collaboratively, we will identify how to shift experiences both internally and in your outer world that will allow you to feel more comfortable with yourself and in relationships with others. My hope is that your therapeutic experience will encourage insight, growth, and hope.


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