Therapists Specializing in Substance Abuse in Denver

Substance abuse is a mental health concern that involves the harmful use of alcohol, drugs, or other substances. Any substance use that raises concern, leads to impairments in daily functioning, or causes distress is important to discuss with a professional. Specialized and knowledgeable therapeutic care can help both the individual experiencing addiction or navigating recovery, as well as their family and loved ones.

The following therapists can help individuals understand the role of substances in their life and lessen their impact. Treatment approaches vary, but therapists with expertise in this area may use harm reduction or motivational interviewing techniques to help clients build momentum and commitment toward behavior change. Other therapists might bring specific expertise in other efficacious modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or family behavior therapy (FBT).

Find therapists in Denver who specialize in substance abuse below. These 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!


Michelle  Payne

Michelle Payne

Online Sessions, CO

Insurances: Cigna, United Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

The time we spend together is a time for safety, acceptance, and understanding. It is your time to be heard and validated. At the center of my practice is my strong belief that we are all doing the best we can with the tools we have, and there are times that every single one of us needs a friend, a supporter, and a shoulder to cry on.

It takes courage and strength to recognize those moments when you need help. In our time together, my focus will be on supporting you to use the skills and knowledge that you already have to create meaningful and lasting change.


Ashley V Evans

Ashley V Evans

Online Sessions, CO

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

Are you feeling challenged, overwhelmed, or having trouble coping? I would be honored to be a part of your journey of empowerment and to help you feel in control of your life regardless of the mental health challenges you are dealing with. Through active collaboration, safe space will be provided for the client to uncover, label, and resolve your emotions. Together, each client will become their best self so that they can victoriously overcome those inner struggles.

Looking for someone that you can just kick back, breathe, and be yourself with? Looking for clarity with a pinch of humor? I'm definitely your girl! I look forward to getting to know you and working with you. I am also here to address any concerns that you may have about the process. My goal is to ensure that you feel assured and comfortable working with me. Prior to our session, please fill out the information in your portal. All session payments are due at the start of the session. Looking forward to being your copilot. Let's do it!


Joel  Smith

Joel Smith

Online Sessions, CO

750 East 9th Avenue, Denver, CO, 80203

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

I specialize in trauma and PTSD, depression and anxiety, and addictions. I'm a real human, and I'll treat you like one, too. You'll probably cry a bit, laugh a bit more, and feel heard and understood along the way. You'll leave therapy more equipped to manage the vortex that life can throw at you.

I am certified in EMDR, a multi-purposeful therapy especially useful in helping people overcome the negative effects of trauma. Also helpful in the management of tough feelings and addictive behaviors, EMDR is one of the most evidence-based therapies counselors have to offer. I also utilize traditional and effective talk therapy.


Alice  DiTullio

Alice DiTullio

Online Sessions, CO

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $150 per session

Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or healing from a past or present painful situation or trauma? With non-judgmental, compassionate presence, I offer the collaborative support needed for you to carefully work through these challenges, experience deep level change and live a more satisfying life. My therapeutic approach is focused on supporting your strengths and developing the inner resources you need to cultivate your innate capacity to heal.

Healing cannot occur in isolation. In almost all cases, our difficulties are accompanied by a sense of being alone with our experience. I offer therapeutic skills and the relational support necessary to effectively help my clients to feel better. I welcome you to explore the potential of our work together with a free 30 minute consultation.


Laura  Houd

Laura Houd

4380 North Harlan Street, Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033

Online Sessions, CO

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 - $120 per session

Life is hard, especially recently. If you are someone who is in college, has recently graduated or is struggling to feel confident in the adult world, I see you. The Quarter Life Crisis is a very real thing and you are not alone in feeling stuck or lost. Maybe you're dealing with extreme anxiety, struggling with depression, using substances or manipulating your body as a way to cope. You probably feel disconnected with yourself and at a loss for how to regain some confidence. By considering therapy, you are already taking a huge step toward a more hopeful future. I can help you identify the life you want so that you can move toward valuable, authentic change. Let's schedule a time to chat and get you on the path to a rich and meaningful life!


Victoria  Dial

Victoria Dial

Online Sessions, CO

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, Kaiser Permanente PPO, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente HMO
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 - $120 per session

My style is compassionate, playful, and spirited. When clients first start therapy, we will work together to establish a respectful working relationship. I'll help you look for, and identify, behavioral patterns in your thoughts and actions. These patterns, as well as your desire for change, inform the direction of therapy. 

In our work, treatment goals are designed collaboratively – with the aim of enhancing psychological flexibility, the cornerstone of health and well-being.


Shari  Jacobs

Shari Jacobs

Online Sessions, CO

Insurances: United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Oscar Health, Oxford Health Plans, United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Optum, New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $150 per session

My goal as a therapist is to help you maximize joy and fulfillment in your life. Together we can work to bring awareness to the patterns that may be keeping you stuck, to shift old ways of thinking that may no longer be serving you, and to develop actionable ways for you to overcome any barriers to living the life you envision.

I strive to create a supportive and judgement-free environment in which you can be free to be your authentic self and safely explore difficult feelings and experiences. I will also challenge you to examine patterns of thinking and communicating and try new skills outside of session. Sessions with me are typically semi-structured and involve a combination of reflection, active listening, feedback, and problem-solving.

My practice is open to adults of all backgrounds, and I use an intersectional lens, understanding the ways in which gender, race, sexuality, and class impact our lived experiences. I encourage you to reach out so we can talk about how we can best work together to help you reach your goals.


Meredith   Levy

Meredith Levy

Online Sessions, CO

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $350 per session

My motto in therapy, and in life, is "whatever works!" What works for us in certain times of our lives no longer continues to works, and we need to shift gears. I'm casual and transparent with my clients. I believe that the relationship between client and therapist is the most critical part of therapy. If there isn't a connection, it won't work. I will always let you know if believe we aren't a good fit, or if I believe someone else would be better suited to helping you with your particular struggles.

I've had quite a unique life and believe that this is part of what enables me to relate to almost anyone. I am straightforward and honest - not something everyone wants or likes! I will work as hard as you will and be as committed to making changes as you are!


Rachael  Collins

Rachael Collins

Online Sessions, CO

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 - $120 per session

Hello! I am so glad you are seeking support and taking the time to read through various therapists' profiles. Finding the right therapist for you can be a task, but one that is vital for therapy being effective! My approach is down to earth and holistic and I aim to meet each of my client's right where they are with compassion and understanding. I see my role as someone who gets to stand by your side while providing the knowledge and tools needed to support you in growing.

I encourage you to reach out and schedule a consultation so we can meet and see if we are a good fit for each other.


Alexandra  Rothschild

Alexandra Rothschild

2855 Speer Boulevard, Denver, CO, 80211

Online Sessions, CO

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $135 per session

I have over 12 years experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal relationships. I believe everyone already has the wisdom inside to heal but sometimes layers of trauma or pain can make it difficult to do so resulting often in uncomfortable symptoms such as anxiety and depression. I work with you on processing traumas that can block the feeling of safety, content and happiness inside. I am trained in EMDR (an evidence based trauma therapy tool) that is used to process and heal traumas so that the system can rest and no longer have to fight to protect against the pain and fear and emotions.
I am also a licensed addiction counselor and work with people to find the roots of their addictions and other ways to cope and find addiction often stems from unhealed traumas. I prefer working with people in recovery once they have achieved sobriety and are ready to work on the root causes of addiction. I work with both and adults and teens 14+.
I am here to help support you through this process of healing by creating a safe warm relationship so you feel comfortable in therapy and feel safe enough to heal. I use the combination of a holistic/mindfulness approach encompassing the mind/body/spirit and also an evidence based- scientific approach to healing in order to get the best results possible.


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