Therapists Specializing in Substance Abuse in San Francisco Bay Area

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 San Francisco Bay Area 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!


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.


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.


Jennifer  Campoy

Jennifer Campoy

Online Sessions, CA

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

Often my clients say they wished they didn’t need so much validation from others in order to have confidence or they want to be more assertive without feeling guilty. They feel strangely alone even in their relationships. Despite being capable & smart and having some degree of insight about how they were raised, people I treat know there is more to the story. Why do they have so much self-doubt or a harsh inner voice or look to others to say they're "okay”? This is where I come in. I help people dig deep into the stories & experiences that shaped them and how those influences sometimes hijack their way of thinking & sense of self.

We’ll look at expectations in relationships, we’ll likely catch some automatic negative thinking that has deep roots, & we’ll talk about experiences that perhaps have never been really heard, understood or validated. Because Life is hard … and complicated. Growing up is hard too. If you want to feel more at ease, to know what you want & need and be able to ask for it without guilt & with conviction, I'd love to help you get there.


Paul-Roy  Taylor

Paul-Roy Taylor

Online Sessions, CA

Insurances: Beacon Health Options, Emblem Health, Medicare, Kaiser Permanente PPO, Kaiser Permanente HMO, MHN/Health Net
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

In every challenge, there's an opportunity to help you create the life you want to live.

So many of my clients look around at their careers, relationships, and behaviors and find themselves wondering, "How did I get here?" From reliance on substances to decompress or distract from problems; struggling to develop or maintain romantic relationships; or just not living the life they know they can have. I aim for clients to make fundamental change. Once you start taking charge of your life, you never stop.

Therapy isn't safe. If change were safe and easy, everyone would be living their most optimal lives. Therapy is about taking healthy risks, facing tough challenges, and tackling short-term discomfort for long-term, satisfying growth and personal fulfillment. But I will be there with you along the way, helping you develop your innate ability to solve these problems and move toward your ultimate goals.


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.


Michael  Pezzullo

Michael Pezzullo

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $200 per session

Anyone can give advice.  In my experience, clients come to therapy looking for something they cannot get anywhere else. Usually they are struggling with anxiety, depression, or some other issue, that they have not been able to solve on their own.

How can therapy help? I believe that we heal through relationship—not in isolation. So rather than providing a list of pre-scripted tools, I strive to develop real, authentic connections with my clients. Beyond looking for relief from troubling symptoms, my goal is to help you resolve underlying conflicts that interfere with your life today.


Hartselle and Associates

Hartselle and Associates

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $1000 per session

Hartselle & Associates is a small, client-focused practice with a tailored approach to fit each patient's unique needs.
The physicians at Hartselle & Associates provide premium service for busy adults, children, and families who are looking to maximize results with a trusted clinician.


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!


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.


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