Therapists Specializing in Substance Abuse in Washington DC

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 Washington DC 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!


Ann  Turner

Ann Turner

2168 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20007

Online Sessions, DC

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

Finding the right therapist is like dating. It can take a few tries to get the right fit. With the right therapist your life can be transformed because you have someone who can provide support and guidance as you go. I act like your personal cheerleader encouraging you to adopt healthy patterns and try to avoid destructive ones.

I help people who are struggling with a variety of personal, work and school issues like stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. I also help clients who are grieving, going though a difficult time, have parenting questions, communication problems, or dealing with infidelity and/or divorce.  I try to understand my clients' current challenges and examine their patterns of behavior and thinking that led them to their current situation. Together we look at family patterns and environmental factors to determine their best next steps to feel better. I incorporate mind-body suggestions if the client is open to that.


Aly  Lynch

Aly Lynch

Online Sessions, VA

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.


Katie  Schwartz

Katie Schwartz

1350 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20036

Online Sessions, DC

Waitlist available in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $195 per session

One of my favorite therapist sayings is, "if nothing changes, nothing changes." I sincerely enjoy helping clients explore all of the unique strengths and coping skills that they already know, and then supporting them in discovering and using new skills to improve their mental health. In my practice, connection-building with my clients is extremely important. I always want to create a safe space where any person can feel validated, supported, and understood. All of us deserve the opportunity to feel our best and I would be honored to help you discover what your best looks like.


Veronica  Slaght

Veronica Slaght

1634 I Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20006

Online Sessions, DC

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 - $200 per session

I think therapy can be helpful for anyone. No matter what you’re dealing with, it helps to know that you don’t have to go it alone. You can get an outside perspective, talk through confusing situations, receive support, make space to breathe, and give voice to previously unspoken thoughts and feelings. With the right therapist, you can construct a new understanding of yourself - a new story to make sense of your life.


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