Substance Use Therapists in Manhattan Beach, CA

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Kryss Castle
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, EFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Teens are fabulous in all their glory and craziness! Helping teens and young adults find their courage to transform, change ways that don’t serve them, and be who they are is my passion. I work with depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use. In addition to in-office sessions, I’ve worked in more than ten schools throughout the South Bay providing group and individual therapy to students. I also work with adults and professionals in high-stress careers who have come to a crossroads with a relationship or career, are struggling with stress and anxiety, or are having trouble finding passion and purpose in their lives.
Teens are fabulous in all their glory and craziness! Helping teens and young adults find their courage to transform, change ways that don’t serve them, and be who they are is my passion. I work with depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use. In addition to in-office sessions, I’ve worked in more than ten schools throughout the South Bay providing group and individual therapy to students. I also work with adults and professionals in high-stress careers who have come to a crossroads with a relationship or career, are struggling with stress and anxiety, or are having trouble finding passion and purpose in their lives.
(424) 543-0606 View (424) 543-0606
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Rodman Walsh
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
My goal and hope for any client I work with is that they leave each session with valuable takeaways while having a chance to process thoughts and emotions. I work collaboratively and actively with my clients to formulate a plan and find tools and healing that allows them to move forward. I work with clients who are trying to understand themselves, patterns, relationships and have struggled with things like anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use and drinking, family, stages of life and uncertainty with the future.
My goal and hope for any client I work with is that they leave each session with valuable takeaways while having a chance to process thoughts and emotions. I work collaboratively and actively with my clients to formulate a plan and find tools and healing that allows them to move forward. I work with clients who are trying to understand themselves, patterns, relationships and have struggled with things like anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use and drinking, family, stages of life and uncertainty with the future.
(424) 374-3412 View (424) 374-3412
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William Charles Conner
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  (Online Only)
• Break up Recovery • Complex Trauma • Depression and Anxiety • Gay Men's Issues: Body Dysmorphia, HIV, STI stigma, Substance Use Disorder • Grief and Loss • Polyamory: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy • Self-Esteem & Addiction Factors • Sex-Positive Support • Toxic Relationships: How to end an unhealthy LGBTQ relationship.
Being seen and supported for who you are is vital to feeling comfortable with your therapist. I strive to provide an affirming space for all individuals, especially gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, and non-binary individuals and couples. Heteronormative societal pressures often force sexual minorities to think of themselves in a non-affirming language, creating internal conflict and self-doubt. Crafting therapy with a language that reflects your lifestyle and beliefs is a hallmark of my therapeutic approach, and we craft that language together in a safe and collaborative space.
• Break up Recovery • Complex Trauma • Depression and Anxiety • Gay Men's Issues: Body Dysmorphia, HIV, STI stigma, Substance Use Disorder • Grief and Loss • Polyamory: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy • Self-Esteem & Addiction Factors • Sex-Positive Support • Toxic Relationships: How to end an unhealthy LGBTQ relationship.
Being seen and supported for who you are is vital to feeling comfortable with your therapist. I strive to provide an affirming space for all individuals, especially gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, and non-binary individuals and couples. Heteronormative societal pressures often force sexual minorities to think of themselves in a non-affirming language, creating internal conflict and self-doubt. Crafting therapy with a language that reflects your lifestyle and beliefs is a hallmark of my therapeutic approach, and we craft that language together in a safe and collaborative space.
(424) 336-3845 View (424) 336-3845
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Bryan Sawlsville
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  (Online Only)
I offer over 25 years' experience in Mental Health and Substance Use treatment services providing direct care across many settings & populations including adults, children, families and couples. While my style is based on presenting goals, attention to mindfulness, personal strengths and narratives are strong foundations to our work. I see people as being expert in themselves and want to honor their experiences in life to help guide treatment. I have success working with interpersonal and family issues, trauma, addiction, substance use, anxiety, depression, anger management, parenting, and crisis intervention.
I offer over 25 years' experience in Mental Health and Substance Use treatment services providing direct care across many settings & populations including adults, children, families and couples. While my style is based on presenting goals, attention to mindfulness, personal strengths and narratives are strong foundations to our work. I see people as being expert in themselves and want to honor their experiences in life to help guide treatment. I have success working with interpersonal and family issues, trauma, addiction, substance use, anxiety, depression, anger management, parenting, and crisis intervention.
(310) 426-8860 View (310) 426-8860
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Anna Pirkl
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, ATR, LAADC
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
If you are someone looking to deal with challenges related to anxiety, ADHD, substance use, traumatic experiences or want to work on parenting, relationships or family healing, I have specific training and expertise in these areas.
You might be looking for support to manage a challenge that has come your way. This is a wise and life affirming choice. I find that obstacles arise as a way of offering an invitation to develop as human beings. It definitely doesn’t look and feel that way at first, but, as we look back on experiences, we know this is so. Meeting that invitation head on by having the neutral and clear guidance of a trained third party can make all the difference.
If you are someone looking to deal with challenges related to anxiety, ADHD, substance use, traumatic experiences or want to work on parenting, relationships or family healing, I have specific training and expertise in these areas.
You might be looking for support to manage a challenge that has come your way. This is a wise and life affirming choice. I find that obstacles arise as a way of offering an invitation to develop as human beings. It definitely doesn’t look and feel that way at first, but, as we look back on experiences, we know this is so. Meeting that invitation head on by having the neutral and clear guidance of a trained third party can make all the difference.
(424) 377-7417 View (424) 377-7417
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Phuong Tang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Are you someone who is trying to make a meaningful change in the world but is struggling to make significant changes in their personal life? You may be seeking therapy as a way to explore your past while understanding that it does not have to determine your future. I am an Asian American therapist who works with Asian Americans and other people of color who may identify as activists, creatives, immigrants, children of immigrants who struggle with adjustment disorder, PTSD, intergenerational trauma, depression, anxiety, burnout, perfectionism and substance use.
Are you someone who is trying to make a meaningful change in the world but is struggling to make significant changes in their personal life? You may be seeking therapy as a way to explore your past while understanding that it does not have to determine your future. I am an Asian American therapist who works with Asian Americans and other people of color who may identify as activists, creatives, immigrants, children of immigrants who struggle with adjustment disorder, PTSD, intergenerational trauma, depression, anxiety, burnout, perfectionism and substance use.
(310) 861-7884 View (310) 861-7884
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Kelly Albrecht
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
With expertise in substance use disorder, ADHD, bipolar and personality disorders, my holistic approach to therapy prioritizes safety and healing, with trauma-informed care.
Are you struggling to process depression, anxiety, relationship/family issues, and trauma? These emotional ruptures can cause major disruptions in our lives. The work to process these types of life events is multifaceted, and I can help you identify your feelings and potential relational patterns, build tolerance and acceptance around challenging ones, and set meaningful goals. In order to do so, I utilize various therapeutic approaches consisting of ACT, CBT, and Problem Solving Therapy and somatic interventions.
With expertise in substance use disorder, ADHD, bipolar and personality disorders, my holistic approach to therapy prioritizes safety and healing, with trauma-informed care.
Are you struggling to process depression, anxiety, relationship/family issues, and trauma? These emotional ruptures can cause major disruptions in our lives. The work to process these types of life events is multifaceted, and I can help you identify your feelings and potential relational patterns, build tolerance and acceptance around challenging ones, and set meaningful goals. In order to do so, I utilize various therapeutic approaches consisting of ACT, CBT, and Problem Solving Therapy and somatic interventions.
(562) 554-7856 View (562) 554-7856
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Ladan Abdollahi
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families of diverse backgrounds to successfully overcome a variety of problems, including depressive, anxiety, trauma- and stressor-related, eating, obsessive-compulsive, substance use and addictive disorders; difficulties with interpersonal relationships or life transitions; and challenges related to education or employment. However, there is no prerequisite for engaging in therapy, which can be a preemptive measure to care for and strengthen psychological and emotional well-being, a catalyst for personal development and self-actualization, and mechanism to enhance quality of life.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families of diverse backgrounds to successfully overcome a variety of problems, including depressive, anxiety, trauma- and stressor-related, eating, obsessive-compulsive, substance use and addictive disorders; difficulties with interpersonal relationships or life transitions; and challenges related to education or employment. However, there is no prerequisite for engaging in therapy, which can be a preemptive measure to care for and strengthen psychological and emotional well-being, a catalyst for personal development and self-actualization, and mechanism to enhance quality of life.
(323) 784-1288 View (323) 784-1288
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Natalie Pujo
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
In addition to treating mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders, I have considerable expertise working with trauma, grief and loss.
Beginning therapy can feel daunting. I provide a safe and secure place for you to feel comfortable and begin to gently explore what's keeping you stuck or feeling hopeless. I believe that empathy, acceptance and authenticity are the the keys to building a trusting therapist-client relationship. Together we will explore patterns that are no longer working for you, or preventing you from personal growth and healing. I am passionate about embarking on your personal journey of self awareness. I draw on a variety of orientations including Emotion Focused, CBT, and psychodynamic theories and practice in order to meet each client's needs.
In addition to treating mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders, I have considerable expertise working with trauma, grief and loss.
Beginning therapy can feel daunting. I provide a safe and secure place for you to feel comfortable and begin to gently explore what's keeping you stuck or feeling hopeless. I believe that empathy, acceptance and authenticity are the the keys to building a trusting therapist-client relationship. Together we will explore patterns that are no longer working for you, or preventing you from personal growth and healing. I am passionate about embarking on your personal journey of self awareness. I draw on a variety of orientations including Emotion Focused, CBT, and psychodynamic theories and practice in order to meet each client's needs.
(424) 287-4994 View (424) 287-4994
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Michael A Pearson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Michael has a group practice currently available for phone and video sessions. Michael and his therapists use evidence-based, humanistic, cognitive behavioral and eclectic treatments for depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, substance use disorders, adolescent turmoil, trauma, transitions, grief, self esteem, and other life challenges. The team enjoys working with adults, adolescents and couples. The team uses a non-judgmental, caring, and often uplifting approach that includes mindfulness and an appreciation and respect for diverse clientele, ethnicity, spiritual/religious, orientation and identity issues.
Michael has a group practice currently available for phone and video sessions. Michael and his therapists use evidence-based, humanistic, cognitive behavioral and eclectic treatments for depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, substance use disorders, adolescent turmoil, trauma, transitions, grief, self esteem, and other life challenges. The team enjoys working with adults, adolescents and couples. The team uses a non-judgmental, caring, and often uplifting approach that includes mindfulness and an appreciation and respect for diverse clientele, ethnicity, spiritual/religious, orientation and identity issues.
(310) 683-4618 View (310) 683-4618
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Karissa Matthews
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  (Online Only)
I provide a safe space for clients to speak openly and honestly, especially those who are not always seen or heard. I enjoy collaborating with my clients to set the path towards progress and growth. My multiple intersectional identities allow me to remain open and curious about each client’s unique background and needs. I have specialized training in college/university-aged individuals, identity exploration and formation, substance use, family of origin distress, work burnout, anxiety, and mood disorders.
I provide a safe space for clients to speak openly and honestly, especially those who are not always seen or heard. I enjoy collaborating with my clients to set the path towards progress and growth. My multiple intersectional identities allow me to remain open and curious about each client’s unique background and needs. I have specialized training in college/university-aged individuals, identity exploration and formation, substance use, family of origin distress, work burnout, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(310) 361-9295 View (310) 361-9295
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Aimee Noel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My clients generally fall into two categories. Many clients are functioning just fine in many aspects of their lives but have some trauma/stress, relationship/employment, self esteem issues, substance use or mood/anxiety disorders that just keep them feeling stuck in an unhealthy pattern. There are also those whose lives are crashing down, with little hope that things can get better. There are no issues too big or too small that aren't worth exploring if they are causing distress. Clients come with baggage in search of a lighter load. That is what we work on together.
My clients generally fall into two categories. Many clients are functioning just fine in many aspects of their lives but have some trauma/stress, relationship/employment, self esteem issues, substance use or mood/anxiety disorders that just keep them feeling stuck in an unhealthy pattern. There are also those whose lives are crashing down, with little hope that things can get better. There are no issues too big or too small that aren't worth exploring if they are causing distress. Clients come with baggage in search of a lighter load. That is what we work on together.
(818) 436-0571 View (818) 436-0571
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Dr. Carrie Canales
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  (Online Only)
I am the program director of addiction studies at the college, so I understand and treat substance use disorders and eating disorders.
As a full-time professor of psychology, I teach courses focused on human interactions, mental health, and how to grow as an individual. I remind students each semester that everyone needs help and support at some point in life. My private practice is based on the ideology of self-awareness, understanding cognitive patterns, changing behavior, and self-improvement. Click on the website, call, or email me to book an appointment.
I am the program director of addiction studies at the college, so I understand and treat substance use disorders and eating disorders.
As a full-time professor of psychology, I teach courses focused on human interactions, mental health, and how to grow as an individual. I remind students each semester that everyone needs help and support at some point in life. My private practice is based on the ideology of self-awareness, understanding cognitive patterns, changing behavior, and self-improvement. Click on the website, call, or email me to book an appointment.
(424) 395-4502 View (424) 395-4502
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Robin L Kusilka
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, AT
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  (Online Only)
There are times that life can feel overwhelming whether due to trauma, stress, anxiety, depression or life transitions. I would like to join you on your journey toward wholeness and well-being as you navigate through life's trying times. I utilize an integrative holistic approach, allowing for unique and unlimited growth and potential. In my collaborative approach my goal in the therapeutic relationship is for each client to feel heard, respected and understood. I customize each client's needs and treatment using a variety of tools including psycho-education, mindfulness, meditation, body awareness and art.
There are times that life can feel overwhelming whether due to trauma, stress, anxiety, depression or life transitions. I would like to join you on your journey toward wholeness and well-being as you navigate through life's trying times. I utilize an integrative holistic approach, allowing for unique and unlimited growth and potential. In my collaborative approach my goal in the therapeutic relationship is for each client to feel heard, respected and understood. I customize each client's needs and treatment using a variety of tools including psycho-education, mindfulness, meditation, body awareness and art.
(424) 363-8990 View (424) 363-8990
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Christine Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Sometimes talking about difficult issues isn’t enough, and it requires special skills to heal through them. Simply put, I help people with symptoms that they cant seem to talk themselves out of.
Sometimes talking about difficult issues isn’t enough, and it requires special skills to heal through them. Simply put, I help people with symptoms that they cant seem to talk themselves out of.
(310) 853-5862 View (310) 853-5862
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Sharon Johnson-Magar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  (Online Only)
As an eclectic therapist, I am skilled at meeting the client where they are currently, drawing from all clinical modalities that may be appropriate and helpful to the client. I am warm, directive, engaging, and psychodynamic in orientation and style. I believe in the power of empathy and understanding to foster growth and healing. Finding a balance between self-care and life's demands is where I thrive, making it my "sweet spot" for vibrant living. Guiding others in this journey is not just my profession — it's my passion.
As an eclectic therapist, I am skilled at meeting the client where they are currently, drawing from all clinical modalities that may be appropriate and helpful to the client. I am warm, directive, engaging, and psychodynamic in orientation and style. I believe in the power of empathy and understanding to foster growth and healing. Finding a balance between self-care and life's demands is where I thrive, making it my "sweet spot" for vibrant living. Guiding others in this journey is not just my profession — it's my passion.
(424) 677-1685 View (424) 677-1685
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Robert Christopher Travis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  (Online Only)
Empowering and supporting my clients to become the best version of themselves is my greatest joy. I believe that anyone could benefit from the support and encouragement of a trained therapist from time to time. I have experience working with clients living with all types of addiction, anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorders, and thought disorders. If you are feeling stuck, not sure about your goals, or not sure how to move forward, I can help. I work from a strengths based perspective. My clients find working with me encouraging and impactful.
Empowering and supporting my clients to become the best version of themselves is my greatest joy. I believe that anyone could benefit from the support and encouragement of a trained therapist from time to time. I have experience working with clients living with all types of addiction, anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorders, and thought disorders. If you are feeling stuck, not sure about your goals, or not sure how to move forward, I can help. I work from a strengths based perspective. My clients find working with me encouraging and impactful.
(424) 533-7988 View (424) 533-7988
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Kenichi Mekaru
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
My name is Ken Mekaru, and I hail from Okinawa, Japan. I am fluent in both English and Japanese. In 2018, I graduated from Columbia University in New York City. Since then, I have gained extensive experience working in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, intensive outpatient programs (IOP), non-profits, and substance treatment centers. My professional journey has involved supporting individuals facing a wide range of challenges, such as HIV and cancer, as well as members of the LGBTQAI+ community.
My name is Ken Mekaru, and I hail from Okinawa, Japan. I am fluent in both English and Japanese. In 2018, I graduated from Columbia University in New York City. Since then, I have gained extensive experience working in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, intensive outpatient programs (IOP), non-profits, and substance treatment centers. My professional journey has involved supporting individuals facing a wide range of challenges, such as HIV and cancer, as well as members of the LGBTQAI+ community.
(310) 439-5157 View (310) 439-5157
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Christina Matso
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
I enjoyed very much my post licensure work at a family institute. Whether working with a child, an adolescent, an adult, a dyad or the whole family, I will initially focus on the person suffering the most. Based on the presenting symptom, I may do brief crisis intervention to stabilize a situation until an individual's underlying issue has been crystallized. The life issue causing depression, anxiety, and fears will then be addressed in more depth. My approach is to assist people in their own healing, maximizing on their own strengths and resources.
I enjoyed very much my post licensure work at a family institute. Whether working with a child, an adolescent, an adult, a dyad or the whole family, I will initially focus on the person suffering the most. Based on the presenting symptom, I may do brief crisis intervention to stabilize a situation until an individual's underlying issue has been crystallized. The life issue causing depression, anxiety, and fears will then be addressed in more depth. My approach is to assist people in their own healing, maximizing on their own strengths and resources.
(424) 235-1758 View (424) 235-1758
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Evan Hawkins, MA, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Please visit my website to learn about me and how I practice
Please visit my website to learn about me and how I practice
(310) 844-6583 View (310) 844-6583

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Substance Use Therapists

How do substance and drug recovery or rehabilitation programs work?

In inpatient programs, individuals live in a facility with other clients in recovery; in outpatient programs, individuals reside at home. These facilities are staffed with healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, and psychotherapists. Staff often also includes people who have recovered themselves, serving as mentors and guides. These programs may use abstinence, harm reduction, detoxification, psychotherapy, and other methods.

How do 12-step programs combined with psychotherapy work?

Members of 12-step programs help each other reach abstinence and work to maintain it. These programs promote complete change in the individual’s emotional, mental, physical, and even spiritual perspectives. Some programs require that new members attend 90 meetings in 90 days. Many people do attend these programs in conjunction with their work in psychotherapy; the combination of therapy along with 12-step can be extremely effective.

How does harm reduction combined with psychotherapy work?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, harm reduction prevents death, injury, disease, overdose, and substance misuse. People who choose harm reduction for substance use reduce the amount of drugs they consume. It is not abstinence-based like a 12-step program, but combining harm reduction with psychotherapy proves to be effective for many people.

Are there specific medications for substance and drug use?

There are medications approved to treat substance use disorder—such as buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone, and acamprosate. These medications do help people cope with substance use as well as avoid the problem of relapse. Naltrexone can help reduce cravings, methadone is an opioid medication used to treat severe pain, and acamprosate may help ease symptoms like poor sleep and anxious feelings.