Substance Use Therapists in Midtown, San Diego, CA

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Danette L. Montoya
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I specialize in addressing issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
I am interested in learning about you, your struggles and strengths. I can help you by providing a compassionate, nurturing, and non-judgmental environment to express your deepest thoughts and feelings in order to explore ways to resolve the problems you encounter. As we build our therapeutic relationship, I will deliver honest, direct therapy to you. Ideally reducing defensiveness and allowing you to hear what you need to hear. Together, we will help you recognize your strengths, identify new perspectives, and develop healthy coping skills so that you can maximize your personal potential.
(619) 639-9657
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Liz Kingsbury
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
If you are having difficulty coping effectively with the transitions in your life, are struggling in your relationships, or are experiencing anxiety or depression that is becoming overwhelming, psychotherapy can help you cultivate strategies to move through these challenges more effectively. My approach is client-centered, with a focus on using strategies and interventions that resonate with each individual and make sense in the context of their own life. I look forward to helping my clients become the best version of themselves that they can be.
(858) 386-7169
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Midtown
San Diego, CA 92103
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Jill Boyle
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My areas of specialization include: depression, anxiety, self-esteem, perfectionism, trauma and substance use .
My clients describe me as warm, empathic and genuine. I am responsive and collaborative, letting you determine the pace and direction of our work together. My mission as a therapist is to help you feel more confident and compassionate toward yourself so you can feel like the best version of you. I will help you reduce feelings or symptoms you find bothersome and provide you with tools that will help you cope with difficulties now and into the future. Together we will overcome barriers so you can live an authentic life that is more aligned with your values.
(619) 762-3195
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Alexandra Pestereanu- Gere
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I have experience serving various populations in the following areas: Anxiety, Depressive Disorders, Addictive Behaviors and Substance Use Issues, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Suicidal Self-Harm Behavior, Personality Disorders, Physical Sexual and Emotional Abuse, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia and various symptoms of psychosis, Trauma and abuse.
I am particularly zealous about social injustice issues and working with the marginalized population. I am passionate about working with and helping people who are facing: depression, anxiety, traumatic events, racism, relationship conflicts, childhood problems, self-esteem issues, communication problems, and acculturation. I am concerned with the impact of anxiety and depression and improving intervention to support daily functioning and living with anxiety and depression for better emotional, physical, and relationship health.
(760) 280-5240
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Midtown
San Diego, CA 92103
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Alex Stautzenbach
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Are you feeling overwhelmed, stuck, experiencing a life change, or struggling with depression or anxiety? Is your child struggling with difficult behaviors or do you simply want to improve your relationship with your child? Do you seek more inner peace, balance, or fulfillment in your life? I have clinical experience in the outpatient setting working with children, adolescents, adults, and families with anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, behavioral issues, stress management issues, trauma, grief/loss, chronic pain/illness, substance use , parenting skills, relationship issues, self-esteem and adjusting to life transitions.
(760) 389-1760
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Alan Camardo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Are you struggling with relationship problems? anxiety? depression? or substance use concerns? I am here to support you in taking the steps that lead to growth and positive change. My approach is compassionate, curious, direct, and warm. For Individuals: In our sessions, we will explore and build insight into behavior patterns that leave you feeling stuck or dissatisfied. We will collaborate to help you gain relief from symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and other concerns. I will work with you to discover the path(s) that will lead you to a more fulfilling life.
(619) 329-9089
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San Diego, CA 92103
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Sarah A Zucker
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hey! You’ve likely arrived here because you’ve been in a dark place and might be ready for a change. You’re tired of carrying around the burden of your trauma, anxiety, or the weight of your substance use or secret addiction. Or you’re concerned about a loved one’s unhealthy behaviors. Maybe you feel ashamed and alone but the fear of being judged is finally being outweighed by the possibility that things could be better. Life is really hard, but we can do hard things with support. How I can help: •We can collaborate if you have ever had substance use concerns or addictive behaviors - past or present, in recovery or ongoing.
(858) 465-4471
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Doug Aucoin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I’ve worked in community mental health, hospice, psychiatric hospitals, substance use and seniors’ programs.
Taking the first steps to make changes and move towards recovery and growth is often not easy but feeling better matters. You may feel as if you’re struggling even if you’re smart, hard-working and motivated, but you can feel better. Clients come to therapy burdened with such things as anxiety/mood concerns, grief/loss issues, low self-esteem, LGBTQ+ issues, men's issues or challenges with life transitions. You want to move forward and make positive changes but are not sure where to start. Have a mature, relational, compassionate and insight- oriented therapeutic partner with you on this journey. If you contact me, I will reach out.
(619) 492-7478
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Blair Buckman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I spent several years working at University counseling centers, providing counseling services to undergraduate and graduate students, and focusing on substance use prevention and education.
I am dedicated to helping clients grow and develop into their ideal self and have a strong commitment to tailoring therapy to meet the needs of the client, with the belief the most effective outcomes are a collaborative effort. My philosophy on the therapeutic process is client centered, lending itself to the incorporation of a variety of theoretical orientations with great flexibility in style. I often focus on integrating the art and science of mindfulness into work with many clients. Completing my dissertation on chronic pain and positive social emotions, I incorporate the use of compassion in treatment.
(561) 562-4470
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Connie Collins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW, CADC-II
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I have been providing psychotherapy for over 15 years and working professionally with people who have substance use problems for over 20 years.
My clients and I work together toward making the changes they desire, whether they be life changes (including recovery from trauma), changes in behavior (for example, addictive behaviors), or changes in how they view themselves and those around them. My ideal client seeks healing and self-fulfillment.
(760) 332-8985
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Tara McGrath
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I have experience working with depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal thinking, grief counseling, substance use issues, psychosis, and more.
I believe you are the expert on you, your life, and your experience. And I also believe there is value in understanding how we, as human beings, are all so similar to one another. It helps to know you’re not alone, that your experience is not strange. It helps to know that you are simultaneously a completely unique individual, and also pretty “normal.” Working on self-compassion can bring about tremendous change. I believe we are all doing the best we can with what we’ve got, AND we can always learn and strive to do better. I believe small changes add up to big results over time.
(619) 206-5271
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Kathryn Krane
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I also work with individuals in recovery from depression, anxiety, substance use , and trauma.
Do you feel like you and your partner are stuck in a place where you are misunderstood, out of synch, and angry- no matter how hard and how sincerely you try to connect? Does a part of you want to make positive choices and life improvements while another part of you feels stuck in pursuing activities that make you feel ashamed, lost, or numb? Or do you feel like the ways that you have coped for most of your life are no longer working or are getting in the way of you moving forward, but you aren’t sure how to change? This can feel so frustrating and confusing- you may not even feel like you can describe what it’s like for you!
(619) 639-1364
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Haley Adams
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
In the beginning of her career, Haley worked with adults struggling with substance use and mental health diagnoses.
Haley Adams is an LMFT who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of La Verne. She went on to graduate from Pacific Oaks College with a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a specialization in trauma studies. Haley is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), and has a strong knowledge of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Haley’s diverse experience includes working with infants, children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings, from residential to outpatient care.
(858) 422-3328
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Ryan Buchmann
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, CADC-II
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Suffering can be emotional pain, physical pain, pain caused by love, death, or even loss. Sometimes our suffering can be more than we can bear and we need help to understand the source of our pain and acceptance of it. Very often we are unaware of the thoughts that cause us pain. By becoming aware of the thoughts behind suffering, you can change the thoughts and promote peace. In other words, you can condition yourself to believe and behave differently and eventually suffering diminishes.
(442) 244-2743
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San Diego, CA 92103
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Alex Urrutia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW , EMDR
Verified
Verified
I have worked in several areas of mental health care and have truly found my purpose and passion in assisting those who struggle with trauma and/or addiction. I understand how trauma has been locked within the psyche and having an individual feel as though they are stuck within themselves. I understand that addiction was a solution to several problems at the time because it allowed relief but in reality it only masked the underlying issues. My goal for each of my clients is to have them recognize their own strengths and abilities so they may continue or begin to live meaningful lives.
(619) 393-2961
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Carolyn E Berger
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Are you looking for an experienced therapist - someone you can trust and who will understand and help you solve the problems that you bring to her? The therapeutic relationship that we create will help you discover your own truth and encourage you to live authentically.
(619) 458-3342
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Midtown
San Diego, CA 92103
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A. Del Vecchio Counseling
Counselor, LPCC, LMHC
Verified
Verified
I am a NY, and FLA. state licensed mental health counselor and CA state professional clinical counselor with a specialty in substance abuse disorders. I offer psychotherapy in a safe, non-judgmental environment where individuals are free to express themselves. I utilize traditional and non-traditional therapeutic approaches to help people find relief from unresolved issues, traumas, depression and anxiety. I teach coping strategies to help alleviate stress, and the skills needed to maintain overall wellbeing in challenging times. I am trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, EFT(tapping), and Somatic feedback.
(858) 226-1873
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Michael Peterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
We are living through unprecedented global events that are leaving many with elevated levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. Do you wonder about your own ability to cope? Are you having trouble sleeping, or focusing on tasks? Psychotherapy can help reduce these burdens. I can help you learn new skills based on the principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and other types of therapy, and guide you on a journey of self-discovery.
(424) 321-7235
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Jamie Stern
Pre-Licensed Professional, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Are you going through internal struggle due to trauma? Do you feel anxious and depressed about the future? Do you struggle with family issues and relationship issues? I’m willing to meet you where you are, help you process unwanted thoughts and emotions, and help develop an action plan to effectively cultivate your healing and growth. I’m here to help you explore unresolved feelings (anxiety, depression, anger, helplessness, grief, etc.) and develop skills to effectively cope with them. Thus, you can feel relieved and fulfilled in your relationship with yourself and others.
(760) 227-2540
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Midtown
San Diego, CA 92103
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Pete Mcclintock
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Experience matters! I have been practicing for over 25 years. Finding the right therapist is not always an easy task. I possess a wealth of knowledge, and provide the comfort and confidence that can only come from a seasoned professional.. I specialize in treating children and adolescents but also work with adults, both individually and in couples therapy.
(619) 320-4483
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San Diego, CA 92103
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What type of Midtown, San Diego mental health professional is right for me?
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How to find a therapist in Midtown, San Diego?
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What method of therapy is right for me?
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