Substance Use Therapists in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

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Dr. Joanna Keller
Psychologist, PsyD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical psychologist working with adults of all ages. I have significant experience working with adults in the tech industry through my role as the Mental Health Manager at the onsite wellness center at Meta/Facebook for 7+ years. Additionally, I am certified in perinatal mental health and specialize in supporting individuals through the complicated journey of parenthood, including fertility challenges, fetal loss, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Other areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, substance use/addiction, life transitions, personal/professional growth, and relationships/dating.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist working with adults of all ages. I have significant experience working with adults in the tech industry through my role as the Mental Health Manager at the onsite wellness center at Meta/Facebook for 7+ years. Additionally, I am certified in perinatal mental health and specialize in supporting individuals through the complicated journey of parenthood, including fertility challenges, fetal loss, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Other areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, substance use/addiction, life transitions, personal/professional growth, and relationships/dating.
(415) 801-3703 View (415) 801-3703
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Vanessa Brown
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
I have extensive experience working with issues of anxiety, depression, stress management, racial trauma, post traumatic stress, relationship conflict, navigating toxic work environments, sexuality and gender, and substance use issues.
Are you experiencing issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, loss of identity, trauma, or lack of confidence? Are these issues causing you to neglect your own self-care, misuse substances, and/or isolate from family and friends? Do you need support with navigating personal or professional relationships? Are you exploring your sexual or gender identity? Managing a major life transition or preparing for one? These are the times when therapy can be helpful. We can work together to identify your goals, improve your quality of life, and develop a strong sense of self in the process.
I have extensive experience working with issues of anxiety, depression, stress management, racial trauma, post traumatic stress, relationship conflict, navigating toxic work environments, sexuality and gender, and substance use issues.
Are you experiencing issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, loss of identity, trauma, or lack of confidence? Are these issues causing you to neglect your own self-care, misuse substances, and/or isolate from family and friends? Do you need support with navigating personal or professional relationships? Are you exploring your sexual or gender identity? Managing a major life transition or preparing for one? These are the times when therapy can be helpful. We can work together to identify your goals, improve your quality of life, and develop a strong sense of self in the process.
(415) 914-9354 View (415) 914-9354
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Emily Ryan: Emdr And Trauma Intensives
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
It is possible to heal rapidly and permanently from the impacts of trauma, substance use, and addiction/codependence.
I'm dedicated to guiding you towards profound change and healing. Together, we'll delve into real solutions for your challenges, tapping into your inherent strengths. Drawing from my expertise in mindfulness, IFS, EMDR, CBT and DBT I provide a holistic framework for healing. This approach focuses on internal resources while navigating the intricate relationship between you and your environment. Healing from trauma, substance use, and addiction/codependence is not only possible but achievable swiftly and permanently.
It is possible to heal rapidly and permanently from the impacts of trauma, substance use, and addiction/codependence.
I'm dedicated to guiding you towards profound change and healing. Together, we'll delve into real solutions for your challenges, tapping into your inherent strengths. Drawing from my expertise in mindfulness, IFS, EMDR, CBT and DBT I provide a holistic framework for healing. This approach focuses on internal resources while navigating the intricate relationship between you and your environment. Healing from trauma, substance use, and addiction/codependence is not only possible but achievable swiftly and permanently.
(925) 448-4674 View (925) 448-4674
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Dr. Sasha Avanesov
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
Although I have specialized in treating substance use disorders, I also have significant experience working with patients experiencing co-occurring anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and other mental health challenges.
Whether you are experiencing anxiety, stress, relationship issues, coping with trauma, wondering if the world has gone mad, seeking answers to spiritual or existential questions, or pursuing personal growth, I will work hard to empower you. Together, we will explore, clarify, and address issues at the root of your concerns, clearing a path towards inner peace.
Although I have specialized in treating substance use disorders, I also have significant experience working with patients experiencing co-occurring anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and other mental health challenges.
Whether you are experiencing anxiety, stress, relationship issues, coping with trauma, wondering if the world has gone mad, seeking answers to spiritual or existential questions, or pursuing personal growth, I will work hard to empower you. Together, we will explore, clarify, and address issues at the root of your concerns, clearing a path towards inner peace.
(510) 405-7319 View (510) 405-7319
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Andrea Shelley
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94109  (Online Only)
Dr. Andrea Shelley is a licensed clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist with over 20 years of experience working in a wide range of settings. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, as well as dual diagnosis of mental health diagnoses with substance use disorder. Dr. Shelley utilizes an evidence-based, collaborative, interactive, culturally aware, and empathetic approach and focuses on the impact of the individual diagnosis and treatment on loved ones, family, relationships, and work.
Dr. Andrea Shelley is a licensed clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist with over 20 years of experience working in a wide range of settings. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, as well as dual diagnosis of mental health diagnoses with substance use disorder. Dr. Shelley utilizes an evidence-based, collaborative, interactive, culturally aware, and empathetic approach and focuses on the impact of the individual diagnosis and treatment on loved ones, family, relationships, and work.
(628) 250-3670 View (628) 250-3670
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Kristin L Dempsey
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
I work with individuals, families and groups with challenging behaviors - addictions, trauma care, co-occurring mental health and substance use concerns, including psychosis. I work to promote person-driven care, always working to help empower and focus the people I work with toward desired and meaningful change. I enjoy working with adolescents and children, as well as adults. In addition to the above issues, I also have experience working with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, pregnancy counseling and issues which emgerge from life transitions. I also provide EMDR.
I work with individuals, families and groups with challenging behaviors - addictions, trauma care, co-occurring mental health and substance use concerns, including psychosis. I work to promote person-driven care, always working to help empower and focus the people I work with toward desired and meaningful change. I enjoy working with adolescents and children, as well as adults. In addition to the above issues, I also have experience working with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, pregnancy counseling and issues which emgerge from life transitions. I also provide EMDR.
(650) 727-9505 View (650) 727-9505
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Evan Wassarman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
I work with adults to address issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, relational difficulties, career and life transitions, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use, and personal growth.
There is no one reason to enter therapy that is more meaningful or valid than any other. In my approach, all of your experiences matter and there are no wrong answers. I view each person as unique and multi-dimensional–not just a diagnosis or a set of symptoms. You and I will discuss and think together about your past, present, and future to gain a deeper understanding of how you experience the world. Through this process we can uncover thoughts and feelings you may not have realized you had, and help you to gain a new understanding of yourself and your relationships that improves your quality of life and sense of peace of mind.
I work with adults to address issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, relational difficulties, career and life transitions, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use, and personal growth.
There is no one reason to enter therapy that is more meaningful or valid than any other. In my approach, all of your experiences matter and there are no wrong answers. I view each person as unique and multi-dimensional–not just a diagnosis or a set of symptoms. You and I will discuss and think together about your past, present, and future to gain a deeper understanding of how you experience the world. Through this process we can uncover thoughts and feelings you may not have realized you had, and help you to gain a new understanding of yourself and your relationships that improves your quality of life and sense of peace of mind.
(415) 997-0929 View (415) 997-0929
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Sarah E. Steinberg
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
Welcome! Getting started in therapy is typically quite relieving -- as well as an opportunity to confront problems you don't yet know how to solve. With the right therapy relationship, solutions, healing, and recovery are all possible. I offer patience, openness, curiosity, and expertise to help you think about and ultimately change your experience. AVAILABILITY UPDATE: I am closing my practice summer 2024, so am only available for established clients. Thank you!
Welcome! Getting started in therapy is typically quite relieving -- as well as an opportunity to confront problems you don't yet know how to solve. With the right therapy relationship, solutions, healing, and recovery are all possible. I offer patience, openness, curiosity, and expertise to help you think about and ultimately change your experience. AVAILABILITY UPDATE: I am closing my practice summer 2024, so am only available for established clients. Thank you!
(415) 301-3826 View (415) 301-3826
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Laura Domash
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
My work is ultimately about mindful, skillful, and balanced living. Life is short-- I want my clients to enjoy the process regardless of what life throws at them. I help people move beyond difficulties such as substance abuse/other compulsions, excessive self-criticism, symptoms of depression and anxiety, difficulties with relationships, trauma, and other human struggles. My approach is authentic and warm yet exceptionally direct. I'll help identify inadequate coping patterns so you can replace them with proven skills that lead to high quality living. The ultimate goal is radical self-love/acceptance.
My work is ultimately about mindful, skillful, and balanced living. Life is short-- I want my clients to enjoy the process regardless of what life throws at them. I help people move beyond difficulties such as substance abuse/other compulsions, excessive self-criticism, symptoms of depression and anxiety, difficulties with relationships, trauma, and other human struggles. My approach is authentic and warm yet exceptionally direct. I'll help identify inadequate coping patterns so you can replace them with proven skills that lead to high quality living. The ultimate goal is radical self-love/acceptance.
(408) 837-0274 View (408) 837-0274
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Thom Kessler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, RAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
Whether your decision to make changes involves freedom from painful limiting beliefs, release from repetitive relationship patterns, or transformation through sincere self-examination, I help people to fully realize the person they are destined to become. I work with adults, couples, teens, and families, helping them to successfully attain short-term goals and craft long-range solutions by utilizing a variety of approaches matched to their specific needs or expressed desires as they learn new ways to address life's challenges. As a level 3 Gottman couples therapist, I work with couples utilizing John Gottman's evidence-based theory.
Whether your decision to make changes involves freedom from painful limiting beliefs, release from repetitive relationship patterns, or transformation through sincere self-examination, I help people to fully realize the person they are destined to become. I work with adults, couples, teens, and families, helping them to successfully attain short-term goals and craft long-range solutions by utilizing a variety of approaches matched to their specific needs or expressed desires as they learn new ways to address life's challenges. As a level 3 Gottman couples therapist, I work with couples utilizing John Gottman's evidence-based theory.
(415) 454-8931 View (415) 454-8931
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Grace Yan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
Not accepting new clients
Over the years, I have come to understand that many of our difficulties with work and/or relationships can be traced to some forms of disconnection internally and externally, sometime manifested as depression, anxiety, existential angst, eating disorder, or addiction. I view therapy as a continuous in-depth conversation with another person in order to mend past traumas, reconnect with self and others, and develop a new perspective on life. I will bring to this journey curiosity, compassion, knowledge, experiences, and a commitment to help you strive for a healthier and more balanced life.
Over the years, I have come to understand that many of our difficulties with work and/or relationships can be traced to some forms of disconnection internally and externally, sometime manifested as depression, anxiety, existential angst, eating disorder, or addiction. I view therapy as a continuous in-depth conversation with another person in order to mend past traumas, reconnect with self and others, and develop a new perspective on life. I will bring to this journey curiosity, compassion, knowledge, experiences, and a commitment to help you strive for a healthier and more balanced life.
(415) 639-9516 View (415) 639-9516
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Deidre Abrons
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working with individuals and couples in both short and long term therapy. I have extensive training in IFS, EMDR, CBT, and Relational Psychodynamic Therapy. My objective is to work with you using the appropriate approach that best fits your goals for therapy. I have a wide range of experience working with the effects of addiction on families, substance abuse, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I also have considerable training in sleep disorders and enjoy working with clients to adjust their sleep schedules, thereby improving their daily mood and functioning.
I enjoy working with individuals and couples in both short and long term therapy. I have extensive training in IFS, EMDR, CBT, and Relational Psychodynamic Therapy. My objective is to work with you using the appropriate approach that best fits your goals for therapy. I have a wide range of experience working with the effects of addiction on families, substance abuse, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I also have considerable training in sleep disorders and enjoy working with clients to adjust their sleep schedules, thereby improving their daily mood and functioning.
(510) 248-4138 View (510) 248-4138
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Sara Glazer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed or frustrated and don't know why? Are you struggling with focus and inattention? Is worry keeping you up at night? Feeling so down it's difficult to follow through with plans, complete homework or return phone calls? Are you or a loved one struggling with getting or staying clean and sober? Whether you are going through a transition in your life, struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or wanting to improve relationships, I can help you. Together we will determine goals, enhance your strengths and explore areas you wish to improve.
Accepting new clients! Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed or frustrated and don't know why? Are you struggling with focus and inattention? Is worry keeping you up at night? Feeling so down it's difficult to follow through with plans, complete homework or return phone calls? Are you or a loved one struggling with getting or staying clean and sober? Whether you are going through a transition in your life, struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or wanting to improve relationships, I can help you. Together we will determine goals, enhance your strengths and explore areas you wish to improve.
(310) 905-5899 View (310) 905-5899
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Susan Hamlin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
A seasoned psychotherapist with tremendous respect for the complicated difficulty people face when deciding to contact a psychotherapist. Coming to the point of seeking help, is a critical moment that has often been building for a over period and the person making the phone call has already tried in many ways to solve a problem that has become overwhelming. My approach in treatment is accessible, direct and thoughtful. Trained as a psychoanalyst and an addictions specialist, I treat individuals, couples. Areas of particular interest and expertise are issues are issues related to addiction and adult transitions.
A seasoned psychotherapist with tremendous respect for the complicated difficulty people face when deciding to contact a psychotherapist. Coming to the point of seeking help, is a critical moment that has often been building for a over period and the person making the phone call has already tried in many ways to solve a problem that has become overwhelming. My approach in treatment is accessible, direct and thoughtful. Trained as a psychoanalyst and an addictions specialist, I treat individuals, couples. Areas of particular interest and expertise are issues are issues related to addiction and adult transitions.
(408) 759-5423 View (408) 759-5423
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Johnny Kim
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
Do you ever feel you're drifting through life, not fulfilled or passionate about your relationships, purpose, or career like you used to? Whether it be due to past traumas, toxic and abusive relationships, or lack of self-worth and purpose. Sometimes, we can come to a point in our lives where we feel we're constantly under stress, bored, disconnected, stagnant, and insignificant. If you can resonate with any of these feelings I want to work with you, and create a new sense of fulfillment and passion back into your life, relationships, and career. My approach is direct, clear, and practical with no judgments or shame.
Do you ever feel you're drifting through life, not fulfilled or passionate about your relationships, purpose, or career like you used to? Whether it be due to past traumas, toxic and abusive relationships, or lack of self-worth and purpose. Sometimes, we can come to a point in our lives where we feel we're constantly under stress, bored, disconnected, stagnant, and insignificant. If you can resonate with any of these feelings I want to work with you, and create a new sense of fulfillment and passion back into your life, relationships, and career. My approach is direct, clear, and practical with no judgments or shame.
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Michael Korson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
My clients come to therapy because there is something that prevents them from feeling satisfied and achieving their potential. It may be depression or anxiety. It may be some addiction (to alcohol or drugs, food, sex or internet). It may be that their relationships are stuck or they lack satisfying relationships. It may be that they are searching for a better sense of who they truly are. While my focus is to find the right approach for each client to bring about the changes they seek, with all clients I strive to create a safe and supportive relationship.
My clients come to therapy because there is something that prevents them from feeling satisfied and achieving their potential. It may be depression or anxiety. It may be some addiction (to alcohol or drugs, food, sex or internet). It may be that their relationships are stuck or they lack satisfying relationships. It may be that they are searching for a better sense of who they truly are. While my focus is to find the right approach for each client to bring about the changes they seek, with all clients I strive to create a safe and supportive relationship.
(650) 924-9597 View (650) 924-9597
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Jeremy Mintz
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
I imagine you've found your way here because you're feeling stuck and needing a reason to hope that things will change. Others may not see that you're feeling this way, but you know you're in need of relief. If this sounds like what you're going through, I may be a good fit to help you.
I imagine you've found your way here because you're feeling stuck and needing a reason to hope that things will change. Others may not see that you're feeling this way, but you know you're in need of relief. If this sounds like what you're going through, I may be a good fit to help you.
(415) 964-2474 View (415) 964-2474
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Adriana Popescu
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
What if there is nothing wrong with you? What if you never had to judge you again? My specialty is inviting clients to their greatness and success; clearing the energies that don't allow for achievement, creativity, and possibilities. I work with clients from all walks of life who are demanding freedom and change. My clients tend to be the seekers, the highly creative, and the dissatisfied dreamers of the world who want more out of living. If you have "been there and done that" and know that more is possible, I would be an ideal therapist for you. My new book "What If You're Not As F-ed Up As You Think You Are?" is all about this.
What if there is nothing wrong with you? What if you never had to judge you again? My specialty is inviting clients to their greatness and success; clearing the energies that don't allow for achievement, creativity, and possibilities. I work with clients from all walks of life who are demanding freedom and change. My clients tend to be the seekers, the highly creative, and the dissatisfied dreamers of the world who want more out of living. If you have "been there and done that" and know that more is possible, I would be an ideal therapist for you. My new book "What If You're Not As F-ed Up As You Think You Are?" is all about this.
(415) 968-6889 View (415) 968-6889
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Kym E Sites
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
I have over 25 years of providing individual therapy to adults, children and adolescents. I also work with couples. My clinical experience and training will be the guide in working collaboratively with you to make sense of how you might be avoiding feelings with counterproductive activities or are overwhelmed by emotions and thoughts that prevent you from living a more satisfying life. My specialty areas include: issues related to separation and divorce, child therapy and interventions for early childhood issues. I am interested in understanding the impact of intergenerational trauma. I have experience working with symptoms from trauma.
I have over 25 years of providing individual therapy to adults, children and adolescents. I also work with couples. My clinical experience and training will be the guide in working collaboratively with you to make sense of how you might be avoiding feelings with counterproductive activities or are overwhelmed by emotions and thoughts that prevent you from living a more satisfying life. My specialty areas include: issues related to separation and divorce, child therapy and interventions for early childhood issues. I am interested in understanding the impact of intergenerational trauma. I have experience working with symptoms from trauma.
(415) 263-9113 View (415) 263-9113
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Seth Isaiah Rubin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA 94115
Profound Transformations Are Possible for Suffering Professionals. I specialize in helping health care providers, lawyers, scientists, academics, and other psychologists achieve meaningful life changes through private consulting.
Profound Transformations Are Possible for Suffering Professionals. I specialize in helping health care providers, lawyers, scientists, academics, and other psychologists achieve meaningful life changes through private consulting.
(650) 603-0554 View (650) 603-0554

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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.