Addiction Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Mena K Zaminsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
I am a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC) working with addictions since 1998.
People often begin therapy because they are in a crisis or in emotional pain and need relief from their suffering. While difficult, it is often the catalyst that opens the door to creative life force and new possibilities in living in the world. Psychotherapy is a deeply personal, individualized, alchemical process. I serve clients in the areas of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relationship issues, anxiety, addictions and self-development. I assist clients in not only getting relief from their suffering but also enhancing their personal and spiritual lives and having healthier relationships with themselves and others.
(415) 799-9440
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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Meghan Crane
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
Verified
Relationship/Intimacy Issues, Postpartum/New Moms/Parents, Anxiety, Anger/ Emotional Dysregulation, Sexual/Physical/Emotional Abuse, Addiction (alcohol/drugs, sex/love, work stress,Grief/Loss, Pet Loss, Chronic Illness/Pain, Co-Dependency, Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).
Welcome! Mindfulness is a practice of self awareness where one learns the significance of what I call the "emotional pause". This allows our minds and bodies to process and integrate information, creating space for self acceptance and making choices that support and align with our personal wellbeing. While I use a variety of theraputic modalities I find mindful psychotherapy to be one of the most effective therapies in facilitating personal growth and change. When we are willing to deepen the relationship to ourselves and allow ourselves to compassionately understand what is preventing us from living fully growth and change occur.
(415) 639-9917
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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Karen Weinberger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have been helping my clients find solutions to problems of addiction , depression and difficult relationships for more than twenty-five years. I can help you feel better and make the changes you want to make. I recognize and respect what is unique about you and I don't practice "one size fits all" psychotherapy. I understand emotional pain and how a good therapeutic relationship can heal the hurt. Having better relationships, overcoming depression, or getting off the merry-go-round of addiction is possible with help, commitment and hard work.
(415) 799-8787
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San Francisco, CA 94129
Not accepting new clients
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Stevan Gengo
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT, SAP
Verified
Verified
Addiction covers a range of habits: Drugs, sex, Internet, food--all of possible concern.
We're artists, leaning into the world & willing our lives. And rapture, an essential feeling, leads us outward to be more truly ‘there’. Heidegger thus interprets Nietzsche’s “will to power:” A strong, full-bodied interest & movement towards the world, before us as a possibility but not always chosen. Poignantly, Heidegger (1961) names a “fallen” state: “Of someone who is intoxicated...he [sic] 'has' something like rapture. But his is not enraptured. The rapture of intoxication [does not raise one] beyond himself. What we are here calling rapture is merely...being 'soused,' something depriv[ing] us of every possible state of being."
(415) 818-1346
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Mary Kennedy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My expertise includes treatment of alcoholics and addicts; family recovery; codependency; trauma and the prevention of addiction in children and teens.
I am a licensed psychotherapist who is deeply committed to supporting those whose lives have been impacted by alcohol or drugs. I am compassionate, practical, engaged and genuine. If you have struggled or are still struggling, I can help. If you are worried about someone who struggles, I can help. Even if you are unsure of what you may need, I can support you. I strive to develop meaningful therapeutic relationships that allow for understanding, grieving, healing and growth. Those who find help may be children, adult children, spouses, partners, parents, grandparents, couples, women or men.
(415) 689-1690
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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Nina F Raff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Addiction causes everyone to swirl around it, like circling a drain. How would you like to keep loving your partner or family member, but not be sucked into shaping your life around them? If you are the person with addiction , how would you like to feel free? I can help you learn to float and not be dragged down. Breathe fresh air. Become a master swimmer. I understand that suffocating feeling, and work with you to help you find yourself again, whether you are the family member or the person with addiction .
(415) 446-1323
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San Francisco, CA 94115
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A Time for Change In the New Year
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I am a clinical supervisor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, Division of Substance Abuse.
As you begin a new year and are thinking about making resolutions to change things in your life that have stopped working for you, one might asks where do I start? How might your life improve if you followed through on the things that you know you want to do differently? What if you adopted healthier habits, learned a new skill or made changes to job or relationships? What are the things that bring you happiness and life satisfaction? Why do you keep on engaging in behaviors that feel safe and familiar but are leading you nowhere? As the new year begins it is time to get unstuck and make positive changes for yourself.
(628) 258-6290
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Carrie Sanders
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MPH, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I bring expertise in addiction / substance use and abuse; couples and family relationship work including divorce/blended families; chronic illness; helping young adult and adolescent women and men struggling with relationships; and therapists coping with the stress of their jobs and/or family relationships.
I offer psychotherapy to families, couples and individuals. People come to therapy for different reasons, whether it be a life changing event or just needing support. In the end, we all want supportive nurturing relationships with ourselves and others and I believe that therapy can help people work towards those goals. My approach is collaborative, non-judgmental and supportive and I am very down to earth and personable. I work with people from diverse backgrounds and ages and I am knowledgeable and affirming of open or non-monogamous relationship. I truly love the work that I do.
(628) 222-4252
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San Francisco, CA 94115
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Kathleen Louise Someah
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Although I have a particular affinity for treating body image and food-related disturbances, I also have experience addressing concerns related to addiction , anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, among others.
I am especially passionate about treating eating disorders. I see clients of varying age groups with a particular focus on adolescents, transitional age youth and young adults. Changing one's behaviors and psychological states is a process and I aim to meet clients where they are at in terms of their readiness for change. In addition to specific graduate training and many years working at Stanford Health's inpatient eating disorder unit, I also have lived experience dealing with disordered eating, and find that my own recovery journey benefits clients and serves as a reminder that recovery is attainable.
(628) 200-4079
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San Francisco, CA 94108
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Bria Milicevic
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
Are you looking to make a shift in your life, free yourself from an addiction , decrease anxiety, or improve your relationship with others? I believe therapy is a way for individuals to connect and access their own wisdom to make the necessary changes for a life that is most aspiring and fulfilling to them. I invite people to explore areas that may be affecting them and make a transition from where they are to where they would like to be. I use a treatment approach that is warm, relational, accepting and authentic, and am action-oriented and solution-focused.
(415) 429-7010
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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Melanie R. Cleary
Psychologist, MS, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Therapy is a confidential space to explore areas where you are feeling stuck, experiencing difficulty, or contemplating change, with the goal of feeling more confident and whole as a person. I work with adult individuals who seek a deeper understanding of, and relief from, their suffering: depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship problems, spiritual/existential questions, and various forms of addiction (pornography, hypersexuality, substance abuse). Many times, addiction is accompanied by interactions with the legal system and therapy can be a safe space to process thoughts and feelings about legal problems or incarceration.
(415) 449-0043
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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Jennifer Fernandez & Associates
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
If previous attempts at stopping substance use have failed or if you want to learn to manage your use rather than abstain, call us for a free phone consultation. We approach addiction as a biopsychosocial phenomenon and can help you understand the biological, emotional, and behavioral factors of your drug use using evidence-based interventions. Our therapeutic style is compassionate and non-judgmental but we will also be direct and challenge you to deeply examine your choices. We strive to create a safe, confidential environment where you feel comfortable exploring your choices.
(415) 969-3982
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San Francisco, CA 94134
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Carolyn B Cooper
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, SEP, SAP, EMDR
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
Substance use compounds the recovery process.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) takes healing to a deeper level. Combined with 'top-down' approaches, SE helps identify strengths and intentions beneath painful survival patterns. Shame, fear and anger transform into vital life energy. Surviving becomes thriving. As a private practice psychotherapist based in SF & Marin, I primarily work with adults, but also love to assist children in the healing process.
(415) 342-5196
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San Francisco, CA 94104
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Yu Hang 'ronald' Deng
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I received my B.A. degree in University of California, Davis, with a major in Psychology, and my M.A. degree from John F. Kennedy University in the Counseling Psychology program. My expertise includes mental health counseling, such as depressive/anxiety disorders, communication, family, intimacy and/or relationship issues for individuals, groups, couples, and families, drug addiction treatment, and gambling addiction . As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I strongly believe in human potential, and my goal is to help my clients to discover and utilize the tools they have already possessed!
(415) 367-4238
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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Megan Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Addiction recovery, Premarital Therapy, Divorce , Emotional Focused Couples Therapy .
I offer a warm, collaborative approach intended to foster personal growth and self understanding for individuals and couples. I specialize in helping clients navigate through relationship challenges addictions, self esteem issues ,Premarital and Divorce challenges. Using psychodynamic , holistic and present moment therapeutic approaches , my work is intended to help clients cultivate their own inner healing and enabling them to make meaningful and lasting change. Honoring every individual and couple as unique, I bring an engaged and compassionate presence to our work together.
(415) 835-2139
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San Francisco, CA 94109
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Alexandra Haas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I specialize in attachment theory, addictions& addiction related issues (like codependency). I also enjoy working with premarital couples/couples wanting to strengthen communication skills or rebuild trust within their relationship. Caregivers were the first to teach us how to relate to others. Healthy relationships are often not modeled for us & we wonder why the same troubled patterns repeat. I can help you gain insight into these patterns & work together to have healthier relationships. My goal is to get to know you, establish a strong connection, and provide a safe space to begin your healing journey together.
(415) 569-2869
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San Francisco, CA 94115
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Tamara Tucker
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
My style is direct, transparent and positive. All work is supported by solid psychodynamic theory. I am comfortable with challenges. Most of my clients come in to address relationship issues, career and life-stage transitions, depression and anxiety. However, I have considerable experience in areas of disordered eating, addiction , and (Complex)PTSD. I believe that in order for successful transformational work to occur, the therapeutic relationship is central. Therefore, I offer an initial free 20 minute meeting to test for the ineffable 'fit.' I am a private practice out-of-network provider. WEBSITE: tamaratuckermft.com
(415) 799-8896
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San Francisco, CA 94109
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Patricia F Ross
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, relationship or job-related issues? Psychotherapy can be extremely helpful. For 25 years I've worked with people struggling with these problems as well as substance abuse, recovery, women's issues and aging. "Patricia Ross is one of the smartest, warmest, most thoughtful, present, and trustworthy therapists it's been my pleasure to teach. She is real. From her experiences in living (as a wife, mother, musician, and lifelong learner) she has gained a significant measure of wisdom. I have referred patients to her before and will do so again." David Wallin, PhD (Author of Attachment in Psychotherapy)
(415) 702-0932
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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Trudy McMahon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
I Work with individuals and couples mainly. My background is in substance misuse counseling. I also see a large proportion of clients struggling with body image concerns and disordered eating. I work in a relational way, that invites the client into the therapeutic process, setting goals, assigning homework if appropriate, coming up with ways to better resource in times of stress/ emotional overwhelm. I enjoy working with people who view themselves as sensitive beings, intuitives /empaths. I am somatically trained, which means I invite the body into the therapy, offering interventions such as grounding exercises/ aromatherapy.
(415) 594-4409
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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Lindsay Olshan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
My experience includes treating symptoms such as addiction , depression, anxiety, PTSD, self-esteem and self-image issues as well as relationship issues.
My goal is to help people regain balance in their lives, deepen their understanding of self and achieve a level of awareness that alleviates helplessness and creates choice and ultimate change.
(310) 341-7992
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San Francisco, CA 94115
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Addiction Therapists

What is the best therapy for addiction?

Addiction treatment will be tailored to the individual. People seeking help for addiction—whether with a psychotherapist, in an outpatient clinic, or in a residential program—should expect to engage in multiple types of treatments, sometimes including medication. For anyone recovering from addiction, avoiding situations in which one has typically used a substance is essential, as is the support of close connections. Since substance use disorders tend to co-occur with underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression, those must also be addressed as part of any recovery plan.

How long does therapy for addiction take?

There is no set timeline for recovery from addiction. Patients and their families should expect the work to last several months, if not longer. Residential treatment programs may be based on a stay of 30, 60, or 90 days, with continuing work after release, but only about 1 percent of people are treated in such facilities. Ceasing use is just the first step; therapy to help maintain abstinence and effect behavior change must follow. The process of recovery, neuroscience has shown, involves brain cells recovering the capacity to respond to natural sources of reward and restore control over the impulse to use. Another definition of recovery is restoring voluntary control over one’s substance use and retaking all of one’s previous responsibilities.

How effective is drug addiction treatment?

Substance use disorders are treatable and remission is achievable for many who seek recovery; by some estimates, more than three-quarters of people who become addicted to alcohol or drugs recover. But that success rarely occurs quickly or on a set timeline; relapse is not only common, but many therapists and clinicians view it as a normal part of the process—not always a sign that a person has returned to addiction, but a signal that their treatment should be adjusted to help them regain control. Overall, research suggests, five years after the end of substance use, one’s risk of relapse is no greater than that of others who had not faced addiction. Other experts believe that complete abstinence is not the only measure of recovery, and that, through effective treatment, many people can learn to control their use.

How can you get addiction treatment for someone?

The most important factor in recovery from addiction is widely understood to be an individual’s commitment to change. For that reason, “interventions” in which friends and family gather to urge or force someone to begin immediate treatment often backfire; even when such efforts do lead someone to begin treatment, they may be less likely to stay than those who are self-driven. Still, family members can play an important role in supporting an individual who seeks help and can take part in family therapy as one element of a loved one’s treatment.