Substance Use Therapists in Boston, MA

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Jennifer Burgin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CEDS, CIEC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02131  (Online Only)
I specialize in substance use/addiction, eating disorders, and other mental health issues.
Accepting NEW patients! I am licensed in 14 states and offer evening and weekend appointments to meet you hectic scheduling needs. I strive to be different than other therapists and will go above and beyond to customize therapy just for you, so your therapy experience will be one that focuses on your goals and desires without fear of judgement or expressing yourself with someone that truly "gets it." I have worked with patients 3-83 years old and I am passionate about taking you from where you are to where you want to be in life. Feel free to reach out via phone, email, or text to learn more about my therapy services.
I specialize in substance use/addiction, eating disorders, and other mental health issues.
Accepting NEW patients! I am licensed in 14 states and offer evening and weekend appointments to meet you hectic scheduling needs. I strive to be different than other therapists and will go above and beyond to customize therapy just for you, so your therapy experience will be one that focuses on your goals and desires without fear of judgement or expressing yourself with someone that truly "gets it." I have worked with patients 3-83 years old and I am passionate about taking you from where you are to where you want to be in life. Feel free to reach out via phone, email, or text to learn more about my therapy services.
(910) 886-1279 View (910) 886-1279
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Dr. Jennifer Ansted
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02110  (Online Only)
Thank you for taking this step to focus on your mental health and well-being. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works with adults, adolescents, and couples. I have experience working with a wide variety of clients with diverse needs and am especially passionate about helping those experiencing substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, and LGBTQIA+ related issues.
Thank you for taking this step to focus on your mental health and well-being. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works with adults, adolescents, and couples. I have experience working with a wide variety of clients with diverse needs and am especially passionate about helping those experiencing substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, and LGBTQIA+ related issues.
(617) 420-7068 View (617) 420-7068
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Gabrielle Emerzian
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LADC I
Verified
Boston, MA 02128  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting clients 18+ who are struggling with ongoing substance use, or individuals who are currently in recovery and would like support navigating life stressors. Identifying the need for support to reduce or quell your substance use is a significant first step in the recovery journey. Whether this is a new venture for you or you have benefitted from addiction counseling before, I am happy to be on your team and help you achieve your recovery goals.
I am currently accepting clients 18+ who are struggling with ongoing substance use, or individuals who are currently in recovery and would like support navigating life stressors. Identifying the need for support to reduce or quell your substance use is a significant first step in the recovery journey. Whether this is a new venture for you or you have benefitted from addiction counseling before, I am happy to be on your team and help you achieve your recovery goals.
(617) 644-4317 View (617) 644-4317
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Kaitlin Shimer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
Thank you for taking the time to consider me as your therapist. I am licensed to treat clients in Massachusetts, and work under Karin Lewis at the Karin Lewis Eating Disorder Center (KLEDC). I specialize in treating individuals with eating disorders and substance use disorders but have experience in a breadth of other specialties as well. I am passionate about helping people come to terms with being the "messy humans" that they are, and establishing a strong foundation of coping skills. My approach is humanistic, psychodynamic, trauma-informed, and focused on both growth and acceptance.
Thank you for taking the time to consider me as your therapist. I am licensed to treat clients in Massachusetts, and work under Karin Lewis at the Karin Lewis Eating Disorder Center (KLEDC). I specialize in treating individuals with eating disorders and substance use disorders but have experience in a breadth of other specialties as well. I am passionate about helping people come to terms with being the "messy humans" that they are, and establishing a strong foundation of coping skills. My approach is humanistic, psychodynamic, trauma-informed, and focused on both growth and acceptance.
(978) 309-9142 View (978) 309-9142
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Molly Below
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Boston, MA 02117
With over ten years' experience, I treat a range of issues from life transitions to chronic mental health diagnoses, with expertise in emotion dysregulation and habitual/addictive problems, such as substance use, borderline personality disorder, impulsivity, suicidal ideation, depression, and anxiety.
I believe helping you with the issues you bring to therapy starts with empathy and respect. As partners in this process, we will work together to seek a deeper, compassionate understanding of the issues you are seeking help with. We will work to understand the forces- past and present- that contribute to your struggles. Through this lens I will help you mobilize your strengths and values, cope effectively now, and empower you to change lifestyle patterns that maintain emotional pain. No matter how stuck or hopeless you may feel, it is always possible to make changes and move toward a more fulfilling life.
With over ten years' experience, I treat a range of issues from life transitions to chronic mental health diagnoses, with expertise in emotion dysregulation and habitual/addictive problems, such as substance use, borderline personality disorder, impulsivity, suicidal ideation, depression, and anxiety.
I believe helping you with the issues you bring to therapy starts with empathy and respect. As partners in this process, we will work together to seek a deeper, compassionate understanding of the issues you are seeking help with. We will work to understand the forces- past and present- that contribute to your struggles. Through this lens I will help you mobilize your strengths and values, cope effectively now, and empower you to change lifestyle patterns that maintain emotional pain. No matter how stuck or hopeless you may feel, it is always possible to make changes and move toward a more fulfilling life.
(617) 993-6482 View (617) 993-6482
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Michelle Stayner
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, LADC
Verified
Boston, MA 02199  (Online Only)
I'm a Massachusetts masters level licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC), specializing in telehealth individual counseling in an outpatient private practice. I support with counseling of substance use at any stage and mental health support. +Accepting new clients, please email me to set up an intake session today!
I'm a Massachusetts masters level licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC), specializing in telehealth individual counseling in an outpatient private practice. I support with counseling of substance use at any stage and mental health support. +Accepting new clients, please email me to set up an intake session today!
(508) 639-1332 View (508) 639-1332
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Dr. Kimberlye E. Dean
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02113  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Dean (she/her) is co-owner of Triad Psychotherapy (www.triad-psych.com), a new Massachusetts-based clinic focused on supporting adult mental health. She works with either civilians or veterans who are interested in an evidence based approach to managing anxiety and/or depression, substance use disorders, trauma and other stressor disorders, or racial identity/other cultural issues. Potential clients who are hoping to utilize a nonjudgemental stance to make actionable changes and develop personal insight into their own thoughts and behaviors would benefit from Dr. Dean's therapeutic services.
Dr. Dean (she/her) is co-owner of Triad Psychotherapy (www.triad-psych.com), a new Massachusetts-based clinic focused on supporting adult mental health. She works with either civilians or veterans who are interested in an evidence based approach to managing anxiety and/or depression, substance use disorders, trauma and other stressor disorders, or racial identity/other cultural issues. Potential clients who are hoping to utilize a nonjudgemental stance to make actionable changes and develop personal insight into their own thoughts and behaviors would benefit from Dr. Dean's therapeutic services.
(617) 600-5942 View (617) 600-5942
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Christine LaClair
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LADC 1
Verified
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a specialist in the field of substance use disorders, utilizing Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change to help people make meaningful change in their lives.
Are you feeling ready to test the waters by looking inward with curiosity? Do you want to thrive and not just survive? I can help you move in the direction of your authentic self with empathy and clarity. I am a proud member of the queer community and I welcome those who identify as LGBTQ+. I am a tuned-in listener and I create a safe space for you to explore and express yourself freely. My work is centered on the whole self, and I approach every session with openness, curiosity, and a calm demeanor.
I am a specialist in the field of substance use disorders, utilizing Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change to help people make meaningful change in their lives.
Are you feeling ready to test the waters by looking inward with curiosity? Do you want to thrive and not just survive? I can help you move in the direction of your authentic self with empathy and clarity. I am a proud member of the queer community and I welcome those who identify as LGBTQ+. I am a tuned-in listener and I create a safe space for you to explore and express yourself freely. My work is centered on the whole self, and I approach every session with openness, curiosity, and a calm demeanor.
(508) 501-0970 View (508) 501-0970
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Rikki Provda
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Boston, MA 02114
I enjoy working with people who are struggling with substance use, whether they are just beginning to question their use and habits or they have experienced chronic relapse and feel hopeless. I believe part of that process is ensuring they are informed of options available and helping them discover their “why.” I have experience supporting people in identifying their strengths, finding coping skills, and creating measurable, attainable goals. I am skilled at navigating treatment systems/levels of care in Massachusetts. I have experience with medical detoxification protocols and can discuss options for medication-supported treatment.
I enjoy working with people who are struggling with substance use, whether they are just beginning to question their use and habits or they have experienced chronic relapse and feel hopeless. I believe part of that process is ensuring they are informed of options available and helping them discover their “why.” I have experience supporting people in identifying their strengths, finding coping skills, and creating measurable, attainable goals. I am skilled at navigating treatment systems/levels of care in Massachusetts. I have experience with medical detoxification protocols and can discuss options for medication-supported treatment.
(617) 915-4982 View (617) 915-4982
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Nircia Del Rosario
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LADC I, CADC II
Verified
Boston, MA 02114
I have over eight years of experience providing individual and group therapy treatment for people experiencing mental health and substance use disorders.
It is not easy to start therapy treatment. An ideal client is a person that, even through all the fears, doubts and questions, takes the first step to start treatment and gives a chance to explore a new technique to find better balance in their life. There could be setbacks in the process but the most important thing is to stay constant. The client is willing to work in their goals and implement skills learned in every session. Also, to ask questions needed, even if they feel afraid, in order to be able to communicate with their therapist in a honest way.
I have over eight years of experience providing individual and group therapy treatment for people experiencing mental health and substance use disorders.
It is not easy to start therapy treatment. An ideal client is a person that, even through all the fears, doubts and questions, takes the first step to start treatment and gives a chance to explore a new technique to find better balance in their life. There could be setbacks in the process but the most important thing is to stay constant. The client is willing to work in their goals and implement skills learned in every session. Also, to ask questions needed, even if they feel afraid, in order to be able to communicate with their therapist in a honest way.
(617) 934-6712 View (617) 934-6712
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Andy Ward
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Boston, MA 02110  (Online Only)
My practice over the years has focused on working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, recovery from substance use and trauma, life transitions and identity issues.
For over 35 years, I have helped people achieve their goal of living a fuller, more content life by creating a safe environment that supports exploration and growth. I am licensed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York State.
My practice over the years has focused on working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, recovery from substance use and trauma, life transitions and identity issues.
For over 35 years, I have helped people achieve their goal of living a fuller, more content life by creating a safe environment that supports exploration and growth. I am licensed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York State.
(617) 336-8466 View (617) 336-8466
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Well Within Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Boston, MA 02109
My practice is devoted to helping women feel more empowered and at ease in their lives. My style in therapy is to encourage the exploration of identified problems from a compassionate and non-judgmental perspective with a solutions-focused orientation. Collaboration is central to my work, including working together to define goals and carefully monitor progress throughout the course of treatment. I work with women to address: mood disturbance, relationship issues, improving work/life balance, substance use/dependence disorders, and perinatal/parenting issues.
My practice is devoted to helping women feel more empowered and at ease in their lives. My style in therapy is to encourage the exploration of identified problems from a compassionate and non-judgmental perspective with a solutions-focused orientation. Collaboration is central to my work, including working together to define goals and carefully monitor progress throughout the course of treatment. I work with women to address: mood disturbance, relationship issues, improving work/life balance, substance use/dependence disorders, and perinatal/parenting issues.
(617) 910-4301 View (617) 910-4301
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Eugene Hall
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Boston, MA 02116  (Online Only)
I have experience with anxiety, depression, couple/family/relationship issues, PTSD, substance use, personality disorders, minority stress, spiritual/religious/existential issues, anger management, and co-parenting.
Many come to therapy knowing only that they are struggling to get things done, their relationships have become a source of stress rather than comfort, or they need help processing trauma, loss, or other painful experiences impacting their daily lives. Whatever your circumstances, I strive to help each person or family I work with achieve greater emotional, psychological, and social well-being, while also alleviating symptoms. I use the power of storytelling and understand that each person I work with has many, important stories to tell. I also value and work with each person's nervous system in the healing process.
I have experience with anxiety, depression, couple/family/relationship issues, PTSD, substance use, personality disorders, minority stress, spiritual/religious/existential issues, anger management, and co-parenting.
Many come to therapy knowing only that they are struggling to get things done, their relationships have become a source of stress rather than comfort, or they need help processing trauma, loss, or other painful experiences impacting their daily lives. Whatever your circumstances, I strive to help each person or family I work with achieve greater emotional, psychological, and social well-being, while also alleviating symptoms. I use the power of storytelling and understand that each person I work with has many, important stories to tell. I also value and work with each person's nervous system in the healing process.
(612) 429-4092 View (612) 429-4092
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Samantha Krevalin
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Boston, MA 02114  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with adults and couples struggling with relationship issues, anxiety, life transitions and substance use. When we are anxious and overwhelmed, it can cause us to feel disconnected from others. Feeling stuck and stressed can trigger self-doubt and poor decision-making, and this chips away at our self-esteem and unravels our relationships. I can help you identify the core issues that are negatively impacting you and your relationships, and deterring you from enjoying your life and achieving your goals.
I specialize in working with adults and couples struggling with relationship issues, anxiety, life transitions and substance use. When we are anxious and overwhelmed, it can cause us to feel disconnected from others. Feeling stuck and stressed can trigger self-doubt and poor decision-making, and this chips away at our self-esteem and unravels our relationships. I can help you identify the core issues that are negatively impacting you and your relationships, and deterring you from enjoying your life and achieving your goals.
(646) 907-6128 View (646) 907-6128
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John Christian
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, EdM, CADC, SAP, LADC I, LMHC
Verified
Boston, MA 02116
I plan and implement treatment plans for individuals with substance use disorders as a diversion from incarceration and conduct evaluations for the RMV to mitigate OUI and Immediate Threat sanctions.
I specialize in substance abuse evaluations for the courts, for substance-related motor vehicle violations such as OUI and Immediate Threat, and for the US Department of Transportation as a Substance Abuse Professional. I am an expert witness and provide testimony on sentence mitigation issues. My ideal client is someone with substance abuse and other addiction issues seeking treatment and/or evaluation.
I plan and implement treatment plans for individuals with substance use disorders as a diversion from incarceration and conduct evaluations for the RMV to mitigate OUI and Immediate Threat sanctions.
I specialize in substance abuse evaluations for the courts, for substance-related motor vehicle violations such as OUI and Immediate Threat, and for the US Department of Transportation as a Substance Abuse Professional. I am an expert witness and provide testimony on sentence mitigation issues. My ideal client is someone with substance abuse and other addiction issues seeking treatment and/or evaluation.
(617) 300-0058 View (617) 300-0058
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Sarah Karytko
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02117
My particular areas of expertise are working with trauma, substance use, eating disorders and all co-occurring disorders (which can include anxiety, depression, and character issues, among others).
I offer psychotherapy for individual adults 18 and older, with a focus on college and post-college adults embarking on life transitions related to professional careers, marriage, and family growth. In my practice I take a collaborative, empowering, and in-depth approach. I facilitate a warm, accepting environment that offers understanding and care, coupled with supportive challenges to help you grow. Whether you are seeking therapy to better manage current life stressors, address long-term issues, or improve your life experience, together we can develop an approach to fit your needs.
My particular areas of expertise are working with trauma, substance use, eating disorders and all co-occurring disorders (which can include anxiety, depression, and character issues, among others).
I offer psychotherapy for individual adults 18 and older, with a focus on college and post-college adults embarking on life transitions related to professional careers, marriage, and family growth. In my practice I take a collaborative, empowering, and in-depth approach. I facilitate a warm, accepting environment that offers understanding and care, coupled with supportive challenges to help you grow. Whether you are seeking therapy to better manage current life stressors, address long-term issues, or improve your life experience, together we can develop an approach to fit your needs.
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Jasen L Boyle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02114
*** Now offering virtual sessions to new patients*** Do you have concerns about your substance use? Are you worried about a loved one with an addiction problem? Are you in recovery & looking to make changes in your life? Are you looking to make changes regarding your relationship with substances? Many of my clients are parents, siblings, spouses or concerned significant others (friends, coworkers, etc) with a primary concern about someone else's well-being. Other clients I see are looking for a therapist who will meet them where they are in trying to change their substance use or assist them in their individual recovery process.
*** Now offering virtual sessions to new patients*** Do you have concerns about your substance use? Are you worried about a loved one with an addiction problem? Are you in recovery & looking to make changes in your life? Are you looking to make changes regarding your relationship with substances? Many of my clients are parents, siblings, spouses or concerned significant others (friends, coworkers, etc) with a primary concern about someone else's well-being. Other clients I see are looking for a therapist who will meet them where they are in trying to change their substance use or assist them in their individual recovery process.
(617) 396-7334 View (617) 396-7334
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Michael King
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Boston, MA 02110  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with extensive experience treating Substance Use, Mood Disorders, and Personality Disorders using evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Combining these tried and tested therapies with genuine compassion, validation and understanding is how we will help build insight and resilience to find a path toward the living the life you want.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with extensive experience treating Substance Use, Mood Disorders, and Personality Disorders using evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Combining these tried and tested therapies with genuine compassion, validation and understanding is how we will help build insight and resilience to find a path toward the living the life you want.
(774) 344-3304 View (774) 344-3304
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Scott Callaghan
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02110  (Online Only)
Scott Callaghan takes a client-centered approach to therapy. He enjoys building a solid rapport with each client to make them feel comfortable during sessions. Scott uses humor and authenticity to create a positive environment for the client. He works with a variety of presenting issues, including substance use and addiction, depression, anxiety, and stress management.
Scott Callaghan takes a client-centered approach to therapy. He enjoys building a solid rapport with each client to make them feel comfortable during sessions. Scott uses humor and authenticity to create a positive environment for the client. He works with a variety of presenting issues, including substance use and addiction, depression, anxiety, and stress management.
(508) 682-5472 View (508) 682-5472
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Christopher Charles
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, CADC
Verified
Boston, MA 02118  (Online Only)
  I also specialize in helping people with substance use disorders uncover why they turn to substances as the solution to their problems.
Each of us has felt judged, marginalized, fearful, hopeless, and confused. During these times, it can be difficult to reach out, to ask for help, and to trust. Sometimes we feel unsafe. When we experience these challenges, it can be so hard to confront these difficult aspects of ourselves. My strength is to provide you with understanding and compassion. My strength is to help you feel safe, so you can move beyond some of the inner narratives that hold you back. In our first session together, we will review why you have come to therapy and get started on the identification of the issues we can collaborate on together.
  I also specialize in helping people with substance use disorders uncover why they turn to substances as the solution to their problems.
Each of us has felt judged, marginalized, fearful, hopeless, and confused. During these times, it can be difficult to reach out, to ask for help, and to trust. Sometimes we feel unsafe. When we experience these challenges, it can be so hard to confront these difficult aspects of ourselves. My strength is to provide you with understanding and compassion. My strength is to help you feel safe, so you can move beyond some of the inner narratives that hold you back. In our first session together, we will review why you have come to therapy and get started on the identification of the issues we can collaborate on together.
(339) 330-5119 View (339) 330-5119

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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.