Substance Use Therapists in Upper West Side, New York, NYSee all therapists in Upper West Side, New York
In addition to providing CBT, DBT, and Relapse Prevention, I also specialize in working with Gay men on issues related to coming out to friends and family, obtaining and maintaining romantic relationships, substance use and abuse, unsafe sexual behaviors, problems with intimacy, issues related to religious beliefs, and internalized homophobia.
Welcome! I am a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice on the Upper West Side. I completed my Ph.D. at Fordham University, and my pre-doctoral internship at the Yale University School of Medicine. I specialize in providing treatments that have been supported by research including cognitive behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, dialectical behavior therapy for emotion dysregulation/borderline personality disorder, and relapse prevention/motivational interviewing for substance abuse. In addition to my private practice, I work as a supervising psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
I help adults (18+) manage major life issues/transitions such as depression and anxiety; substance use ; medical illness (cancer and HIV); relationships; loss/grief; and job stress.
Hello. Thanks for reading about me. I’m a warm, down to earth psychologist with a passion for helping people. Staying present focused, we will center on keeping your hopes and dreams up front, while reducing distress in the context of a solid and genuine therapeutic relationship. We will work to enhance your understanding of the barriers that are keeping you from achieving your goals and learn skills to turn that understanding into strategies to better overcome them. While there is no quick fix to most problems, I use proven strategies (such as CBT and DBT) that will help you experience relief and progress relatively soon.
Psychologist, PhD, CASAC
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and a NYS Credentialed Substance Use Counselor. I see adults of all ages in a comfortable, private and safe setting on the Upper West Side. I think dynamically, but work eclectically. I coach behavioral changes while exploring beliefs, reactions and motivations so you understand yourself better and enhance your options in living. I deeply believe that the more we understand ourselves and our motivations, the greater will be our power to take control of things that previously seemed inevitable.
dWELL Recovery - Affirming Recovery Residence
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Most supported living residences across the nation are “sober” living homes that place a strong emphasis on serving individuals overcoming substance use concerns.
Our mission is to support young adults ages 18-30 on their transition to independence with residences that are affirming and support growth, healing and community. We provide gender-affirming recovery housing that promotes skill-based learning and peer support for young adults navigating mental health concerns.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CGP
I have worked in social services providing individual and group counseling in New York City for over 15 years. From crisis hotline volunteer to HIV test educator, from substance use counselor to prevention group leader, my work has taught me two important things: no one's life is perfect and everyone's got issues. So why therapy? There are times when you find yourself in the same frustrating or painful situation, or when you just want to make a change but don't know how - therapy can help. With my training and experience, I can help you through these times.
Mara J. Brandon, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CASAC , ICADC
I am guided by the belief that we all have the right to mental health treatment that is free of judgment, shame and stigma. As a therapist, I provide an empathetic space where you will feel seen, heard and accepted. Over my many years as a clinician, I have successfully helped people with a wide range of issues including intimate relationships, family, depression, anxiety, loneliness and substance use - just to name a few. I also have significant experience working with adults who engage in poly and other sexually expansive lifestyles.
Michael J Brayman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LCSW
I offer an additional range of services for mental health and substance use via tele-health such as 1:1, couples, and family therapy.
You are brave because you are here, reading and thinking how things can be better. It is a big step to acknowledge when something is amiss, that the hurt you feel is real and undeniable–your shadow for many years. I know that somehow, despite your honest efforts, the same mistakes can unfold–the change you strive for can slip away. Beginning therapy means facing the world with an ally. I will believe in you, and together we will tear down the barriers that have prevented you from living the life you were meant to live.
Counselor, LMHC, CASAC
I am a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). I aspire to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where I can provide you the tools and guide you towards your personal success. I have experience providing psychotherapy to adults struggling with mental health and substance use issues.
Dr. Marisol Valencia-Payne
Psychologist, Psy D, M A
My experience includes working with trauma, substance use and addictions, interpersonal concerns, couples, and neuropsychology.
Reaching out is often the toughest step and it is very important (and can be rewarding) to find the right fit! Each individual has their own unique story and experiences and therefore deserving of an individualized approach to therapy. The therapeutic relationship should foster one's personal journey to self exploration and growth. My goal is to help you find your best fit and support you in your personal growth, healing, and self-empowering journey. My approach is often described as supportive, warm, empowering, challenging (when you need it), and humorous.
Not accepting new clients
I work with people who are considering whether psychedelics are right for them, who are preparing to use a psychedelic, or who are seeking to integrate. I've helped my patients make the most of both positive and difficult experiences, while reducing negative outcomes. This expertise has been developed through work with my patients, my training in and provision of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Integrative Harm Reduction for Substance Use Disorders, and from teaching other health providers about Psychedelic Integration through Fluence Psychedelic Training.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
I work with individuals and families to provide services for those struggling with anxiety, substance use , self- harm, depression, trauma, and life transitions.
Life can be overwhelming; why go through it alone?! I can help you live a life that excites and invigorates you. I work with you to create an individualized plan based on your needs. You have the tools to succeed in life, and working together we can discover them, as I view my clients as partners in the healing process. Reaching out for help is the first and hardest step leading you in the right direction. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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Clinical Social Work/Therapist
For those wondering about or struggling with substance use : I have no preconceived ideas about what you should or should not do about your substance use .
I provide both individual and group psychotherapy and also offer therapy via videoconferencing to NYS residents on a HIPAA-compliant platform. I have expertise in the following areas: mood problems, substance misuse, trauma, and LGBT issues. I have worked in private practice as well as in mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities and clinics, including the highly respected Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital. I practice from a harm reduction perspective and incorporate multiple other evidence-based practices into my work.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
I am deeply interested in how we are quick to turn to ineffective coping skills to self-medicate, often because it’s the best way we know how. I have both a personal and professional understanding of how addiction may be impacting you, and I am here to support you through this moment in your mental health journey. My typical client may be experiencing any of the following issues: substance use , gambling, low self-worth, mood disorders, and trauma. Together we will identify your goals and create a plan together to help you reach them.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
I also have extensive training and experience with such challenges as attention difficulties and substance use concerns.
Every human is struggling with something—insecurities, anxieties, doubts, or regrets. I work in an existentialist and humanist tradition that starts with where you are in your life and your history, that explores your current concerns and your hopes for the future. I place great value on your development of self-awareness, curiosity, authenticity and the search for meaning in life. Through our work together, we will construct a vision of yourself as stronger and more resilient.
Amanda Jill Cloninger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
I work with children, adolescents, and adults utilizing a range of modalities including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies. I treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance use disorders, self-esteem and relationship issues.
As a psychotherapist, I have worked extensively with adults and adolescents for over 20 years addressing a range of issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship problems, substance use and academic underperformance. I offer psychoeducational assessments to individuals with suspected learning difficulties.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
My name is Eileen Sunshine, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor with a specialization in gambling and substance use concerns. I also specialize in working with clients with anxiety, stress, depression and helping someone make life-changing decisions through the use of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Wellness Self-Management so my clients' can start feeling better.
Waitlist for new clients
Our lives unfold their beauty, Like the petals of a flower, In challenges from circumstances, We find our finest hour. (C. Alexander Simkins). Generally it is in such circumstances that we find our way to a psychotherapist or a need for medication, not when life is smooth and comfortable. Many years of professional practice blended with my own life experiences have given me empathy and understanding that assist me in my relationships with my clients and in identifying with them what is needed to enhance healing and recovery. I am a nurse practitioner in psychiatry and mental health with a focus on depression, anxiety, life transitions, end of life issues, substance use and medication management. I see both individuals and couples. There are many research studies showing the use of hypnotherapy and mindfulness in easing the symptoms of stress and anxiety and I incorporate both into my practice. www.rickhanson.net. A wonderful resource to increase your knowledge and insights on how to use mindfulness to reduce stress.
John Peter Pasagiannis
In addition to my work as a general practitioner, I specialize in the treatment of substance use issues utilizing harm reduction psychotherapy.
I understand the decision to seek help can be a daunting one as there are many kinds of treatments for different kinds of issues. Successful treatment depends upon the relationship between you and your therapist. The quality of the alliance will contribute to improvement in your emotional well-being, relationships, career, and decrease in problematic behaviors. We will work towards developing coping skills that offer relief from anxiety, depression and other difficult emotions. I will also assist you to understand and work through patterns that contribute to difficulties.
Art Therapist, MA, LCAT
I specialize in treating individuals who have experienced or are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma and substance use .
Everyone deserves to have space for themselves. I believe that the therapeutic space is highly valuable for personal growth, the development of further insights and a place to find support. Whether you are seeking therapy to address a specific concern, or looking to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, therapy can offer you a space to be seen and heard in a genuine, meaningful way. My practice comes from both a psychoanalytic approach as well as from a creative lens. I offer a safe and non-judgmental space where you can express yourself fully and honestly.
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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.