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ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Although many people believe that drug rehab centers are primarily privately owned businesses, that is not the case with Phoenix House. It is located 40 miles outside of San Diego, California. It has provided substance abuse surfaces to teens since 1967. It is also a non-profit organization. The facility is state-of-the-art and has a fully accredited high school on site for the client's use. Phoenix House deals with both drug and alcohol related addictions and each client participates in an individual assessment to figure out what treatment is necessary and what level of treatment is required. During the treatment, there are a number of different services that could be included, for instance, drug or alcohol education, relapse prevention, individual group and family counseling, and others. The facility's goal is to teach the dangers of the drug or alcohol problems and, therefore, allow the clients take the responsibility for their recovery.

If you are looking for information on the treatment facility, our website has the information. We also have information on all the other facilities in San Diego. If you or someone you know is addicted to any kind of drug, these facilities can help. Do not hesitate to contact them and get started the rest of your life.
WHAT THERAPISTS IN SAN DIEGO HAVE TO SAY
Barbara Cunningham
Barbara Cunningham
San Diego, CA 92108

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I specialize in relationship issues of all kinds, seeing couples and individuals.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I am a family systems therapist, and I view cases from a systemic, strength based, psychodynamic point of view.

When should one seek treatment?

One should seek treatment during life transitions, during life crisis, or simply for personal growth.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse, in my view, is one of many ways that people look to escape pain of rejection in relationship. I have published a book chapter in an academic textbook on this subject which can be viewed on my website.

Barbara Cunningham is a Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Huntington Beach, California. For more information regarding Barbara’s services, please call (619) 990-6203.

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Barbara Cunningham
2835 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 120-C
San Diego, CA 92108
Bridgett Ross
Bridgett Ross
San Diego, CA 92111

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

In my practice, I offer individual, family, and couples therapy as well as psychological assessments. I work with adults and occasionally adolescents. Having worked at the Department of Veteran Affairs, I have extensive training and experience in treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I also specialized in issues related to anxiety, depression, grief/loss, bipolar, and relationship difficulties.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

As I mentioned, I conduct mostly one-on-one therapy, but occasionally see couples and families as well. My approach can be rather eclectic as it is always evolving and based on a combination of the client’s needs and the most relevant techniques that will help them reach their goals. Generally, I maintain a cognitive-behavioral focus and integrate mindfulness-based interventions when appropriate. This approach to therapy means I help people look at the ways their thoughts lead to unpleasant feelings and unhealthy behaviors. We work together to find the best way to resolve unpleasant feelings, change maladaptive behaviors, and determine healthier perspectives. We may work to challenge and change the unhealthy thoughts. We may develop the skill of being present and learning to accept things out of our control. We may decide to do a specific type of treatment with a clearly defined protocol. For example, I have specific training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy, which are specific and effective treatments for PTSD that require extensive training. After explaining these types of therapy to someone with PTSD, they may decide to try one of these treatments.

When should one seek treatment?

Simply wanting to go to therapy is reason enough seek treatment. Some specific reasons people seek therapy include:

  • worrying too much about things they can’t control, experiencing a loss and needing/wanting help with the grieving process,
  • experiencing a traumatic event and needing help healing,
  • feeling depressed, anxious, manic, etc.,
  • wondering if they’re “normal” or healthy,
  • wanting an outside perspective on managing thoughts, feelings, or behaviors,
  • realizing that the ways the deal with life stressors doesn’t seem to work anymore,
  • wanting to sort out all the different thoughts running through their minds, and/or
  • engaging in destructive behaviors.

I always recommend that people seek treatment if they are a danger to themselves or another person (suicidal, homicidal, considering self-harm); I urge people to get help before they get to that point.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

My clients consider me to be “personal yet professional.” I am constantly learning about better ways to help my clients and promote healthy habits. I see almost every experience I have, from raising my son to forgetting to put the cap on my gas tank, as an opportunity to learn to be a better therapist. I am creative in finding ways to help my clients get “unstuck.” Part of my role to shine a flashlight that illuminates the various paths you can take to heal or achieve your goals. Most importantly, my clients experience improvement: sometimes small and other times vast.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

People speak of substance abuse as a physical disease, and there’s truth in that. It is also most certainly a mental health issue. Many people use drugs and alcohol to avoid short- term emotional pain, which has everything to do with mental health. When evaluating the consequences of substance abuse and dependence, it can be easy to see the harmful long-term effects. When working with someone who has a substance abuse problem, the first step is to determine their motivation to stop using. Once the motivation is there, we determine a plan. The plan can include environmental interventions, such as identifying places, people, and activities to include or eliminate from life and/or use for additional support. The plan should also involve alternatives to drinking or using. Once the plan is in place to manage behaviors and environment, therapy can focus more heavily on the underlying pain that drives the substance use. We would look at unhealthy thoughts that maintain unpleasant emotions and maladaptive behaviors. We would also look at naturally occurring emotions that the person might have been avoiding with their substance use and find ways to process those feelings. It is a multifaceted problem requiring intervention from many directions.

Bridgett is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice, Ross Psychology, in San Diego, California. For more information on her services, please contact her at (858) 361-2229. 

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Bridgett Ross
4883 Ronson Court, Suite K
San Diego, CA 92111
Dana Carson Lopez
Dana Carson Lopez
San Diego, CA 92103

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I primarily provide individual therapy, although sometimes I do psychological evaluations as well. Historically, I have also worked with couples or families. The types of issues that I treat most often include chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I generally come from a biopsychosocial approach and utilize a combination of techniques to help people change their physiology and the way they think. Techniques to help with pain can include, but are not limited to, diaphragmatic breathing, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, and self-hypnosis techniques. Techniques to help with shifting negative thinking are grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy. I also provide a warm, therapeutic relationship so that each person feels comfortable openly expressing themselves.

When should one seek treatment?

Psychological services can be utilized at almost any time, whether one feels in crisis or is just looking to have further insight and live more of the life one desires to live. It is often best to seek help before a crisis hits, but when you feel stuck and that the path you are on is not working.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I offer a safe, non-judgmental space to talk about what ails in life and encouragement to make changes that help you to reach your goals. I have many years of experience helping people who are suffering physically, as well as emotionally. 5) What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both? Generally speaking, a direct relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse. People often turn to substances when they do not have the belief in themselves that they can manage the situations or stresses they are being presented with in their lives. This can turn into a vicious cycle, as the increased substance use can lead to poorer mental and physical health and make the situation worse. I am able to teach the tools needed for increasing awareness and coping abilities, leaving individuals feeling safer to let go of maladaptive substance use habits. I am also happy to coordinate services with other providers. Often when people are dealing specifically with chronic pain, they benefit from learning additional tools for pain management before decreasing their reliance on pain medications.

Dana is a Blingual Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in San Diego, California. For more information on her services please contact her at (619) 268-6637.

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Dana Carson Lopez
4080 Centre Street, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92103
Devin Price
Devin Price
San Diego, CA 92103

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

My approach is to utilize the right approach for the client. I am very client centered ... so, if they have PTSD and to desensitive, we can do Prolonged Exposure. If it is a child with ADHD, I'll take a Mindfulness approach and collaborate with the parents. If an adult client struggles with relationships, we'll examine attachment issues, communication styles. If the family is not at the peak, we might work on a family narrative. So, I suppose you will have to call me "eclectic." My specialty is working with children, trauma, or a combo of the two. My passion, however, is prevention. 

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them? 

Because I believe in prevention, I think that therapy is "right" for EVERYONE. We can all improve. We can all build our resiliency. The question is about whether a particular therapist is right for the client. That is the real key. 

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy? 

If one is committed to the "work", one can expect (at the very least) to put out initial "fires" & develop skills (communication, emotional regulation, problem solving). Therapy can create life-long change if the person is willing to address uncomfortable pieces of his/her past and stretch themselves outside of the typical comfort zone. Real, substantial change takes a long time. 

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I hope that what I've written thus far has given a small glimpse into my unique qualities. For more, please see my website: devinpricemft.com

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? 

Substance abuse and mental health are often very hard to tease out. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Many of my clients have histories of substance abuse and/or dependence. Some are still there. With a lot of my PTSD clients, it is used to avoid some very, very disturbing pieces of their story. For my bipolar clients, it is used to medicate problematic symptoms. I am not a substance abuse specialist, but it presents itself on my couch often enough to know its complexity and mystery. 

 
 
Devin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Diego, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (858) 633-8510. 
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Devin Price
1086 Hayes Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Dr. Edwin Yager
Dr. Edwin Yager
San Diego , CA 92117

1) What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer psychological treatment for a wide array of problems that often receive only medical treatment, including addiction.   Examples of problems successfully resolved by psychological treatment include social addictions, anxiety, depression, obsessions, compulsions and PTSD in addition to many physical problems that can be psychogenic. Addictions to substances, migraine headache, gastro-intestinal disorders and chronic pain are examples of the latter.  I offer treatment that seeks to uncover and resolve the causes of problems, rather than just treat the symptoms of the problems, and it is frequently true that psychological influence is the actual cause of the problem.

2) What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

My primary treatment modality is Subliminal Therapy, a treatment based on the premise that resolving the causes of problems eliminates the symptoms of the problems.  I also employ hypnotic techniques when appropriate, as well as more traditional techniques when indicated. Subliminal Therapy has proven extraordinarily effective in treating the disorders listed in the first answer, doing so by identifying and resolving the root causes of the problems.

3} When should one seek treatment?

There comes a time when denial is no longer possible and one must decide whether to live a better life or continue down the path of self-destruction. When one makes the choice for a better life, it’s time to seek treatment.

4) Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

They should come because the technique I utilize, Subliminal Therapy, is highly efficient and effective, enabling the patient to identify and resolve root causes of their presenting problems. On average, in the case of chemical addictions, I see patients for 5-to-10 sessions with a high percentage of them reporting complete cessation of drug use.

5) What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? 

If there is substance abuse, there is a mental health issue as well.

Substance abuse can be devastating to mental health, and compromised mental health can lead to substance abuse.  Self-medication of an emotional problem can progress to addiction, and addiction can progress to devastating consequences.  In all instances, emotion is an exacerbating factor in addiction.  In many cases, it is the root cause of addiction.  This merry-go-round can be stopped!

The primary force responsible for the drive to use substances is the continuing influence of conditioning from life experiences.  Conditioned responses may either inspire initiation of abuse or inspire its continuation, and the primary element in successful treatment is the resolution of those conditioned influences. Validation of this statement is offered by the remarkable success rates obtained in treating chemical addictions – and social addictions as well – using Subliminal Therapy, a technique that identifies and resolves those conditioned influences.

6) What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse and mental health issues are so tightly interwoven they must be treated as a single problem.  In addition to treatment that seeks to uncover and resolve the causes of their problem, I teach patients ways to manage the symptoms while the problem is being treated.

7) What is Subliminal Therapy?

Subliminal Therapy is an unusual, yet highly efficient technique of psychotherapy that engages mental abilities of the patient that are not commonly recognized.  Consciously desired change is achieved when understanding of the root cause of a psychogenic problem is obtained. This is best achieved by identifying and reframing that cause in the light of current, mature understanding.  In Subliminal Therapy, this is accomplished in a logical sequence of steps, first engaging the patient’s extra-conscious abilities to Identify that part of the mind that was formed at the time the (current) dysfunction was learned, and then Reconditioning that part, thereby reframing the subconscious beliefs and values to align with those held consciously. 

Subliminal Therapy is the most effective and the most time-efficient therapy available for treating psychogenic problems such as those listed above.  Interested and curious persons are encouraged to visit my website, www.docyager.com, and the website of the Subliminal Therapy Institute, a not-for-profit, 502[c]3 corporation, www.stii.us, to learn about this innovative approach to change, and to review success rate data obtained from my patients in an ongoing clinical trial.

 

Dr. Yager is a licensed Psychologist with a private practice in San Diego, CA. If interested in his his services, please contact him at (619) 299-4070.
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Dr. Edwin Yager
3737 Moraga Ave. Suite A-203
San Diego , CA 92117
Dr. Jeff Schanowitz
Dr. Jeff Schanowitz
San Diego, CA 92108

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer psychotherapy services to adults, adolescents, and children. I also offer psychological testing. I specialize in areas of obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, and all forms of substance use.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I incorporate the scientific based cognitive behavior therapy, as well as mindfulness techniques.

When should one seek treatment?

It is advisable to seek treatment at the earliest signs of an inability to function with activities of daily life.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse frequently occurs as a result of dissatisfaction with a person's current or past situation. In many instances, substance abuse is a form of escape from facing past or present stress in one's life.

I offer a safe, confidential, and comfortable environment where a person can learn to not only deal with the current substance problem, but they will have a better understanding of the root causes that led them to abuse substances in the first place. If a person presents both substance abuse and a mental health condition, I would offer cognitive behavior therapy tools that are specifically tailored to each issue, but I would also help them identify any common threads that may link the two together.

Dr. Jeff Schanowitz is a Psychologist in San Diego, California. For more information regarding Dr. Schanowitz's services, please call (619) 252-3713.

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Dr. Jeff Schanowitz
2525 Camino del Rio South, Suite 245
San Diego, CA 92108
Dr. Karen Gless Ph.D. RN, LMFT (MFC21423)
Dr. Karen Gless Ph.D. RN, LMFT (MFC21423)
San Diego , CA 92117

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

My focus is on guiding couples toward deeper intimacy and a fulfilling relationship. I have developed an approach that I call couples process therapy which is based on scientific research to give couples higher levels of success. In individual therapy I use an eclectic approach. I use what works best for the individual that I am working with such as cognitive –behavioral, hypnosis, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

I specialize in sex therapy and couples therapy and I work with both individuals and couples.

Some of the issues I work with are impotence, premature ejaculation, inability to have orgasms, and lack of sexual desire. I also work with issues around addiction especially sexual addiction but I do not hold group therapy so those I work with are a select group of individuals.

 

2.  How does one know if therapy is right for them?

When you realize you can’t solve the problem on your own and self-help programs are not enough then therapy is for you. Many of my patients say “Why didn’t I do this for myself years ago?” They enjoy being cared about and allowed to be the priority in the room.

 

3.  What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Therapy can give you insights into your feelings and your behavior. Fundamentally it should help you feel better about yourself and give you a reality basis from which to make good decisions. 

 

4.  What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am a practical person who connects well with both men and women. I see therapy as a partnership in working together with my patients towards healthy beliefs, ideas and habits and getting rid of those behaviors and beliefs that hold us back from our greatest happiness and optimum health.

 

5.  What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

There is a strong correlation between dysfunctional family patterns, mental and/or physical abuse, unresolved traumatic experiences and poor mental health and substance abuse. The issue of addiction is complex. They have attempted to find a gene to explain the problem with addiction but have been unsuccessful.  Substance abuse always makes mental illness more difficult to treat.  Substance abuse is sometimes an inappropriate use of a substance to self-medicate a mental illness.

 

 

Karen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in sex therapy with a private practice in San Diego, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (858) 273-2980. 

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Dr. Karen Gless Ph.D. RN, LMFT (MFC21423)
3660 Clairemont Dr. Suite 9
San Diego , CA 92117
Dr. Milton Brown of the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Center of San Diego
Dr. Milton Brown of the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Center of San Diego
San Diego, CA 92131

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy and other cognitive-behavioral treatments, for borderline personality disorder, suicidality, self-injury, depression, anxiety disorders, and other disorders of severe emotion dysregulation and impulsive behaviors. Both for adults and for adolescent.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If they are ready to work hard. Effective therapy is very hard work because it requires building mastery by tackling challenges head on with new coping skills.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Improved emotion regulation and more behaviors consistent with life values and goals, to move towards less suffering and more meaning in life.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

In using DBT, my therapists balance acceptance strategies (e.g., effectively tolerating upsetting things, when needed) with change strategies (e.g., improving relationships, problem solving, and emotion regulation)

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

They influence each other. Mental disorders (more specifically, emotion dysregulation) leads to substance abuse, and substance abuse worsens mental disorders and emotion dysregulation.

 
 
Milton is a Dialectical Behavior Therapist at the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Center of San Diego. If you are intersted in his services or those of the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Center of San Diego, please call (619) 602-0726 or visit www.dbtsandiego.com/ 
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Dr. Milton Brown of the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Center of San Diego
9666 Businesspark Ave., Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92131
Dr. Nicole Van Ness Sheppard
Dr. Nicole Van Ness Sheppard
San Diego, CA 92117

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I utilize a blend of treatment approaches from the perspectives of Pragmatic-Experiential Therapy for Couples (Atkinson, 2005), Mindfulness, and Experiential therapies.  In this blend, I help my clients to come to know themselves and their internal worlds more fully, so that they know what they are bringing to the table in their life conflicts (with themselves and with others).  Based on this, I help people learn ways of navigating both their inner conflicts and their relationship problems in a way that is effective, respectful, more fulfilling, and less painful, for themselves and for the important people in their lives.  The problems I work most with are sexuality, intimacy, and erotic recovery, trauma, couple relationship problems, and coping with anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Therapy can be for anyone; finding the right therapist is key.  When the therapeutic relationship and connection with the therapist are not there, therapy can feel very wrong.  Don't give up.  Find a therapist whose approach and worldview feel comfortable, supportive, and right for you.    

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

A lot! The process can be emotionally taxing and difficult, but the gains far outweigh the costs. The tools learned and the growth achieved in therapy will stick with you; no one can take that away. The sense of accomplishment at being more successful and fulfilled because of the work you did in therapy is powerful. Therapy is not the only place to grow or improve relationships, but it is a place where these are the focused intentions.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I approach individuals, couples, and families in a way that truly values the emotional and lived experiences of each person. I believe in balance. I encourage open, honest, and heartfelt communication, while also valuing practical, effective solutions to problems. I help clients to see their internal and relational processes, not just the content of the argument. In these intentions, I suppose I'm not much different from many therapists. My unique approach to issues of intimacy, eroticism, and sexuality, however, set me in a very small group. By considering many influences in the shaping of our sexual selves, I help people find both self-understanding and more fulfilling connections in their sexualities. I help people uncover areas of shame in their sexual selves, and come to embrace their own unique erotic nature.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

We are heavily medicated, in-debt, and addicted society. According to Brene Brown and her pivotal research, this is largely because of the shame we carry. The more accepted, loved, and supported we feel, not only by others, but by ourselves, the less likely we are to try to fill the voids in our lives with addictive behaviors and mind-altering substances. One of the biggest aspects of mental health is flexibility: flexibility of thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Can you be flexible with your partner? With your children? Can you be flexible with yourself, when you don't measure up to your own, or someone else's standards? Or do you hold hardline absolutes, that if violated, cause extreme discomfort, frustration, and shame? These discomforts and frustrations often lead people to seek relaxation, comfort, or escape: from a puff, from a bottle, or from certain activities, all of which can become addictive. Although an important community resource and effective for countless people, 12-step programs, are not able to meet all of everyone’s needs. Therapy can be a place to find your own internal reprieve from these discomforts; to learn your strengths, how to be flexible, to cope, and to connect in a way that does not require substance abuse.   

 

 

Nicole is a Registered Intern of Marriage  and Family Therapy (IMF#62392), Adjunct Faculty at Alliant International University, San Diego and supervised by Dr. Karen Gless Ph.D. RN, LMFT (MFC21423). If you are interested in her services, please call (858) 356-7444

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Dr. Nicole Van Ness Sheppard
3660 Clairemont Dr. Suite 9
San Diego, CA 92117
Estela Bobadilla
Estela Bobadilla
San Diego, CA 92103

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

The therapy approach that I used is based on each client.  People’s journeys are very different, there are clients that need psycho education, others needs to learn coping skills to manage things that they are facing, and some other people are ready to go deeper into their core issues and are ready to embark at this level of work.  

With clients who are battling addiction, their recovery is one of the first things that we need to work with as using will interfere with their ability to learn healthier ways to manage their emotions and heal old wounds.  

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them? 

I think therapy benefits everyone but not every therapist is for everyone. Choosing a therapist is like dancing with a partner, two amazing dancers might not necessarily be good together. Therapy is a similar thing as a relationship forms where both people need to feel comfortable with each other. As long as people are ready and open to see themselves and learn to cope with life in different ways, therapy is always helpful.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?  

An opportunity to experience a safe space where for many people this is a first, where they can hopefully figure out how the past shaped their lives and continues to play in the present. Heal relationships and healthier ways to interact with other including self. 

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?  

I love what I do and I think that I am able to connect with my clients and form long lasting relationships with them. I have clinical experience working with addition and helping people find healthier ways to manage their lives. I bring a unique perspective to healing that includes various ways of looking at healing such as CBT, DBT, Attachment Theory, Emotional Regulation, Mindfulness, Art Therapy  as well as family dynamics. I have worked in an inpatient as well as an outpatient dual diagnosis recovery programs.   

 

5. What relationship exists between substance abuse and mental health?  

A lot of people are self-medicating by using drugs due to a mental health disorder.  For example people who suffer from anxiety tend to gravitate towards substances that relax them.  Others are looking for ways to escape and not feel.  Every client that I have worked with that is struggling with a recovery has an emotional wound fueling their addiction.  At the same time, the way that our brains are trained a lot of the relationship issues that we have to heal happened at a very young age and when people understand how their brains work they are better equipped to mange their behaviors.  

 

Estela is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Diego, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (619) 370-7545. 

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Estela Bobadilla
3309 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Garet Bedrosian
Garet Bedrosian
San Diego, CA 92103

What types of services do you offer?

I offer individual and couples therapy sessions as well as workshops and trainings. I am a certified Imago Relationship Therapist and workshop facilitator. I offer a variety of workshops. “Getting the Love You Want” for couples; “Keeping the Love You Find” for individuals, “Recovering our Connection” for couples with addictions, “Relationship as a Dance” for couples who want to have fun while learning to communicate, “Equs Workshops” for both individuals & couples to learn more about the energy they bring to their relationships. The horses are keenly attuned and give immediate feedback. “Bodywriting for Couples” for couples who are interested exploring their intimacy through the arts.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I have treated thousands of clients and couples in my 34 years in private practice with various issues including mood disorders such as depression & anxiety, addictions such as alcoholism, substance abuse, sex addictions, eating disorders and co-addictions, sexuality, grief, DID, life transitions and relationship issues

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I am a wholistic practioner in that I use whichever treatment modality fits the client in my care. I use somatic therapies, developmental therapies, Addictions therapy, cognitive/behavioral therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, EMDR and Expressive Arts Therapy

When should one seek treatment?

One can benefit from treatment when one is ready for change; when one is experiencing consequences because of one’s moods or addictions; when one feels their own moods or addictions are creating obstacles to their inernal peace and joy and/or relationships; when one is feeling stuck and needs support to create the changes necessary to move them forward in a healthier and more satisfying way.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I provide a safe, warm environment and therapeutic relationship. I listen and taylor my approach to the individual or couple in front of me. I am intuitive and sense subtlties in a person’s or couple’s energy. This enables me to facilitate or offer insights into what might be creating conflicts or stuckness and recommendations for how to treat it. I empower my clients. I provide treatment options so they have input into which learning style best facilitates their understanding of how their emotional states or addictions make sense and what they can do to create change.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Their are many variables in the creation of mental disorders and substance abuse. I help my clients become curious as to the various biological, familial, cultural, societal and spiritual influences that have contributed to their specific situation. Once they understand this we can better determine the best course or combination of treatments.

Garet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a practice in San Diego, California. For more information on her services please contact her at (619) 300-8002. 

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Garet Bedrosian
333 Olive St
San Diego, CA 92103
Hayden Dover
Hayden Dover
San Diego, CA 92103

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer a combination of Somatic, Existential Humanistic and Positive Psychotherapy to individuals and couples who feel that their lives have become stuck or who want to use therapy as a vehicle for growth and transformation. Often peoples experience of being stuck is accompanied by strife in their relationships, depression, anxiety, reactions to trauma, panic attacks, grief, angry outbursts and/or addiction.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

The modalities I primarily use are Hakomi Method, Bioenergetic Analysis, Existential Humanistic Psychotherapy and Positive Psychology.

When should one seek treatment?

Therapy can be an extraordinarily powerful tool for enacting change and transformation in your life. Viewed this way, you can choose to use therapy whenever you want to create change in your life. When we let our problems fester they get worse and we lose out on the time that we spend stuck in the problem. Because of this I encourage people to seek help sooner rather than later. Don't wait until a small problem becomes a big issue.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

In my practice I use holistic, body oriented approaches that allow my clients to deepen their experience very quickly and focus on dealing directly with the issues underlying their symptoms. I also employ Existential Humanistic and Positive Psychology approaches that are focused on empowering my clients to create the life that they want for themselves as an alternative to a life of struggling with their symptoms.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse is one of many ways that people attempt to relieve discomfort in their lives. The discomfort may be low self esteem, anxiety, depression, grief or the effects of trauma. The services I provide address the issues underlying substance abuse thereby alleviating the need to abuse.

Hayden is a Marriage and Family therapist with a practice in San Diego, California. For more information on his services please contact him at (619) 717-1832. 

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Hayden Dover
3636 5th Ave., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92103
Jen Zajac
Jen Zajac
San Diego, CA 92108

What types of services do you offer?

I offer therapeutic counseling services for couples, individuals, families, and teens. Sessions are usually in a face-to-face setting, but I also provide phone consultations as well in special circumstances.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I have personally worked with clients with a wide range of presenting issues, and I specialize in multiple areas including relationship distresses, self-esteem issues, cases involving drug and alcohol abuse/dependence, adjustment disorders, phobias, anxiety disorders, and family communication conflicts as it relates to divorce and trust/mistrust issues.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I use a mixture of different theoretical orientations depending on the client, the situation, and the client’s desire for change. In my treatments I have implemented a range of Emotionally Focused Therapy (for couples), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Play Therapy for children.

When should one seek treatment?

Clients often begin to seek treatment when things are highly escalated, but it is best to seek help before situations become unbearable. If an individual, couple, or family feels that they are experiencing a frustrating cyclic effect, are “stuck” or not sure what next steps to take to facilitate positive change, then an unbiased, outside viewpoint can help place things in a different perspective. It is human to be caught in the context and complex emotions of a difficult situation, and professional guidance in these situations can be a wonderful resource. It is easier to get a situation under control sooner rather than after prolonged, heightened levels of stress.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

It is very important to choose a therapist that one feels comfortable and safe with. I have been able to build my clientele because I deeply empathize and care about my clients, and my comfortable and transparent style has allowed me to build excellent rapport with many individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Clients can feel the compassion I have for “their story”. I appreciate the uniqueness of each individual, and I see obstacles as challenges rather than issues or weaknesses, which my clients all appear to greatly appreciate.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

In my work, I often see the two in a cyclic pattern. When one is dealing with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, or even temporary situational distresses, it is more likely for them to look for comfort or escape with alcohol or substance use. Not only does this create unhealthy coping mechanisms, but the effects of drug/alcohol use also last much longer than the “high” or intoxication. Someone who is an addict has actually rewired their thought processes and ability to make sound choices and decisions. The drug can become the most important aspect of life, and perhaps the only way to “feel better”. Previous goals, aspirations, and relationships fall to the wayside. Prolonged use may increase or cause feelings of depression, helplessness, anxiety, and guilt even if these feelings weren’t present before. The counseling services that I provide can help individuals and/or couples develop a healthy way of coping and expressing their deep, primary needs (such as love, belonging, closeness, etc.) either to each other or in healthy outlets. The goal is to have them improve these healthy outlets instead of turning to a troubling and isolating spiral of substance abuse.

Jen is a Marriage Family Therapist Intern (#73826) in San Diego, California supervised by Jennine Estes, Lic # 47653. For more information on her services, please visit her website at www.JenZajacTherapy.com or contact her at (408) 887-2853.

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Jen Zajac
3333 Camino Del Rio South, Suite #215
San Diego, CA 92108
Kai MacDonald
Kai MacDonald
San Diego, CA 92103

What types of services do you offer?

I'm able to provide Suboxone detoxification, referral to an intensive outpatient program that I medical director of (lasting recovery), psychopharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders (i.e. depression, anxiety, bipolar), and a variety of forms of psychotherapy. 

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I treat a full spectrum of adult psychiatric conditions, including addictions.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I tend toward an eclectic model, depending on the patient's circumstances, diagnosis, and psychological capacity. I have expertise with DBT, CBT, as well as ISTDP, and tend toward an emotion focused, attachment-based approach.

When should one seek treatment?

Hopefully, before the bottom falls out.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I have a hands on, nonjudgmental stance. I have expertise in a wide variety of different clinical specters. I'm extremely responsive, and M a good provider for people who want a high level of hands-on care.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Research indicates that a majority of people struggling with substance use disorders have a comorbid brain-based disorder. Moreover, there is good evidence that certain substances actually accelerate the destructive processes associated with brain-based disorders. That said, each requires separate consideration and both require treatment, often with different modalities.

Dr. Kai is a Medical Doctor offering adult psychiatry and psychotherapy in San Diego, California. For more information on his services, please contact him at (619) 203-7393.

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Kai MacDonald
3368 2nd Avenue, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92103
Kamala Allen Ph.D
Kamala Allen Ph.D
San Diego, CA 92116

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I ascribe to a brief, effective approach with focused interventions, present-time solution-oriented strategies and caring, consistent feedback and support. My training encompasses among others, Client-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral, Family Systems, Self Psychology, Couples, Addictions and EMDR Therapies. I offer counseling and education for conscious relationships with singles and couples who are experiencing a lack of emotional connection, unresolved relationship issues, infidelity, sexual stagnation, impending separation or divorce, or an inability to find and maintain intimate relationships. I also specialize in addictions, adult children of alcoholics who are experiencing life issues, co-dependent and compulsive behaviors, anxiety/depression and post-trauma. I  am a State certified Addictions Counselor (CADAC-II) and a certified EMDR Therapist (for trauma), as well as a licensed MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist).

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If one feels open and committed to change, one is ready for therapy. 

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Most persons benefit from therapy in that they are able to gain insights and initiate new behaviors that allow them a happier and more balanced life. However, therapists can only guide and provide new tools and strategies; they cannot cause a client to turn insights into new attitudes and behaviors that enhance their lives. 

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

Drawing on 35 years of experience as a psychotherapist, with long-term, specialized training in my areas of expertise, I can get the job done with efficiency and effectiveness, while minimizing the cost to my clients' time and resources. I keep abreast of cutting edge approaches and am continually striving to enhance my effectiveness by learning new methods. I am creative and intuitive while adhering to evidence-based therapeutic techniques. My style is caring, supportive and direct.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

While the treatment of substance abuse is a field onto itself, requiring treatment techniques that are somewhat different from standard psychotherapeutic approaches, mental health issues underlie and inform addictions. As they keep addictions in place, the standard today, as verified by research and observation within the field, is the treatment of mental health issues concurrently with addictions. 

 

Kamala is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and State-Certified Addictions Counselor with a private practice in San Diego, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (619) 993-2425 or visit her website http://kamalaallen.com/

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Kamala Allen Ph.D
4452 Park Blvd. Suite 204
San Diego, CA 92116
Kathryn Rudlin
Kathryn Rudlin
San Diego, CA 92131

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

My treatment is a blending of the approaches I have found to work best (individualized to the person and specific issue) to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), visualization, mind-body techniques, psychodynamic and schema therapies. My practice is exclusively targeted to those who have been victimized by a narcissistic relationship.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

The only way to know if something is right is to try it, and a good match between therapist and client is essential. If you feel your life could be better, or you want to work through a painful event or personal issue, therapy is an excellent way to receive guidance, support and education.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Above all, therapy offers tools and direction to help people identify the courage and wisdom to help themselves. In the work that I do, the therapist role is to help navigate difficult, confusing, painful issues in ways that are effective and have long-term results.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

The issues that I focus on are unique and I bring my personal experience and healing as the daughter of a narcissistic mother, which I discuss in my book: Ghost Mothers: Healing From the Pain of a Mother Who Wasn’t Really There (available from Amazon.)

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

The relationship is quite common and significant. Many who grew up poorly mothered, or abused by someone who was supposed to love them, turn to substances in an attempt to numb painful feelings, or to get a break from confusing, difficult memories. It may ‘work’ in the short term but empowerment and healing can only come from getting to the core cause of the problem.

Kathryn Rudlin has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1988, and is in private practice in San Diego, CA. For more information go to her website: www.ghostmothers.com, or contact her via email, krudlinlcsw@att.net

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Kathryn Rudlin
9815 Carroll Canyon Rd, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92131
Kelly Ahearn
Kelly Ahearn
San Diego, CA 92123

What types of services do you offer?

I offer a variety of services including, child, teen, individual, couples, and families, ages 5 and up.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Clients seek treatment for a variety of needs; the common reason for people seeking treatment is to remove or decrease the pain they are experiencing in the present moment. I have many years of experience working with substance abuse treatment in a dual diagnosis treatment facility for both teen and adults. I work with anxiety, depression, and co-morbid symptoms that focus on individual and interpersonal relationships.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

Depending on the client and the reasons for seeking treatment, I tailor my approach to suit the imminent needs for the client. I primarily work as a cognitive-behavioral, holistic, and humanistic approach to empower the client, while fostering personal change and growth.

When should one seek treatment?

One should seek treatment when one is ready. Therapy has it’s risks and benefits and only when the client is so uncomfortable with their symptoms it is best to seek treatment before those symptoms increase and can lead to a crisis in ones’ life. It is always suggested that when someone is ready for a change and relieve themselves from pain, therapy is intended to support their process.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I welcome any client that is seeking relief from discomfort! As a clinician my main focus is on the client and meet each person where they are in the present moment and help guide them to finding the courage to overcome whatever the obstacle placed in front of them. I provide a comfortable, nurturing environment, and believe that the therapeutic relationship is one of the greatest healing components.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

I have much experience with chemical dependency and have realized that many mental health diagnoses are dually diagnosed with substance abuse. Whether another disorder or chemical abuse/dependency is the main diagnosis, there is a strong correlation with both co-occuring together. Many individuals self- medicate to relieve themselves from the pain of anxiety/depressive or a personality disorder. At the basis of all diagnoses is a human’s response to pain; some choose another addiction such as eating, shopping, gambling, sex, or pornography to name a few while others use substances. At the core of it all, they just want to find peace and may not know how to cope in a healthy way. Depending on what the client comes to counseling for, it is important to assess all areas and current stressors to make the best recommendations and referrals in providing the best treatment. If chemical abuse/dependency is the primary concern, referral to an inpatient/ outpatient program is necessary with weekly individual and family counseling. If during the assessment another disorder is the main focus, monitoring any abuse throughout treatment is ongoing with weekly sessions to help improve coping skills, decrease negative symptoms, and return to getting the client to feeling better.

Kelly is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice, Empowered Perspective Counseling, in San Diego, California. For more information on her services, please contact her at (858) 279-1223. 

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Kelly Ahearn
4550 Kearny Villa Road Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92123
Kevin Fawcett
Kevin Fawcett
San Diego, CA 92103

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

The foundation of my therapeutic approach is person-centered.  This approach is not a set of pre-prescribed “techniques,” but rather a way of being in the therapeutic relationship that emphasizes the value and uniqueness of each individual.  From this vantage point, I believe that both the therapeutic relationship and the here-and-now moment are of utmost importance.

I consider myself an integrative therapist, meaning that I have training and experience with a variety of different treatment modalities and will use the approach or interventions that best fit the needs of each individual client.  I tend to borrow from some of the following clinical orientations:

•  Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT)
•  Gestalt therapy
•  Existential therapy
•  Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)

 

2. What issues do you specify treatment for?

I provide individual and couples therapy, addressing issues of depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, relationship problems, addiction issues, existential issues, and personal growth.

 

3. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Despite what the social stigma might tell you, psychotherapy is not reserved for those who have gone “crazy” and can be useful for nearly anyone, even relatively healthy individuals.  In fact, given the courage it takes to begin and engage in therapy, I would argue that many of those who are willing to seek help on their journeys are in some ways “healthier” than those who don’t.  Regardless, most of the people who seek therapeutic services are “normal” people just like you and me. 

If not for the personal growth experience itself, you might want to consider seeking therapy when:

•  You feel you just need someone to talk to about life’s problems
•  You feel stuck, trapped, or lost and there seems to be no way out
•  Your emotional distress is particularly severe, long-lasting, and/or interfering with your ability to function in daily life
•  You worry all the time and feel like life is out of control
•  You feel depressed and can’t get out of it
•  Your coping strategies are hurting yourself or others
•  You feel like giving up on life and/or are frequently thinking about death
•  You are having trouble coping with a loss
•  You are still dealing with the residue of past trauma, violence, or abuse
•  You are experiencing difficulties in a relationship with your spouse, parent, child, friend, or significant other
•  You are wrestling with spiritual questioning and need help sorting it out
 

If you can find the courage to give therapy a try, whether out of necessity or desire, I applaud your courage and would be happy to help you in that process in any way I can.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

My goal in therapy is to create a meaningful and lasting "shift" in the way you live your life, particularly in how you relate to yourself and others.  I work to create an open, safe environment where you can receive honest feedback and the encouragement to face fears, work through difficulty emotions, and practice relating in a more honest way.  By doing so, you are learning to live more authentically and freely.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

Research has indicated a strong link between the quality of the therapeutic relationship with the effectiveness of therapy.  Finding someone who is a good fit for you is very important.  For this reason I do offer free consultations so that we have an opportunity to meet each other and feel it out.

Most of the problems that people seek therapy for are merely symptoms of a deeper issue.  Rather than simply addressing the symptoms, which can be like sticking a band-aid on a gaping wound, I work to promote deeper healing by creating healing experiences in the non-judgmental therapeutic relationship.  That requires careful attention, openness to differences, and confidence in my intuition.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

There is a high rate of co-occurrence, or comorbidity, between mental health and substance use disorders.  Though the causal relationship is not always clear, it is apparent that depression is a significant risk factor for subsequent substance abuse – and vice versa.  Individuals diagnosed with a mood or anxiety disorder are roughly twice as likely to also be diagnosed with a substance use disorder.  Similarly, those diagnosed with a substance use disorder are roughly twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mood or anxiety disorder.

Many individuals suffering from depression or anxiety attempt to alter their mood state, or self-medicate, with the use of various drugs and alcohol.  Though they may be successful in changing how the feel in the short run, in the long run this approach tends to worsen their symptoms.  This in turn can lead to more self-medicating, thereby creating a downward spiral.

Many substances that individuals use directly affect the brain and the way it functions, as it does with alcohol and marijuana, which in some cases may lead to mental health symptoms.  For instance, there is also a long list of drugs that can lead to depression either during the time of intoxication or during periods of withdrawal.

 

 

Kevin is a Licensed Psychologist with a private practice in San Diego, CA. If you are interested in his services, please contact him at (619) 356-0811. 

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Kevin Fawcett
3604 Fourth Avenue, Suite #5
San Diego, CA 92103
Lena Washburn
Lena Washburn
San Diego, CA 92108

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I provide individual and couples counseling, and online coaching via e-mail, chat, and videoconferencing. I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist, so I primarily specialize in couples and family dynamics, which includes extended family, parenting, and domestic violence / abuse issues. Besides relational issues, I deal most frequently with anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. All of these issues are correlated when it comes to substance abuse: dysfunctional family of origin elements may lead to anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem, which may be exacerbated by stressors of life and of adult relationships, leading to a desire to escape, which may escalate into an addiction. I have extensive experience in facilitating court-ordered group treatment for domestic violence offenders (including offenders who abuse substances and are ordered to do mandatory drug testing), and I regularly see these issues interacting in a vicious cycle.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I use an electic mix of modalities, ranging from cognitive behavioral to family therapy to humanistic/existential approaches. My approach is strengths-based: what are the client's strengths and goals, and what must be done to achieve those goals by using the strengths?

When should one seek treatment?

Most people would benefit to some degree from counseling, but getting professional help is particularly warranted in times of high stress. Getting help is a smart choice when someone is having increasing difficulty functioning well in their daily life. The key is to not wait until it's a crisis.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I offer flexibility in terms of a sliding scale, online counseling options, and hours; I offer a free consultation; I'm very solution-oriented and direct and do not waste my clients' time; I'm down to earth and easy to talk to. My years of running groups for violent offenders and addicts have taught me a lot of humility and an easy-handed approach.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Substance abuse initially starts out as an escape from difficult emotions (brought on by daily stressors, relational difficulties, anxiety, depression, etc.), and can eventually take on a life of its own (when it turns into a full-fledged dependence). When treating substance abuse, I start out with exploring what the client is trying to escape from and how to develop a plan for coping with those pressures, in addition to managing the actual substance using behavior.

Lena is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a practice in San Diego, California. For more information on her services, please contact her at (619) 395-6639. 

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Lena Washburn
2423 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92108
Lisa Talerico
Lisa Talerico
San Diego, CA 92106

What type of services do you offer?

I offer outpatient individual, couples, and family services with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral techniques. I offer face-to-face sessions as well as secure video sessions for clients who are unable to meet me in person at my private practice.

What issues do you specify for treatment?

I specialize in depression, anxiety, grief/loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, LGBT issues, teen issues, transitional life issues, and personal growth.

When should one seek treatment?

A person should seek treatment when negative emotions are impacting his/her personal or professional life, relationships, and/or overall day-to-day functioning. A person should also seek treatment if he/she is having difficulty coping with a life stressor or a significant event.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I provide a safe, trusting, nonjudgmental, and respectful environment in which I help clients to work through difficult issues. I am direct, yet I allow my clients to set the pace of the therapeutic relationship. I help clients to gain insight and I teach them real techniques and coping skills in order to help them overcome obstacles and achieve optimal mental and emotional well-being.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone who is suffering from either and/or both?

Many individuals who have substance abuse issues also experience mental health issues, which is identified as co-occurring disorders. I help clients to understand their mental health issues and/or substance abuse issues and I use specific interventions and coping skills in order to alleviate their symptoms and achieve optimal mental and emotional health. I also help clients with relapse prevention.

Lisa is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a practice in San Diego, California. Fo more informtion on her services please contact her at (619) 994-3341. 

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Lisa Talerico

San Diego, CA 92106
Michael Tortosa
Michael Tortosa
San Diego , CA 92108

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I use several approaches in my work. Predominately CBT along with listening to the client as to what they want and giving them a different perspective. Humor is a part of my therapy and I relate to the client in a relaxed, attentive manner. I have found that I am able to treat most issues that the client brings to my office. I am comfortable with issues of substance abuse, depression, anxiety, along with couples work.  

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I believe that therapy is for everyone in some form. However if the person is so resistant to therapy, they will have a difficult time feeling safe and communicating their issues. 

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

I see therapy as a means, not an end. I would hope that my client's walk away from our sessions with a new perspective on their life and that they are better equipped to deal with their day to day life. 

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am not a believer in weekly therapy. To me, I need to meet the client's needs. Once their crisis is over, then they need time to live their life in between sessions. That could be a week, but in most cases two or three weeks between sessions is the optimal time so that the client can discuss what has transpired in that time and we can work together to help them navigate their life. 

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

I see a direct relationship between mental health and substance abuse. Many times the client is either anxious or depressed and the substance is used as a form of self medication. I see my role as to first have the client stop using the substance and then they can look at the causes of their use.

 

Michael is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Diego, CA. If you are interested in his services, please contact him at (619) 962-6748

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Michael Tortosa
2423 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 103
San Diego , CA 92108
Rachele Moskowitz
Rachele Moskowitz
San Diego, CA 92108

What types of services do you offer?

I offer individual therapy for adults and adolescents as well as family therapy and couples therapy. I also conduct one time substance abuse evaluations and occasionally work with small businesses to improve communication within the business.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I specialize in trauma and addiction and most of the clients I see in my practice fall into this category. However, I also treat a wide variety of issues including mood disorders, anxiety, addiction, relationship issues, self-esteem, grief, and difficulties adjusting to stage of life issues.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I take an eclectic approach but commonly use techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and emotion focused therapy. I also do a great deal of EMDR in my practice.

When should one seek treatment?

I believe one should seek treatment whenever one’s innate internal resources or coping mechanisms have become insufficient dealing with personal problems.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I am a firm believer in no one type of therapy fits every person. Therefore I do my best to meet every client where they are at the moment that they enter my office and tailor my approach specifically to them.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

The extent of the relationship between mental health and substance abuse can't be underestimated. When a client comes to me with substance abuse or dependence issues and make sure to spend a great deal of time on the assessment phase of therapy to really determine exactly what type of services would be best for this person. Sometimes that might mean working with me as an individual therapist, and sometimes that might mean providing referrals for either higher level of care or a comprehensive treatment plan that includes multiple services.

Rachele is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a practice in San Diego, California. For more information on her services please contact her at (336) 202-3154. 

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Rachele Moskowitz
3443 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 112
San Diego, CA 92108
Rebecca Gill
Rebecca Gill
San Diego, CA 92120

What types of services do you offer?

I provide therapy to address mental health issues in connection with alcohol and other drugs abuse and dependence.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work with clients to address major depression, anxiety disorder, personality disorder, substance addiction and dependence.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I use existential theories and techniques, DBT, CBT and reality theories with power of choice.

When should one seek treatment?

One can seek treatment as soon as one sees fit based on how his or her life needs to be changed more positively.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I provide empathetic and non-judgmental therapy that is driven by client-centered approach that focuses on accomplishing client’s desired goals and objectives.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

For many, substance can be used as a way to escape significantly debilitating mental and emotional issues. Depending on the intensity and frequency of escape, substance can take control over one’s life very quickly. I provide empowering therapeutic services that address the underlying mental health issues by guiding clients to develop their own effective coping skills rather than escape it.

Rebecca is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Addiction Specialist in San Diego, California. For more information on her services, please contact her at (423) 364-0098. 

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Rebecca Gill
2423 Camino Del Rio South Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92120
Rick Slinkard
San Diego, CA 92127

What types of services do you offer?

Individual and Family Counseling in a private practice setting.

What issues do you specify treatment for?

Addictions and their impact on the family. Dual diagnosis cases. Vet and Military Families, Individual and Relationship counseling due to problems of living.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

CBT, Family Systems, Narrative

When should one seek treatment?

It’s better to treat any problem as soon as possible! Why should someone choose to come to your practice? 24 years of licensed clinical experience. San Diego Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team member

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

There is always an impact of mental health as a result of addiction and substance abuse.

Rick is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked for 15 years in an Addiction Medicine clinical setting and served 5 years as a clinical supervisor. For more information on his services please contact him at (858) 413-5002. 

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Rick Slinkard
16935 West Barnardo Dr., Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92127
Sage de Beixedon Breslin Ph.D
Sage de Beixedon Breslin Ph.D
San Diego, CA 92130

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

a. My orientation is in Self-Psychology (Heinz Kohut) but I utilize an Integrative Medical Approach to most issues. I am trained in the use of Interactive Guided Imagery, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Vibrational Therapies, and Intuitive consultation in addition to my classic training.

b. I am particularly adept at working with those that have experienced trauma, but also have subspecialties in the treatment of eating disorders, infertility, substance abuse/addiction, pain disorders, NDEs, and mood disorders.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

a. I think that most of us can gain a lot from therapy, so I’m biased!  I would say that selecting the right therapist or the right kind of therapy is key. I encourage folks to interview prospective therapists and then try them out so that one can collect real data. If a client repeatedly feels resistant to going to therapy and feels worse rather than better after several sessions, it may not be a great fit (although, it often gets worse before it gets better in therapy!)

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

a. I would hope that one would gain insight into the reasons for feeling a certain way, or behaving in specific ways. I would also hope that anyone engaged in therapy would get some symptom relief, as well as practical tools for working through issues, or managing symptoms at home.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

a. Folks who’ve met me rarely ask this question ; )  I’m unique in a number of ways: I was born clairvoyant and trained as a medical intuitive, so that in itself sets me outside of the box.  Because I received really traditional training as well, I have the unique ability to see use conservative methods as well as those that are more unusual. Additionally, I have specialized in Trauma Recovery for more than two decades, so I often receive client referrals from other clinicians when they get stuck. I rarely give up, am not easily frustrated, and have a facility for shifting perspective so that I can determine if there are symptoms or clinical clues that have been missed along the way. I’ll McGyver my way through anything if need be!

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

a. If the question is, “What is the relationship between the treatment of mental health issues and the treatment of substance issues” then I’d say that there is a happy collaboration between the 12-step world and the clinical world. While both teams may not treat substance abuse and addiction in exactly the same way, a client can gain a great deal by involving him/herself in both psychotherapy and 12-step programs. If the question is truly as stated, I suppose that those that are unwell or do not feel as if their needs are being addressed are more likely to use substances to numb. Often addictions start as a form of self-soothing or unhealthy coping, then gain ground with time and become more difficult to change.

 

Sage is a Licensed Psychologist and Consultant at the Healing Heart Center in San Diego, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (858) 481-8810. 

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12520 High Bluff Drive, Suite 355
San Diego, CA 92130
Shaun Goff
Shaun Goff
San Diego, CA 92103

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Currently I provide counseling for individuals, families, couples and children. I also specialize in group therapy. I provide treatment for issues ranging from depression, anxiety, relationship/marital issues, dual diagnosis and other substance-related diagnoses, ADHD, and Autism.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

In therapy I rely heavily on a Cognitive Behavioral approach; I appreciate being able to provide Clients with a modality that has mounds of evidence proving its effectiveness, and I believe that it gives Clients a sense of self efficacy. Providing Clients an opportunity to examine their thought processes and to really dig deep in order to find out where some of their dysfunctional and irrational beliefs originated, allows them to eventually direct the flow of their treatment needs as they gain better insight into themselves.  

When should one seek treatment?

I believe that people seek treatment at many different times and for many different reasons. I am on a panel for an Employee Assistance Program, and it is intriguing to see some of the reasons and at what point people decide to come in for treatment. However, while I believe that all people have different barometers to determine when and why they  need treatment, I believe that treatment for mental and substance-related disorders should be sought out when the symptoms of those disorders start to invade people's social, occupational, educational, and personal lives. That is to say, while many people can struggle with feelings of grief or depression, or have at times had issues related to binge drinking or self medicating, it becomes apparent that someone needs help when those issues start to become so pervasive that they can no longer enjoy relationship, no longer be productive in their typical work or school setting, and can no longer find meaning in their personal lives.

What relationships exist between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

The relationship between mental health and substance abuse is, in my opinion, a symbiotic relationship wherein both issues tend to precipitate and/ or give credence to one another. For instance: If someone has depression issues and amphetamine dependence, and that depression is exacerbated for any reason, this person may be much more likely to increase usage. Conversely, if that person increases amphetamine use, increased feelings of depression could likely follow.

When providing services to people suffering from dual diagnosis and substance related issues, I assess the level of severity and determine whether my Client requires referral to an inpatient or outpatient treatment center, community based groups such as NA, AA, Recovery Innovations and Celebrate Recovery, and I provide therapy to address the underlying emotional issues related to their substance-related diagnosis. I have a background in providing Case Management services, and am very lucky to have information on most of the available resources for recovery in and around San Diego County as a result. That experience, coupled with my knowledge and experience in providing counseling allows me to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy all while providing resources to my Client that he can continue on and be successful with long after he has terminated therapy.

Shaun Goff is a Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego California. For more information regarding Shaun’s services, please call (619) 356-3386.

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3130 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
Takako Ainsworth
Takako Ainsworth
San Diego, CA 92037

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I offer individual, couples, and family counseling services. My speciality is to help people with life transitions such as marriage, divorce, work stress, end-of-life issues, loss & grief, and bereavement. 

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

Therapeutic modalities I use include Sandplay Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), visualization, and dream work. My approach is strength based and I assist clients to find their strength by shifting their minds.

When should one seek treatment?

Everyone has their own 'readiness' to work on individual and personal journeys. Each person must ask themselves this question...are they ready to do the sometimes diificult work related to healing. However, one should seek treatment if someone is at risk for self harm or harm to others.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I have been helping many people who have life transitions and challenges. I am from a different culture and understand the need for cultural sensitivity, where many other clinicians may struggle in this arena. I am here to help clients regain their balance, whether that be cultural, personal, business or family related. I also can help people put into perspective issues that may have put them out of balance, such as when a loved one dies or a divorce happens.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Dual diagnosis is a very common issue. It is common that someone has anxiety or depression and starts using alcohol or other substances to manage the stress or challenges that cause anxiety. In my service, I collaborate treatment plans with clients and their physicians in order to hold safe environment and provide successful treatment plans of care.

Takako is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a practice in San Diego, California. Fo more information on her services please contact her at (858) 762-9395. 

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Takako Ainsworth
7817 Herschel Ave, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92037
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