Therapists in California specializing in Substance abuse and Motivational Interviewing

Therapy for Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is the intentional misuse of substances (e.g., alcohol, prescription drugs, OTC medications, recreational and street drugs, household chemicals). This may include binge drinking or taking twice the prescribed dose of painkillers, for substances considered illegal and/or extremely detrimental to well-being, using even once may be considered substance abuse. Because of the addiction potential for many substances, abuse often leads to addiction. Working with a therapist who specializes in substance abuse may help you overcome mental health challenges linked to substance abuse.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a form of counseling that helps people resolve ambivalence and insecurity into the motivation to meet specific goals like sobriety. It utilizes collaborative conversation, recognizing how difficult change can be while fostering an atmosphere of acceptance. You’ll find mental health professionals who specialize in motivational interviewing listed below. 

Finding Psychologists, Therapists, and Counselors in California

Finding a therapist in California may be easier in the city of Los Angeles. Online therapy may be your best option if you live in more rural areas or if a therapist with a particular specialty is not located near you

Out of pocket costs for therapy in California will be between $110 - $150+ per session. For couples counseling and family therapy, costs are around $120 - $175+ per session. First appointments with a therapist tend to be a little longer and may cost a little more. Also, it’s important to note that specialized services can cost more.

There are over 58,500 therapists in the State of California with licenses, including Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Psychologists (Ph.D. and Psy.D.).

If you think you might qualify for free or reduced-cost services from the state, take a look at the DMHC website and/or see if you qualify for Medi-Cal.

Licensed clinicians (and even interns) are held to strict practice guidelines to protect clients. If you’d like to learn more about identifying and reporting misconduct, learn more here.

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