Psychotherapy for Addiction and Recovery

Addiction comes in all shapes and forms, whether you are compulsively caretaking, working, using drugs or alcohol, gambling or overeating the results are usually the same: a loss of your sense of self and a disconnection to others and the world around you. If you have found yourself swept out to sea, trying to swim back to shore against a powerful current, help is available. You may not be responsible for your disease, but you can be responsible for your recovery.

Fortunately there is a lot of help available to those who want it. There are detox programs, treatment centers and 12 step meetings occurring nearly every hour all around the world. There is the option of Rational Recovery or Life Ring for those who are not comfortable with the concepts of the 12 steps. Whatever path you choose, psychotherapy can be an important part of your journey. Therapy can help to break the cycle of chronic relapse and help those in long-term recovery who are struggling with life issues. Addiction affects the entire family system, therapy can bring healing and growth to families and help them to navigate the road ahead.

There are so many ways that therapy can help and each individual is unique in what they need. Here are some of the approaches that I may use:

Psychodynamic Therapy: Exploring early relationship and experiences in the past that are interfering with your present relationships and over all sense of well being. Examining your patterns of interacting in a trusting therapeutic relationship can be reparative and help you to find new and healthier ways of relating to others.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Discovering how thought patterns may become distorted due to negative beliefs about yourself and the world. We can work together to challenge these and find more adaptive and realistic ways of thinking about and dealing with difficult feelings and behavior.

Hypnotherapy: I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Hypnosis can be very helpful with anxiety, stress management and behavior changes.

EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a time efficient and highly effective treatment for trauma stress and anxiety. It has been shown to be very effective in helping addicts and alcoholics to overcome their compulsivity and heal from the underlying causes and conditions that lead to their dependencies.

Do not give up hope. Recovery is possible and therapy can help. You may be very surprised at how your life can change. Please call me at (415) 407-5964 to schedule an initial no fee consultation.