Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psychologists in California
Los Angeles • Orange County • Malibu • San Diego • Palm Springs • San Francisco Bay Area • Beverly Hills
California is known not only for its vast array of drug rehab centers and sober living homes, but also for its immense numbers & varieties of addiction and alcoholism related therapists, counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists. Many of these industry professionals work within the scope of licensed treatment centers, however, most of them offer some type of private or group practice service. Their focus is often broad and encompasses many aspects within the realms of drug addiction, alcoholism, substance abuse, chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders.
There are many variations of independent addiction treatment professionals that deal with the mental/emotional aspects of such maladies. Some of these include: clinical psychologists, marriage & family therapists (MFT), grief & trauma therapists, licensed professional counselors (LPC), licensed mental health counselors (LMHC), psychotherapists, addiction psychiatrists and more. Throughout the State of California it is estimated that there are over 50,000 mental health professionals working in the above mentioned fields.
Unlike sober coaches, life coaches & interventionists, people working within the fields of therapy, counseling, psychology, etc. are required under California State Law, as well as federal law, to obtain and maintain various levels of licensing & certifications. Don’t be fooled though, just because a treatment professional has a lot of credentials and letters after their name does not necessarily mean they are the most qualified for yours or your loved one’s particular needs. Be sure to ask many questions and inquire into what type of clients they most commonly work with prior to telling them about your particular situation. Here are a few suggested questions to ask:
- What are their areas of specialty, i.e., addiction, co-occurring disorders, grief, trauma, etc.?
- What type of client do they most typically work with?
- What type of professional would be best to suit your issues. Some options would be; therapist, counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, psychotherapists, etc?
- What treatment approaches do they utilize and what would be a realistic expectation of results?
- Do they accept health insurance?
- Do they work with any local or regional licensed treatment center? (if they’re on staff or contract with a licensed facility it may add additional credibility as to their expertise)
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