Jessica Potter, LMFT licensed marriage &
family therapist



















jessie potter's information

Substance Abuse Therapy

Substance Abuse Therapy for Addictions...


I have specialized in therapy for treating people with substance abuse and addiction issues since 1997. I have treated both teens and adults, in group, and individual, residential, and outpatient settings. My approach includes cognitive behavioral strategies, motivational interviewing, behavioral interventions, family systems approaches, and abstinence based approaches. I frequently incorporate EMDR practices in treating addictions for those who have a history of trauma. I am very familiar with 12-step programs, although I also work with people practicing abstinence who are not involved in 12-step programs. I believe that in substance abuse therapy, one size does not fit all.

I work with teenagers who are experimenting with drugs and alcohol, or who are using in ways that put them at risk for school problems, legal problems, and even risk of injury or death. I also specialize in working with children and teens that have one or more parent who is addicted to alcohol or drugs.

I strongly believe that addictions affect every member of the family and each person closely related to the addict needs support to cope with the devastating affects of addiction in the family.

Approaches used in treating people who are using alcohol and drugs:

For those who are not ready/able/willing to stop using alcohol altogether but are looking at ways to reduce the negative consequences associated with alcohol use, I use an approach called Moderation Management, (MM). MM can give adults an option to explore moderate drinking if they are not sure about committing to an abstinence only lifestyle. I provide group and individual support in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment. (See page on this web site “Moderation Management”)

In working with teenagers who are experimenting or regularly using drugs and alcohol, I use approaches called Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction. These evidence based practices allow individuals to focus on what is important to them, and make decisions about their substance use from a place of self-motivation as opposed to feeling pushed or controlled by others.

Harm Reduction

For those who are already practicing abstinence or are ready to be abstinent from drugs and alcohol

Abstinence Model — incorporating strategies to maintain sobriety, supporting spirituality and 12 step work (if desired), overall wellness practices and psycho-education.

Family work — may include Adult Children of alcoholics and co-dependency issues, interventions with the addict, and family systems work.