It's Complicated

Find a therapist that can help with Addictions

Addiction is widely considered a medical illness. For instance, The National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA] and the American Psychiatric Association [APA] both define addiction as a “brain disease,” and the DSM-V lists criteria for classifying addiction as a mental health condition called “Substance Use Disorder." Drugs work by stimulating the reward circuitry in our brains. It releases dopamine — a chemical that causes feelings of pleasure — into the brain, causing extreme feelings of euphoria that highly motivate us to want to do the drug again. But if we continue to take the drug, our brains would adapt to these unnaturally large surges of dopamine by desensitizing itself to it. This leads to not only tolerance, but also the need to take increasingly larger doses to feel an effect and a loss of pleasure from normal activities that were reinforced by much smaller amounts of dopamine like eating, sleeping, and being social. Some people even become physically dependant on the drug, facing withdrawal symptoms like nausea, fatigue and insomnia without it. At this point, continuing to use the drug is no longer a matter of a choice; both your body and your brain have become addicted to it, needing it to function and feel pleasure.

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The connection and therapeutic alliance to one's therapist is the most important factor for a successful outcome. Our in-house psychologists will help you find the right match based on your individual background and needs.Our psychologists, psychotherapists, and counsellors offer therapy in English, German, and more than 90 other languages. They are available to meet you online or in person and can help you with depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, and more.It's Complicated is built and owned by therapists. Since starting in Berlin 2019 we have grown organically into an international platform with local therapist communities in cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, and New York.

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Bohdan Havrylyuk
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS

Bohdan Havrylyuk

Bohdan Havrylyuk

Clinical Psychologist
Addictions • Clinical psychology • Personal development • Trauma
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS
Addictions • Clinical psychology • Personal development • Trauma
50 / session50
Caldas da Rainha
Online only
Sana Hoda
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 24 HOURS

Sana Hoda

Sana Hoda

Accredited Counsellor
Addictions • Anxiety • Depression • Men's Work • Narcissism • Trauma • Trauma Informed Care
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 24 HOURS
Addictions • Anxiety • Depression • Men's Work • Narcissism • Trauma • Trauma Informed Care
50 / session50
Karachi
Online only
Ednei Soares
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS

Ednei Soares

Ednei Soares

Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist
Addictions • Anxiety • Depression • Psychoanalysis • Psychodynamic therapy • Relationships • Stress
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS
Addictions • Anxiety • Depression • Psychoanalysis • Psychodynamic therapy • Relationships • Stress
65 / session65
Spanbroek
Online only
Stefania
USUALLY RESPONDS AFTER 24 HOURS

Stefania

Stefania

Counseling and Clinical Psychologist, Yoga Therapist
Addictions • Anxiety • Attachment • Depression • Mediation • PTSD • Trauma Informed Care
USUALLY RESPONDS AFTER 24 HOURS
Addictions • Anxiety • Attachment • Depression • Mediation • PTSD • Trauma Informed Care
90 / session90
Amsterdam
Online only
Antonius DeVries
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 24 HOURS

Antonius DeVries

Antonius DeVries

Psychologist (M.Sc.), Psychological Counselling
Addictions • Anxiety • DBT: Dialectical Behavior Therapy • Hypnotherapy • Psychological First Aid • Self-confidence • Transitions
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 24 HOURS
Addictions • Anxiety • DBT: Dialectical Behavior Therapy • Hypnotherapy • Psychological First Aid • Self-confidence • Transitions
100 / session100
Hamburg
In-person and Online
Olesya Naminach
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 8 HOURS

Olesya Naminach

Olesya Naminach

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Psychotherapist
ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy • Addictions • Anxiety • CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy • Depression • PTSD • Trauma
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 8 HOURS
ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy • Addictions • Anxiety • CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy • Depression • PTSD • Trauma
65 / session65
Esch-sur-Alzette
Online and Text
Cas Hebbink
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 24 HOURS

Cas Hebbink

Cas Hebbink

Psychologist & Counsellor
Addictions • Anxiety • Body therapy • Depression • Relationships • Stress • Trauma
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 24 HOURS
Addictions • Anxiety • Body therapy • Depression • Relationships • Stress • Trauma
85 / session85
Berlin
Online only
Ilya Kulagin
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 8 HOURS

Ilya Kulagin

Ilya Kulagin

Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist
Addictions • Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy • Depression • Personality disorders • Trauma
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 8 HOURS
Addictions • Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy • Depression • Personality disorders • Trauma
70 / session70
Barcelona
Online only
Sophia Steger
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 2 HOURS

Sophia Steger

Sophia Steger

Klinische Psychologin
Addictions • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) • Grief & Loss • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) • Psychoanalysis • Relationships • Sleep disorders
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 2 HOURS
Addictions • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) • Grief & Loss • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) • Psychoanalysis • Relationships • Sleep disorders
100 / session100
Berlin
In-person and Online
Mikhail Reymarov
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 8 HOURS

Mikhail Reymarov

Mikhail Reymarov

Psychological Counsellor
Addictions • Anxiety • Depression • Mindfulness • Online therapy • Relationships • Self-confidence
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 8 HOURS
Addictions • Anxiety • Depression • Mindfulness • Online therapy • Relationships • Self-confidence
90 / session90
Antalya
Online only
Fadi Hage
Video Profile
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS

Fadi Hage

Fadi Hage

Accredited Psychotherapist
Addictions • Anxiety • CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy • Depression • Mindfulness • Nonviolent Communication • Therapy for Expats
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS
Addictions • Anxiety • CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy • Depression • Mindfulness • Nonviolent Communication • Therapy for Expats
75 / session75
Oslo
Online only
Jen Black
Video Profile
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 2 HOURS

Jen Black

Jen Black

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist
Addictions • Anxiety • CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy • Hypnotherapy • Stress • Therapy for Expats • Trauma
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 2 HOURS
Addictions • Anxiety • CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy • Hypnotherapy • Stress • Therapy for Expats • Trauma
100 / session100
Berlin
Online only
Carolina Pomilio
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS

Carolina Pomilio

Carolina Pomilio

Narrative Therapist in Training | Mindfulness Counsellor | Coach
Addictions • ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder • Anxiety • Grief & Loss • PTSD • Relationships • Trauma
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS
Addictions • ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder • Anxiety • Grief & Loss • PTSD • Relationships • Trauma
85 / session85
Berlin
In-person and Online
Yosef Starkin
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 8 HOURS

Yosef Starkin

Yosef Starkin

Relational psychotherapist
Addictions • Anger • Attachment • Couples therapy • Depression • Integrative therapy • Relationships
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 8 HOURS
Addictions • Anger • Attachment • Couples therapy • Depression • Integrative therapy • Relationships
100 / session100
Berlin
In-person and Online
Alex Semenchenko
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 2 HOURS

Alex Semenchenko

Alex Semenchenko

Counselling Psychologist
Addictions • Anxiety • Attachment • CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy • Depression • Personal development
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 2 HOURS
Addictions • Anxiety • Attachment • CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy • Depression • Personal development
50 / session50
Berlin
Online and Text
Elise Borgese
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS

Elise Borgese

Elise Borgese

Clinical Therapist
Addictions • Anxiety • Burnout • Chronic Illness • Grief & Loss • Health anxiety • LGBTQI
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS
Addictions • Anxiety • Burnout • Chronic Illness • Grief & Loss • Health anxiety • LGBTQI
85 / session85
Berlin
In-person and Online
Jesse Elan
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 2 HOURS

Jesse Elan

Jesse Elan

Psychological Counselor - ADHD & Narrative Therapy
Addictions • ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder • Narrative therapy • Psychedelic integration therapy • Self-confidence • Therapy for Expats
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 2 HOURS
Addictions • ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder • Narrative therapy • Psychedelic integration therapy • Self-confidence • Therapy for Expats
100 / session100
Berlin
Online only
Antonia Kennel
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 8 HOURS

Antonia Kennel

Antonia Kennel

Medical doctor, Hypnotherapist, NLP-Trainer, Professional Emergency Counsellor
Addictions • Anger • Anxiety • Depression • Grief & Loss • Relationships • Trauma
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 8 HOURS
Addictions • Anger • Anxiety • Depression • Grief & Loss • Relationships • Trauma
90 / session90
Berlin
In-person and Online
Giannis Liatsikos
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS

Giannis Liatsikos

Giannis Liatsikos

Psychologist
Addictions • Adolescent • Family therapy • LGBTQI
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS
Addictions • Adolescent • Family therapy • LGBTQI
70 / session70
Berlin
In-person and Online
Sean Carden
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 12 HOURS

Sean Carden

Sean Carden

Humanistic Counsellor
Addictions • Anger • Anxiety • Depression • Relationships • Self-confidence • Stress
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 12 HOURS
Addictions • Anger • Anxiety • Depression • Relationships • Self-confidence • Stress
80 / session80
Berlin
In-person and Online
Dan Sanchez
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 24 HOURS

Dan Sanchez

Dan Sanchez

Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Addictions • Disorders of sexual preference • LGBTQI • Relationships • Sex therapy • Sexuality • Trauma
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 24 HOURS
Addictions • Disorders of sexual preference • LGBTQI • Relationships • Sex therapy • Sexuality • Trauma
100 / session100
Sitges
Online only
Joana Mendes
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS

Joana Mendes

Joana Mendes

Clinical Psychologist
Addictions • Adolescent • Autism spectrum • Burnout • Career • Counselling • Depression
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 4 HOURS
Addictions • Adolescent • Autism spectrum • Burnout • Career • Counselling • Depression
55 / session55
Lisbon
Online only
Omri Gilan
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 2 HOURS

Omri Gilan

Omri Gilan

Clinical Psychologist & Psychotherapist
Addictions • Anxiety • Crisis intervention • Depression • Gender identity • PTSD • Sexual dysfunctions
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 2 HOURS
Addictions • Anxiety • Crisis intervention • Depression • Gender identity • PTSD • Sexual dysfunctions
100 / session100
Berlin
Online only
Natascha Knobloch
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 24 HOURS

Natascha Knobloch

Natascha Knobloch

Psychologist (M.A. in Clinical Psy.)
Addictions • ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder • Anxiety • Depression • Grief & Loss • Holistic approach • Therapy for Expats
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 24 HOURS
Addictions • ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder • Anxiety • Depression • Grief & Loss • Holistic approach • Therapy for Expats
80 / session80
Berlin
Online only
Dragana Petrovic
Video Profile
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 2 HOURS

Dragana Petrovic

Dragana Petrovic

Psychologist (MSc in Social Psychology) and Gestalt Psychotherapist (in training)
Addictions • Career • Depression • Grief & Loss • Relationships • Sex therapy • Trauma
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 2 HOURS
Addictions • Career • Depression • Grief & Loss • Relationships • Sex therapy • Trauma
70 / session70
Novi Sad
In-person, Online and Text
Erik Weick
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 8 HOURS

Erik Weick

Erik Weick

Clinical Psychologist
Addictions • ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder • Coaching • Online therapy • Psychodynamic therapy • PTSD • Trauma
USUALLY RESPONDS WITHIN 8 HOURS
Addictions • ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder • Coaching • Online therapy • Psychodynamic therapy • PTSD • Trauma
80 / session80
Berlin
Online and Text

About It's Complicated

In 2019, two therapists set out to tackle a complicated problem.

The psychiatrist Carl Jung once wrote that, “Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble”. One does not have to be a therapist, though, to realize that life is complicated. But finding the right therapist, who you can build a strong relationship with, shouldn’t have to be. This is the founding principle of It’s Complicated.Since our start, we've helped over 23,000 clients and counting, offering thousands of free crisis support hours, and built thriving therapy communities in Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Munich, and Athens.

Learn more about therapists specialising in Addictions

Therapy for Addictions

Many people worldwide are affected by Addictions, so by no means should you feel alone or that the diagnosis is unmanageable: many have sought treatment successfully through finding a qualified and compassionate psychotherapist. Although it requires some daily effort to manage Addictions, seeking professional help is a key step in understanding what you need to gain more stability in everyday life and how to integrate healthy coping mechanisms into your daily routine. To learn how to go about selecting the perfect therapist, read our guide here.

How to choose a therapist specialising in Addictions

It’s not unusual to feel slightly overwhelmed when choosing a type of therapy. These feelings are completely normal and can be part of the initial stages of seeking therapy. It's important to remember that finding the right fit for you is crucial, and it may take some exploration and open communication with potential therapists to discover the approach and therapist that aligns best with your needs and preferences. Trusting your instincts and being patient with yourself throughout this process can help alleviate some of the overwhelm and lead to a smoother therapeutic journey. If you need additional help in finding a qualified practitioner, It’s Complicated offers a free matching service, where our in-house therapists will try to find the best match for you based on your individual needs and preferences.

It’s Complicated: Counselling worldwide

Search for practitioners who specialise in Addictions and many other approaches in the search tool here in our directory of licensed professionals. For many of us, there's never a more important time than now to nurture our mental health. If you are interested in therapy to assist you in improving your life quality, our platform features over 1,500 mental health professionals from 80+ countries. Counselling is also available in almost 100 languages, both online and in-person, making the search for an accredited psychologist who is knowledgeable about Addictions much less complicated.

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