Helping Substance Using Teens and Their Families

My expertise is helping adolescents and their families develop strong, lasting relationships. I am passionate about this work and have dedicated my career to it. I’ve written three books and numerous scholarly articles about working with adolescents and maintain a consistent blog for professionals helping them better help their teenage clients/students.

I co-created, validated, and published the evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment (MBSAT) program for teens struggling with substance use, trauma, anger/emotional dysregulation, behavioral issues and more. The program combines individual and family sessions (and sometimes groups) to help youth learn self-regulation and impulse control via the transformational power of mindfulness, identify their triggers and cravings, develop self-knowledge while transitioning from adolescence to adulthood, and develop, rebuild, or repair authentic relationships with their family. If your child/teen is struggling with any of these issues and you’re interested in getting this evidence-based intervention, please fill out the form below to schedule a parent intake and start the assessment process.

I also work with teens struggling with anxiety, depression, and other issues but have a limited number of slots per week and often prioritize families interested in receiving the MBSAT Intervention.

How It Works

Step 1

Phone Consultation
Fill out the form below and describe your situation and needs as best as possible. Once submitted Dr. Himelstein will be in touch with you to schedule a 10-15 minute phone consultation free of charge.

Step 2

Parent Intake
A parent intake is a 1.5 hour session where one or more parents/caregivers comes in for a an in-depth interview session about their child that includes basic screening and assessment for what help is needed.

Step 3

Comprehensive Assessment
Comprehensive assessment includes 3-5 sessions with the child/teen and/or family, possible psychological testing, and in-depth interviewing about the presenting issues to determine the most effective treatment plan for moving forward.

Step 4

Once a comprehensive assessment is completed, recommendations for treatment will be reviewed and can be implemented. Treatment options may include individual, family, and/or group sessions depending on assessment results.

Psychotherapy with Adults

I also have a significant amount of experience and passion for working with adults.

I generally work with adults are dealing with:

  •  Substance use/addiction
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Looking for more life purpose
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Stress Management
  • Relationship Issues

I do not currently accept insurance but  am happy to provide super-bills for your reimbursement. I am on the Lyra Health panel employee assistance program so if you work at a company contracted by Lyra please get in touch via their online portal.

I see a limited amount of clients each week given my speaking schedule and other professional endeavors. I am very passionate about working with people and would love to hear from you to see if we might be a fit.

Get in touch using this form to inquire about client availability