"When I arrived home after drinking with my buddies, my wife was sitting at the kitchen table with a suitcase beside her. She asked me to sit down and told me that it was over. I didn't blame her, but felt ashamed of myself.
I walked straight to the phone, called the Counseling Center and my recovery began. The counselors helped me a lot."
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) allows you to participate in treatment while living at home, maintaining your job, and managing personal responsibilities. Outpatient treatment is designed to give you coping skills for life — while you're out there living it.
You can choose daytime or evening sessions, and private or small group (8 - 10 people). You and your counselor will decide on the number of days to come each week, and the length of program that will work for you.
You'll start with an in-depth assessment to ensure that your program offers the least restrictive level of care necessary that best meets your recovery needs and fits your schedule. Treatment is provided by experienced, licensed Counselors who guide you in exploring important aspects of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health problems, in a safe and accepting environment.
While all Counseling Center locations provide dual-diagnosis and mental health treatment as related to addiction, only the Fair Lawn facility offers mental health therapy regardless of substance abuse. This location offers services for:
Most people feel anxious at times and have their ups and downs. It's natural for a person's mood to change or anxiety level to rise during stressful or difficult times. But if you or a loved one is experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression, or suffer mood swings that are so severe and overwhelming that they interfere with your personal relationships, job responsibilities, and daily functioning, you may be suffering from depression, an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or a combination of all of three.
The National Institute of Mental health reports that more than 25% of the American adult population experiences some kind of anxiety, depression, or other emotional difficulty every year. The good news is that they're treatable.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, not adjusting well, or can’t cope with what is going on in your life, you may benefit from counseling.
The simple act of asking for help is a sign of self-awareness and insight. This means if you have the awareness to seek support when times get rough, then you are more likely to benefit from professional counseling.
Our number one goal is to help clients abstain from alcohol or drugs and avoid cycles of relapse. We provide the support system comprising of trained and knowledgeable counselors, peer support and an affiliation with the 12-Step AA/NA programs, so each client can continue to overcome the patterns and triggers of addiction.
A New Jersey native, Marc Wurgaft is a graduate of The Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He began his career in social services as a psychotherapist with the Brooklyn Center for Psychotherapy, in Brooklyn, New York, where he assumed the role of Associate Clinical Director before leading the New Directions Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Treatment Program, as Director.
During his 18 year tenure with New Directions, Mr. Wurgaft served the Crown Heights/Bedford Stuyvesant community working with Interfaith Hospital, the Bedford Stuyvesant Crown Heights Community Coalition for Research and Planning, and the Brooklyn Hospital.
Mr. Wurgaft returned to New Jersey to develop a Department of Addiction Services for Youth Consultation Services (YCS) of Newark, which evolved into The Dr. Helen May Strauss Clinics of YCS. Mr. Wurgaft served as Director of the Dr. Helen May Strauss Clinics until 2013, when he joined The Counseling Center, to bring a modern Intensive Outpatient (IOP) program to Bergen County, NJ.
New Jersey native Benjamin Latner is a counselor at The Counseling Center at Fair Lawn, New Jersey. A graduate of Rider University (Bachelor of Psychology) and Rutgers-New Brunswick (Master of Social Work, ACT Mental Health and Addictions), he previously worked as an Addictions Counselor before joining The Counseling Center.
A life long Bergen County resident, Benjamin has traveled extensively in Europe, and once lived in England. He recognizes addiction as a broad-reaching illness, often misunderstood in society. He sees addiction impacting almost everyone in society to some degree. As a counselor, he works to improve awareness of the reach and impact of addiction, while fostering insight into causes, and helping sufferers better understand the illness.
Benjamin runs group sessions at The Counseling Center, and provides support to clients in treatment.
Heather Wilke holds a Master’s in Addictions Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). She has also completed the post-master's coursework to obtain an Advanced Counseling Certificate.
Through her ten years of experience working in the field, she has developed a passion for helping each patient find the resilience and determination needed to embark on their recovery.
As a counselor, she gets to know each patient for who they really are and determine the best course of treatment for that individual. Heather is dedicated to helping every single patient find their unique path to recovery and begin living a more joyful and fulfilling life.
Admissions Coordinator Jenna Guarinello helps conduct substance abuse assessments at The Counseling Center, which are used to determining the proper clinical diagnoses, in order to deliver an appropriate type and level of care. A student at University, Jenna is on track to pursue a Masters degree and seek certification as a Licensed Addictions Counselor. Her resume already includes working with children on behavioral problems in a private setting, providing care to the elderly as a nursing home volunteer, and mentoring at-risk teens through Youth Case Management, a program of the NJ Division of Mental Health Services.
Jenna assists counselors with the Saturday morning Serenity Group on Mindfulness and Meditation, and the Brain Resources program at The Counseling Center.
Administrative Assistant, Vanessa Brown, previously worked for NJ 211 as the addiction phone operator. During her time there she realized how massive the drug epidemic was and wanted to do more to help. Vanessa is currently in school to obtain her CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor) to better serve the clients of The Counseling Center at Fair Lawn.
Vanessa is genuinely passionate about her work and wants to make a difference in any way she can, even if that is as small as making a new client feel at home here.
Stephanie Thomas, BS, CSAC, is a fifteen-year veteran working in substance use and mental health treatment. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Addictions Sciences Counseling from Drexel University in 2003 and began her career working with the Philadelphia Health Management Corporation.
Being a CSAC (Certified Substance Abuse Counselor) she brings another level of expertise in assisting local treatment providers, families and individuals find the proper level of care. She gives back by helping people find substance use and mental health treatment to begin their recovery process.
Tom Roskin is the Marketing Representative for The Counseling Center throughout New Jersey and New York. Tom earned his Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and was born Roslyn, NY, giving him a dedication to the New York/New Jersey area that can only come from being a part of it. A dedicated family man Tom likes to spend his free time, playing golf, tennis, and working out, along with catching up on some reading, and of course spending quality time with his family.
With the combination of watching those close to him struggle with substance use disorders and both of his parents working within the addictions field, Tom developed a deep passion for it. Tom enjoys the friendships he makes with staff members of Hospitals, treatment centers, and private therapists as well as the participating in gratifying process of watching a client transform from one type of person to a completely different person, with the coping skills and ability to function well in society.
Tom Roskin brings a sincere commitment to trustworthy support to his work at The Counseling Center, where he represents the outpatient treatment clinics as reliable partners in the Continuum of Care for patients and clients in New Jersey. Contact Tom with any questions you have about referrals, programs, or access to care in Monmouth and Ocean counties.