"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.
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.
New Jersey native, Gerilyn Suschke, MA, NCC, LPC, ACS, is a 23-year veteran working in addiction and mental health treatment. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and Personnel Services, a Bachelors in Sociology/Criminal Justice and is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Before completing her Master's Degree in 1999, she worked in Case Management in Allentown, PA for the Boys and Girls Clubs. She saw how the children of substance and alcohol users were affected every day by the disease in so many aspects of their lives. Witnessing the destruction these children go through, she knew she wanted to dedicate her career to helping people recover from their substance and alcohol use.
Gerilyn has developed several training programs including Treatment Planning, Documentation for Clinical Mental Health, and Working with Difficult Client Populations. As an expert in these topics, she provides unparalleled support, guidance, and encouragement to the clinical staff of The Counseling Center, ensuring that each client is receiving the treatment needed to recover.
Beth Frankel, LAC, has held numerous volunteer positions for substance use and mental health counseling, including working in India for a nonprofit humanitarian organization. While in India, she had the privilege of offering free counseling services to adults and adolescents who had neither the access, nor resources, to get counseling for mental health and substance use.
As a counselor, she conducts group sessions and does case management, but where she thrives is in a client’s individual session. Her areas of concentration are more diverse than just addictions themselves; she uncovers the root issues underlying substance and alcohol use. Beth addresses many co-occurring disorders, such as trauma, depression, anxiety, marital/family conflict, and spiritual matters as part of her treatment plan.
After losing friends to substance use, both through death and through their isolation, she wanted to give back and developed an ability to see the best in people even when they are unable to see it within themselves. With substance use becoming an increasingly prevalent problem in New Jersey, Beth is grateful for the chance to help prevent others from succumbing to the disease and get them on the right track for recovery.
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 grew up in Roslyn, NY and graduated from Syracuse University (Bachelor of Arts). His work as Outreach Coordinator for The Counseling Center allows him to communicate with people all over New Jersey and New York, helping connect providers to the individuals seeking help and the resources they need to improve their lives.
Tom grew up in a family of caregivers, including professionals dedicated to providing mental and physical support to individuals seeking to overcome the disease of addiction. As a student, he developed insights into how different professional and clinical roles collaborate in the community of care and recovery. He now enjoys meeting new people in the Continuum of Care, and building the professional relationships that lead to successful recovery for clients of The Counseling Center across New Jersey and New York.
Contact Tom Roskin at (732) 810-0201
Vinessa Gillette, is the first face you see at The Counseling Center at Monmouth Junction. She works hard to develop a friendly rapport with each client. As the Administrative Assistant, she arranges all appointments at the center. Vinessa is passionate about helping people struggling with substance use and mental health issues and enjoys seeing them succeed on their road to recovery.