"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.
Candace Tocci is the Clinical Director of The Counseling Center at Toms River. Candace earned her BA in social work from Georgian Court University and later went on to receive her MA in social work from Monmouth University. She works with clients using Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Candace is a team player who often goes above and beyond for her clients, always striving to make a difference.
With a family history of addiction, she has a unique understanding and dedication to clients. Candace enjoys watching the patients successfully move through the Stages of Change and works to make sure the patients’ needs are always the number one priority. Her energetic, good-humored, and open-minded demeanor bring a sense of trust and relief to her clients.
Lindsey Bell has worked in addiction and mental health treatment through various capacities since 2012. Having served as an in-home clinician, she knows the importance that individualized care accompanied by hard work and dedication from the addict is essential to establishing and maintaining recovery.
Originally from Burlington County, NJ, Lindsey earned Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Art, a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Caldwell University, is a Licensed Associate Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association.
As an in-home clinician, one of her responsibilities was family wellness and treatment. Lindsey facilitated a weekly family group to ensure that loved ones of the addict had the tools and resources they need to heal.
She brings a unique therapeutic approach to The Counseling Center at Toms River, Art Therapy. Lindsey believes that allowing patients to express themselves visually, through art, a new healing process can begin.
Maya holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Fordham University and a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
As a clinician for The Counseling Center at Toms River, Maya facilitates group sessions, does case management and holds one on one meetings with clients. She knows that the foundation for a productive therapeutic relationship is dependent upon on knowledge, mutual respect, and kindness.
Maya's clinical approach, along with CBT and DBT, is guiding patients in finding their inner-strength and resources they didn't know they had or couldn't access during their active addiction. Maya has great respect for the resiliency and strength that patients demonstrate on their road to recovery.
Electra’s 17-year career in substance abuse and mental health treatment began in social services as a Housing Recovery Counselor. A Monmouth County native, she has a Master's degree in Social work from Monmouth University and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Electra has dedicated her career to this field after seeing many friends and family members impacted by addiction. She strives to make a positive impact in any way possible to those struggling with addiction.Through her authenticity and non-judgmental approach, she can break through the walls built by the addict and begin to see the untapped beauty and potential they have. In helping them find their inner strength, she witnesses the life come back into their faces.
Kaitlyn Tassillo, LPC, has worked in substance use and mental health treatment for nearly a decade. She earned her masters in Clinical Counseling from Georgian Court University and is involved with the New Jersey Counseling Association. She has provided case management for the chronically mentally ill, worked with patients in inpatient rehab and assessed clients to determine their appropriate level of care.
She chose to work with the substance use population to provide support to people who are often ignored due to the stigma associated with addiction. Kaitlyn strives to teach patients they are not alone in their struggles and recovery is possible for them. Watching patients go from a very vulnerable and self-defeating state to truly believing in themselves is a big reward for her.
A New Jersey local, Matthew has dedicated himself to the local community efforts fighting addiction and substance abuse in south Jersey and the Jersey Shore.He first earned his Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology, before continuing addiction studies at Ocean County College, where he received his certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Before joining The Counseling Center, Matthew gained experience as a Residential Counselor, an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Program Counselor for two other New Jersey treatment facilities.
Matthew exudes a naturally positive attitude, which empowers him not only to see the potential for success in stressful situations but to encourage others and support them enthusiastically, backing their efforts with reliable, professional expertise.
Administrative Assistant Cheryl Bertoti, has worked in addiction recovery for the past eight years. As a young child, she watched friends and family members struggle with addiction. Working in the field has allowed her to learn more about the disease and help people struggling.
Having a connection with addiction is an attribute for her because she can genuinely empathize with clients and relate to them on a more personal level. She has seen the differences that can be made in someone’s life when they commit to their 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