Center for Healing Philosophy
At Center for Healing we believe in treating people like people and not just a number. Our staff knows each client and designs the treatment plans around the specific needs of each individual. At Center for Healing clients feel like they are home.
Areas of Specialization
Client & Family Support Groups
Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Meet the Staff
Erica Mortimer, MA, LPC, LCADC
CEO and Owner
Erica has earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Clemson University and a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of South Florida. Having worked in schools, prisons and mental health facilities, Erica brings to the table a unique perspective to addiction and mental health treatment.
Erica holds the following certifications:
State of New Jersey as a Special Education Teacher
State of New Jersey School Counselor
State of New Jersey Director of Counseling
State of New Jersey School Principal
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC)
A strong leader in the community, people turn to Erica for advice, guidance and direction. With compassion, Erica offers, practical and straight forward feedback to those struggling with addiction and their families. Having a deep understanding of addiction, the impact on the family, and how best to combat the disease of addiction, Erica is known to do whatever it takes to assist those fighting to regain their lives and families.
While is not common to find the the owner of most treatment centers actively involved in the daily operations, Erica is not only actively involved in all aspects of Center for Healing, but Erica has an open door policy and clients are always welcome to come in and chat.
Erica founded Center for Healing in 2012 after becoming frustrated with the lack of treatment options in New Jersey. Erica set out to create a treatment experience that she would feel comfortable sending one of her own family members to. Erica is keenly aware that every client is a son, daughter, brother, sister maybe even a parent to someone who loves them very much. She does not take the responsibility of substance abuse treatment lightly. A stickler for ensuring ethical and safe treatment practices, Erica pursued and was awarded Joint Commission Accreditation in February 2016.
Over the years Erica has been involved in various non-profit organizations offering family support and participating in drug and alcohol interventions. Under Erica’s leadership, influences and guidance, hundreds of lives have been changed for the better. In 2011, Erica served as a member of the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA). Nominated by Congressman Chris Smith and appointed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Dan Maurer, MA, LAC, LCADC Intern
A Licensed Associate Counselor, Dan has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rowan University, as well as a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Eastern University. With experience in various mental health settings, Dan has developed a unique approach to dealing with addiction and mental health issues. Dan’s experience includes: crisis hotline, co-occurring partial hospitalization program, suboxone program, substance abuse intensive outpatient program, college counseling center, and working with emotionally disturbed adolescents. Dan operates from a person-centered perspective and utilizes a variety of techniques derived from cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy.
Described by his colleagues as “undercover funny”, Dan’s sense of humor, as well as his compassionate, non-judgmental approach, allows him to break barriers that too often stand in the way of treatment. Dan collaborates and works closely with each of his clients achieve their personal goals.
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ABOUT CENTER FOR HEALING
Located in an office block in the New Jersey township of Ewing, just north of Trenton, Center for Healing (C4H) provides outpatient treatment for adults struggling with substance abuse, including those who have received a dual diagnosis of co-occurring mental health disorders. The center was founded by an experienced counselor and teacher in 2012, who now facilitates individualized, strengths-based, holistic care provided by a team of addiction and mental health professionals. Center for Healing identifies as a GLBTQ-friendly facility.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Assessment is ongoing throughout the recovery process.
The C4H treatment approach is built around positive psychology and the 12-steps. The treatment staff incorporates such evidence-based modalities as motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), in individual and group counseling sessions. Gender-specific groups and a weekly dual diagnosis group are available. Mindfulness is emphasized for relapse prevention, and clients are encouraged to participate in yoga as a complement to talk-therapy. Vivitrol is available to support recovery from opiate addictions. Families are also encouraged to participate in programming throughout treatment.
The most intensive level of care available at Center for Healing is the partial care or day program, which entails at least 20 hours of programming per week. Meeting nine hours per week is an intensive outpatient program (IOP), during which clients are expected to attend at least four 12-step meetings per week. General outpatient care follows the same treatment track, with less frequent meetings.
Aftercare options include a treatment concierge program, under which an assigned consultant calls the alum to check on their progress and schedules meetings with them. The center also offers 24/7 relapse-prevention emergency support, via the phone. The facility's website references an active alumni program, which includes support meetings and social events.
Several staff members at Center for Healing are themselves in recovery. C4H was founded by a master’s-level counselor who previously served on the New Jersey Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Other treatment team members include a board certified psychiatrist, an internist, a psychologist, and licensed substance abuse counselors. Multiple staff members and consulting health care providers provide smoking cessation treatment.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
All three of the former clients of Center for Healing polled by Rehabs.com to date awarded maximum five-star ratings for 13 facility aspects evaluated. These included metrics measuring the facility's cleanliness and upkeep, the effectiveness of treatment, the staff's level of training and experience, and holistic offerings. All three praised counselors, citing their comfort in sharing openly and the individualized care provided.
Three additional alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com included two very positive reports of success at Center for Healing following multiple attempts at rehab elsewhere. One alum, however depicted groups as chaotic and other clients as distracting and not serious about their sobriety.
WHAT FAMILY & FRIENDS SAY
The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com likewise granted five out of five stars for all aspects evaluated, including available counseling options and the affordability of treatment. They described the family program as excellent.
WHAT STAFF SAY
In keeping with alumni and family reviews, the one Center for Healing employee polled by Rehabs.com would recommend the program to others, citing small case loads as a strength and indicating high respect for fellow staff members' experience.
The facility’s website indicates that some insurance is accepted, and that Center for Healing will verify each client’s benefits on their behalf.
Published on January 2018
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