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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.
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
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.
Meghan McMaster, LAC, LCADC Intern
Meghan is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the state of New Jersey, a National Certified Counselor. A graduate of La Salle University, Meghan holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology. Meghan is a relationship-based counselor, with experience working with adults and adolescents, couples and families. An experienced therapist Meghan works with those struggling with addictions, eating disorders and a variety of mental health disorders. Meghan’s orientation to counseling is based in Psychodynamic theory, with an emphasis on the counseling relationship and operating from a phenomenological perspective. Meghan has a deep understanding of the therapeutic process and the disease of addiction.
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ABOUT CENTER FOR HEALING
Located in an office block opposite a strip mall in the township of Ewing, just north of Trenton, N.J., Center for Healing (C4H) offers outpatient treatment for adults struggling with substance abuse and dual diagnosis. The center describes itself as “a group of experienced treatment experts who have come together with one common goal – to create the most innovative, successful substance use disorder and mental health treatment possible.”
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Early in treatment, an assessment considers each client’s lifestyle, any special needs, their cultural and ethnic background, and their strengths and weaknesses, and an individualized treatment plan is put together using this information.
C4H’s treatment approach is built around positive psychology, a strengths-based approach that holds that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. The center also uses established evidence-based modalities such as motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and uses the 12-Steps as a cornerstone of its program, supplemented by individual and group counseling, education, and relapse prevention training. Families are also encouraged to participate in programming throughout treatment.
The most intensive level of care available is the partial care program, which entails at least 20 hours of programming per week. Next, there’s an intensive outpatient program (IOP) requiring attendance at least nine hours per week, plus attendance at four 12-step meetings per week. General outpatient care involves less than nine hours of programming per week, plus three 12-step 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.
Several staff members are themselves in recovery. The center’s website also points out that staff is culturally diverse, representing the local community. C4H was founded by a master’s-level counselor who’s also a certified teacher and soon to graduate as a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor. When necessary, clients are referred to relevant medical specialists.
“Center 4 healing is a well run drug and alcohol treatment center. I have had a chance to work with Erica and her team and they work at a very high level of integrity and are totally committed to providing affordable drug and alcohol treatment that works!” Peter wrote in a five-star review on Google, the single review Rehabs.com was able to uncover at the time of this writing.
The facility’s website indicates that some insurance is accepted, and that C4H will verify each client’s benefits on their behalf.
Published March 2017
Published on April 2017
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