Providing Outpatient Treatment, IOP, and Individual Counseling for Adults and Adolescents seeking help with Addiction, Substance Abuse Treatment, Behavioral Health, and co-occurring mental health issues commonly associated with addiction.
The Counseling Center at Toms River offers individual and group mental health therapy, including a state-of-the-art and award-winning schedule of substance abuse treatment programs. Evidence-based treatment methods are combined with proven 12 step principles, for an intense, focused, Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) option, integrated into professionally-prepared treatment plans based on clinically measured individual client needs.
Candace M Tocci, LCSW, LCADC, Clinical Director
Clinical Director Candace Tocci is a New Jersey native. She grew up in Ocean County, studying locally at Ocean County College in Toms River, before earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgian Court University in Lakewood and a Masters degree in Social Work from Monmouth University. Her energetic, good-humored, and open-minded demeanor brings a sense of trust and relief to her clients.
Having witnessed first-hand the impact of addiction on individuals and families in New Jersey, Candace exhibits a unique awareness and dedication to her work in treatment and counseling. She considers each client's unique set of needs to be a top priority, while deploying a variety of methods including Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), to help advance them through the Stages of Change associated with successful addiction treatment.
Matt Baker, BA, CADC, Counselor
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.
Lindsey Bell, MA, LAC, NCC, Counselor
Counselor Lindsey Bell is a Licensed Addiction Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and a member of the American Counseling Association. She has worked in the addiction treatment field since 2012.
A Burlington County native, Lindsey earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master of Mental Health Counseling from Caldwell University. She is experienced as an in-home clinician supporting early recovery in the family home, and has witnessed the importance of engaging the whole family into a program of family wellness and treatment, to foster healing.
Lindsey is also an advocate for Art Therapy. She believes that empowering some individuals to express themselves visually, through art, opens new doors to healing and recovery.
Maya Deykerhoff, MA, NCC, Counselor
As a clinician for The Counseling Center at Toms River, Maya facilitates group therapy sessions, conducts case management tasks to help clients and their families, and meets individually with clients as a supportive therapist. Maya believes that knowledge, mutual respect, and kindness form the foundation for success in therapy, and she works hard to achieve success for all clients.
Maya holds a Bachelor of Psychology from Fordham University, a Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and is a board-certified counselor. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in her work with clients. Having witnessed great resiliency and strength within clients on the road to recovery, Maya emphasizes therapeutic approaches that enable discovery of inner-strengths and resources clients often don't know they possess, or which were hidden during their time in active addiction.
Kaitlyn Tassillo, LPC, Counselor
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.
Electra Willis, MSW, Counsleor
Electra started her career in treatment working as a Housing Recovery Counselor, back in 2001. Seeking to help friends, families, and others struggling with addiction, she earned a Master of Social Work from Monmouth University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, with a commitment to Substance Abuse Treatment and Behavioral Health.
With genuine authenticity and a non-judgmental approach, Electra strives to break down the walls built up by addicts during active addiction, and expose the beauty and potential trapped within them. She enjoys seeing life return to their faces, as they discover or rediscover their own inner strengths and abilities.
Cheryl Bertoti, Administrative Assistant
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.
Tom Roskin, Community Outreach
Tom Roskin is Outreach Coordinator for The Counseling Center in New York and New Jersey, and an expert witness to the award-winning Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient treatment programs of The Counseling Center, for both Substance Abuse treatment and Mental Health/Behavioral Health. As Outreach Coordinator, he connects service providers across the region to individuals seeking help and the resources they need to improve their lives in recovery.
Tom comes from a family of caregivers, including professionals dedicated to providing mental and physical support to individuals seeking to overcome addiction. Growing up and studying in New York, he developed insights into how different professional and clinical roles collaborate in the community of care and recovery. He now understands the essential importance of one dedicated Continuum of Care in the community, and actively works across all of New Jersey and New York, helping build professional relationships that lead to successful recovery for clients of The Counseling Center.
Outpatient treatment is a perfect adjunct to inpatient rehabilitation, and for those who qualify, Intensive Outpatient is an effective, comprehensive program of treatment and follow-up care. The Counseling Center works hard to collaborate with treatment centers and providers to maintain a Continuum of Care in support of successful recovery.
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The Counseling Center at Toms River is an outpatient addiction treatment center for adults and adolescents seeking treatment for addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring disorders associated with addiction and substance use. The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) combines evidence-based, state of the art treatment with 12 Step principles. The IOP is an intense, focused experience designed to enable sober and productive living.
IOP may be recommended for individuals who do not require medically supervised detoxification, and who live within driving distance of the center, and for individuals who have recently completed residential treatment (rehab) and are in the early stages of recovery.
Eligibility for the IOP is based on a clinical assessment. Treatment is individualized, and full information on program options, costs, and schedules will be available after assessment. Now offering Saturday assessments!