FAQs

FAQs

Each person has different issues and goals for counseling. I tailor a therapeutic approach to meet your specific needs. Our first session is a comprehensive evaluation and discussion where we will get to know each other better and develop an individualized plan for your struggles.

Subsequent sessions are about exploration of you as a person and not as an addict. We will identify your many strengths and how to use them to help you cut down on your drug or alcohol use while improving relationships and coping abilities.

I take a harm reduction approach to addiction that is not often accepted by the 12 step modality. During our sessions, we will explore the most effective ways to empower yourself and change thought patterns.

If during our exploration, we determine that abstinence and a 12 step treatment is most appropriate, I have extensive knowledge and experience in implementing a 12 step program and am happy to do so. My goal is to provide personalized treatment to help you meet your goals.

I am a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) in the state of New Jersey. What this means is I provide counseling to individuals whose primary struggle is alcohol or drug abuse. I also hold a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in trauma and crisis.

A good relationship with anyone, including your counselor, depends on trust and transparency. Not all counselors are created equal. Ultimately it is up to you to decide whether I am the right fit for you. During our free 15 minute consultation, you will get a general sense of my personality and counseling style. If we work together, I encourage you to let me know if I say anything that you disapprove of or if I do anything to disappoint you. In any relationship, disappointment is possible, and this is the same for counseling. The goal is to work through it together.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to say how long counseling will take. Everyone's circumstances are unique to them, and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place. As a counselor, my goal is for you not to need me anymore.
Email me at Gage@NJCounseling.com or call me at 973-446-5514. I will make every effort to get back to you within 24 hours, and typically before that.

The call is for you to explain a little bit about your situation and ask me questions about how I work. It will also give you a sense of my personality and what it's like talking with me.

By the end of the 15 minutes, you should have a good idea of whether or not I am a good fit for you. The call also gives me information on how I can best meet your needs. If I feel I'm not the right counselor for you, I will provide you with an appropriate referral to someone who can provide the individualized treatment you deserve.

Alcohol and drug use often occur together with mental illness. Unfortunately, I am not licensed to treat mental health in New Jersey. I can address how alcohol and drug use are affected by and affect your mental wellbeing. Many of the same techniques to treat addiction help address a variety of personal concerns. I have no doubt you will see the benefit of cutting back on alcohol and drugs in all areas of your life.

I work closely with licensed mental health therapists. I am happy to discuss your mental illness during our first session and, if necessary, refer to a trusted counselor and/or psychiatrist that can better fit your needs.

Your needs depend on a few factors. Substance Use Disorders lie on a continuum of care, ranging from medical detox to one on one outpatient. Here are some signs that inpatient treatment is necessary before starting counseling with me:

  • You are experiencing physical withdrawals, including shaking, seizures, or psychosis.
  • You are using Opiates, Crack Cocaine, Methamphetamine, PCP, inhalants, K2 or Bath Salts
  • You are an IV drug user.