Mental Health & Addiction Treatment Services in Fair Lawn, NJ
The Counseling Center is an outpatient treatment center for adults and adolescents seeking treatment for mental health issues (including dual-diagnosis), behavioral health, addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring disorders associated with addiction and substance use. The Counseling Center at Fair Lawn offers a full-spectrum of individual and family counseling including Group Therapy and Psychotherapy, in addition to our state-of-the-art Intensive Outpatient (IOP) substance abuse treatment program.
Clinical Director Mark Wurgaft, LCSW, LCADC, CCS
A New Jersey native, Marc Wurgaft is a graduate of The Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He began his career in social services as a psychotherapist with the Brooklyn Center for Psychotherapy, in Brooklyn, New York, where he assumed the role of Associate Clinical Director before leading the New Directions Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Treatment Program, as Director.
During his 18 year tenure with New Directions, Mr. Wurgaft served the Crown Heights/Bedford Stuyvesant community working with Interfaith Hospital, the Bedford Stuyvesant Crown Heights Community Coalition for Research and Planning, and the Brooklyn Hospital.
Mr. Wurgaft returned to New Jersey to develop a Department of Addiction Services for Youth Consultation Services (YCS) of Newark, which evolved into The Dr. Helen May Strauss Clinics of YCS. Mr. Wurgaft served as Director of the Dr. Helen May Strauss Clinics until 2013, when he joined The Counseling Center, to bring a modern Intensive Outpatient (IOP) program to Bergen County, NJ.
Benjamin Latner, MSW, LSW, LCADC, Counselor
New Jersey native Benjamin Latner is a counselor at The Counseling Center at Fair Lawn, New Jersey. A graduate of Rider University (Bachelor of Psychology) and Rutgers-New Brunswick (Master of Social Work, ACT Mental Health and Addictions), he previously worked as an Addictions Counselor before joining The Counseling Center.
A life long Bergen County resident, Benjamin has traveled extensively in Europe, and once lived in England. He recognizes addiction as a broad-reaching illness, often misunderstood in society. He sees addiction impacting almost everyone in society to some degree. As a counselor, he works to improve awareness of the reach and impact of addiction, while fostering insight into causes, and helping sufferers better understand the illness.
Benjamin runs group sessions at The Counseling Center, and provides support to clients in treatment.
Heather Wilke, MA, LCADC, Counselor
Counselor Heather Wilke holds a Master of Addictions Counseling, and is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). She also holds an Advanced Counseling Certificate, earned through additional post-graduate study.
Over her ten-plus years working in addictions counseling, Heather has developed a passion for helping each patient find the resilience and determination needed to embark on their own recovery.
As a counselor, she gets to know each patient for who they really are and determine the best course of treatment for that individual. Heather is dedicated to helping every single patient find their unique path to recovery and begin living a more joyful and fulfilling life.
Phoebe Sumas, MA, LAC, Counselor
Counselor, Phoebe Sumas received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and her master's degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from Gettysburg College. She has been in the field for six years in various counseling positions and levels of care, for both substance abuse and mental health treatment.
Recognizing that addiction and mental health aren't well understood in our society, she chose to become part of the solution that corrects how we think and address these illnesses. Phoebe prefers a person-centered approach to treatment, focusing on what would work best for the individual. She knows that human connection is a fundamental part of life; therefore, she always puts her patients first and offers the best care she can.
Jenna Guarinello, Admissions Coordinator
Admissions Coordinator Jenna Guarinello helps conduct substance abuse assessments at The Counseling Center, which are used to determining the proper clinical diagnoses, in order to deliver an appropriate type and level of care. A student at University, Jenna is on track to pursue a Masters degree and seek certification as a Licensed Addictions Counselor. Her resume already includes working with children on behavioral problems in a private setting, providing care to the elderly as a nursing home volunteer, and mentoring at-risk teens through Youth Case Management, a program of the NJ Division of Mental Health Services.
Jenna assists counselors with the Saturday morning Serenity Group on Mindfulness and Meditation, and the Brain Resources program at The Counseling Center.
Vanessa Brown, Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant, Vanessa Brown, previously worked for NJ 211 as the addiction phone operator. During her time there she realized how massive the drug epidemic was and wanted to do more to help. Vanessa is currently in school to obtain her CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor) to better serve the clients of The Counseling Center at Fair Lawn.
Vanessa is genuinely passionate about her work and wants to make a difference in any way she can, even if that is as small as making a new client feel at home here.
Tom Roskin, Community Outreach
Tom Roskin is the Marketing Representative for The Counseling Center throughout New Jersey and New York. Tom earned his Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and was born Roslyn, NY, giving him a dedication to the New York/New Jersey area that can only come from being a part of it. A dedicated family man Tom likes to spend his free time, playing golf, tennis, and working out, along with catching up on some reading, and of course spending quality time with his family.
With the combination of watching those close to him struggle with substance use disorders and both of his parents working within the addictions field, Tom developed a deep passion for it. Tom enjoys the friendships he makes with staff members of Hospitals, treatment centers, and private therapists as well as the participating in gratifying process of watching a client transform from one type of person to a completely different person, with the coping skills and ability to function well in society.
Tom Roskin brings a sincere commitment to trustworthy support to his work at The Counseling Center, where he represents the outpatient treatment clinics as reliable partners in the Continuum of Care for patients and clients in New Jersey. Contact Tom with any questions you have about referrals, programs, or access to care in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
with a Clinical Assessment
The Counseling Center at Fair Lawn is an outpatient treatment center for adults and adolescents. The Counseling Center is licensed by the State of New Jersey to provide a full spectrum of mental health and addiction services, for dual diagnosis, addiction, and co-occurring disorders associated with substance abuse.
Clinical mental health assessments, psychiatric evaluations, and individual, family and group psychotherapy are available for Adults & adolescents age 15 and older. Pharmacotherapy is available as appropriate.
Substance abuse treatment services include assessments, urine drug screening (UDS), psychiatric evaluations, adult Intensive Outpatient (IOP) groups, outpatient counseling, and adolescent individual & family counseling, as well as clinically appropriate pharmacotherapy.
Eligibility for all programs is based on a clinical assessment. Now offering Saturday assessments!