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Treatment Programs for Busy Schedules

Navigating Busy Schedules with IOP: The Key to Successful Recovery

We know life can get busy, and prioritizing and taking care of ourselves can be hard. At Beachway, NJ, we offer flexible scheduling with hybrid (virtual and in-person) options to make treatment and recovery possible.


4 Princess Rd suite 208
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648


Types of Outpatient Rehab Services

There are many types of outpatient rehab programs to choose from. At Beachway Therapy Center, we pride ourselves on a wide range of services to meet patients’ needs based on their weekly availability, budget, and more.

Outpatient Counseling

Outpatient counseling is one of the most common forms of outpatient rehab. These therapy sessions typically require a time commitment of just 1-2 hours per week. They can help provide a sense of community and emotional support or help patients develop tools to cope with specific situations. Examples of outpatient counseling are:


Intensive Outpatient Programs

Intensive outpatient programs are treatment programs that treat conditions, such as addiction, eating disorders, or dependencies, where the individual doesn’t need 24/7 supervision. But they require a high level of support through group therapy or holistic therapy. IOP is usually a commitment of around 9-plus hours per week.

Partial Hospitalization Programs

Partial hospitalization programs are a type of outpatient care that’s suited to people with dual conditions. This includes people who require outpatient therapy services during the day and specific accommodation at night (for their own benefit or safety) without around-the-clock supervision.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment is a type of outpatient care that is usually most effective when combined with therapy and holistic services. This method uses medication to balance the brain while using therapy tools to teach the patient various coping skills. 1-in-5 Americans take prescription medication for their mental health.



Dr. Clarissa Mulligan Attara, Ph.D., LPC, LMHC, LCADC, ACS (she/her)

Clarissa is the Clinical Director at Beachway NJ. She also provides counseling services to our clients. Dr. Attara is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor in New Jersey. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York. Dr. Attara received a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University and a Master of Arts and Sciences in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgian Court University. She is also a professor in higher education in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) program at Yorkville University. She has presented ongoing research regarding multicultural issues and LGBTQIA+ topics at the regional, national, and international levels. Dr. Attara works with the client to foster a safe environment to promote healing and personal growth. She understands that no one person’s needs are the same and that each client should feel validated and supported in the therapeutic process.

Dr. Attara helps clients learn to manage the challenges so often experienced during recovery. She is an LGBTQIA+ affirming counselor. Whether increasing coping skills for anxiety or depressive symptoms, exploring identity, navigating careers and education, relationships, life transitions, self-care or gaining confidence in advocating for themselves, Dr. Attara shows up to support and guide each client. Additionally, she is passionate about providing trauma informed counseling and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Dr. Attara knows how important our attachment styles are in the healing process and uses this information to aid clients in identifying negative core beliefs and cognitions about themselves developed early on in their lives. She strives to help others increase their self-compassion and identify negative patterns that have been keeping them stuck. For close to a decade Dr. Attara has worked extensively with individuals struggling with substance use issues and addictions, supporting them in their recovery on their path to wellness and self-discovery. She has experience in every level of care: detox, residential/inpatient, PHP, IOP, OP. Dr. Attara utilizes evidence-based interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, mindfulness practices, and person-centered therapy approaches. She knows that each client is unique and collaborates with them to develop an individualized treatment plan. She approaches work with clients from a multicultural counseling lens, recognizing the very real differences that inform values, choices, and behaviors.


Carli is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Social Worker, Certified Advanced Grief Counseling Specialist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2021 with her Master’s in Social Work and a certificate in Addiction Counseling. She has spent 8 years in the addiction and mental health field in a variety of settings. Carli enjoys working with adults as well as adolescents and has provided individual, family, and group counseling services at the Inpatient, Detox, Residential, Outpatient, IOP, and MAT levels of care. Carli will focus on a variety of topics including Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Self-harm, Family Dynamics, Communication, Trauma, PTSD, Disordered Eating, Gambling, and Grief & Loss.


Beth Pensabene (she/her), MBA, CADC Intern

Clinicians in this field often get asked their “why?” For Beth the answer is simple: She didn’t choose this field, it chose her. The recovery and self-care community have been a passion in Beth’s life long before beginning her career as a clinician and executive with Beachway NJ. After her success working within the Beachway Therapy Center marketing team (established 2008 in Florida), her past experience in corporate financial lending, and years as a successful sales person, Beth has decided to focus her passion on client care. Beth a unique set of skills and life experience that she brings to Beachway NJ. She is passionate, motivated and client centered. The moment you meet Beth you feel the authenticity of her spirit. This authenticity aids in creating an inviting experience for her clients. Beth takes a holistic approach to counseling. She is experienced in helping others manage work-life balance. Beth’s friends and family describe her as someone who consistently shows up.


Beth believes in the importance and necessity of family counseling in addiction recovery. Addiction is a family disease and to help clients recover it is necessary to help the family unit while their loved one is under our care. Long before Beth’s path into clinical work she was the ear that so many relied on. This was a natural next step for Beth.

She is able to offer special insight and support to those who experienced family of origin addiction. Beth is trauma informed and knows the importance of client’s and their families having the skills and support to sustain long term recovery. Upon your first meeting with Beth you should expect to feel welcome, supported, and to learn a resource to help get through the tough day or the good day or the fun day. Beth integrates wellness into her treatment approach, working with our medical team to ensure clients physical health is evaluated as they enter and remain under the care of Beachway NJ. Beth knows nutrition and exercise combined with mindfulness and psychotherapy are keys to success.


Beth works with the multidisciplinary treatment team to aid clients in reaching their goals. She believes in using psychoeducation to guide clients. Often Beth approaches her work using a lens of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). She works from the view that all clients should be learning the skills and learning to have a relaxed neural network, accessing the adaptive neural network, and have the goal to heal and progress to the point counseling and therapy have done their job. She believes in Beachway NJ and counseling as part of the journey of self-discovery and healing. Beth believes that attachment theory can aid in understanding our behaviors and how family of origin experiences can impact development across the life span AND how they can be viewed differently through healing and recovery is possible.


Beth holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the University of Delaware. Beth is currently collecting hours towards her CADC and studying educational requirements for certification.


Areas of interest:

  • Adults
  • Anxiety/depression associated with substance use
  • Grief and loss
  • Addiction/substance use
  • Families impacted by addiction
  • Life Transitions/Identity Struggles
  • Trauma
  • Work and Life Balance
  • Mindfulness & Meditation

Finding the Right Outpatient Rehab Center

Choosing an outpatient rehab facility in New Jersey can seem daunting, but it starts with researching to find an accredited and licensed facility. Finding a reputable rehab center like Beachway New Jersey that’s recognized by the National Association of Addiction Providers, Joint Comission Accredited. Any potential New Jersey Treatment Center should be licensed by the State of New Jersey Dept. of Health.

Types of treatment that you should consider while evaluating possible treatment centers:

Group Therapy for Addiction and Mental Health
Group Therapy for Addiction and Mental Health

As Irvin D. Yalom, M.D. said, “The multiplicity of forms is so evident today that it is best not to speak of group therapy but of the many group therapies.” Group counseling is critical in early recovery. It allows for a safe environment to be open and vulnerable with peers going through similar things in early recovery. It can be very powerful to know there are others relating to what you are experiencing and that you are not alone. At Beachway NJ group counseling sessions are facilitated by an experienced counselor where you can get feedback from your counselor and peers on a variety of topics. Group counseling facilitates giving and receiving support. Group counseling can help you find your voice, allowing members to offer hope, inspiration, encouragement, and sometimes suggestions to each other in a therapeutic setting. Groups provide the opportunity to show clients how people relate to others in the moment, which is why some groups focus on interpersonal learning. Group members may also talk about how they feel in relation to each other, which is practice for real-world skills. In support groups, group attendees may focus more on what’s happening in their lives outside the group. Group counseling reduces isolation and alienation. It increases the sense that no one is alone; as humans, we’re all in this fight together; group counseling can normalize suffering in a way that can lead to self-compassion. Introduction to a didactic: Two things can be true simultaneously: All persons are unique, AND none of us is alone in our struggles. An expert on group therapy, Yalom, provides the example of asking process group members to anonymously write down the one thing they wouldn’t share in the group. Members included medical students, psychiatric residents, nurses, medical professionals, and Peace Corps volunteers. The secrets were “startlingly similar.” Several themes emerged: People believed they were inadequate and incompetent. They felt alienated and worried they couldn’t care for or love another person. The third category included some sexual secrets. Attending group and individual counseling is often helpful so that issues that arise in groups can be processed in individual sessions.

Family Recovery Program
Family Recovery Program

The impact of addiction on the family and individual suffering is vast. At Beachway NJ we know addiction does not occur in a vacuum. It affects the person struggling with the substance use disorder (SUD), and it typically impacts the entire family. This makes sense, considering that we are all shaped by and help shape, our environments. Our decisions as humans impact those around us positively or negatively, depending on what those choices are. There is no denying that addiction harms the family and can lead to negative consequences, including emotional distress, legal and financial challenges, and violence. By no coincidence, family counseling is an integral part of a substance abuse treatment plan at Beachway NJ. It can greatly benefit how the family unit functions in an individual's healing process. Some of the benefits of our family addiction recovery program in the counseling process here include several facets. We focus on improving communication skills, strengthening the family members’ understanding of addiction, supporting loved ones, and teaching members enabling versus helping as it relates to addiction. We often do this by being supportive, modeling appropriate boundaries, and teaching healthy coping skills and behaviors. Part of what we offer at Beachway NJ is flexible schedules for busy people, and our family counseling and recovery programming are no different; they are fluid and flexible. All interventions utilized are based on each family’s unique needs and rooted in evidenced-based approaches. There are no rules regarding who can attend family counseling (it can be a friend, sponsor, sibling, parent, or child). We only ask for consent to speak with whoever you want to include in your family counseling sessions and that you sign a release of information to speak with your support members (ie: emergency contacts and more) As we know, studies consistently support that family involvement in recovery can substantially improve one’s chances of long-term recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. Connection and community are of utmost importance for those in early recovery. The benefits of family counseling and programming in addiction treatment can improve the overall functioning of the family unit. This increases the likelihood of achieving long-term recovery and healing overall. Family involvement and support increase the individual suffering’s motivation to enter and remain in treatment. By teaching families how to support their loved ones best, we are a step further on that path to recovery. This includes educating family members on substance use disorders, risks of relapse, and creating a safe environment without alcohol or drugs in the house or around the person in recovery. We provide resources and support available to family members and share information about the known and proven impact and development of substance use disorders AND recovery on the family system. We know that changing how family members interact within the family system and with their loved ones increases the chance of a client remaining in recovery. Things to learn in the family groups and programming: Setting boundaries with love, avoiding enabling behaviors, validating emotions and experiences, letting go, accepting, improving, and resolving resentments or emotional burdens caused by one’s behaviors in active addiction to also improve the mental and physical health of family members. We encourage family members to obtain support through mutual support groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon. We also suggest family members attend their own counseling to support them through many of the challenges and potentially traumatic experiences due to the loved one’s addiction and mental health struggles. We want to ensure that blame is not being misplaced on any one person or family member and that all have the support they need. Family counseling and programming is not an exception at Beachway NJ, it is a necessary and definite part of the treatment plan unless where to do so would create harm. In those instances, we encourage you to involve whoever in your support system is your chosen family. If there is no one you can think of who is supportive in your life, we are dedicated to linking you with local organizations, mutual aid support groups, and self-help groups to build a network. Connection and support are necessary for recovery.

Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies. At Beachway NJ we include MAT within our program. It is offered as an option and is NOT required. At Beachway NJ we know that recovery can look different for everyone. We have options for clients to explore with our medical team. MAT is life-saving and effective in the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and can help some people sustain recovery. OUD is a chronic disease with long-lasting effects. This option can be life-saving for some and aids in fighting the stigma sometimes associated with some of the medications used to treat OUD. There are three drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid dependence: buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. We provide 2 of the 3 (buprenorphine and naltrexone). All three treatments have been proven safe and effective with counseling and psychosocial support. To be a recipient of MAT, individuals must be in our treatment program and receive concurrent clinical services. We are not a specific OTP (Opioid Treatment Provider/Program). Due to the chronic nature of OUD, the need for continuing MAT should be re‐evaluated periodically. There is no maximum recommended duration of maintenance treatment, and treatment may continue indefinitely for some patients. At Beachway NJ we offer Vivitrol and Suboxone as MAT options. Vivitrol has also been shown to be effective for those with alcohol use disorder to provide relief from cravings and urges while decreasing relapse and thoughts of use.

Convenient Central New Jersey Location
Convenient Central New Jersey Location

4 Princess Rd suite 208 Lawrence Township, NJ 08648 201-254-8440

Treatment Programs for Busy Schedules
Treatment Programs for Busy Schedules

Navigating Busy Schedules with IOP: The Key to Successful Recovery We know life can get busy, and prioritizing and taking care of ourselves can be hard. At Beachway, NJ, we offer flexible scheduling with hybrid (virtual and in-person) options to make treatment and recovery possible.

Individual Counseling
Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is always a part of treatment at Beachway NJ. We offer individualized sessions for clients to aid in achieving their goals. Most people have heard of individual counseling and may or may not be comfortable with this. Psychotherapy (talk therapy) can be necessary to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders. What to expect: Upon your first meeting with your primary therapist, you should expect to learn about the limits of confidentiality and what it means for you to be informed when consenting to treatment. You will have the opportunity and right to ask questions of your provider and for them to ask questions of you. You will be able to get to know each other and begin building a supportive relationship that is necessary for counseling sessions. Sometimes, these sessions can be easier (or harder) for a client to open up and feel secure/safe to be vulnerable. In these sessions, it is not unlikely that the client may talk more than the therapist unless skills are being taught or necessary feedback is provided. This should be your time to work on goals and with a trustworthy professional. Individual counseling has higher levels of confidentiality than group counseling because there are no peers in the room, only you and the professional trained to help you with the issues you want to work on. Individual counseling is typically more flexible because you can work around your and your therapist's schedules. For group sessions, those times are typically set and cannot be changed as many persons are involved in those sessions with varying needs regarding scheduling and flexibility. Sometimes, you can have intensive and tailored feedback that you may not and cannot expect to receive in a group setting. At Beachway, NJ, you can participate in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) sessions; other trauma-informed approaches are also available. Our providers have been trained via CCTP training and can individualize one-on-one counseling sessions to be structured as appropriate for your goals. Typically, sessions last a counseling hour (45-50 minutes); however, at times, longer sessions are necessary and can be arranged with your counselor.


Types of groups offered at Beachway NJ

Process Groups

These groups typically can be less structured or semi-structured and allow clients to be empowered to talk about whatever they choose to work on. It can be helpful to use talk therapy in a group setting where others can process the emotional struggles they are experiencing and provide an opportunity to gain insight into their behaviors and feelings from peers. While we may be experts in clinical treatment, the client is the true expert on themselves. There may be specific topics of a process group, or it may be open-ended. We believe in integrating process groups throughout treatment for where it is appropriate and needed. Our clinicians facilitate these groups but provide a space for clients to be open and share as much (or as little) as they want with the group in these open, secure, and warm forums.

Psychoeducation Groups

This is where a clinician teaches members specific skills (history or neuroscience of addictive disorders; CBT/DBT skills). Often, the focus of psychoeducational groups is learning; it may be more of a reading and writing or interactive with participation to enhance learning. Clinicians typically utilize several topics in these groups: relapse prevention, coping skills and strategies, attachment theory education, family of origin concerns or developments, negative core beliefs, or other skills that will be taught and learned. Clients will learn about AA/NA/Smart Recovery/Refuge Recovery/Recovery Unanimous, and more support groups available, descriptions, and how they came to be (they will learn how to seek them out and why they can be helpful in recovery). Clients will learn about addiction as a disease model and will be able to participate in question-and-answer sessions throughout.

Trauma Groups (inquire about our trauma track and our IPV/DV survivor groups)

Clients with Trauma will have the opportunity to learn in these groups how trauma impacts the brain. They will learn about the connections between the amygdala, hippocampus, and the prefrontal cortex. They will be able to learn about the vagus nerve, also known as the vagal nerves, and how they are the primary nerves of your parasympathetic nervous system. Clients will learn that their responses to triggered stimuli are typical for their experiences and will learn how to manage symptoms as they arise. Clients will be taught resourcing skills that can be used to regulate and center the nervous system. They will learn about EMDR and trauma narratives and how they can be used in adjusting to IOP groups and regular talk therapy. Processing trauma requires a neurological component in addition to the intellectual and cognitive approach.

Coping Skills

All people require a way to cope with stress. Those with substance use disorders and issues typically are highly skilled in accessing and using coping skills – that is the good news. The bad news is that the coping skills that are being used (drinking, using, gambling, overspending, self-harm, etc.) are often unhealthy. This group will teach specific techniques, skills, and strategies designed to help you maximize your strengths, manage emotions, improve relationships, live mindfully, and challenge behaviors that no longer serve the individual. Group attendees for coping skills groups will learn to reduce the physical symptoms of stress, change/challenge unhelpful self-talk, identify and regulate emotions, set boundaries in relationships, and nurture healthy ones (letting go of those that no longer serve you, improve self-care and self-esteem, and utilize and practice mindfulness to break the cycle of worry (leading to anxiety – we know what you’re thinking….and yes ONE DAY AT A TIME applies here).

CBT Groups

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy rests on the foundation that thoughts control feelings, which then control behaviors. If the thoughts can be changed and/or challenged with an alternative way of thinking, we can restructure the brain the same way we may restructure a computer network. Typically, unhelpful thinking patterns contribute to distress, social anxiety, and difficulties related to life transitions. Group sessions are interactive and include role-play and exposure exercises to improve the ability to gain confidence and change the lens through which you may interact with the world. Social skills and problem-solving ability often improve with CBT, which allows clients to decrease avoidant behaviors, better manage anxiety as it arises, and increase adaptive thinking and behaviors. The group will include an explanation of how anxiety and hostile self-talk work in the brain and how to practice these skills in several ways. Group members should expect to walk away with new insights into managing symptoms of anxiety and depression and tangible skills. Holding CBT groups allows clients to benefit from peer connection and support, ultimately improving their quality of life.

An example of this in application:

Imagine you walk into a room at work or school. The people sitting at the table in that room stop talking when you come in. You then think, “oh my gosh, they were talking about me! They don’t like me. They don’t want to be my friend anymore, they are angry with me, I suck, or I am being fired!” (something similar to this). Then, feelings and behaviors are impacted by these internal negative self-talk statements. You may begin to sweat, feel yourself turn red, tight chest, and feel shaky. Maybe you sit in a chair and slump down quietly for the rest of the interaction in your chair. You may feel physically ill and leave the room; you may decide to quit your job or go out and use/drink depending on how deeply these feelings and thoughts may be engrained in your brain.

What CBT would help with in this situation:

Situation: people are talking and then become quiet when you enter the room

Thought: They are talking about me.

Alternative thought: They were talking about something personal; they must have finished the conversation, and they likely were waiting for me to start the meeting. It could be anything else, but it had nothing to do with me.

Alternative feelings that would follow this adaptive thought: calmness, acceptance

Alternative Behavior: Sitting calmly, welcoming, not spiraling or avoiding the situation

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Groups

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, originally intended primarily for those who struggled with symptoms or a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This type of treatment can be appropriate for anyone who struggles with suicidal ideation, self-harm, trauma, emotional regulation, and poor and unstable self-image, and may be appropriate for those with substance use disorders who are used to self-medicating their symptoms. The purpose of this group is to provide a collaborative learning space and allow clients to learn and develop their DBT skills. Beachway NJ utilizes DBT using a strengths-based and trauma-informed lens. Specific DBT skills learned in these groups include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Grounding skills are highly beneficial for connecting trauma survivors back into their bodies and away from dissociation. Additional content includes skills to improve participants’ sense of mastery over flashbacks, triggers, and other experiences of emotion dysregulation that can often lead to ineffective coping behaviors * additionally offered with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). At Beachway NJ, we know how important it is to teach present-centered techniques to access post-traumatic growth (the other side of PTSD) is essential for some people’s recovery. Participants are welcome to join the group at any time throughout their treatment and no specific diagnosis is required to learn the DBT skills. Example of tangible DBT skill you will learn: TIPP (Temperature, Intense Exercise, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Paced Breathing)

Art and Creative Groups

At Beachway NJ we know how stale it can feel to simply talk, learn psychoeducation, or have similar conversations day after day. We work at providing flexibility and inclusive treatment of several approaches. We know every approach only works for some people. We are sure to include art and other creative interventions for our clients. These often include actions, movements, and activities rather than traditional talk therapy. Some examples are psychoeducation, role-playing, art therapy, journaling, poetry, movement/dance, psychodrama, and music.

Family Groups

Necessary for recovery: family involvement. We offer family counseling sessions and family groups at Beachway NJ. Family groups assist family members and clients heal, reorienting, and restructuring their family systems to avoid getting into negative cycles or getting stuck. This includes educational programming, family therapy needs, and ways to support and avoid enabling loved ones in recovery. Read more about our family groups and offerings under our Family Recovery Program Tab.

Benefits of Outpatient Rehab

The many benefits of outpatient rehab are why so many Americans choose this option instead of or in addition to an inpatient treatment program. Advantages of outpatient care include:

  • Flexibility in daily life
  • Maintaining daily routine
  • Continuing relationships with family, friends, or other support networks
  • Less of a financial commitment than inpatient treatment
  • Supports a gradual transition to independence after inpatient care

Insurance and Financial Considerations

At Beachway, we understand finances and insurance coverage remain barriers to mental health treatment for many Americans. In many cases, insurance providers will offer some level of coverage for outpatient services. Coverage information can be found using the form on our website.

We offer various personalized payment plans to help individuals whose insurance only partially covers treatment or who are self-funding their therapy. Our team is available to discuss financial and coverage options.

Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

At Beachway, we understand the work doesn’t end when the inpatient or outpatient program is completed. That’s why we developed the aftercare program, to continue supporting patients through groups and therapy. An intensive relapse prevention plan is critical for long-term recovery, which is why this is the focus of our aftercare treatment services.

Contact Our New Jersey Outpatient Rehab Center Today

Individuals struggling with addiction or a mental disorder on the East Coast can contact our Beachway facility in New Jersey today. Our compassionate team can help determine a flexible treatment plan for mental wellness.