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approach to behavioral health. We believe that recovery
is more than overcoming the addiction. Physical, Mental,
& Emotional Equilibrium are achieved when life habits
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Greater Essex Programming

Substance Abuse

Patients attend either for up to 8 hours per week (OP), or up to 15 hours per week (IOP) for substance abuse treatment services. Patients enrolled in our program attend group counseling sessions, weekly individual sessions and are monitored during collection of random urine samples for laboratory testing. Patients attending these services may also have the opportunity to attend 1 or more of the 2 Anger Management sessions run during the week.

Anger Management

Individuals mandated to attend services related to Anger Management by a court or other legal entity can enroll in treatment with GECS and complete our program to satisfy the State of New Jersey mandate. The conditions of the State mandate that patients must attend group sessions once per week for 12 consecutive weeks. GECS must abide by these required conditions and cannot ignore unexcused or repeated absences from the Anger Management program.

Immigration Services

Are you seeking residence or citizenship status? Do you require a medical exam by a Civil Surgeon? We provide USCIC compliant physicals and associated medical services. You will need to: bring payment in the form of cash, cashier’s check, major credit card, or money order. Make an initial appointment for intake and bloodwork. Make a second appointment for results and a physical exam. Call Today To Make An Appointment 973-623-7878.

Greater Essex Counseling Services

Our Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program requires each client’s involvement as we prepare the initial assessment. Together, the counselor and the client develop goals and objectives that will be the basis for an individual treatment plan. Behavioral and social modalities are structured to address problems identified through this process.

Our program offers ongoing support to those who wish to participate in aftercare upon completion of the program.

Meet The Greater Essex Team

Mr. Elie DeFranca

Mr. Elie DeFranca

As Executive Director, Elie DeFranca, LCSW,LCADC, DRCC has worked as a clinician supervisor and a clinical director in the field of substance use for over a decade. He has worked treating recovering adults, adolescents, and their families from addiction and emotional problems as a licensed addiction professional and a licensed clinical social worker.

Kristin Burden

Kristin Burden

As Clinical Director, Ms. Kristin Burden is an LCADC who supervises counselor interns, CADCs and LCADCs all working as part of our clinical team. She maintains ongoing review of patient file documentation submitted by the clinical team while coordinating the hiring and other decisions

Nicole Guarducci

Nicole Guarducci

As Administrative Director, Ms. Nicole Guarducci provides supervision of all front end administrative staff. She is responsible for all patient referrals, intake scheduling and coordination of treatment with referral sources and other GECS staff.

Keith Williams

Keith Williams

Mr. Keith Williams is a CADC and helps supervise CADC interns. He maintains a full caseload of patients providing individual counseling sessions, treatment planning and the ability to maintain contact with referral sources and write monthly reports.

The World Looks Different When You Feel Better

The abuse of drugs and/or alcohol creates feelings of failure, destroys relationships, ruins financial standing and moves you to a place where things that once made life pleasurable are obscured by addiction.

The help you need to change your world is as close as the heart of New Jersey’s largest city.

Our staff members have the credentials and experience necessary to help you move to a new state of sobriety. We will help you develop the skills you need to stay there. A workable treatment plan will be developed to address identified problems.

All staff members will work on your behalf at regular case management sessions. A counselor will meet with you privately on a regular basis and you will be asked to make an anonymous and honest evaluation of the care that you receive. Your concerns will be addressed in a respectful and confidential manner.

Greater Essex Counseling Services

OP/IOP and Psychiatric Evaluations

Patients with legal or other requirements to complete a needs assessment for outpatient substance abuse treatment can be referred to GECS for an OP/IOP evaluation.

Monitored Drugs Screens

Independent of ongoing treatment for substance abuse or anger management, GECS provides one time and recurring random monitored urine drug screens.

Supervised Educational Hours

Individuals obligated or encouraged by their employers, especially in the fields of nursing, primary or secondary education, and professional drivers under the authority of the NJ.

Medication Monitoring

Patients prescribed medication as a result of psychiatric evaluation at GECS will be scheduled to return for brief sessions under the supervision of our Medical Director.

You Are Better Than Your Addiction.

Physical, Mental, & Emotional Equilibrium are achieved when life habits are healthy habits.

Remember…stress, anger, family intolerance of addictive behavior, housing, credit and legal problems, are only a few of the issues that might convince you that it is time to seek help.

Referrals are made when the individual needs specialized assistance that cannot be provided by our staff members. Referrals are only made to well-qualified providers after careful consideration and discussion with the client.

Confidentiality is the cornerstone of our program. Clients determine, in writing, what, if any, information they will allow us to provide to anyone outside our program. We require the names and addresses of individuals to whom information may be provided. Consents may be withdrawn at any time.

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
– C.S. Lewis