The Bridge - School Based Counseling

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The Bridge - School Based Counseling is located in Caldwell, New Jersey. The Bridge - School Based Counseling provides individual, group and family counseling to individuals who are struggling with substance abuse, family crises and mental health challenges.

The Bridge - School Based Counseling Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does The Bridge - School Based Counseling offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Clients attend a structured twelve-week program which is designed for chemically dependent adult clients who require treatment that is more intensive than traditional outpatient counseling and less intensive than residential treatment. This program consists of 10 hours (3 evenings of 3 hours each per week of group therapy and one hour a week of individual therapy) and includes assessment, urine screens, group and individual sessions as well as didactic presentations.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The outpatient program at The Bridge for adults consists of one hour of counseling per week for chemically dependent adults and includes assessment, individual counseling, urine screens, and family counseling if necessary.

Intervention Services

Intervention Services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. The Family Crisis Intervention Program provides short-term crisis intervention services to referred juveniles and families to stabilize the current crisis and divert the case from family court and prevent the development of more serious substance abuse problems in adolescents.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

They provide a number of specialized group counseling programs including a program for boys ages 11-14 with ADHD, social skills program for girls ages 11-14 and a combined yoga and group counseling program for girls ages 11-14 experiencing anxiety. Group counseling programs can be developed and tailored to a variety of needs for children, tweens, teens, and adults.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a common type of mental health counseling. Through this type of therapy, children become more aware of their negative thoughts and learn how to replace them with positive ones. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be a very helpful tool.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Group Therapy

They provide a number of specialized group counseling programs including a program for boys ages 11-14 with ADHD, social skills program for girls ages 11-14 and a combined yoga and group counseling program for girls ages 11-14 experiencing anxiety. Group counseling programs can be developed and tailored to a variety of needs for children, tweens, teens, and adults. Group Counseling focuses on the key components to maintain and develop peer relations. Students learn how to make good choices, and how to behave in different situations. They learn how to get along with others. They learn how to possess good social skills and how social skills can influence their academic performance, behavior, social, and family relationships. Good social skills are critical to successful functioning in life.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. This type of therapy is instrumental in helping students to open up and explore their inner thoughts and feelings through play, which is the child’s natural environment. The games and activities are therapeutic and assist in developing specific treatment goals. The games are chosen to specifically meet the needs of each individual child.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. The School-Based Social Skills Lessons are a six week program set in a classroom. The lessons focus on improving self-esteem, increasing communication skills, respect & responsibilities, bullying & teasing, and developing coping skills to address those issues.

The Bridge - School Based Counseling Highlights:

The Bridge offers a host of workshops to parents, students, school staff, and community members on a range of topics.
School-Based counseling program in the Caldwell/West-Caldwell School District provides a thorough and effective counseling service for grades K through 8 in the Caldwell/West Caldwell District. Each student is provided with school-based counseling services. The service is designed based upon the need of the individual students. Services are delivered through individual counseling, group counseling, social skills lessons, and special activities. The counselors also provide crisis intervention, play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and prevention lessons. Parents are kept updated through telephone interaction with counselors, the guidance department’s website and/or materials that are sent home.
Crisis is a challenging time. It is a condition of feeling unstable and can be understood as a crucial time. It involves the temporary loss of coping skills. Through crisis counseling, students receive support and are helped to grow by facing and working through the crisis. The counseling offered to students provides them with a safe, non-threatening environment where they can trust others for support. The focus is to relieve some emotional pain.
Residential Area
Day School Available for patients


  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Children And Teenagers


  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Cash payments accepted

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