Helen McIntosh LPC, LCADC, CCS

Title:
Clinician - Part Time
Since:
2007
Experience:
Helen is a licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and a Certified Social Worker. Helen graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2002 with a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling with a specialization in Addictions Counseling. Helen began working with the developmentally disabled in 1973 until 1979 when she moved to Oregon. She worked as a head start teachers aid while she volunteered for the Dunn House the local battered women’s shelter. Helen attended her first year of college in 1985 at Southern Oregon University as an Art Major and began working with emotionally disturbed children as a work study job. Although she loved Art and was very good at it (she aced that first year) she knew her heart was in social work and counseling. Helen moved back to New Jersey in 1986 and shortly thereafter began working with MICA clients (clients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues) at the Warren County Easter Seals Program. She was there for 7˝ years until she realized that in order to advance in her career she would have to go back to school. So at the ripe old age of 40 Helen enrolled at Warren County Community College and five years later had earned her Masters degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 2001 Helen took a position as a counselor at Anderson House, a Halfway house program for Women in Recovery in Hunterdon County. A year later she was offered the position of Clinical Director at Anderson House and she continues to hold that title there as her full time position. In October of 2007 Helen accepted a part-time position at Hunterdon Drug Awareness to teach the 16 week Alcohol and Drug Education Classes for the IDRC Program. This gives her the opportunity to both teach and counsel and she is truly enjoying her time here.
Theory:
Helen is a client centered relational therapist. She strives to help her client’s to understand the relationships they have created with the drug or behavior of their choice and how this affects all of their other relationships, with them selves, their families their co-workers, friends and larger community. She works with her clients to find healthy alternatives to their addictions and better more effective coping skills to relate to the world around them.
Hobbies:
Helen is an avid organic gardener, artist and musician who loves to work on her house, read practically everything and romp and play with her dog and two grandsons every chance she gets.
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