Raritan Bay outpatient team
Michele Inzelbuch, LCSW LCADC has been working with individuals who have been diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse concerns since 2005, First Responders for over 5 years and Gambling addiction for 2 years. Her experience includes settings of inpatient hospitalization, partial care hospitalization, Intensive outpatient, outpatient, halfway houses and private practice. Within these environments, she has conducted group, individual and family counseling. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Pace University and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Monmouth University. She works in the therapeutic techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Therapy and 12-step-based treatment, believing that these techniques empower your acceptance of the past and present situations and create a future self, filled with meaning and empowerment.
Michele believes the sky is the limit and has faith in all those she works with can find their meaning of success and achieve long-term sobriety, stabilization and gain life-changing behaviors. People with mental health and addiction issues can feel alone and misunderstood and have lost primary support systems over time. Through education and support for both you and those affected by your substance use and mental health, those support systems may be returned and new support networks can arise. You are never alone.
Johnathan is a Licensed Associate Counselor. He has over seven years of experience working in the mental health field. His therapeutic approach consists primarily of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Person-centered therapy. We’ll discuss mindfulness, restructuring automatic thoughts, and motivational interviewing.
Bertha is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She became interested in working with individuals who were diagnosed with addiction and mental health disorders after many family members and/or friends began to succumb to this disease. Wanting to help them learn how to resume and live a healthy and productive life she decided to enroll at Rutgers University where she obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. As an LCADC with 13+ years of experience in various levels of care which include i.e. Residential Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and General Outpatient she has embraced and utilized many evidence-based treatment approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to assist clients in achieving long term recovery. Recovery is a process not a race therefore with each client she works to build a therapeutic relationship where the individual can feel safe and supported as they pursue the journey of healing through the development of healthy coping skills and achievement of treatment goals. Her mentor once said “When you do something you love it doesn’t feel like work” and she loves being a therapist.
Leo is a Licensed Associate Mental Health Counselor. He has experience in the mental health field in addition to addiction recovery. Leo earned his Master’s in Clinical Counseling at Bellevue University. Leo has worked in both agency settings as well as private practice. Leo runs Partial Hospitalization groups and utilizes evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). These techniques have been proven to be effective in treating issues related to mental health disorders, addictions, and relationship issues. Leo is passionate about being a psychotherapist. He believes that a safe and supportive, therapeutic relationship, helps his clients to alleviate symptoms and achieve goals that were once seen as unattainable. Leo enjoys spending time with his family and two German Shepherds.
Tracy has been a Registered Nurse since graduating from Felician College in 1989. Most of her nursing career has been spent in the Psychiatric and/or Substance Abuse fields. Starting as a Staff Nurse in an acute Inpatient Psychiatric unit of a general hospital, she has moved on to hold various positions such as Charge Nurse, Assistant Director of Nursing, and Director of Nursing. Tracy has worked in a variety of settings including Adult Day Programs; Inpatient and Outpatient Detox and Rehabs; Supportive Housing Programs; and Methadone Clinics. Starting with RCA Raritan Bay in November of 2020, Tracy has been the Outpatient Nurse. As the program has grown, her role has expanded from running the Outpatient Vivitrol Program, to also include presenting weekly and monthly educational nursing groups to PHP (Partial Hospital Program) and IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) patients respectively, assisting patients to obtain medication refills, and processing State Disability/FMLA paperwork. Tracy enjoys her relationships with her colleagues and patients and hopes to remain with RCA Raritan Bay until she retires, whenever that may be!
Clinical Transition Coordinator
Penny is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience, working with clients between the ages of 3 and 83, in a variety of environments, including working with 9/11 displaced workers and recovery workers, Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Superstorm Sandy evacuees, military and bereaved military families, homeless veterans and individuals, and with inpatient, outpatient, Partial Hospital, in-home and Intensive Outpatient clients. Penny has also answered the National Suicide Prevention hotline and has worked in her own private practice. In another previous position, Penny worked for Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare in their Access Center and then with the IME. In her current position as Clinical Transition Coordinator, Penny runs daily groups to convey the importance of continuing in treatment after inpatient treatment has been completed and to educate clients about the options and levels of care that are available to them. Penny enjoys assisting clients as they transition from inpatient to outpatient treatment and working with them to create their own ongoing recovery goals. Penny enjoys swimming, learning, reading, and making handmade all occasion greeting cards.
Kathleen McKiernan, LMSW is a clinician who is informed by behavioral health, drug and alcohol counseling, as well as overall mental health and well-being. Kathleen uses her experience in working with adults and families to help support clients through transitioning from inpatient to outpatient care. Kathleen’s driving force through her work with clients is her belief in the importance of human-to-human connection. Kathleen believes that by speaking about mental health, wellbeing and substance use we can decrease stigma and increase support.
Bridgette Devlin, MA is an Intensive Outpatient Therapist, with years of working in the field providing clinical treatment to adults with substance abuse issues, chronic mental illness, and acute emotional distress. Bridgette attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Moravian University. She then obtained two master’s degrees from Kean University, in Forensic Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Bridgette works with clients to help them towards long-term sobriety and continue to, or begin to, address any underlying mental illness. Through active listening and empathizing, Bridgette can achieve a genuine understanding of her client’s struggles and anticipate subsequent needs. Bridgette spends quality time working with her clients and choosing the best treatment option that fits their individual needs. Bridgette recognizes each person is on their own journey and works with clients to overcome obstacles and achieve goals. Bridgette enjoys working with individuals who are actively seeking to create positive change in their lives.
Jason Victor, LSW has been in the mental health and substance abuse field for over 15 years. His experience ranges from 1:1 therapy with the most at risk clientele to facilitating groups, while helping to create a trusting environment for clients. Jason attended Monmouth University and graduated with an MSW in 2012. He is working towards his LCADC and LCSW. Jason has a love for music when not working, along as hiking and spending time with his family.
Natasha Raza, LPC, has over 5 years of experience counseling and working in the mental health and wellness industry, with a focus in CBT and substance abuse. As a counselor, Natasha utilities motivational interviewing to achieve desired change through individual and group therapy, crisis management, and intervention services. She looks forward to continuing to help client in their goals toward recovery and wellness!
Director of Outpatient Services
With nearly a decade of experience in addiction treatment, Caitlyn Higgins, LPC, LCADC, received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinician Mental Health Counseling. Caitlyn’s experience in addiction treatment began as a Detox Unit Treatment Associate before moving into other roles, including Primary Counselor, Licensed Therapist and Program Director. As the Director of Outpatient Services at Recovery Centers of America at Raritan Bay, Caitlyn works closely with clinical staff to develop, plan, and implement strategies for our patients. Never one to let a program or service grow stale, Caitlyn stays on top of changes and updates to ensure programs meet each client’s needs.