Rita Reseska, LCSW, LCADC, and DVS, has over 20 years of experience directing clinical practices in the fields of mental health and domestic violence/conflict resolution, and over 20 years of experience as a director for drug and alcohol recovery treatments. She opened a private practice in 1995.

Her time and attention is now directed solely to her private practice at Lakeside Counseling Center. The depth and diversity of her experience helping adults, children, adolescents, families, couples and groups who struggle with challenging and, at times, traumatic life experiences, as well as with complex relationships, has contributed to her ability to offer mindful, creative and effective counseling and treatment for a range of diverse issues. Rita's background includes:

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Private Practice - Lakeside Counseling Center, LLC (1995-Present)
  • Director of Clinical & Program Services, Evergreen Addiction Services Unit, Rehab Unit & Co-Occurring Unit, and Intensive Out-Patient Program Unit- Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ (2003-2013)
  • Program Director, Acute Psychiatric Units - Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ (2004-2006)
  • Program Director, Adult Partial Hospital (MICA Track)  Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ (2003-2004)
  • Director of Substance Abuse Unit - Alternatives to Domestic Violence, Hackensack, NJ (1990-2003)
  • Staff Therapist - West Bergen Mental Health Center, Ridgewood, NJ (1985-1987)

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • State Trainer: NJ Alcohol and Drug Certification Board (1992-Present)
  • Presenter: Former Governor Christie Todd Whitman's Alliance-Drug/Alcohol Conference (1994) 
  • Keynote Speaker: Former Governor Christie Todd Whitman's The Violent Home Conference 
  • Social Worker of the Year Award:  Local Recognition (1997)
  • Staff Recognition Award for Leadership: Bergen Regional Medical Center (2012)
  • PACADA (Professional Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse) Bergen County Member (1993-2013)

LICENSURE & CERTIFICATION:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, NJ
  • Clinical Social Worker (CSW), NY 
  • Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor (since 1990)
  • Rutgers School of Drug/Alcohol Studies 1989/1990
  • Family Violence Specialist (1990)
  • NJ, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and NYU Certified Clinical Supervisor
  • SIFI Instructor for SW interns

EDUCATION:

  • Fordham University, NY - MSW
  • Ramapo College, NJ - BA Communications and BA Psychology

For more information, please call 201-391-4492 or send a note and your call/email will be answered as soon as possible. Please note that many providers reimburse for Rita's services. However, if this is a concern, an affordable fee can be arranged.