About Sharon Harrigan

For the past 15 years, I have been working with and counseling people whose lives have been affected by substance use disorders and other process addictions.

Prior to working at DIAD, my passion for counseling included working as a crime victim advocate for the Monmouth County Women’s Center, now called ‘180.’ I also counseled rape victims in the Pilot Program of SART.

My special interests are in Drugs and Alcohol Rehabilitation, families affected by addiction, PTSD, trauma survivors and working with Veterans. I have been trained in many different clinical styles and utilize an Eclectic style of counseling, based upon the needs of the client.

In addition, I have developed and taught a 12 Step Course for Health Professionals at Monmouth University. I transitioned this program into weekly groups for family members affected by the impact of substance use disorders at Extra Care in Matawan, NJ.

Since 2004, at Discovery Institute, I worked in the Extended Stay/6-month program; assisted in Supervising counselors in ES, Communication with New Jersey Drug Courts, and presently on the Stabilization Treatment team.

My experience includes Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Family Counseling, Continuing Care Plans, and Didactic Lectures on a multitude of topics for both clients and their families.
I have been involved with negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of clients. Therefore, I have extensive knowledge in understanding the criteria for all levels of care: Detox, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, IOP.

I am in this field because I believe I can make a difference in people’s lives. What keeps me in this field, is hearing from former clients that I have made a positive impact on their lives. These instances remind me that counseling people is not just my career, but my purpose.

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