Mental health is a fundamental part of overall health and well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health problems can affect anyone — regardless of age, ethnicity, or background – and can have serious implications for both physical and emotional well-being.
Footprints to Recovery Mental Health is a full-service mental and behavioral therapy provider in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. Our mental health treatment programs are designed and overseen by skilled and licensed therapists who have helped countless others take back control of their lives. When your struggles with mental health become too much to handle on your own, the team at Footprints to Recovery is here to help.
Footprints to Recovery Mental Health in Hamilton Township, NJ provides evidence-based and holistic programs for the treatment of mental health disorders. Our structured, safe, and comfortable environment is the ideal place to get the help you need. We’ve established levels of care that our clients progress through on their way to a brighter future. In addition to offering a partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), and outpatient (OP) program, our team will arrange for medical detox and sober living if necessary.
Our clinical mental health programs in New Jersey include traditional therapies like individual, group, and family therapy as well as alternative approaches such as EMDR, massage therapy, yoga, acupuncture, and chiropractic services.
Our Hamilton Township, New Jersey mental health rehab facility offers unique levels of care and a personalized approach to recovery. Our levels of care are designed to help you reach your goals at your own pace. A consultation with one of our clinical staff can offer more information about which level of care would be most effective for your needs.
The levels of care offered at Footprints to Recovery Mental Health include:
Partial hospitalization programs can be a valuable part of treatment for a mental health disorder. During PHP, our clients spend between four and six hours a day, five days a week at our mental health treatment facility in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. The goal is to educate and support our clients as they take the necessary steps to better themselves. Through behavioral therapies, holistic practices, and a unique treatment plan created by a member of our clinical team, you can move on to a brighter future.
Intensive outpatient programs are a step down from PHP and involve between nine and 15 hours of addiction treatment per week. Programming includes individual therapy sessions, group therapy, experiential approaches, and addiction education. Many find IOP valuable as it offers more flexibility in recovery while tending to other obligations in life like your family, work, or school.
Outpatient mental health treatment only involves attending treatment one or two days per week for a period of around three hours. The goal of outpatient treatment is to help someone with the transition back to their lives outside of rehab. Coping with triggers, building support systems, and learning new life skills are all things outpatient programs focus on.
Footprints to Recovery Mental Health’s outpatient treatment program in Hamilton Township, New Jersey nurtures a safe environment in which our clients can safely recover from mental health disorders. Within each level of care, we provide access to our mental health treatment offerings, including:
Our holistic approach combines traditional and alternative mental health services that promote whole-person healing. Some of these include:
Director of Mental Health Services & Executive Director
David Szarka, Executive Director, is responsible for all operations at our New Jersey location, including staff, clients, and the overall environment of care. David earned a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Rider University. He is a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC). Having been with Footprints to Recovery since 2016, David began as a primary counselor before transitioning into the executive director role. Prior to joining Footprints, he worked as a primary counselor for New Hope Foundation.
In joining the field of mental health treatment, David transitioned from a long career in finance to behavioral health work in 2014. After being personally affected by addiction, he was drawn to the role as a way to help others find hope and healing. David says watching clients grow and seeing that “light” back in their eyes is what he finds most fulfilling about his work. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, seeing live music, and reading.
Director of Clinical Services
Lindsay Hutchison, Director of Clinical Services, brings over 15 years of behavioral health experience to her role at Footprints to Recovery. She has held various positions in the field — from counseling youth in court-mandated residential care and coordinating clinical programming in the K-12 school system, to working with adults with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and providing outpatient and in-home counseling to clients. Having earned a master’s degree in professional counseling from Monmouth University, Lindsay holds an LPC and LCADC for the state of New Jersey, and is trained in EMDR, the Nurtured Heart Approach, and Theraplay.
In her role as Director of Clinical Services, Lindsay heads the clinical program at Footprints to Recovery in New Jersey, helping to develop group curriculum, training, and managing staff, providing crisis intervention, and signing off on all clients’ clinical documentation. She plays an integral role in upholding the quality of care and proper procedures to maintain and excede our accreditation requirements and ensuring clients’ insurance providers have proper documentation.
Lindsay has always wanted to be a “helper,” and can’t imagine any other career. Her clients inspire her every day as she witnesses them grow, change, and reclaim their lives. Lindsay enjoys painting, exercising, yoga, hiking, and beach time, as well as spending time with family, friends, and her sons, Tristan and Gavin.
Clinical Director of Mental Health
Lauren Tropiano began her career in the field of behavioral health in 2015 as the Communication Specialist, Registrar & Intake Specialist at Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead, NJ. She joined Footprints to Recovery in 2019 as a Clinical Therapist and in 2021, became the Clinical Supervisor. In May of 2023, she was named Clinical Director of Mental Health for Footprints to Recovery’s mental health treatment program in Hamilton, NJ. Her main responsibilities include overseeing the development and function of the mental health program, creating the curriculum and schedule, and supervising team members.
Her certifications include Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She is also trained in EMDR, NET, and Brainspotting.
She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Department of Psychology and Counseling in 2017 with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She also worked as a Graduate Assistant at the university. Her prior experience in the field of mental health includes her time as Case Manager II/Float for Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center, Mental Health Counselor at New Horizon Treatment Services, and as a Private Practice Therapist at K.S. Therapy and Consultation.
Lauren found that her own experiences with the value of therapy drove her to give back and help others with a desire to heal. Watching her clients experience personal growth in recovery is the most rewarding aspect of her work. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, baking, cooking, and doing anything outdoors like camping and hiking.
“Footprints cares!!! Their family support group has changed my relationship with my daughter in beautiful ways that allow us to support one another without giving up our own sanity. Addiction tears at the fibers of the family. There’s no magic wand, but it’s encouraging to know that my daughter will always have her Footprints people; and I will, too!”
– PAM D.