Psychiatric Evaluation/Medication Management

Kathleen Prendergast, APN will evaluate each client as an individual via a personal interview. Relevant medical, social and family history will be reviewed. Specific psychological/emotional issues that are of concern to the client will be addressed. Laboratory tests will be ordered if necessary to rule out any medical conditions that may be contributing to symptoms or behaviors for which the client is seeking help. Psychotherapy will be provided, in conjunction with psychiatric medications if necessary. Referrals will be made to medical or psychological specialties as deemed necessary.

Ms. Prendergast APN specializes in treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, insomnia, attention deficit disorders, trauma and stress related disorders, substance related and addictive disorders. Addictive disorders includes nicotine. The health risks of nicotine addiction are substantial and treatment is available. We will work with you to eliminate or at least reduce your use.

If an individual dependent on alcohol requires a detox treatment, referrals will be made. The patient will be followed up for post detox treatment. The patient's safety is of utmost concern. At this time, suboxone treatment for opiate abuse is not provided at Caldwell Mental Health. However, referrals can be made for this medication assisted treatment. Counseling and support groups are available for individuals who have abused opiates. In addition, alternate medication such as naltrexone is available to reduce urges and prevent relapse

Co-occurring treatment is an important component for many individuals with substance use disorders and will be addressed with medication and/or counseling as indicated.


Counselors provide services to people facing difficult circumstances or engaging in problematic behavior. They are similar in function to psychotherapists. The main difference is that counselors generally provide shorter-term help focused on finding solutions in the here-and-now. Psychotherapists typically provide longer-term treatment focused on improving insight into the past.

Christopher Tomkins, LPC, ACS, CCS uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to assist clients. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is one of the most research-backed forms of therapy. It is a goal-oriented therapy focused on addressing problematic thoughts, behaviors and feelings. Motivational Interviewing is also strongly supported by research. It helps motivate clients for change and supports their belief in themselves.

Mr. Tomkins believes that counseling should be a partnership where counselor and client work together to achieve solutions. In his initial sessions with you, he will help identify your own goals for therapy and then set out to achieve those goals. He does not prescribe medication but medication is available to his clients through Kathleen Prendergast, APN.

Group Counseling

Men's Group

This group will provide an opportunity for men 18 years and older to address issues which may contribute to anxiety or depression. Issues may be associated with their families, relationships, or role expectations.

Addiction Management Group

This group is open to men or women 18 years and older who are experiencing difficulty with addictive substances such as alcohol, pain killers, or opiates. Co-occurring medication assisted treatment is available. See our Facebook page for articles which reflect our approach. "One size does not fit all."


Caldwell Mental Health is a private practice providing individualized mental health services including medication and counseling.


Caldwell Mental Health
12 Smull Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006