Acceptance. Change. Compassion.

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What is DBT?

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is an evidenced based behavioral treatment, which means there is research to prove its effectiveness; it combines elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Zen principles of mindfulness and compassion.

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Our Services

DBT of South Jersey offers a comprehensive program including individual therapy, skills training group, phone coaching and therapist consultation.


Additional Services

DBT-Prolonged Exposure

DBT-Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE) is a treatment option for those who have experienced trauma or traumatic invalidation, and are experiencing symptoms of complex posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR  is a therapeutic technique originally developed by Francine Sharpiro in order to help people find relief from the emotional distress they feel related to traumatic and/or upsetting life experiences.

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Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

Compassion focused therapy is an evidenced based practice built on principles of mindfulness, neuroscience, cognitive behavioral therapy and Buddhist psychology originally developed by Dr. Paul Gilbert.

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Yoga & Meditation

Research has shown that part of how we feel emotionally is triggered by our facial expressions and body postures. Our bodies communicate how we are feeling to our brain, so by changing our body, we can influence our emotional state.

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I’m not here to act as if I’m the expert on your life, because I’m not. I’m here to get through it with you and share what I have learned.


- Shaelene Lauriano, Owner & Director of DBT of South Jersey


Level 6:

Radically Genuine Blogspace

The Level 6: Radically Genuine Blog Space features DBT therapists who love what they do and practice what they preach. In DBT, level 6 is the highest level of validation.  It represents equality, authenticity and radical genuineness.