Jennifer is receiving clinical supervision towards independent licensure from the owner of DBT of South Jersey, Shaelene Lauriano.

Michelle Dunn

LSW

My passion for DBT started while working at an outpatient women’s trauma program. In that setting, I was able to see how so many clients were able to achieve a life worth living after learning and applying skills on a daily basis. I appreciate how DBT has the ability to provide a safe structure while still having the flexibility to personalize the skills for each client. I am a firm believer of practicing what you preach, so I also utilize the skills daily. My enthusiasm for teaching DBT stems from how helpful they are in my personal life, and I am confident that can be helpful for you too!

My commitment is to give you room to access your own wisdom and collaborate with you on how to make the hard stuff easier to sit with. My goals are to understand the challenges that you are currently facing, while empowering you to use your own strengths and skills to make life long changes. Though most of my work is with women who struggle with emotion dysregulation, a lack of self-compassion and self-destructive behaviors, I also enjoy work with adolescents and couples. My therapeutic style embodies a nonjudgmental stance, empathetic listening, all while maintaining an easy manner.

I received my master’s degree in social work with a specific concentration in individual and family counseling from Monmouth University. I am currently a licensed social worker and expect to have my senior title as a licensed clinical social worker by the end of this year. I am foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy by Dr. Essie Larson.  

When I am not working, I enjoy getting lost in a book, spending time with friends and family, taking pictures, and attending hockey games.  I am always looking forward to the next opportunity where I can accumulate positives or build a sense of mastery.