Services Offered

We offer therapy for children, teens, adults and their families. For clients looking for counseling or other wellness services outside of DBT, please see below for additional services. Have questions about any of the services offered? Email us so we can be of help at contact@dbtofsouthjersey.com.  

For DBT clients, we offer a comprehensive program for clients that would benefit from DBT, including individual therapy, skills training group, phone coaching and therapist consultation. During individual therapy, you will work on targeting specific problems that are happening in your life now; ultimately working to build a life that you want to participate in fully. Skills training is a weekly group that feels more like a class. The purpose of the group is to develop and enhance your practice of mindfulness (being present), distress tolerance (getting through painful situations without making them worse), emotion regulation (skills to help you balance your emotions) and interpersonal effectiveness (relationship skills to help you communicate effectively). Phone coaching is provided to help you generalize the skills you are learning into your everyday life. Additionally, in consultation your therapist will receive feedback to help you from other therapists trained in DBT. These four modes of treatment are offered as a package to help you succeed.  

 

 
 

Skills Training Groups

Adult Skills Training Groups

Monday Evenings: 5:30pm

Tuesday Afternoons (Reduced Fee): 1pm
Tuesday Evenings: 530pm

Wednesday Mornings (Reduced Fee)10:00am
Thursday Afternoons (Reduced Fee): 1pm
Thursday Evenings (Women's Group): 630pm

 

Graduate DBT Skills Group

Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday
of each month:
530-645pm

 

 
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Multifamily Group (Teens)

Monday Evenings: 7:15-8:45pm

Tuesday Evenings: 7:15-8:45pm

 
 
 

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The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

-Mark Twain

 
 
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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). The treatment protocol combines DBT to help you learn skills to control behaviors that keep you form being able to target trauma symptoms effectively, such as life threatening behavior or substance use that interferes with the ability to adequately treat PTSD, among other issues.

Prolonged exposure is combined with DBT once appropriate, to target the experience of trauma directly, using in vivo and imaginal exposure. Through these techniques, clients are able to organize their trauma in such a way that it can be intentionally put away when needed, as opposed to avoiding all or most things that remind one of the distressing experience or experiences.  In imaginal exposure sessions, clients are asked to return to the trauma and describe it repeatedly. Through repetition and processing, imaginal exposure will decrease PTSD symptoms and help to shift problematic beliefs about the distressing experience.  In vivo exposure targets areas in your life that you are avoiding due to the trauma in a gradual way in order to help you handle them effectively and with decreased anxiety or fear. Avoidance and reliving are two symptoms of PTSD that maintain it, and for this reason PE aims to target these areas to help you find freedom. Dr. Melanie Harned developed the DBT-PE protocol, and chose PE as the treatment to supplement DBT due to exposure treatments being the most highly effective research based treatments for PTSD.  There are research studies testing the effectiveness of DBT-PE specifically, and upwards of 80% of participants no longer met criteria of PTSD post treatment (Harned, 2016).  

As mentioned before, DBT-PE is optional, with the client choice of doing the “DBT only track” or the “DBT-PE track”.  In regard to treatment structure, clients interested would still receive standard DBT (weekly individual sessions, skills group and phone coaching) while also attending weekly PE sessions for a period of about 15 weeks on average.  Please let your therapist know if you are interested in DBT-PE.

 
 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 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. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation while asking clients to recall certain memories in order to have these memories “reprocessed” so that the client no longer has the same emotional distress he or she once felt. Once EMDR is successfully completed the individual can still remember the experience, but no longer has painful emotions related to the experience. Just as the body can heal from an injury, EMDR helps the brain heal from past mental wounds. If you are interested in learning more about EMDR please visit www.emdria.org

 
 

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

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Compassion: The acknowledgement of suffering, with a desire to cease the suffering.

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, this therapy is aimed at helping us to quiet our inner critic, reduce problematic thinking and to soothe emotions of anxiety, shame, depression and other problematic emotions.  Clients who find themselves utilizing CFT are generally struggling with the previously mentioned emotions, in addition to perfectionism, self-criticism, post traumatic stress and an overall feeling that they are not enough.  A therapy that targets not only the way that we think, but also how we respond to ourselves.

CFT helps us to recognize our own self worth, and increase feelings of compassion towards others and ourselves. Through awareness exercises, meditation practice and compassionate mind training, clients who undergo CFT find that they are able to increase positive emotions and improve one of the most important relationships they have neglected; the relationship with self.

CFT can serve as a stand alone treatment, or in addition to DBT.  Since CFT techniques and principles blend well with DBT, this treatment is a wonderful option for clients in stages 2-4 of DBT. Clients with interest in only CFT can schedule an intake appointment and be assessed to ensure this therapy is the right fit for you. 

 
 

Yoga & Meditation

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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.  For example, feeling calm while your body is tensed is unlikely. Therefore, letting go of tension is an opposite action practice that will allow anxiety to decrease while feelings of calm or peace begin to surface.  Yoga can be a wonderful first step to those experiencing difficulty with developing a meditation practice, as yoga is a moving mindfulness practice. Though it is not all sitting in silence, yoga can help develop the same “mindfulness muscle” in our brains.

DBT of South Jersey has two registered yoga teachers (RYT) on staff. Shaelene Lauriano is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) who received her 200-hour training with Anjali Power Yoga.   She has received training in trauma informed yoga and has experience teaching yoga regularly to a population of women struggling with post traumatic stress disorder. Trained as a power vinyasa teacher, Shaelene utilizes yoga with clients to help them counteract what depression, anxiety, shame and trauma have done to the body.  Action urges associated with these emotions are typically to isolate, hide and hold your head low.  Alexandra Panchella is also a registered yoga teacher who received her 200-hour training from the Yoga and Meditation Center of Haddonfield. Yoga practice can help through teaching poses that will open your heart, allow stillness, while also building empowerment and strength. Through a yoga practice, one can begin to find healing both mentally and physically.

DBT of South Jersey offers private yoga sessions as well as group classes and workshops. Please contact us for pricing and check the website for any upcoming workshops.

 

Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that simply means being awake. Letting go of what has happened, and what may happened, allowing ourselves to be present in only this moment without judgment. Sounds great right? Easier said than done. Our minds have not been trained to think in this way. In fact, if we had a remote control for our mind that allowed us to turn down the volume from time to time, it’s likely many would sign right up! The bad news is-that doesn’t exist. The good news? Mindfulness is the closest thing to it.

Mindfulness is linked to decreased depression, anxiety, stress and increased well-being, feelings of contentment and other positive emotions, improved relationships and overall health. There is a wealth of information on the benefits of having a regular mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is not about emptying our mind of thoughts; it’s about changing the relationship we have with our thoughts, as well as our emotions. Learning to “play nice” with them, so to speak. Mindfulness is an essential part of DBT, and anyone receiving therapy from a DBT of South Jersey clinician will learn about mindfulness. All of our clinicians believe in mindfulness and have a personal practice of their own.

Please contact us for additional mindfulness services, such as group or corporate sessions.

 
 

Upcoming Workshops

Please check back for updates on our next workshops.