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: 5:30-7pm

Tuesday Afternoons (Reduced Fee): 1:00-2:30pm
Tuesday Evenings: 5:30-7:00pm

Wednesday Mornings (Reduced Fee)10:00-11:30am

Wednesday Evenings: 7:30-9:00pm

Thursday Afternoons (Reduced Fee): 1:00-2:30pm
Thursday Evenings (Women's Group): 6:30-8pm*Moving to 7:15-8:45pm

 

Graduate DBT Skills Group

Adult PM Graduate Group: 2nd and 4th Wednesday
of each month: 5:30-7:00pm

Adult Day Graduate Group:

1st and 3rd Thursday of each month: 11:00am-12:30pm

 

 
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Additional Groups

Family Support Group:

Our Family Support Group meets weekly to provide education and skills training to those connected to someone struggling with mental health related problems.  Focusing on issues that are specific to our clients, the group is led by a trained group leader who received training from Behavioral Tech and Dr. Alan Fruzzetti.

Dr. Fruzzetti developed DBT family resources based on his research at Harvard University as well as his significant professional expertise in counseling people with BPD and their loved ones. Our group, led by Jennifer Gould, shares current information and research on family functioning; individual coping skills based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); family skills; and group support that hopes to build an ongoing network for family members and partners.

Thursdays at 8:15-9:30pm with Jennifer Gould, LAC

Investment: $40.00 per session

Email Jennifer@dbtofsouthjersey.com to get started.

Men’s Trauma Group:

“All emotions, even those that are suppressed and unexpressed, have physical effects. Unexpressed emotions tend to stay in the body like ticking time bombs - they are illnesses in incubation.” Marilyn Van Derbur.  

Trauma affects how one reacts and functions in all aspects of their lives.  The goal of group is to discover that one’s reactions are normal responses to trauma and yet there are more effective ways to cope.  If you are seeking relief from symptoms, want to gain control over your emotions, and want to reduce suffering and heal this group will give you the skills.  Group is open to men 18 and older and will run for 10 weeks.  

Thursdays 5:30-7pm with Kris Bendinelli, LPC

Investment: $60.00 per session

Email Kris@dbtofsouthjersey.com to get started.





Multifamily Group (Teens)

Monday Evenings: 7:15-8:45pm

Tuesday Evenings: 7:15-8:45pm

Wednesday Evenings: 5:30-7pm

 
 
 

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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.