MA, LPC, NCC, DBT-LBC certified clinician, RYT, ACS
Owner of DBT of South Jersey, LLC
I was first introduced to DBT in 2009 while working with adolescents in a residential facility in Cape May, New Jersey. From there, I continued my schooling and obtained my Master’s in Counseling from The College of New Jersey in May of 2012. Once I became a licensed clinician, I took an amazing job opportunity working for a women’s trauma program. It was there that my love and appreciation for DBT flourished.
In working with clients, I found that many of them saw great success when learning DBT. It felt inspiring to me to see clients overcome huge obstacles and make change for the better. Unfortunately, there were not many places for them to continue their DBT treatment as I worked in a short-term intensive program at the time. I found that there were many clinicians advertising that they offered DBT, though after helping clients to find adequate care, I was disheartened to learn many clinicians were not trained in the model they were offering. I decided not to wait for a solution to arise for clients. I knew there was a strong a need for outpatient DBT, so I started my first DBT skills training group in the summer of 2014, after taking on some individual clients. From there, I expanded my practice in hopes of providing adherent DBT services to the south jersey community.
I received foundational training in DBT from Behavioral Tech (Dr. Linehan’s research and training company) in September of 2013, and attended a series of trainings to follow. I participated in advanced DBT trainings with Dr. Charlie Swenson, Dr. Kelly Koerner, Dr. Amy Wagner, and training for the Prolonged Exposure DBT Protocol from Dr. Melanie Harned in July of 2016. I have also completed trainings for Compassion Focused Therapy with Dr. Kristin Neff, Dr. Dennis Tirch, Dr. Kelly Koerner and Dr. Russel Kolts. I have a strong desire to provide my clients with the best treatment possible, and that is my main motivation to constantly better myself as a clinician. In therapy, I utilize my training and techniques from these amazing teachers to create therapy that works for my clients on an individual basis. I find that my training as a yoga instructor an helps me to help clients with the mind and body connection, healing the “issues in the tissues” so to speak.
I specialize in treating women that struggle with trauma, ongoing depression, not feeling "enough" in their various roles they take on in life, and emotion dysregulation. My goal for clients is to help them one day become their own therapist and learn to implement what we spend time on during our time together. In addition to treating clients, I also work as a clinical supervisor to help clinicians strengthen their skills as they work towards licensure, as well as help them work towards DBT certification. I really enjoy teaching and training because it's a way to spread out the "good stuff" and help more clients access help that they need.
I consider myself to have a job of high privilege; to be trusted as a co-pilot on your walk through healing. I often tell my clients, you are driving the bus, and I’m here just sharing what I know. There are times in which you will feel like giving up, and in those times I will be there to remind you of your strengths and of your courage, even in times when you do not hold the hope for yourself. As we say in DBT, pain is inevitable and suffering is optional. I am here to help you let go of suffering and to find peace. I provide a safe space for therapy, consisting of a non-judgmental, validating and sometimes hilarious (if I do say so myself) environment. Being authentic and genuine is the way that I maintain strong relationships with my clients. In my free time, I work hard to practice what I preach to clients. My practice of mindfulness and yoga keep me grounded! I also love to spend time outside, with family and friends and my two (amazing) dachshunds, Lucy and Ralphy.