Psychotherapist- Adria Trapani-Barnacz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of New Jersey. She completed a BA in Psychology from The College of New Jersey, and her graduate training in Applied Clinical Psychology from William Paterson University. Adria is a member of NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals.
Adria has extensive experience in assessment, differential diagnoses, and determining most appropriate treatment in order to make recommendations for clients in a variety of settings.
Adria has supervised, trained and mentored clinicians and graduate students in DBT, and presented at professional DBT workshops and trainings. Adria’s broad experiences in working with Dually Diagnosed individuals since 2000 has allowed her to effectively apply a DBT approach for substance abuse and addiction, borderline personality disorder, as well as anxiety, mood, and psychotic disorders.
Empirically based training includes: DBT 5-day Foundational Course, DBT: Treating Substance Abuse Disorders, DBT Skills Training Course and DBT Chain Analysis Training, DBT Validation Principles and Strategies, NAMI and NEABPD sponsored Conference on Borderline Personality Disorder and Problems of Substance Abuse, DBT with Multi-Problem Adolescents, DBT Advanced Benefit Workshop, Getting to the Heart of the Problem: Targeting, Assessing and Solving Problem Behaviors. Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) for Children and Adolescents from the Albert Ellis Institute, and Miller and Rollnick’s Motivational Interviewing (MI) model. Level II training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) utilizing Roy Kiesling’s Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model.
In addition to formal training as a substance abuse specialist, Adria has a broad range of experience including Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP) development and implementation, individual, family, and group therapy with individuals from 13 years though adulthood. She initiated a collaborative relationship with Central Jersey Intergroup for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to bring an introductory, closed, adolescent’s meeting to clients as a way to expose youths struggling with addiction to the long-term support of the 12-Step Community.
Adria offers her clients a respectful and compassionate style, facilitating the bond and collaborative relationship needed to foster growth. She provides families with a balance of parental support, guidance, and empathy for the conflicts inherent in parenting adolescents and young adults. Adria fully embraces the DBT model of treatment. It is consistent with her commitment to changing what needs to be changed, while at the same time, accepting what cannot be changed. This has enabled her to be successful in treatment with individuals that have difficulty maintaining a healthy and rewarding life.