Jennifer Celli is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist working with children, adolescents, and their families since 2000. She completed her graduate training at Monmouth University with a concentration in Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy.
Jennifer specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and as a clinician within a full comprehensive DBT program at DBT Center of NJ. She provides evidence-based treatment for suicidal/self-injurious children, adolescents, young adults and their families.
Jennifer’s most recent accomplishment includes her training and qualification for Animal Assisted Therapy Certification through Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. Her co-therapist, a two year old English Mastiff name Matilda is a Canine Good Citizen through the American Kennel Club. In addition, Jennifer and Matilda have also recently been admitted into Candidacy for Certification progression for Animal Assisted Play Therapy Certification through the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy developed by Dr. Rise VanFleet and Tracie Faa-Thompson.
Jennifer has been intensively trained in Animal Assisted Therapy. This process is used to influence clients as the animals soothe to bring a loving and non-judgmental presence, often breaking down barriers that isolate clients whom experience physical and emotional difficulties.
Jennifer has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy through Behavioral Technologies which includes the 5-day Foundational Training, for clinicians who are already part of an intensively trained DBT Team, DBT with Multi-Problem Adolescents; DBT Validation Principles and Strategies; DBT Chain Analysis Training, DBT Advanced Benefit Workshop, Getting to the Heart of the Problem: Targeting, Assessing and Solving Problem Behaviors. NEA-BPD Yale Conference: Empirically Supported Therapies for Borderline Personality Disorder: Common and Distinguishing Aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT).
Jennifer is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA), Treatment and Research Advancements Nation Association of Personality Disorders (TARA), Association for Play Therapy (APT), American Counseling Association (ACA), and Chi-Sigma Iota (Monmouth University Chapter) for scholastic and professional excellence.
Jennifer has provided clinical treatment in a variety of settings.
She worked with sexual abuse survivors in a residential treatment facility providing psychotherapy, psycho-education for clients and support staff, as well as implementing play and sand tray therapy into their treatment plan. During this experience, Jennifer developed and implemented group therapy to promote effective coping strategies for this client population. Jennifer was the primary clinician for an Adolescent Partial Hospital Program in an outpatient setting offering individual and group therapy, psycho education, as well as Multi-Family support services for those enrolled in the program. In addition to providing therapeutic services she collaborated with ancillary treatment providers such as school personnel, individual and family counselors, as well as advocating for insurance providers to support treatment. Jennifer has been a clinician at a non-traditional private school for academically and emotionally impaired youth grades 6 through 12.