Jill Portaro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her master’s degree in social work and undergraduate degree in psychology and women’s studies from Rutgers University. Jill provides treatment for mood disorders, trauma, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder. She specializes in adolescents, young adults, and women’s issues.
Jill is a client centered clinician who believes the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for any work she practices. It is from this foundation that she guides her clients to finding their balance through a warm, non-judgmental, and compassionate environment.
Jill’s training includes completion of the two part Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training™ over the course of 6 months through Behavioral Tech. She also practices with a trauma focused approach with training in the Seeking Safety model and Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment.
Jill was a founding member of a DBT Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescent females with co-occurring mood disorders with histories of trauma, eating disorders and/or addictions. Jill helped develop and implement DBT in the specialized teen girls population while incorporating safety stabilization to those suffering with PTSD, DBT for Addictions, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy groups to those suffering with eating disorders. She provided Clinical Coordinator Coverage for the program and was selected to participate in an administrative consultation team which oversaw and developed treatment implementation for multiple site adolescent DBT expansion within the agency.
Her other experience includes working with children as the lead clinician through a Therapeutic After-School Program, where she facilitated and developed creative curriculums. She has utilized a combination of Motivational Interviewing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Play Therapy as well as provided psychoeducation for children ages 8-12 suffering from anxiety, depression, and/or oppositional/defiant behavioral problems.
She has also worked closely with parents and guardians to help improve the family system, as the child learns new ways to cope, through parent/guardian support groups, psychoeducation groups, and multifamily education and skills groups.