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Therapists


Rikki Bobchin, LCSW 

Director– Rikki Bobchin pronouns: she/her/hers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New Jersey and earned an MSW from Rutgers University in 1996. Rikki specializes in providing evidence-based treatment and has been successfully treating clients with Borderline Personality Disorder using a DBT approach since 1999. She established a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy program to provide all treatment modes to their full capacity. As the founder of the DBT Center of NJ, she has trained, supervised, and mentored her team. She provides training and consultation to DBT programs and community therapists in NJ. Rikki has also successfully adapted standard DBT in an intensive outpatient setting as a Clinical Director. She trains and supervises students, clinicians and hospital programs in evidence-based treatments to establish a standard of care in NJ. Rikki is the first private practitioner to fund and support a Family Connections Group that trains families, to help other families, at no cost. Rikki was a guest speaker on a Nationally Syndicated Blog Talk Radio Show-Your Mental Health, and has consulted with the documentary film director for the Re-Think BPD project. She is most recognized for her passion to provide evidenced-based treatment, dedication to the population she serves, and her radical genuineness.

Rikki’s areas of clinical focus include treating complex trauma, borderline personality disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, substance abuse, disordered eating, and in providing parent education. Rikki is a seasoned skills trainer who has structured and maintained multiple skills training groups a week for the past 20 years, including adult, young adult, adolescent, parent, and MBT group.

Rikki’s extensive DBT training includes completing the 5-day Advanced Intensive Training Course, and New Emotion Regulation Skills with the treatment developer Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., 10-day Intensive Training Course in DBT, Individual Psychotherapy and Skills Training in DBT, Treating the Multiply Disordered Suicidal Client, Treating Eating Disorders in DBT, DBT with Multi-Problem Adolescents, Skills Training Course, DBT Chain Analysis Training and DBT Validation Principles and Strategies, and Getting to the Heart of the Problem: Targeting, Assessing and Solving Problem Behaviors.

MBT training includes: intensive and advanced intensive training by Dr. Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman in Menatlization Based Treatment, (MBT-F) Menatlization Based Treatment for Families and NEA-BPD Yale Conference: Empirically Supported Therapies for Borderline Personality Disorder: Common and Distinguishing Aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mentalization Based Therapy. Rikki also receives on-going group supervision and advanced supervision through McLean Hospital-Gunderson Residence MBT experts and received training in Good Psychiatric Management (GPM) with Dr. John Gunderson and Dr. Lois Choi-Kain

In addition she has completed Intensive Training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), by treatment developer Edna Foa, Ph.D., at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania, is level II trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), has advanced training from the New Jersey Child Sexual Abuse Training Institute–Case Consultation Project, received new specialized training in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics/Habit Reversal Training (CBIT/HRT), is a NASW Board Approved Clinical Supervisor and a Field Supervisor for MSW graduate students.

Rikki is a member of the National Association of Social Worker (NASW), The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association, Evidence-Based Practice learning Community, and Treatment and Research Advancements Nation Association of Personality Disorders (TARA).

Rikki’s background experience includes providing inpatient substance abuse treatment to adults and adolescents, outpatient community mental health services for children, adolescents and adults, working in child protective services, providing mental health services for the Department of Corrections, and adapting DBT skills training groups in a correctional facility where she developed mental health treatment for the first Juvenile Female Correctional Facility in NJ for the Juvenile Justice Commission.

 

Jennifer Celli, LPC, RPT

Jennifer Celli pronouns: she/her/hers 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.

 

Kimberly McLaughlin, LPC

Psychotherapist- Kimberly McLaughlin pronouns: she/her/hers is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over fifteen years of clinical experience working with adults, adolescents, and their families.  She received a BA from TCNJ and attended graduate school at Monmouth University where she received an MS in Professional Counseling. She graduated with distinction, earning membership into Chi Sigma Iota, an international academic and professional honor society for counseling students.  She began working in community mental health centers in 1999 and began private practice in 2010.  Kimberly utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approaches to treatment.

Kimberly has been intensively trained in DBT through the Behavioral Tech Foundational training and has received additional trainings in DBT through Behavioral Tech including: Advanced Topics in DBT, Validation Principles and Strategies, Getting to the Heart of the Problem: Targeting, Assessing and Solving Problem Behaviors, and Skills Group Training. Kimberly also participated in a research study developed by Behavioral Tech implementing exposure protocols in the treatment of panic disorder.   In addition, Kimberly completed the Intensive Training in Exposure and Response Prevention for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) at University of Pennsylvania.  Kimberly has continued to receive supervision from experts from University of Pennsylvania in the application of interventions in the treatment of OCD and other anxiety disorders.

Kimberly is currently providing individual DBT therapy to adolescents and adults, and she facilitates weekly skills groups.  In addition, Kimberly provides individual exposure treatment to clients with anxiety disorders which includes home visits, phone consultation, and off site exposures.  Kimberly has expertise in treating a variety of clinical disorders, including borderline personality disorder, OCD, panic disorder, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, depression, and bipolar disorder.

Kimberly is committed to providing evidence based treatments to her clients.  She is an active member of several professional organizations including Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), and PracticeGround.

 

 

Adria Trapani, LPC, LCADC

Psychotherapist- Adria Trapani pronouns: she/her/hers 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 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 thought 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, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and is level I trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Adria has extensive experience in assessment and differential diagnoses, determining most appropriate treatment and making recommendations for clients in a variety of settings including; Short Term Care Facility (STCF) units, Day Treatment Programs for Severe and Persistently Mentally Ill population, Division of Addiction Services (DAS) funded community based treatment, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) levels of care and traditional Outpatient services.

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 worked within all adolescent programs at Princeton House Behavioral Health in Hamilton, and as the Senior Primary Therapist in the Adolescent Substance abuse IOP, initiated a collaborative relationship with Central Jersey Intergroup for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). This brought an introductory, closed, adolescent’s meeting to the clients of that program as a way to expose youths struggling with addiction to the long-term support of the 12-Step Community.

Adria offers to her clients a respectful and compassionate style that facilitates the bond and collaborative relationship needed to foster growth. She provides families with a balance of parental support and guidance, combined with empathy for the conflicts inherent in adolescence. 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.

 

David White, LPC

David White (Dave) pronouns: he/his/him  brings over 15 years of therapeutic experience to the DBT Center of NJ team. Dave specializes in the treatment of adolescents and their families and has provided support and healing in a variety of clinical settings throughout the years including long-term residential treatment, in-home and community based therapy, adoption/ foster care services, acute hospitalization, and various outpatient settings. Dave has a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of New Jersey and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of Utah. Dave has in-depth Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) thought BehaviorTech and has received advanced training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy.

Dave works with adolescents struggling with suicidal ideation, self-harm, substance abuse, trauma, technology addiction, anxiety, depression, un- healthy relationships, processing disorders, developmental delays, school refusal, family conflict, conduct and oppositional behavior disorders, low self-esteem, LGBTQ+ concerns and identity exploration. Dave also has extensive knowledge, both personally and professionally, working with individuals who struggle with attachment or adoption questions as he and his wife are adoptive parents themselves and have first-hand experience and insight concerning attachment theory and treatment. Among the key attributes that make Dave such an esteemed clinician on the DBT Center team is his sincere commitment to supporting the families that care so deeply for their troubled family members.

In session with Dave you can expect to have an authentic experience of connection and understanding. Dave has a down-to-earth approach to counseling that includes both the science and the art of therapy. In one context you may learn about the neurobiological connections between your bodily sensations and the feelings you are experiencing, in another you may practice tangible skills for managing your overwhelming emotions, and in still another you may find yourself chuckling at a dorky, yet timely, dad-joke. Undergirding all of this, however, is Dave’s unique ability to help his clients feel genuinely heard, taken seriously, and understood.

Dave and his wife, Jamie, have been married for nearly 20 years. They have three children: a 21-year-old son, 17-year-old son, and a 7-year old daughter. Dave and Jamie have navigated the challenging demands of uniting a blended family and of fostering at- risk children. Dave and his family enjoy spending time in the outdoors: hiking, biking, running, swimming, and simply taking in the beauty that nature has to offer.

 

Nicole Orro, LPC, LCADC, ACS

Nicoel Orro pronouns: she/her/hers is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of New Jersey. She has been working with children, adolescents, adults and their families since 2001. She completed her undergraduate training at Georgian Court University with a major in Psychology and minor in Holistic Health. She completed her graduate training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Master’s in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology. 

Nicole specializes in the treatment of substance use and dual diagnosis in relation to the client and its impact on the family. She provides evidenced-based treatment for substance use including both harm reduction as well as abstinence-based approaches. Nicole has experience facilitating skill groups in a DBT-informed setting and has attended the 5 Day DBT Core Training.  

In addition to having clinical experience with direct care to clients as a psychotherapist, Nicole is an Approved Clinical Supervisor. She has provided oversight as well as direct training and supervision of students and supervisees on their clinical work.

Nicole’s accomplishments have included providing community education through articles, lectures, podcasts, and panel discussion on topics within the behavioral health field based on her clinical experience. She participated as a panelist for NJBIZ: Mental Health in the Workplace to discuss how the pandemic has impacted worker’s mental health as well as how businesses in NJ can better support employees. Nicole also has a two-part podcast for Mind on Mental Health: Healthcare Workers’ Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic. This podcast focused on her volunteer work providing therapy to employees that were frontline healthcare employees during the pandemic.  

Nicole has worked in a variety of settings during her career in the behavioral health field. This included working in a residential substance use treatment facility providing therapy to adjudicated adolescents. She has also worked in a university setting with both traditional and non-traditional students providing individual counseling. Nicole has worked with children ages 5-15 yr. as an in-home therapist providing supportive counseling to both the child and family. She has also worked as a therapist on an inpatient substance and detox facility providing assessment, individual therapy, group therapy and multi-family group work centered around addiction. She has also worked as a therapist in an acute partial hospital outpatient setting providing case management, individual therapy, group therapy, multi-family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults.

Nicole facilitates a client-centered approach to therapy with collaboration and empathy. She provides supportive counseling while working with clients to evaluate, plan, prepare and engage in changing ineffective thinking and behavior. This style of therapy is centered on hope, while promoting an opportunity for clients to feel better and do better.    

 

Nancy Barich, LSW 

Nancy Barich pronouns: she/her/hers is a Licensed Social Worker who is dedicated to the mental health of young adults, adults and families. She completed her BA at University of Michigan, obtained her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and did her graduate training for her MSS at Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Nancy is currently providing individual DBT therapy and evidence-based treatment for emotionally dysregulated adults, young adults, adolescents and their families and facilitating weekly skills groups for adolescents and adults.

Nancy, who has always focused on continuous education, most recently completed a 29-hour Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive at the Treatment Implementation Collaborative as well a DBT Skills Training at Behavioral Tech. She’s passionate about the role of mindfulness in wellbeing, completing Palouse Mindfulness Program, a Mindful Self-Compassion Program through the UC-San Diego Center for Mindfulness and most recently an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) at Imagine Mindfulness. She’s volunteering with an international collaborative developing programing to provide high quality, affordable mindfulness teacher training in hopes of making mindfulness accessible for all.   

Nancy enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, and adults and worked with a multi-disciplinary team at Princeton Behavioral Health Penn Medicine Princeton Health to provide DBT-treatment at an acute level of care for a diverse group of adolescents. In addition to supporting the EET meal programs, she co-led DBT skills training and managed homework groups. She conducted initial consultation, a triage-like process to discern best disposition for incoming clients at Princeton University and provided short-term individual therapy with undergraduate and graduate students. She utilized multiple perspectives such as Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, CBT techniques, and mindfulness-based activities to promote change.  

Nancy believes in a holistic approach to mental health; She’s been practicing yoga for over 25 years and is a registered yoga instructor (RYT200) through the Yoga Alliance. Always passionate about education, working closely with the Superintendent, Nancy founded a local volunteer organization, Helpwell, convening community leaders from the district schools to define needs and establish a program to bring professional volunteers to share their expertise in support of the curriculum. In 2017, she was recognized for her achievement and awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.   Her promise to her clients is to bring her full self—taking parts of mindfulness, yoga, gardening, family dynamics, parenting, education and the suite of biopsychosocial tools—to support their best selves and lives worth living. 

Nancy is completing her N.J. State licensing hours towards her independent LCSW status and is under the clinical supervision of Rikki Bobchin, LCSW