Therapists


Rikki Bobchin, LCSW

Director– Rikki Bobchin 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 15 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.

 

Brianna Brunner, LCSW

Psychotherapist-Brianna Brunner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New Jersey, and earned an MSW from Rutgers University. She began training at the DBT Center of NJ in 2009. Brianna has extensive experience treating patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and their families. Specializing with adolescents, and young adults who engage in self-harming behaviors. Brianna is also experienced working with couples struggling to communicate and regulate emotions within their relationship.

Other areas of clinical focus include treating Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Insomnia, and relationship problems. Brianna’s passion and excitement towards helping families is contagious and inspiring. Her energy and spirit combined with her clinical knowledge and experience creates a warm and engaging environment for growth.

Brianna’s formal training in DBT includes completing the 5-Day DBT Foundational Training, and Advanced DBT workshop for experienced DBT providers through Behavioral Technologies, and DBT for Couples training by Alan Fruzzeti who adapted DBT for couples. She also completed Diagnosis and Treatment for Adolescents with Borderline Personality Disorder, through the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder. Other training in empirically based treatment includes, Mindfulness Based Training at the Omega Institute, and intensive training in Schema Therapy for Personality Disorders at the NJ Institute for Schema Therapy.

Currently, Brianna provides individual DBT therapy to adolescents and young adults and is a talented DBT Skills Trainer running multiple DBT groups a week for young adults and adolescents. Brianna has been successfully adapting skills training to individuals and families in order to meet their specific needs.

Most recently, Brianna has obtained training in CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia) and she has been consisdered proficient in this area by Dr. Gregg Jacobs. Brianna offers sleep coaching individually and in a group setting for clients struggling to sleep at night. Brianna has been studying to become an expert in treating Insomnia by using CBT-I.

Brianna also treats high conflict couples by using the DBT for Couples model which includes couples sessions and couples skills training group. Brianna has completed the 12-Day Imago Relationship Therapy training program and she will be receiving her certification in Imago Therapy.

Past experience includes, adapting DBT in an Intensive Outpatient Program. Brianna trained and mentored clinical staff as an Assistant Director for DBT services over 3 locations, and was the Clinical Coordinator for an Adolescent DBT Program. Brianna also provided direct clinical services including individual DBT, skills training groups and phone coaching.

 

Jennifer Celli, LPC, RPT

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.

 

Beth Fier, LPC, NCC, ACS

DBT/CFT therapist – BETH FIER, LPC, NCC, ACS is the founder of SEED Professional Counseling & Consulting Services and works collaboratively as a member of the DBT Center of NJ consultation team.  She is licensed as a professional counselor in NJ, and is an Approved Clinical Supervisor through the National Board of Certified Counselors’ (NBCC) Center for Credentialing and Education.   She received her BA in psychology from the University of North Texas, and attended graduate school at The College of New Jersey, where she received her MA in 1998 from their Department of Counselor Education.  She began her work in community mental health in 1993, and began her private practice in 2002.

She is currently a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), and the New Jersey Counseling Association (NJCA).  She is past president for the New Jersey Association for Multicultural Counseling (NJAMC), 2006-2009 and has served as Member at Large for the executive board of NJCA.  Beth is proudly the recipient of the NJ Counseling Association’s 2009 Tabler Award for Distinguished Services for her commitment to the counseling profession.

Beth is intensively trained in DBT through the Behavioral Tech Foundational Training, and has received specialized training on:

  • The DBT Skills Modules
  • DBT Validation Principles and Strategies
  • DBT Chain Analysis Training
  • DBT Advanced Benefit Workshop
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Updates to Emotion Regulation and Crisis Survival Skills with Dr. Marsha Linehan

Additional Training includes:

  • Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) by treatment originators, by Drs. Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman.  MBT is an alternative, evidence based approach to treating Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Seven week study project developed by the Practice Ground Evidence Based Learning Collaborative on implementing the two-chair technique for self-critical splits.  This technique is based in the Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) model, an evidence based approach to treating depression.
  • 2013 NYC Mindful Self-Compassion Summit and Workshop with Drs. Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, and Dennis Tirch
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for Shame and Self-Critical Difficulties with the treatment’s originator, Dr. Paul Gilbert.

In her work with the DBT Center of NJ, Beth specializes in working with adults in second/third stage DBT treatment on issues related to shame, acceptance and self-sufficiency.  She has directed DBT Advanced Program for skills graduates and the Cultivating Connections Group Series.  She currently runs the CMT for DBT: Working with Difficult Emotions and Secondary Targets group.  This group addresses shame and self-critical difficulties that often persist beyond first stage work in DBT.

Beth provides clinical consultation and training to behavioral healthcare organizations interested in DBT and CFT/CMT.  She has trained other mental health professionals on such topics as DBT, CFT, building helping relationships and leadership development. She has presented at local, state and national conferences on topics such as counseling adults with personality disorders, alternative approaches to community mental health service, and developing cultural competence in behavioral healthcare systems.

In 2011, she was invited by the National Board for Certified Counselors-International (NBCC-I) to be trained as a Master Trainer for their Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) Program.  The NBCC-I MHF program is only introduced at the request of local mental health experts in host countries outside of the U.S., and it is designed to improve access to mental health care by educating and training professionals, paraprofessionals and lay people in the basics of mental health.  She subsequently co-facilitated the first MHF training of trainers for volunteers in the disaster affected areas of Japan and is currently collaborating with NBCC-I and Eos-Visions to launch a pilot of the MHF program at the Kigali Health Institute (KHI) in Kigali Rwanda.

 

Lauren Lucente, LAC

Psychotherapist-Lauren Lucente received a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, and in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rowan University in 2012. Lauren will be attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in the fall of 2013, to obtain a doctorate in clinical psychology.

During her graduate studies, Lauren completed two independent internships, from 2010-2012. One working with individuals in a variety of levels of care, including partial care (PC), and intensive outpatient (IOP), utilizing dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Her second internship applying standard DBT in an outpatient setting at the DBT Center of NJ. Throughout her experiences at the DBT Center, Lauren has worked with adults, adolescents and children applying DBT treatment through individual sessions, skills training groups, phone coaching and individual skills training. Lauren has also conducted orientation DBT presentations to inform families and individual on how to obtain comprehensive DBT.

Lauren extensive background in conducting empirical research as part of the AssErt research lab located at Rowan University for the past five years. Lauren has conducted many research projects and has presented her findings at national conferences, primarily in the area of sexual aggression. She has presented at 15 conferences, published a manuscript, and completed a master’s thesis. Lauren continues to mentor undergraduate and graduate students as they develop and conduct their own research.

Lauren has recently been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral, Therapy with Childhood Traumatic Grief, and An On-line Training Course for Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

 

Publications

Angelone, D.J., Mitchell, D. & Lucente, L. (2012). Predicting perceptions of date rape: An

examination of perpetrator motivation, relationship length, and gender role beliefs. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27, 2582-2602.

Thesis

Thesis Title: The impact of sexual self-esteem on risk detection in college women

Research Presentations

Lucente, L., Angelone, D.J., Walsh, A., & Johnson, L. (2012, November). The influence of sexual self-esteem on risk detection in college women. Paper presented at the annual congress of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Tampa, FL.

Lucente, L. (2011, May). Examining the impact of sexual self-esteem on risk recognition in college women. Oral presentation at the 2012 Psychology Conference, Glassboro NJ.

Angelone, D.J., Mitchell, D., Lucente, L., & Angelone, B.L. (2011, November). Examining

 alcohol and risk recognition in the “Edudate” paradigm. Paper presented at the annual

congress of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Houston, TX.

Lucente, L., Angelone, D.J., Walsh, A., & Mannon, S. (2011, November). Intrapersonal

characteristics and sexual risk recognition. Poster presented at the annual congress of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Houston, TX.

Lucente, L., Angelone, D.J., Mitchell, D. & Angelone, B. (April, 2011). Examining the link between

 consumption of alcohol and a woman’s ability to recognize sexual risk. Oral presentation

presented  at the 2011 Psychology Conference, Glassboro, NJ.

Angelone, D.J., Mitchell, D., & Lucente, L. (2011, March). Predicting perceptions of date rape:

Examining perpetrator motivation and gender role beliefs. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, Cambridge, MA.

Swirsky, J., Angelone, D.J., Lucente, L., & Urso, K. (2011, March). Sticks and stones may break

my bones…but words can really hurt me too. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, Cambridge, MA.

Swirsky, J., Angelone, D.J., Lucente, L., & Urso, K. (2011, March).  Bullied today, bothered

tomorrow: How being bullied shapes girls’ lives. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Easter and Midcontinent Joint Regional Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Schaffer, A., Barba, C., Angelone, D.J., & Lucente, L. (2010, November). A qualitative

approach to understanding infidelity in a college sample. Paper presented at the annual

congress of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Las Vegas, NV.

Schaffer, A., Barba, C., Angelone, D.J., & Lucente, L. (2010, November). Cheating: Is it you,

him, or the sex?. Poster presented at the annual congress of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Las Vegas, NV.

Barba, C., Schaffer, A., Angelone, D.J. & Lucente, L.“Is it You, Him or the Relationship” (2010, April,). Oral

presentation presented at the annual Psychology Conference, Glassboro, NJ.

Angelone, D.J., Lucente, L., & Timmons, C.R. (2010, March). The effect of female-

to-female alternative aggression on women’s long-term lives. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Litvack, A., Angelone, D.J., & Lucente, L. (2009, November). The psychosocial effects of rape on

heterosexual and homosexual men. Paper presented at the annual congress of the Society for

the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Litvack, A., Angelone, D.J., & Lucente, L. (2009, April). Are You in the Mood? The Effects of Mood

on Sexual  Joke Telling Behavior. Poster presented at the annual Psychology Conference,

Glassboro, NJ.

Litvack, A., Lucente, L., & Angelone, D.J. (2009, March). Are you in the mood? The influence

 of positive and negative affect on sexually oriented joke telling. Poster presented at the

annual conference of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh PA.

 

Kimberly McLaughlin, LPC

Psychotherapist- Kimberly McLaughlin 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.

 

Jill Portaro, LCSW

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.

 

Adria Trapani, LPC, LCADC

Psychotherapist- Adria Trapani 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.