Who We Are

We believe in what we do.

We believe in what is possible for you, even when you are unable to believe in yourself.

If you are here, you are looking for something BIG. The decision to come to therapy is no easy one as it involves risk, vulnerability, courage and strength to speak openly and find some peace.  Many times the decision to start therapy is because things are not going well, or perhaps they could be better. Talking about tough topics with a complete stranger is usually enough to send most running in the opposite direction; and on top of that, time and money are always of concern. Know that if you are feeling this apprehension, you are in the right spot, and we get it!  Consider this to be the first step in investing in something extremely valuable that you will only ever have one chance at; your life. DBT of South Jersey is here and ready to help with treatment that works.

We would love to support you.

Meet Our Team

Our clinicians have all received intensive, foundational or core training in DBT, in addition to other specialized trainings that will compliment services provided.

Shaelene Lauriano kite

Shaelene Lauriano kite

LPC, DBT-LBC Certified Clinician, ACS, NCC, RYT, Florida Telehealth Provider

 

OWNER & DIRECTOR
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“Never compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.”

—Janis Joplin

Lisa Besler

Lisa Besler

LPC, DBT-LBC Certified Clinician, ACS, NCC, Florida Telehealth Provider

CLINICAL DIRECTOR
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“You did then what you knew how to do, and when you knew better you did better.”

—Maya Angelou

Alexandra Panchella

Alexandra Panchella

 LPC, DBT-LBC Certified Clinician, RYT

Clinical Lead
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“Mental strength is not the ability to stay out of the darkness; but the ability to sit present in the darkness, knowing the light will shine again.”

—Stacy Turis

Kris Bendinelli

Kris Bendinelli

LPC, DBT-LBC Certified Clinician, ACS, NCC, Florida Telehealth Provider

CLINICAL LEAD
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“It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”

—Anonymous

Michelle Dunn

Michelle Dunn

LSW

GROUP COORDINATOR
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“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

Joshua J. Marine

Ashlee Maruca

Ashlee Maruca

LPC

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“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”

Napoleon Hill

Alaina Cara

Alaina Cara

LCSW

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“Radical Acceptance is the willingness to experience ourselves and our lives as it is. A moment of Radical Acceptance is a moment of genuine freedom.”

–Tara Branch

Molly Johnson

Molly Johnson

LCSW

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“You do not belong to the future or the past -You belong right here.”

– Rupi Kaur

Christina Sterlacci

Christina Sterlacci

LAC

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“We are not our trauma. We are not our brain chemistry. That’s part of who we are, but we’re so much more than that”

—Sam J. Miller

Mary Evers

Mary Evers

LCSW

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“We can trust ourselves, stand in our own truth, stand in our own light. Fear, doubt and confusion are the enemies of self-trust”.

-Melody Beattie

Sarah Sidman

Sarah Sidman

LPC, LCADC, NCC

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“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.”

-Sophia Bush

Jelani McMath

Jelani McMath

LPC

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Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.  

Jonathan Martinez

Jonathan Martinez

LAC

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“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

– Vivian Greene

Catie Giarra

Catie Giarra

LCSW

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“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”

– C.S. Lewis

Nicole Kozak

Nicole Kozak

LAC

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“You always have a chance to write a new chapter. You are the author of your own story.”

– Elise Museles

JJ Menaquale

JJ Menaquale

LSW

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“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”

— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ashley Fritz

Ashley Fritz

Counseling Intern

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“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.”    

-S.Kelly Harrell

Samantha Pinto

Samantha Pinto

Counseing Intern

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“And as you learn the magic, learn to believe it. Don’t be ‘surprised’ when it works, you undercut your power.”

– Diane di Prima

Rob Peterman

Rob Peterman

Counseling Intern

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“Dedication sees dreams come true.”

– Kobe Bryant

Lisa Pernini

Lisa Pernini

Counseling Intern

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“An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.”

-Goi Nasu

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi Mitchell

Counseling Intern

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“Meet this transient world with neither grasping nor fear, trust the unfolding of life, and you will attain true serenity.”

-Bhagavad Gita

Shannon Taylor

Shannon Taylor

Counseling Intern

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“Where you stand determines what you see and what you do not see; it determines also the angle you see it from; a change in where you stand changes everything.”

-Steve De Shazer

Our Desk Angels

Lisa W.

Lisa W.

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“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

—Lou Holtz

Savoy M.

Savoy M.

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“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty”. 

Maya Angelou

Tara M.

Tara M.

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“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea.”

– C. Joybell C.

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