Alaina Cara

Alaina Cara



“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

Alaina Cara

Therapy can feel intimidating, but have no fear! My fun, energetic approach will make anyone feel comfortable and at ease as your personal journey begins.

I am a licensed clinical social worker of 12+ years who brings a wealth of DBT excitement, clinical knowledge, and leadership experience to the DBT of South Jersey team. As an MSW graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, prior to joining the team I was the Child and Adolescent Team Coordinator for a local outpatient facility, as well as an Intensive In Community therapist working in the homes with at risk children, teens, and families. 

I completed my DBT foundational training through BehavioralTech, LLC in 2015, and attained my certification as a supervisor towards clinical licensure through NASW in 2013. I have since attended numerous additional DBT trainings throughout the years in practice to sharpen my skills, engaged in one year of DBT clinical supervision with Dr. Shireen Rizvi, and attended additional trainings on trauma treatment as well as Exposure and Response Prevention for anxiety and OCD. Ongoing learning and training is something I prioritize as a counselor to ensure my clients get the mental health support they came to me for.

Although my experience is primarily with children and teens, I enjoy and welcome work with adults as well! My areas of expertise are within the realms of emotion dysregulation, substance use, trauma, interpersonal conflicts, school and work related difficulties, as well as family dynamics issues. My work with clients always includes teaching DBT skills to some degree, while utilizing compassion, understanding, and radical genuineness to help lead them towards their goals. 

In my free time, I enjoy working out at the gym, watching sports-all Philadelphia sports teams of course! Cooking, spending time at the Jersey Shore, and being with family or friends. With me as your therapist, you can rest assured that you are well on your way to achieving the life you have been striving for; whether be it for you or your child. I can’t wait to get started!


Ages: 7+

Counseling Location: Voorhees, New Jersey in Person and Online Counseling in New Jersey

Specialties: DBT, Substance Abuse & Addiction, Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy for OCD

Mental Health Experience: Self-Harm, Conduct/ODD, Suicidal Thinking, Depression, Social Anxiety

Clients: Children and Teens, Parents and Families, Veterans Seeking Counseling in New Jersey

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