Meet Our Team
Christopher Deussing, LCSW, C-DBT
For 20+ years, Chris has helped many people cope with a wide variety of psychological presentations including mood difficulties, psychosis, trauma, grief/loss, relationship challenges, addiction and personality disorders. He is a "technical integrationist" fluent in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Chris is a creative clinician utilizing a humanistic, action-oriented and client-centered approach compassionately infused with lovingkindness. In addition to Pennsylvania and New Jersey, he is licensed to practice in Delaware (LCSW #Q1-0011978) and Colorado (CSW #09927866).
Chris is an expert group facilitator and his practice offers customized case management to increase treatment efficacy with complex cases. He was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy as part of Belmont Center's DBT Team from 2010-2013. He is a founding partner of and now directs Philadelphia DBT Therapy & Wellness LLC.
Chris is a proud member of Burning Man's Crisis Intervention Team, has completed his certification in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies at the California Institute for Integral Studies, and is a field instructor for Thomas Jefferson University's graduate school of psychology. He is available for independent consultation, training, and supervision services.
Adrienne Hermes, LPC, NCC
Adrienne Hermes is a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified yoga teacher. Beyond DBT her professional focus is on humanistic, emotion focused and trauma informed therapy (TF-CBT, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy), Family Therapy (Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Couples therapy (Gottman Method).
Helping individuals and couples to reclaim their power and wisdom to actuate change is a driving mechanism in Adrienne's work. Stagnation and indecision can be some of the most difficult aspects of struggling with mental health or current acute stressors. Freedom comes when we find a "how" to begin creating movement once again. Through the combination of emotion focused, somatic, and cognitive evidence based practices, she can assist you with finding clarity and a way forward.
I enjoy working collaboratively with my clients to develop plans we are both comfortable with. I am fortunate that I have had the opportunity to work with many different populations and have assisted people in navigating a plethora of different issues. However, if I had to choose a few that I could say I specialize in they would be: anxiety, LGBTQ+, thought disorders, issues related to sex, and relationship discord. I received my Master's of Science in Counseling & Psychology from Troy University. My approach is strength-based, client-centered, nonjudgmental, and outcome-oriented.
I do not have a "specialty" per se, as I have worked and have extensive experience in a plethora of different modalities. I guess if I had to narrow it down, though, I would say DBT and working with individuals suffering from anxiety would be what I am most well versed in.
It doesn't matter your background, life experiences, identity of any kind, I am open to helping and supporting anyone who is willing to to be authentic and allow me to do the same, while holding the most compassionate and empathetic space for them.
Celeste DiTroia, LPC
Joseph is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in PA and NJ with over twenty years of experience. Joe has worked as a certified middle school teacher in the Philadelphia public school system. Joe has also worked as a Behavior Specialist, Mobile Therapist, and Intensive In-Community Therapist.
Joe completed the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work Trauma training, along with training at Temple University’s Episcopal Hospital in the acute adult psychiatric unit. He has also volunteered at Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) and the Center for Grieving Children. Joe is a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and is pursuing certification. Joe is also pursuing certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through The Beck Institute and Linehan Certification as a DBT therapist through Behavioral Tech.
Joseph Williams, LCSW
Madeline is a Master's level clinician completing her post-graduate licensure hours at the practice. She blends Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Internal Family Systems in her work. Her approach tailors an effective and empathic individualized treatment to meet each client's needs with opportunities for a dual treatment approach involving individual and group sessions. She has experience treating people suffering from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders and personality disorders within specific treatment interventions specifically tailored to these populations.
Madeline is passionate about empowering her clients and partnering to find opportunities to prove self-worth and resiliency. She also values the tremendous potential beneath the group platform as it serves each person's needs separately and together.
Madeline Bush, M.Ed
Emily Koppenhofer, MA, M.Ed
Emily is a Master’s level clinician completing her post graduate licensure hours at the practice. Emily utilizes a person-centered approach combining DBT interventions and existentialism. She is passionate about helping clients become reliable, confident narrators of their own stories.
Emily has served marginalized populations in the Philadelphia area for the past five years primarily working with neurodivergent individuals, formerly incarcerated clients, and those with co-occurring diagnoses. Emily firmly believes that therapy should be accessible to everyone. Additionally, years of networking has allowed Emily to gain valuable insight into community resources, which she is happy to share with clients as needed.
Emily is experienced in a variety of treatment settings including individual, group, family, and couples counseling. She sees and respects our tremendous capacity as human beings to build and maintain positive coping skills, healthy relationships, and self-worth. She looks forward to working with you in a shared sense of humanity and connectedness as you build the skills necessary to lead a meaningful life.
Allison Whitmore, M.Ed, RYT
By coming here, you took the hardest and most important step towards healing. Whether you are feeling anxious or depressed or grieving a loss of a loved one or a relationship and you feel overwhelmed, we are here to help. I, Allison, provide 1-1, family, and/or couples counseling to individuals of diverse identities wanting to sift through and understand whatever is going on and getting in the way of their true self.
I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). I integrate my knowledge and background in mindfulness and self-compassion when working with clients. I take a human-centered approach when helping clients find growth and healing. Self-growth is possible! I am here to help you understand that.
I promote a safe space for you to tend to your most pressing thoughts and/or feelings that are causing you any amount of despair. I work from a foundation of mindfulness and empathetic awareness when interacting with those I work with
Morgan Oliver, BA, RYT, CPT
Morgan has an education and background in Health & Exercise Science, B.A., in addition she holds qualifications as a Certified Personal Trainer, YTT-200, Cancer Exercise Specialist, Certified as a Motivational Interviewer, and in Mindfulness. Her work helps individuals using a holistic and DBT informed approach.
She is passionate about helping others become empowered, and feel less stuck through the mind-body connection. Morgan connects an integrative approach to healing and personal growth. Her understanding of health and wholeness makes her excited to share with you in your personal journey of mental wellness and self discovery.
Jenna Moore, BS
Jenna joined the Philadelphia DBT team after completing her internship with the practice in 2020. She has a passion for the mental health field and holds a degree in Behavioral Health Counseling. Jenna hopes to continue her studies and one day join the field as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has training in crisis intervention and is a volunteer for the Crisis Text Line.
Jenna is our Practice Manager. She keeps the daily operations of the office in check, along with completing initial screenings for new clients. She is our first point of contact at the Practice and is here to answer any questions you might have. She looks forward to speaking with you!
Mia Fung, BS
Mia has an education and background in Behavioral Health Counseling, B.S., and in addition, she is currently at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a Master's degree in Social Work. She is currently completing her clinical internship with the practice. Mia has been serving as a passionate and culturally informed healer to the Philadelphia community for the past four years primarily working with survivors of intimate partner violence and neurodiverse populations. Mia is looking forward to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after completing her Master's degree.
Liz Warnock, BS
Liz has an education and background in Behavioral Health Counseling, B.S., with plans to continue her education in counseling to one day join the practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Liz is a proud member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She is passionate about working in the mental health field and advocating for those who live with mental illness.
Liz has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently, she is assisting with the daily operations of the practice in addition to working inpatient at Belmont Behavioral Health System. Liz is one of our points of contact at the Practice and is here to assist with any questions you have. She looks forward to hearing from you!