Meet Our Team
Christopher Deussing, LCSW, C-DBT
For 20+ years, Christopher has helped numerous individuals and families cope with a wide variety of psychological presentations including mood difficulties, psychotic illnesses, trauma, grief/loss, relationship challenges, addiction, and personality disorders. He is a "technical integrationist", certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and highly proficient in Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Christopher is a very creative clinician who utilizes a humanistic, action-oriented, and client-centered approach infused with compassionate lovingkindness. He is an expert group therapy facilitator, and his practice also offers adjunctive social work and customized case management services to increase treatment effectiveness with complex cases.
Christopher is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and worked as part of Belmont Center's DBT Team from 2010-2013. He is one of the founding partners, and now the director of Philadelphia DBT Associates. He is a proud member of Burning Man's Crisis Intervention Team, and is completing his certification in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies at the California Institute for Integral Studies. Chris serves as a field instructor for Thomas Jefferson University's graduate school of psychology. In addition to private practice, Christopher is available for independent consultation, training, and supervision services for fellow colleagues and healthcare organizations.
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 System 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
Morgan Oliver, RYT
Morgan studied Exercise Science and Wellness Management and has a passion for helping individuals using a holistic approach. In 2016 she became a certified yoga teacher after completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training. Morgan is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and also holds certifications in Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness.
She is passionate about helping individuals feel less stuck, and empowered in their mind and body through movement and mindfulness. 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 joined the Philadelphia DBT team after completing her internship with the practice. She has a passion for the mental health field and is currently pursuing studies in Behavioral Health Counseling. Jenna hopes to one day join the mental health field as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Jenna has training in crisis intervention and is a volunteer for the Crisis Text Line. She helps keep the daily operations of the office in check and is here to answer any questions you might have. She looks forward to speaking with you!
Adrienne Hermes, LPC,CYT,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.
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.
Katy joined the Philadelphia DBT team as a clinical intern. She is currently completing her master’s degree in trauma therapy. With sensitivity to trauma in the forefront, her therapeutic practice places emphasis on adverse experiences and their impact on a person’s health and development across the lifespan.
Katy views wellness from a holistic lens, by taking the interconnection of mental and social factors into account rather than just symptom presentation. Katy’s practice is heavily influenced by gestalt, humanistic, person-centered, and psychoanalytic theory. She believes that overall health and wellness can be achieved and increased through the integration of skills training and mindfulness practice.