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Meet Our Team

Christopher Deussing, LCSW, C-DBT

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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, C-DBT

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.

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 Catherine Herling, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy in both Pennsylvania and Delaware, having completed my Masters in Family Therapy with a focus in Medical Family Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University. In addition to DBT, I also like to implement Attachment Theory, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy when working with clients. In the past, I have worked for community-based agencies, assisting at-risk children and their families  after experiencing hospitalization or incarceration.

Often, people feel lost and disconnected from others during transitions and need an opportunity to voice their experience in a safe space and learn/practice alternative methods of expressing their needs. If an individual discovers that a part of their identity includes being a member of the LGBTQ+ community, there is an even greater need for connection and support from loved ones in a safe space. I like to take a collaborative, strengths-based approach. By working with you in this manner, I aim to explore life patterns and themes with you and separate the helpful from the harmful in a supportive environment.

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My approach tailors an effective and empathic treatment to meet each client's needs through Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and/or Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I have experience treating people suffering from anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders and personality disorders within specific treatment interventions specifically tailored to these populations. It's important to me to deliver treatments that I believe in and hold passion toward - I enjoy sharing that with my clients!

Empowering my clients and partnering to find opportunities for improved self-worth and, most excitingly, self-awareness is my bread and butter. I value the potential behind getting to know each client as we join in self-exploration through a blend of three core modalities.

It's common to feel conflict and tension within ourselves as we navigate life's obstacles. So many of us end up saying "A part of me feels one way and yet another part of me feels the opposite!". Beginning the process of self-exploration is the first step to build the tools to overcome this battle.

Madeline Bush, M.Ed

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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

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David Berg, LAC

David is a Licensed Associate Counselor in New Jersey. He began his counseling career working with at-risk youth in Camden, New Jersey. He has also worked with survivors of trauma, including emotional abuse/neglect and sexual violence, and substance abuse in various areas of New Jersey as well as Philadelphia.
 
David completed his undergraduate and graduate educations at Rowan University in New Jersey and earned his degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. David believes that a sense of safety, self-awareness, and emotional healing are at the foundation of recovery from most mental health disorders. He aims to provide a counseling environment in which clients can become well through acceptance of the present moment as it is as they work toward change.

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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.

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Jenna Moore, BS

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Jenna joined the Philadelphia DBT team after completing her internship with the practice. 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!

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!

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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.

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