Christopher Deussing, LCSW
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" highly proficient in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and 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 was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy as part of Belmont Center's DBT Team from 2010-2013. He was one of the founding partners and is now the director of Philadelphia DBT Associates. He is a proud member of Burning Man's Crisis Intervention Team, is completing his certification in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies at the California Institute for Integral Studies, and 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 Bush, M.Ed
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.
Morgan studied Exercise Science and Wellness Management and has a passion for helping individuals using a holistic approach. After completing her degree she became a certified yoga teacher, personal trainer, motivational interviewer, and mindfulness coach. Morgan has been helping clients for the last 5 years through exercise and motivational interviewing.
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.
Lauren Gonzalez, LMFT
Lauren works primarily with adults, and a small cohort of teens. She teaches Advanced, Adult, and Teen DBT skills classes. She has maintained a telehealth practice with California patients since 2018, which is now open to all.
With an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and more than two decades in publishing prior to her therapy career, Lauren infuses therapy with creative exercises, and writing practice, that can help provide clarity, insight and a new frame on old ideas that can inhibit growth and change.
Lauren's introduction to Soto Zen paved the way for her lifelong practice of meditation and mindfulness--or, more simply, presence, which she sees as the baseline of any therapy work. She believes a connection to the natural world is essential for mental and emotional health. She taps into her wise mind every chance she gets from her surfboard in the early morning break.
Adrienne Hermes, LPC
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.
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!