Melissa DeLong, LCSW, PIP
Owner, Clinical Director
Ms. DeLong is honored to direct Alabama’s only private practice exclusively dedicated to providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other evidence-based therapies to Birmingham and its surrounding areas. Although originally from Birmingham, Ms. DeLong has spent the better part of her life so far in New York, first as a professional ballet dancer with the American Ballet Theatre for eight years. Following her career in the arts, Ms. DeLong attended Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in psychology. She completed her graduate studies in social work via NYU, receiving supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Since graduation, Ms. DeLong has been committed to combining her background in psychodynamic practices of psychotherapy with current, evidence-based treatments. In particular, she received formal training from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia in the practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adults with depression and anxiety. Ms. DeLong was intensively trained in DBT through Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech and has been closely supervised in the application of DBT in her practice from NYU professor and DBT/AEDP therapist, Yuval Moses, LCSW. At Grayson and Associates, she successfully designed and implemented a comprehensive DBT program. According to data collected from program participants there, significant improvements in emotional and behavioral outcomes were consistently found among clients, utilizing the DERS (Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale), a validated research tool measuring emotion regulation. At The Wise Center, Ms. DeLong and her expertly-trained staff provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment for issues relating to emotion regulation and maintain strict adherence to Linehan’s model of DBT. Ms. DeLong’s current clinical practice involves providing individual therapy to adolescents and adults, supervising other clinicians, as well as facilitating DBT group skills training.
Natalie Harrison, PhD
DBT group facilitator, Clinical Psychology supervisor
Natalie A. Harrison, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC Canada. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Alabama in 2018 with a child and adolescent forensic psychology specialization. She completed a clinical internship in Health Service Psychology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN, including practicums at Shelby County Juvenile Court, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. She completed postdoctoral training at Harbor UCLA Medical Center (HUMC), in Torrance, CA in 2019 with a focus on trauma and risk assessment/safety planning for suicidal behavior. She was a founding member of the Integrative Inclusion Diversity Equity Accountability division with a mission to build a safe and equitable environment for diverse clientele, students, and clinicians at HUMC. Following postdoctoral training, she worked at the Safe Harbor Trauma Recovery Center at HUMC providing trauma-informed training, assessment, consultation, and psychotherapy to survivors of crime and their families. This breadth of experience affords Dr. Harrison a rare ability to work with clients across the lifespan to assist with a variety of issues including trauma, anxiety, and emotion dysregulation. She places an emphasis on providing culturally humble services, including affirming care to clients of all races, religions, genders, and sexual orientations.
Ms. Olver received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Samford University, receiving first her B.S. in Human Development and Family Science and then a Masters in Social Work. She completed a year-long internship of practice under the supervision of Melissa Delong at The Wise Center of DBT. During her internship, she developed a passion for DBT and the work taking place at the Wise Center. Ms. Olver completed learned the teaching of DBT Skills Training via Behavioral Tech in 2020 and is currently in Behavioral Tech's Foundational Training to learn best practices for DBT and its clinical application for clients and their families. She particularly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults. She desires to make each client feel safe, accepted, and supported, exploring together how to meet each unique need.
Jaalah Olver, LMSW
Child, Adolescent, and Adult DBT Therapist, Group Facilitator
Ms. Spoerl attended Samford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Human Development and Family Sciences degree and a Master of Social Work degree. Prior to joining The Wise Center, Ms. Spoerl completed practicum training at a sober living community providing individual and group therapy under the supervision of Page Rubin, LICSW, PIP. Ms. Spoerl successfully completed intensive DBT training via Marsha Linehan's Behavioral Tech. She is part of a vibrant DBT consultation team at The Wise Center, offers individual DBT treatment, DBT skills training, both at the individual and group level, as well as phone coaching for her Comprehensive DBT clients. Her therapeutic style is warm, direct, and client-centered. She is dedicated to meeting each client where they are and providing a safe place where healing and hope for a fuller life can begin.
Carly Spoerl, LMSW
Child, Adolescent, and Adult DBT Therapist, Group Facilitator
The Wise Center is grateful for the careful guidance and consultation from Yuval Moses who has supported mental health practices in New York City in their applications of DBT with their clients and for their clinics for many years. Mr. Moses was intensively trained through Behavioral Tech in DBT, and has also completed level 3 training in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) for the treatment of trauma. He is also a faculty member and professor at NYU for their masters in social work students.
Yuval Moses, LCSWR
Wise Center for DBT Consultant
Trina Leary holds a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Samford University and is currently working towards her Master of Social Work. Ms. Leary completed her foundational field placement at Shelby Baptist Association, working from a strength-based and person-centered approach to develop and implement plans and interventions to enhance client capacities. Previously, she completed an academic research assistantship, aiding in grant research with the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education. Ms. Leary is also a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and has experience working in foster care and crisis pregnancy. Currently, Ms. Leary is in her final year-long clinical field placement at The Wise Center, learning DBT and was trained in DBT skills through Behavioral Tech. Ms. Leary believes that every individual is capable of change and is dedicated to meeting every client with compassion and authenticity.