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Melissa DeLong, LCSW, PIP

Owner, Clinical Director

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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.

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Natalie Harrison, PhD
DBT group facilitator, Clinical Psychology supervisor

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Jaalah Olver, LMSW
Child, Adolescent, and Adult DBT Therapist, Group Facilitator
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Carly Spoerl, LMSW
Child, Adolescent, and Adult DBT Therapist, Group Facilitator
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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. Dr. Harrison uses evidence-based practice to provide her clients with efficient and effective treatment. She has received board certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. 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. 

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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.

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. 

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

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Zelda Peach, MSW
DBT  group co-facilitator, DBT primary therapist
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Ms. Peach obtained her Master of Social Work from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Previously, Ms. Peach attended the University of Mobile where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Sociology. Ms. Peach is a member of both Alpha Chi and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies and was awarded The Annie Boyd Parker Weaver Excellence Award from the University of Mobile in 2021. Before joining the Wise Center, Ms. Peach completed her Clinical-Year Field Placement at the CHIPS Center at Children’s of Alabama Hospital where she worked with children and adolescents in play therapy and abuse prevention education. Ms. Peach completed her Foundational-Year Filed Placement at Samford University CARE Team where she worked with college students to set goals and create plans for growth. She completed DBT training in child and adolescent DBT treatment from Francheska Perepletchikova, PhD and is currently working toward foundational training in DBT via Marsha Linehan's Behavioral Tech. Ms. Peach feels particularly passionate about serving child and adolescent clients, working to provide a safe space within the therapeutic environment where clients can feel secure and supported. She strives to bring warmth, hope, and a sense of liveliness into her therapeutic work with all
clients, working to meet each individual’s needs.

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Brooke Bissel, MSW
DBT group co-facilitator

Brooke earned both her Bachelor of Sociology degree and her Master of Social Work degree at Samford University. She received her clinical internship hours through Impact Family Counseling under the supervision of Catherine Alexander-Wright LICSW, working primarily with adolescents in both outpatient and in school therapy settings. In addition, Brooke is a certified Nurturing Parenting Educator and holds a certificate in Forensic and Mitigation Social Work through the University of Alabama. Brooke has worked with the Family Reunification Program to provide psychoeducational and therapeutic services to families separated due to concerns of abuse and neglect. Brooke received intensive training in DBT through Marsha Linehan's Behavioral Tech in February of 2022. As a first generation American and a member of the LGTBQ+ community, Brooke feels especially passionate about joining marginalized clients on their journeys of healing. In her therapeutic practice, Brooke seeks to walk alongside her clients to help them understand themselves and their environments while providing a safe and truly nonjudgemental space for growth.