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.


Ms. Allen received her Master of Social Work degree from Samford University. She was the Vice-President of the Graduate Student Social Work Organization and a Graduate Social Work Ambassador. Ms. Allen completed a year long internship in the practice of DBT under the supervision of Melissa DeLong, LICSW, PIP before joining The Wise Center as a DBT therapist. In addition, she was trained via Behavioral Tech in DBT both in its comprehensive form, as well as in DBT skills training. Ms. Allen also holds a B.A. in Accounting from Huntingdon College and has over 10 years of accounting experience. Her shift into social work was a result of being a loved one’s caregiver during a trying illness. “Our mental health directly impacts our health, relationships, self-esteem, and functionality. Being a part of this center and providing mental health treatment is a tremendous blessing and gift.”

Giovannie Allen, LMSW
Adolescent and Adult DBT Therapist, Group Facilitator 


Ms. Olver received her Masters in Social Work from Samford University. She also attended Samford University, receiving her B.S. in Human Development and Family Science.  She completed a year-long internship of practice under the supervision of Melissa Delong at the Wise Center. 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, MSW
Child and Adolescent 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 team as a therapist, Ms. Spoerl interned at a sober living community providing individual and group therapy under the supervision of Page Rubin, LICSW, PIP. She is currently undertaking Foundational Training through Behavioral Tech to complete comprehensive DBT training. 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, MSW
Child and Adolescent DBT Therapist, Group Facilitator


The Wise Center is forever grateful for the careful guidance and consultation from Mr. 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
DBT Consultant