Melissa DeLong, LCSW, PIP
Melissa is honored to direct Alabama’s premiere 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 spent the better part of her life so far in New York, first as a professional ballet dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. Following her career in the arts, she attended Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in psychology. Melissa completed her graduate studies in social work via NYU, receiving supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Since graduation, she has been committed to combining her background in psychodynamic practices of psychotherapy with other evidence-based treatments. In particular, Melissa received formal training from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia in the practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adults with depression and anxiety. She 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. In addition to the above, Melissa is an Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Level 2 therapist and receives supervision in the application of AEDP for attachment-related trauma to assist TWC clients in Stage 2 of DBT treatment (trauma processing). While working as a psychotherapist 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 DERS (Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale), a validated research tool measuring emotion regulation. At The Wise Center, Melissa and her expertly-trained staff provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment for issues relating to emotion dysregulation and maintain strict adherence to Linehan’s model of DBT. Melissa's current clinical practice involves providing individual therapy to adolescents and adults and supervising TWC's staff of DBT clinicians.