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HAROLD P. KIRBY, LCSW/BCD

Harold Kirby, LCSW/BCD

Harold is a nationally recognized speaker and expert in the treatment of OCD. He is a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT) specializing in the treatment of anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and social anxiety, stress and the complete range of anxiety disorders as well as depression. He is a CBT group therapist and individual behavioral therapist.

Harold is solution focused. That means he recognizes that past difficulties can’t be changed and instead focuses on the here and now. He helps you do the same. He takes his patients through their own life experiences in order to properly diagnose issues. OCD and anxiety is a disorder, but it is not a disease, and Harold helps his patients in Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia realize that.

Harold’s CBT training and treatment for anxiety and OCD help you better understand and effectively manage your sometimes unaccommodating reactions to everyday life. He gives you the tools and confidence to face each day with renewed strength and understanding. He helps you achieve acceptance and a desire to move forward with a life you want and value now.

We have a choice to change. Through groups and cognitive behavioral therapy in Bala Cynwyd, Harold is an OCD treatment specialist that conditions his patients to look at themselves and really observe their behaviors to make the necessary changes in order to overcome your anxiety disorder and learn to appreciate life.

Experience

Harold is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist with over 20 years CBT training and clinical experience treating anxiety disorders and depression. Other treatment modalities include E/RP, EMDR, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).

Each person is unique. All treatment is individualized and geared toward an improved quality of life. With many years of experience as an anxiety and OCD treatment specialist in Philadelphia, he helps you deal with your thoughts and feelings to become aware of why you feel certain emotions.

Harold has offices in center city Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, and King of Prussia on the Main Line of Philadelphia PA. As an OCD treatment specialist, he regularly holds 8-week mindfulness group sessions in each location for patients to learn about their disorders or depressions. When you’re struggling to overcome a fear, depression, or anxiety disorder, Harold has the experience and techniques through cognitive behavioral therapy to help get over the pain and suffering that your behaviors are causing.

Education & Fellowships

  • 1994-95: Extramural Training Program, The Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, Bala Cynwyd, PA
  • 1993: University of Texas at Arlington , Arlington, TX – MSSW
  • 1991: Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA – BSW

Professional Experience

  • 2012-present: Founder of The Mindful Stress & Anxiety Management Center
  • 2009-present: Therapist and Co-founder of The Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2000-2009: Therapist, Anxiety and agoraphobia Center, Bala Cynwyd
  • 1996-01: Triage Specialist & Therapist at The Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1996-present: Therapist, CBT anxiety & depression private practice, Bala Cynwyd, PA
  • 1995-96: Clinical Associate & Fellow at The Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, Bala Cynwyd, PA
  • 1994-95: Therapist, Central Intake Unit, John F. Kennedy Mental Health Center , Philadelphia, PA
  • 1994-95: Clinical Associate, Extramural Program at The Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, Bala Cynwyd, PA
  • 1993: Intern, Counseling & Therapeutic Training, Community Service Clinic, Arlington, TX
  • 1992-93: Social Worker, Geriatrics, Doctors’ Healthcare Center , Dallas, TX
  • 1991-92: Case Manager, Children’s Resource Services , Dallas, TX
  • 1991-92: Social Worker, Geriatrics, The Convalescent Center, Dallas, TX
  • 1991: Social Work Intern, Mental Retardation, Community Homes for Adults, Inc., Dallas, TX
  • 1991: Social Work Intern Geriatrics at Juliette Fowler Homes Dallas, TX

Ancillary Training

  • 2002: EMDR, EMDRIA approved level II training, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2001: EMDR, EMDRIA approved level I training, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2012: MBSR Practicum, Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Conference Papers & Workshops

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2010, July).  Virtual camping and hiking through Chicago: you never thought exposure could be this much fun.  Workshop conducted at the annual Conference of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Washington, DC.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2010, July) Making Mud pies: Confronting Your Fear of Contamination.
Workshop conducted at the annual Conference of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, Washington, DC.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2009, July).  Virtual camping and hiking through Chicago: you never thought exposure could be this much fun.
Workshop conducted at the annual Conference of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2009, July) Making Mud pies: Confronting Your Fear of Contamination.
Workshop conducted at the annual Conference of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2008, March) Resistance and Non-Compliance in OCD: Poor Excuses for Poor Case Conceptualization or When and How to Modify E+RP for OCD.
Paper presented at the national conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Savannah, GA.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2007, July) Resistance and Non-Compliance in OCD: Poor Excuses for Poor Case Conceptualization or When and How to Modify E+RP for OCD. 

Paper presented at the 14th Conference of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation,

The Woodlands, Texas.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P. Cohen, T., Gourley, L.., Nuxoll, M. T.

(2007, July) G.O.A.L. Support Groups – Sufferers Empowering Each Other

Workshop conducted at the 14th Conference of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation,

The Woodlands, Texas.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2007, March) How to Live with Your Worst Nightmares or Is Learning Acceptance Really Possible?
Paper presented at the annual Conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, St. Louis, MO.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2007, March) When Do Traditionally Non-OCD Issues Need to be Incorporated into Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD?
Paper presented at the annual Conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, St. Louis, MO.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P. J. B., Rosenfeld, J.

(2006 July). How to live with your worst nightmares or Is learning acceptance really possible? Paper presented at the annual
Conference of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.., Erwin, B. A.

(2006 July) Making mud pies: confronting your fear of contamination. Workshop conducted at the annual
Conference of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P., Cohen, T., Erwin, B. A., Kasmen, L. J., Rosenfeld, J.

(2006 July) G.O.A.L. Support Groups–Sufferers Empower Each Other.
Workshop conducted at the annual Conference of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia.       

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.., Raush, D

(2005, July) Making Mud pies: Confronting Your Fear of Contamination.
Workshop conducted at the annual Conference of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, San Diego, California. OK

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P., Cohen, T., Gourley, L., Izzo, T., Muxall, M.

(2005, July) G. O. A. L. Support Group. Workshop conducted at the annual Conference of the Compulsive Foundation, San Diego, California. OK

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2005, July)  Motivating Exposure: A Workshop on Creating Scripts that Motivate and Expose.

Workshop conducted at the annual Conference of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, San Diego, California. OK

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.,Cohen, T., Er, B. A., Fitzgibbons, L. A., Gourley, L., Izzo, T., Nuxall, M., Kasmen, L. J.

(2005, July) Virtual Camping: An ERP Experience,
presented at the annual Conference of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, San Diego, California.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2005, March). Improving treatment of OCD through the use of scripts.
Paper presented at the national conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Seattle, Washington.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2004, July). Creating scripts to counter the voice of OCD

Paper presented at the annual Conference of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Chicago, Illinois.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P., Cohen, T., Erwin, B., Fitzgibbons, L.,

(2004, July). Virtual camping and hiking through Chicago: you never thought exposure could be this much fun.
Workshop conducted at the annual Conference of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Chicago, Illinois.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P., Cohen, T., Erwin, B.,

(2004, July).  G.O.A.L.: Giving obsessives another lifestyle.
Workshop conducted at the annual Conference of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Chicago, Illinois.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2004, March) Scripts and cognitive techniques in the treatment of OCD: facilitating exposure and schema change.
Paper presented at the national conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Miami, Florida
Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2003, July). Cognitive techniques and the treatment of OCD:  their use and misuse.

Paper presented at the annual Conference of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation,

Nashville, Tennessee.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P., Cohen., Fitzgibbons, L.,  Kasmen, L., Parrish, K., Frankel, Gourley, L.

(2003, July).  Getting the dirt on camping: real virtual experience.
Workshop conducted at the annual Conference of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Nashville, Tennessee.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P., Frankel, G., Courley, L.

(2003, July) The G.O.A.L. group.  Workshop conducted at the annual Conference of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Nashville, Tennessee.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2003, June).  Advances in OCD treatment: cognitive techniques and strategic pressure.
Paper presented at the annual Convention of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Grayson, J.B,. Kirby, H.P.

(2003, March).  Adding cognitive techniques to the treatment of OCD:  their use and misuse.
Paper presented at the national conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Toronto, Canada.

Professional Activities

Kirby, H. P.

(2001) Panic disorder:  Diagnosis and treatment.  Intern Training Seminar.
Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kirby, H. P.

(2000) Panic disorder: A psycho-educational and behavioral approach

Invited Presentation, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kirby, H. P.

(2000) Anxiety disorders and the use of cognitive behavioral treatment.

Intern Training Seminar, Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kirby, H. P.

(1999) Cognitive behavioral treatment of depression.

Intern Training Seminar, Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kirby, H. P.

(1999) Diagnosis and treatment of panic disorder

Radio Interview, WXPN radio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kirby, H. P.

(1998) Diagnosis and treatment of panic disorder.
Invited Presentation, Einstein Medical Center’s Women’s Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations & Licensure

  • 2004-present: Board Certified Diplomate, Clinical Social Work, American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
  • 1994-present: Licensed Social Worker, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • 2003-present: Member, Anxiety Disorders Association of America.
  • 2003-present: Member, Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.
  • 1991-present: National Association of Social Workers
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