OCD, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness Training & Grief Recovery in Philadelphia & Montgomery County, PA

About Harold Kirby LCSW/ BCD | MSAM

Harold Kirby, LCSW/BCD

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

Harold’s skill and eclectic approach to treatment for anxiety and OCD will help you better understand and effectively manage your disorder and related symptoms. He will  give you the tools and skills to face each day with renewed strength and understanding armed with effective treatment strategies. 

Harold Kirby’s Experience

Harold is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist with over 27 years clinical experience treating OCD, anxiety disorders and depression. He is a certified mindfulness teacher, training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. He is also a certified grief recovery specialist, certified by the Grief Recovery Institute. Harold’s additional treatment modalities and strategies include E/RP, EMDR, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and DBT informed treatment.

Harold’s office is located at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 1C-52, Philadelphia PA 19130. Harold founded Mindful Stress & Anxiety Management Center of Philadelphias as a group practice delivering state of art empirically based treatment. You can contact the office by calling 610-517-3127. 

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

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

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

Harold Kirby is the Founder of the OCD CBT Mindful Stress & Anxiety Management Center of Philadelphia. He has been working exclusively with OCD and the full range of anxiety disorders and depression for over twenty-seven years.  Harold was senior staff at the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center and was a Co-founder of the Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia with Jonathan Grayson. Establishing a comprehensive ODC and anxiety treatment center has been his primary goal since 2012.

He established the MSAM center while at AOTCP to better serve clients with the integration of not only standard CBT treatments but also mindfulness based interventions. MSAM is built on the philosophy that the needs of each individual are unique and on occasion complex.  The treatment is guided at each phase by attention to the person and their specific needs utilizing a full range of treatment modalities as indicated. The desired outcome to give the client the means and methods on which to thrive  and lead a life that they value.

From the initial assessment the individual will benefit from guidance to a recommended level of (outpatient) care.  One weekly individual treatment is most often recommended and fits the needs of the majority of people seeking treatment. The center, however offers an array of options for care if needed, individual, intensive treatment, mindfulness groups, ocd support group and weekend retreats. Please read more about the center in the “MSAM Group Therapy” section.

MSAM Group Therapy

In addition to our OCD and anxiety treatment focus the center also offers an 6 week mindfulness group for both adults and adolescents.  The groups can be taken by anyone but are often taken to augment individual or intensive treatments. The groups are all held at the center near the Philadelphia Art Museum approximately every two months.

Guided Meditations

All materials needed for our groups are provided “in house” including reading material and guided meditations. This website contains all guided meditations that we use in our program.

Retreats

Upon completion of an MSAM group you are invited to attend a weekend retreat at Pendle Hill retreat center. The retreat is a wonderful way to deepen your mindfulness practice, take a leap forward and just have some fun, good food and caring.

Speaking Engagements

Harold is available for speaking engagements. Please contact him by email at msam.philly@gmail.com.

 

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