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The Center City Clinic for Behavioral Medicine

Young woman talking to her female doctor. Serving people with chronic illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS, perinatal and postpartum depression, organ failure, and hepatitis B and C, Drexel's Center City Clinic for Behavioral Medicine helps empower patients and improve quality of life, medical adherence and emotional well-being.

Services Offered

  • Individual talk therapy
  • Ongoing group therapy
  • Patient workshops
  • Comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with HIV
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with cystic fibrosis
  • Supportive outpatient program

Before participating in our services, patients must first become a client of the Center City Clinic for Behavioral Medicine and complete an intake.

Groups Available

Before coming to a group, patients must first become a client of the Center City Clinic for Behavioral Medicine and complete an intake.

  • DBT coping skills group (for intense emotions and problem behaviors)
  • Seeking safety group (trauma and/or drug use)
  • Problem-solving group
  • Weight-loss group
  • Fostering acceptance group

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Acceptance and commitment therapy is a talk therapy offered at the Center City Clinic for Behavioral Medicine to help people with cystic fibrosis move forward to build the life they want to be living.

   ACT is a very refreshing form of therapy and very different than other methods I have tried and failed. It is very practical and easy to fit into everyday life.   
CF Telehealth Participant

ACT draws on contemplative practices, including practices of acceptance and mindfulness meditation. This therapy encourages patients to focus on accepting thoughts and feelings as they are without judgment, and without letting depression, anxiety, poor health or other barriers get in the way of progress. By accepting their internal experience, patients may live according to their personal values, without allowing anxiety or painful feelings to get in the way.

Patients interested in trying ACT can do so from the comfort of home, connecting to Drexel therapists by using a webcam. Or, patients may come to the Center City Clinic for Behavioral Medicine to meet in person, if preferred. Sessions last about 50 minutes.

For more information about ACT, please reach out to Dr. O'Hayer at 267.507.6569 or virginia.ohayer@drexelmed.edu.

Center City Clinic for Behavioral Medicine Team

C. Virginia O'Hayer, PhD
Psychologist; Director

Rita Shaughnessy, MD, PhD
Psychiatrist; Medical Director

Hallie Kushner, PhD
Psychologist

Antonia O'Planick, PsyD
Psychologist

Peggy Vogt, LCSW
Social Worker

Pamela Jones-Branch
Social Worker; Director, Supportive Outpatient Program

Center City Clinic for Behavioral Medicine Location

1427 Vine St., 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
See directions and parking.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

 
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