Harb, Gerlinde

USA Philadelphia PA 19103


I am a licensed clinical psychologist with 15 years of clinical experience. Although I work with clients facing all kinds of life stressors, I specialize in and particularly enjoy helping clients with insomnia or anxiety-related sleep difficulties. I currently practice in Philadelphia, PA, but hold a PSYPACT interstate license to practice teletherapy in many other states.

As a cognitive-behavioral therapist, I was trained in CBT-I 10 years ago at the University of Pennsylvania to treat primary insomnia as well as sleep difficulties that are related to other life problems such as posttraumatic stress.  I practiced CBT-I for years with veterans with posttraumatic difficulties at the VA Medical Center, which gave me an appreciation of creating genuine therapeutic partnerships with my clients that help facilitate understanding of sleep and create positive change. My general approach to therapy is goal-oriented and flexible, personalized to the specific needs of my clients. In addition to CBT-I, I am also trained and experienced in Imagery Rehearsal therapy (IRT) for treating nightmares.

In addition to my private practice work, I have experience with conducting both in person and telehealth CBT-I groups. Furthermore, I have published peer reviewed articles and presented on clinical research in the area of sleep and nightmare problems.

I accept some insurance plans.

Gerlinde Harb, g.harb.phd@gmail.com

Harb, G. C., Cook, J. M., Phelps, A. J., Gehrman, P. R., Forbes, D. Localio, R., Harpaz-Rotem, I., Gur, R. C. & Ross, R. J. (2019). Randomized Controlled Trial of Imagery Rehearsal for Posttraumatic Nightmares in Combat Veterans. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 15(5):757-767. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.7770 Harb, G. C., Phelps, A., Forbes, D., Ross, R., Gehrman, P., & Cook, J. (2013). A critical review of the evidence base of Imagery Rehearsal for posttraumatic nightmares: Pointing the way for future research. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 570-579. doi: 10.1002/jts.21854 Brownlow, J. A., Harb G. C. & Ross, R. J. (2015). Treatment of sleep disturbances in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A review of the literature. Current Psychiatry Reports, 17(6):41. doi: 10.1007/s11920-015-0587-8 Harb, G.C. & Schultz, J.H. (2020). The nature of posttraumatic nightmares and school functioning in war-affected youth. PLOS ONE 15(11): e0242414.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0242414 Cook, J. M., Harb, G. C., Gehrman, P., Gamble, G., Cary, M., Forbes, D., & Ross, R. (2010). Imagery Rehearsal for posttraumatic nightmares in Vietnam veterans: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23, 553-563. doi: 10.1002/jts.20569 Harb, G. C., Cook, J. M., Gehrman, P. R., Gamble, G. M. & Ross, R. J. (2009). PTSD nightmares and sleep disturbance in Iraq war veterans: A feasible and promising treatment combination. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 18(5), 516-531.
  • USA Philadelphia PA 19103

Additional Details

(215) 995-3176
Clinical Psychologist
PA, licensed for interstate telehealth practice under the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT)
10-20 Years
10-20 Years
6-10 Years
Insomnia, Nightmare Syndrome