Alisa Stamps, MSS, LCSW
I help adult children of narcissists and those struggling with disordered eating and body image issues overcome emotional and relational trauma so that they can discover their true authentic selves.
You look in the mirror and see the "bad" traits. That you are not smart enough, not thin enough, not "good" enough. You realize these traits were projected there by someone else--a past partner, or maybe even a parent. You want to recover from perhaps a lifetime of narcissistic abuse and emotional pain but you don't know where to begin. I can support you in developing your inner strengths so that when you look in the mirror it will be your true self staring back at you.
"Why not wake up this morning?"
Often, people find themselves at a crossroads in their lives and are in need of an unbiased person to help them walk through and move forward. I specialize in working with individuals who are adult children of narcissists, and who may be struggling with disordered eating and body image issues. Additionally, I also offer treatment for anxiety,
codependency/family conflict, and complex trauma.
I envision the therapeutic relationship to be that place of authenticity, spontaneity, and of course, healing. I enjoy working with individuals who are active, engaged, energetic, and are willing to take risks in service of self-exploration.
I use the therapeutic modality of Gestalt, which is experimental, existential, and experiential. What I love about Gestalt is that it deals with the Here and Now and can bring tremendous Awareness to those seeking help. I also concentrate on embodiment and the somatic aspects of mental health and remain curious about how thoughts and feelings manifest in the body.
I’m always searching for creative ways to connect the body and mind, be it through movement, utilizing vocal or acting techniques, or just sitting with self. I've also begun to incorporate parts work and therapeutic writing into some sessions to access other mediums of expression.
*Shattering the Mirror: Support and Recovery for Adult Children of Narcissists*
Utilizing resources such as the five-step recovery model popularized by Dr. McBride (author of "Will I Ever Be Good Enough), we will begin to process all of the phases that come with having a narcissistic parent so that we may emerge on the other side with tools we need to move forward.
Every other Thursday from 12noon-1:15pm
*Men and Food: A Support Group for Disordered Eating*
Are you an identifying male that has struggled with disordered eating, binge eating, restricting, or managing strong emotions related to food? Does your current emotional state feel difficult to manage and does food play a role in that? In this co-facilitated eight week group, participants will explore concerns specific to men in relation to eating, food, and body image.
Mondays from 5:15-6:30pm
I've had many new beginnings in my life. Originally from Wisconsin, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison obtaining a Bachelors of Music Education degree. I was a vocal music teacher for many years and then spent time as a professional actress, singer, dancer, and choreographer after moving to Philadelphia. Sensing I was on the verge of finding my true passion, I enrolled in graduate school at Bryn Mawr College's School of Social Work and Social Research and received a Masters of Social Service. My post-graduate work has included a three -year Gestalt training program, as well as training in somatic/embodiment work, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW), and I sit on the board of the Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society (PAGPS). Recently, I have also had several blog articles that I've authored published on the national websites, and https://www.buddhagroove.com, as well as being a featured guest on various international podcasts.
I believe that my previous careers and experiences helped to prepare for this one, and allowed me to be shaped into the clinician that I am today.
Other loves in my life include my daughter and husband, exploring the city, downhill skiing, and playing with my dog and cat.
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News and Media
*See article posted on Buddha Groove website
*See latest article posted on Narcissist Abuse Support website
*Watch guest appearance on Narcissist Abuse Support podcast
*Listen to guest appearance on Therapy Extended with Liza Young podcast
*Listen to guest appearance on Process the Journey with April Watts podcast
The WIEBGE acronym stands for Will I Ever Be Good Enough? and signifies level I certification in Dr. Karyl McBride's five-step recovery model for treating adult children of narcissistic parents.
FAQ's and Fees
How long does each therapy session take?
Weekly individual therapy sessions are approximately 50 minutes. The cost is $140 per session.
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
Yes. However, there are a limited number of appointments available at a reduced fee.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept any private insurance. For those with out-of-network benefits, a superbill (statement or monthly receipt) can be provided which can then be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Do you offer telehealth/video sessions?
Yes! I utilize the Simple Practice telehealth for HIPPA compliant video sessions.
What is the cost of the Shattering the Mirror group?
This bi-weekly group is $45 per session.
What is the cost of the Men and Food group?
This weekly group is $55 per session.