Dr. Phelps is passionate about assisting individuals and couples to transcend personal limitations through the therapeutic alliance. She considers it a great privilege when individuals decide to partner with her in their journeys of personal growth. She works from a number of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral orientations, matching her therapy approach to each client and to his or her set of unique concerns. At the heart of the therapy relationship, insights and tools can be generated to empower the client.Dr. Phelps believes that we experience distressing life events that impede
us from reaching our full potential. Without our truly understanding the impact of these experiences, similar events can continue to occur throughout our lives. The therapeutic alliance can help to shed light on these recurring problems and frees us up to achieve the fullest expression of our selves.
Dr. Phelps encourages her clients to continually evaluate the quality of the therapeutic alliance throughout the course of therapy. This helps to insure the best possible match between the needs and goals of the client and the treatment that arises out of the therapeutic alliance.
Dr. Phelps provides individual and couples psychotherapy. Through her training, experience, and commitment to lifelong personal and professional growth, Dr. Phelps has acquired knowledge and skills pertaining to a wide range of problems, including:
Anxiety and panic
Depression and Bipolar Disorder
Relationship and intimacy problems
Family of origin issues
I unite this diverse background and my training in a broad spectrum of therapy orientations with a dedication to tailoring treatment to each individual.
Alisa K. Phelps, Ph.D.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Oberlin College, a Master’s degree in school counseling from Kent State University, and a Doctorate in counseling psychology, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Albany, State University of New York. After completing a postdoctoral internship in the Adirondacks, I moved to Rochester in the 1990’s to join a private practice.
In addition to my psychotherapy practice, I have worked in an eclectic mix of settings, including schools, mental health centers, hospitals, and jails, interfacing with school and college personnel, clergy, physicians, lawyers, and court administrators. I unite this diverse background and my training in a broad spectrum of therapy orientations with a dedication to tailoring treatment to each individual.