Stephanie M. Kriesberg, Psy.D.
If you are visiting my website, you or someone you love may be feeling anxious, stressed, or unhappy. You may be looking for help, and are not sure what to do.
- have panic attacks if you drive too far from home, and want to quit your job every day
- have a baby and are terrified to leave her at day care, and cry every day at work
- feel overwhelmed keeping your child with ADHD on track, and sometimes angry
- feel unhappy in your marriage, but terrified about what life would be like on your own
- were raised by a narcissistic parent (or one you suspect was narcissistic) and feel overwhelmed and alone with the problem
OR MAYBE YOUR CHILD:
- can’t fall asleep at night unless she sleeps with you, so you don’t sleep
- takes 2 hours to complete homework that should take 30 minutes, and you wish every day was school vacation
- clings to you every morning before school, petrified you won’t show up for pick-up, and you are late for work
- has temper tantrums like a two-year-old, even though she is in fourth grade
OR MAYBE YOUR TEEN:
- doesn’t talk to you, breaks down in tears, screams, tells you nothing is wrong, and hasn’t gone to school for 2 weeks
- has not seen a friend on a weekend for months, and feels too shy to call anyone
- told her best friend that sometimes she cuts herself
- after applying to college, only got into his “safety school” and feels like a complete failure
- just doesn’t feel good about herself, in spite of being a top student and athlete
IF YOU ARE AN ADULT WITH A NARCISSISTIC PARENT YOU MAY:
- struggle to set limits with your parent, caught between a sense of loyalty and the need to take care of yourself or your own family
- wonder if you are “crazy” because of how interactions with your parent make you feel
- may feel terrible or even ashamed when others tell you they are looking forward to spending time with their parents
- you can’t stop hearing your parent’s critical voice, even if he or she has been dead for many years
- mostly, you feel alone, and that is almost impossible that anyone else could understand your story
In my work as a clinical psychologist, I help parents, children, teens, and adults with narcissistic parents lead healthier, happier lives.
I bring over twenty years’ experience to my practice. I have trained at Massachusetts General Hospital at the ThinkKids/Collaborative Problem Solving Program. I am the only therapist in New England certified in the model of therapy based on Will I Ever Be Good Enough: Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers by Dr. Karyl McBride.
One of the things I love most about my work is that I never stop learning—from my clients, my ongoing professional training, and my experience as a mother to two teenage daughters. I will treat you with respect and dignity, whether you call, email, or see me in my office.
Education and Professional Background
BA in English and Creative Writing, Northwestern University
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, New York City
Psychology Internship: Hillside Hospital. Queen, New York
Massachusetts Psychological Association
New England Society for Clinical Hypnosis
Basic and Intermediate Training, Clinical Hypnosis, New England Society for Clinical Hypnosis
Coaching Students with Executive Function Deficits
Who’s Running the Show: Executive Dysfunction and How to Help the Disorganized Child
Understanding and Treating Selective Mutism
This Very Moment: Mindfulness in Psychotherapy
Healing Workshops for Women with Painful Relationships with their Mothers