Therapist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dese'Rae L.Stage, Therapist

License: LSW

Provider Gender: Female

Ages Served: 15-40

Appointments: In-office and Telehealth

Manages Medications: No, provides therapy only

Therapist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dese’Rae L.Stage, LSW

Dese’Rae L.Stage, LSW

Hi, I’m Des (she/her). I’m a mom, therapist, social worker, suicidologist, and artist. I identify as a queer, white, cisgender single parent and live with ADHD and other psychiatric diagnoses. It’s important to me to be transparent about my positionality, in terms of my identity and lived experiences, as well as being someone who receives mental health services—I know what it’s like to be in the therapy chair and sitting across from it. To that end, I come to my work as a partner and a support, rather than an expert.

My practice is person-centered, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive. I use an eclectic approach, mainly rooted in relational and attachment-based therapies, alongside CBT techniques and DBT skills training. Much of my practice is driven by my own lived experience as a patient in the mental health system.

I work with teens and adults with a broad spectrum of concerns, but my passions lie in working with folks experiencing suicidal thoughts (and suicide attempts), self-injury, grief/traumatic loss (including suicide loss), ADHD/neurodivergence, depression, anxiety, mood and personality disorders, gender/sexual identity and broader LGBTQIA+ issues, fertility challenges, queer family-building, and pregnancy loss. I also love working with fellow artists.

I approach my work through a relational lens—I am a person, and I will be a person with you in the therapy room. I show up to my practice and hold space with authenticity, humor, compassion, empathy, and a touch of sarcasm.

In past lives, I worked in the service industry and the music industry and built a career as an award-winning suicide prevention advocate and artist. I see live music at every available opportunity, and when I’m not at a show, I’m probably reading a book, eating something delicious, or building Lego sets. I live with two small humans, one dog (a Bernese Mountain Dog named Dolly Parton), and one cat (a long-haired white Siamese mix with heterochromia named Betty White).

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Evernorth (Cigna)
  • Optum (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Partners Direct Health


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


  • First Responders
  • LGBTQ+
  • Women


  • English



Please use our online form to schedule an appointment with Dese'Rae L.Stage. You can also call 267-857-4565 to have someone assist you.

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