Shawntres Ann Parks, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LMFT 95741

Language: English


Individual Sessions
These sessions are designed to address healing and recovery from traumatic experiences including attachment trauma to create a healthier experience of emotional and physical intimacy.

Couple Sessions
Premarital therapy and beyond using attachment focused therapy to provide practical tools to improve communication and sex, while helping restore or create a deeper experience of love and connection



Purpose of Therapy
I see therapy as a way to create meaningful change in your life by shifting how you understand the things that happen to you and within you. Therapy is the space where you can be accepted unconditionally and experience a feeling of safety that provides you with the security that you need to take those courageous steps to grow.

How I Can Help
I hold up a mirror to reflect your thoughts, feelings, and patterns of behavior. This process allows you to better understand why you make the choices you make, and to choose differently. I then provide you will tools, skills, and alternative ways of being to assist you on your journey.

My Approach to Helping
I bring my whole self into the therapy space. I believe that if I do not show up fulling embracing my intersecting identities that I cannot create a space where you feel safe enough to do so. I am transparent and open about what I observe in the therapeutic relationship with my clients so that they can integrate my observations with their own experience of what happens in our therapy space. I do not believe in a top-down approach and believe that it is my responsibility to walk alongside you as you heal and transform. I believe that is where I can make the most profound impact.

My Role as Your Therapist
As your therapist I work to create a feeling of security that will allow you the space to explore life experiences and circumstances that may feel incredibly difficult to tackle alone. I believe that if we work together you can go further than you would alone. I bring my education, training, experience, and humanity into the therapy space to provide you with guidance and encouragement. I can also hold a hopeful perspective for you, even when your situation feels hopeless.

My Therapy Approach
I use mind/body integrated and transpersonal approaches to therapy. I approach therapy from an Afrocentric perspective, with the belief where the overriding focus of life and, indeed the goal of the mentally healthy person, is to be in harmony with the forces of life. When we are in harmony with our mind, body, and spirit, we experience alignment from within (immanent) and from without (transcendent). I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma recovery, and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT). I believe in a humanistic approach that honors a client’s decisions and choices throughout the therapeutic process and allows Clients to be active participants leading treatment with the support and encouragement of the therapist.

Frequency of Therapy
I meet with my clients at weekly intervals for the first 5 sessions. In the first 5 sessions I am able to complete a comprehensive assessment and to work together with my client(s) to create a treatment plan. These first sessions also allow us to build rapport and to help you also determine if therapy with me is a good fit for you.

Duration of Therapy
I practice brief and short term therapy models and typically see clients for an average of 4-5 months. There are some Clients who will spend much less, or much more time in therapy based upon their individual treatment needs. I strive to work with my clients to be open in continually assessing progress toward treatment goals as well as adjustments that we can make to support continued growth.