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• Communicating with Family
• Generational Issues
• Attachment Issues
• Trauma Recovery
• Personal Growth
THERAPY SERVICES OFFERED
Adolesents & Adults, ages 15/+
To focus on individuals exploring how to reach their full potential by exploring effective ways to get their needs met, increasing positive communication, developing personal goals, and an increased sense of self.
My passion for working with individuals and families to explore their generational issues, attachment issues, and breakdown in communication in order to begin healing and learning how to develop and maintain healthy relationships is what brought me to Shawntres Parks, PhD, LMFT and joining Parks & Powers Psychotherapy.
I am excited to help clients to increase their understanding of what has brought them to therapy and to build their skills in order to reach their therapy goals so that they can move forward more successfully.
I particularly enjoy working with:
• older teenagers and young adults healing from trauma
• generational issues
• attachment issues
Much of my work with individuals is with those who are healing from abuse, loss, and/or grief and/or who are struggling with anxiety and/or depression.
I generally work with individuals who are seeking support with learning how to adapt to stressful environments and healing from past abuse.
My work with families is often with foster children struggling with adjustment, breakdown in communication between family members, and a lack of secure attachment between parents and children. Throughout my career, I have worked with individuals, families, and groups and with clients from age 5 to 20 years old. I have experience in working with client concerns such as anxiety, depression, domestic violence, parenting, trauma, and AD/HD. Seeing clients since 2017, I have been blessed to assist a wide variety of clients in multiple community mental health, residential treatment, and school settings.
I am also a Clinician at South Coast Community Services in Upland, CA [November 2019 – present] (specialty community mental health). Previously, I was with Olive Crest in Riverside, CA [December 2012 – November 2019] (community mental health), most recently as a Foster Family Agency Social Worker.
Purpose of Therapy
Therapy is an opportunity for you to be in a safe and non-judgmental space, to express your deepest thoughts and feelings, and receive guidance and support from an objective point of view. Developing a relationship with a therapist is different than having a conversation with a close friend or family member. Therapists used evidenced based theoretical practices to guide and support clients with meeting their personal goals, while developing a strong therapeutic alliance.
How I Can Help
Finding a therapist who fits you is a very important decision, because it can be very scary to begin opening up yourself to a complete stranger. For this reason, I offer an initial no-cost consultation (up to 30 minutes) so that we can get to know each other, observe each other’s communication styles, you can observe how I take in and respond to your information, and make a decision based on me creating a safe and comfortable space to express yourself. This is done with your best interest in mind, to ensure you are making an informed decision to move forward with me as your therapist.
Developing our relationship is very important from our first conversation. As a client it is important that you are able to see me as someone you can trust, and hold the feelings that you express in therapy, without wondering if I am unable to handle some of your darkest and deepest thoughts. Throughout the therapy process, it is my intention to continue building that relationship and creating a safe space for you to express yourself freely.
My Approach to Helping
When facing difficulties in life, it is important to begin working on identifying your strengths and current coping skills as a great starting point. We will work as a team to develop therapy goals and identify these strengths and enhance them while minimizing (or eliminating) the patterns that keep you stuck. Together we will work to help you with developing a strong sense of self, to make decisions in your life with confidence.
My Role as Your Therapist
At the same time, or at different times, I may be:
• Actively listening to your thoughts and feelings;
• Helping you to process where your deep pain has started
• Providing psychoeducation
• A community resource
• Exploring your communication style, and enhancing your assertive communication skills
• Practicing setting healthy boundaries with you
• Providing praise and recognition for your progress
• A tool in the room by providing transparency, and normalizing your personal experiences
My Therapy Approach
I utilize a variety of different theoretical approaches when working with clients. I have an eclectic style, because I focus on what approach would be appropriate for each individual client to meet their individual goals.
I focus primarily on using dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and attachment theory. This could change depending on your specific concerns and presenting symptoms.
Frequency of Therapy
We will generally meet once weekly for the first 4-8 sessions. During these sessions, we focus on establishing our relationship and working to alleviate some of the most pressing issues you’re experiencing.
Couple, Conjoint, Family Therapy
We will generally continue to meet every 1 to 2 weeks and will sometimes increase the time between sessions to 3 or 4 weeks so that you have opportunities to practice what we’ve worked on in session. As you accomplish your goals in treatment, sessions may be once every 1 to 2 months until we end therapy.
We will generally continue to meet weekly and will sometimes increase the time between sessions to 2 weeks so that you have opportunities to practice what we’ve worked on in session. As you accomplish your goals in therapy, sessions may be once every 3 to 4 weeks until we end therapy.
Duration of Therapy
Ideally, therapy ends when you’ve met your therapy goals that we set in the beginning. However, you may choose to end therapy at any time and for any reason.
Having attended any length of therapy, I welcome you to return for sessions as you need or desire. Sometimes we need a session as a:
• reminder, or
• “Get me unstuck from this – because I can’t figure out how this is like what I saw you for before.”
• Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology (emphasis on Marriage & Family Therapy)
• Bachelor of Arts, Sociology