Dr. Parks started working in the field of mental health in 1975. Before going back to school to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, she worked as both a Special Education Teacher and a Rehabilitation Therapist for the State of New York. Immediately after attaining her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1988, she entered private practice as a Clinical Psychologist. Since then, Dr. Parks has worked in numerous in-patient and out- patient settings in addition to maintaining a private practice in Clinical Psychology since 1988. In 1997 she moved her family to Carrboro, North Carolina where she started a new practice with a focus on helping adults and adolescents. In 2015 Dr. Parks obtained a Creativity Coaching Certification and began to specialize in helping Artists, Writers, Actors and Musicians to fulfill their creative potentials. She currently provides Creativity Coaching both over the phone, internet and in person from her home office in Carrboro, North Carolina. She also provides Creative Expression Workshops for Adults on a regular basis.
Dr. Parks has specialized training in the areas of: Psycho-educational and Psycho-diagnostic Testing, Clinical Hypnosis, Family Therapy, EMDR, DBT Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapies such as Art Therapy and Psychodrama. She has a long-standing research interest in the use of creativity and symbolic reasoning to solve complex psychological problems. Dr. Parks has been certified by the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology since 1992, and is an active member of several professional organizations in the areas in which she practices.
Her psychotherapy practice is currently focused on working with adults who are undergoing major life transitions and need to resolve issues related to personal and professional identity, establishing healthier relationships, and learning to express their authentic selves in ways that fit with their values, hopes and future goals.