Dr. Anna Parks, LMHC
“Difficulties can arise as a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. I work with my clients to develop a collaborative relationship in which the therapeutic space is one of thought and reflection.”
I aspire to be a neutral third party with whom clients can express themselves, free of judgment. Using an Existential and Rogerian therapeutic approach, I join them on their journey of self-discovery by reflecting on their thoughts and experiences and finding their own direction. At times, using a Psychodynamic approach, I work with them to connect aspects of their developmental history with their present-day experience and consider connections to explore further. I work to understand the individual from their own perspective – the unique ecosystem of values, cultural beliefs, history of lived experience, and daily stresses and concerns. I believe a person’s difficulties aren’t always due to abnormal psychopathology but often arise as normal reactions to abnormal situations.
Since starting my work as a therapist in 2013, I’ve gained considerable experience and interest in working with issues of ADHD and those affected by executive functioning difficulties within themselves or those around them. I am also experienced in working with clients struggling with a wide range of issues – such as those dealing with difficult living situations, a history of sexual trauma, depression and anxiety, and difficulties communicating and connecting within their interpersonal relationships. That said, I began, and have continued, my career with a particular interest in issues of sex and sexuality, sexual identity, and alternative lifestyles.
I graduated from Argosy University – Seattle with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2013 and later a Doctorate in Education and Counseling in 2016. Throughout my career, I have worked in community mental health and private practice with a wide range of clients differing in age, sexual orientation, gender orientation, and cultural heritage. I have worked with C-STARS since 2016. In addition to individual therapeutic work, I have experience working with the transitional housing population of Seattle and with children and adolescents in inpatient psychiatric care settings.
Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, watching sci-fi/fantasy audiobooks and media, taco trucks, and playing Pokémon Go. I have an intermediate-level understanding of Star Wars and Marvel lore, which I owe mainly to the company I surround myself with, though my favorite show of all time is Centaurworld. Some random interests include seafood, zoology, 90’s stuff, historical facts with comical spins, and cats.