Allegra Parks

Psychotherapist | LCSW | MS.Ed

I am a licensed psychotherapist with Masters Degrees in both Social Work and Early Adolescent Education from NYU and Bank Street College, respectively, and am a graduate of the clinical fellowship program at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in NYC. Since 2003 I have had the honor of helping adults and adolescents who suffer from depressive and anxiety disorders, trauma, familial & relationship conflict, grief & loss, school challenges, and various other difficulties.

I am inherently interested in people and the ways that we navigate life and work to create meaningful and enjoyable lives, often in the face of deep pain and doubt. I continue to be awed by the commitment to growth my clients have shown as we work together, session by session.

 

How I Work

Authenticity, curiosity, sensitivity, playfulness, humor, and responsiveness are the characteristics that guide my practice. Many years of Zen meditation have helped me cultivate a non-judgmental and compassionate interest in clients and their way of living. I use mindfulness and exploration of physical, emotional, and spiritual experience to help clients gain clarity and generate and make choices that work for them. By focusing on our here-and-now relationship, clients discover old thought patterns, beliefs, and perceptions that may have served them in the past, but are now simply obstacles. 

I believe the relationship between therapist and client is the most important factor influencing effectiveness of therapy. Sometimes it takes some sessions to determine if therapist and client are a good match. The nature of the therapeutic relationship is different from all others. Client and therapist work through events, ideas, and feelings in a way that most of us don’t or can’t in everyday conversations, even with our closest confidants.                                                                                                                                

Therapy should provide the confidentiality, safety, and support to explore any thought, dream, experience, desire, or emotion a client has. Whether short or long term, therapy can shed light on long hidden relational patterns and questions. Most importantly, the therapeutic process can provide people with varied solutions, real change, and support for the future.

What You Can Expect From Me

 I strive to be honest, engaged, and responsive, and ensure that clients will be a part of determining treatment goals and their timeframe. During each 45 minute weekly session I will create space to discuss how communication is going and invite clients to share any concerns or awarenesses they have about our interactions. Mostly, clients can expect that I will want to get to know and help them.

Treatment Areas Include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress 
  • Relational Conflicts
  • Familial Conflicts
  • School and Academic Problems
  • Grief & Loss
  • Parenting Issues
  • Postpartum Issues
  • Somatic & Health Concerns
  • Existential & Spiritual Issues

 

Populations Include:

  • Adults
  • Older Adults
  • LGBTQIA
  • Parents
  • Performers
  • Artists
  • Writers
  • Musicians
  • Recovering Alcoholics & Addicts
  • Teens (16+)