Chyna Parker, MS

Practicum Trainee; Program: Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University

Supervised by Grace Goodman, Psy.D. (PSY 28905)

“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl

I am a practicum trainee in the doctoral psychology program at Pepperdine University, and I use an eclectic, multiculturally-informed approach in working with individuals, families, and groups. This can include skill-building, mindfulness, expressive arts, meaning-making, and many other tools to help clients meet their treatment goals. I aim to find tools that work best for each individual client.

I work from a multicultural framework to better understand the many cultural influences and interactions that my clients may experience. As we build upon our understanding of our internal and external influences, I am passionate about helping individuals discover themselves in the process of therapy to better cope with the world around them. With this discovery, there is a witnessing of personal growth that can occur over the course of therapy. 

I enjoy working with adults of all ages as they navigate new experiences, challenges, and the balancing of daily life needs. I also value helping those who struggle with anxiety, depression, substance abuse and self-harming behaviors. I have training in crisis work, trauma-informed treatment, and substance abuse treatment. I work with adults to help them improve the quality of their lives, to create meaningful and healthy relationships with themselves and others, and to build coping skills to reduce harm in their day-to-day lives. 

Lastly, I am trained in the administration and interpretation of psychological assessments and have worked with neuro- and culturally diverse individuals, which has allowed me to connect them to community services and help them better understand their experiences through psychoeducation. I have three years of clinical experience.