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Dr. Steevie Jane Parks is a licensed psychologist, who has been working in the field of mental health for over 30 consecutive years. She helps people to access and successfully utilize their own inner resources to create healthier and happier lives. Please click on the links above to discover more about Dr. Parks and create a healthy mind. Choosing the right psychologist can often become an unprecedented opportunity to change your life for the better. It is important to find a professional who is caring, knowledgeable and accessible. The right psychologist will be able to understand your unique personality, and will guide you to discover how to bring out the best in yourself and in your life situation. Dr. Parks provides psychological services to children, adolescents and adults. However, she currently specializes in working with adults and adolescents who are undergoing significant amounts of stress, and recognize the need to make changes in order to move forward in life. She offers a number of specialty services, and gently guides her clients to choose those approaches that will best meet their needs. This website has been created for both new and current patients. It includes information about her practice and other useful information. 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 in Memphis, Tennessee. 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. At this point, she prefers to work with clients who are experiencing uncomfortable levels of stress related to identity issues and major life transitions (such as separation and divorce, career changes, loss and bereavement). 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 practice is 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. She also provides consultation as well as psychological evaluation of children, adolescents and adults. Finally, Dr. Parks provides expressive arts workshops that are aimed at helping people learn to effectively utilize their own creativity in order to explore and resolve issues that hold them back from living a full and productive life.

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What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

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