ABOUT
YLENA PARKS

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

My primary goal as a therapist is to foster a safe, supportive, accepting and also challenging space that encourages personal growth and healing for each of my clients. To achieve this, I use an integrative treatment approach, grounded in psychodynamic and interpersonal theories, that encourages mindful self-reflection on internal experiences, authentic expression of affect and a benign curiosity about our personal experiences. My experience and training have made me comfortable working with a range of mental health concerns and a diversity of cultural backgrounds.

When you meet with Dr. Parks, you may expect to feel safe, accepted, supported and challenged. She approaches clients’ treatment concerns with benign curiosity, compassion and tenderness and encourages her clients to do the same. Using an integrative treatment approach grounded in psychodynamic and interpersonal theories, Dr. Parks facilitates her clients’ deep, mindful reflection upon their personal experiences and authentic expression of affect, which together lead to increased insight and self-awareness. She also welcomes humor into the therapeutic process, recognizing that levity can often be an elixir to suffering and facilitate movement from metaphorical spaces of darkness to light.

In Session with Dr. Parks

Education & Training

I earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Biola University’s Rosemead School of Psychology and previously earned a Master of Arts in Counseling at Eastern University. I also earned a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems Science and Policy with a minor in Global Studies from California State University, Monterey Bay.

During her graduate training, Dr. Parks had the opportunity to provide therapeutic services within multiple treatment settings including hospitals, rehabilitation and assisted-living facilities, university counseling centers and outpatient/in-home community mental health centers.  She provided time-limited and long-term psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults and elderly, treating a diversity of mental health concerns. Dr. Parks has also provided couples counseling; Prepare-Enrich couples and pre-marital counseling; group psychotherapy; psychoeducational outreach presentations; and graduate didactic seminars on multicultural treatment considerations and treatment of eating disorders.

She completed an APA-accredited internship within California State University Fullerton’s Counseling and Psychological Services during which time she was afforded the opportunity for focused multicultural training on treatment considerations when working with Hispanic/Latino/a/x, Asian Pacific Islander and Indigenous/Native American people groups. She later completed a postdoctoral fellowship within Counseling Services at California State Polytechnic University Pomona, where, in addition to provision of traditional therapeutic services, she developed and implemented “Paws for Mental Health”, an animal-assisted activity designed to encourage stress reduction while also honoring mental health awareness month.

Prior to transitioning into the field of mental health, Dr. Park was employed in the medical and software/data technology industries.

SERVICES

I work with individuals, couples and groups with a wide range of clinical issues including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, grief/loss, trauma, self-esteem, relational issues, eating disorders, self/sexual/gender-identity development, religious/spiritual concerns, academic issues and issues related to diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

Also, as an avid yoga practitioner, I am experienced in the practice and development of mindfulness, compassionate self-acceptance, intentionality and attentive, non-judgmental awareness to our internal experiences.

FEES

  • The fee for a 45-50-minute individual therapy session is $175. The same fee will apply for a 45-50-minutes couples therapy session unless it is determined a 90-minute session is more appropriate, in which case the fee will be $225.
  • Fees for assessment and/or mental health evaluations for legal proceedings are charged at a rate of $175/hour.
  • Accepted payment methods: cash and credit card (VISA, MasterCard).
  • Cancellation policy: It is important you contact me if you will be unable to make your appointment so that I may offer an opening to another client who may be on the waiting list. If you are not able to make it to your scheduled appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 business hours in advance, you will be charged for the full cost of your session.

I am able to provide services for all PPO plans. Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. I require payment of the full fee at time of service and will provide you with a super-bill that can be submitted to your insurance provider for reimbursement of charges.

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CONTACT US

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YLENA PARKS
ARC Counseling and Wellness
19772 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: 1.866.200.9090
Email: Info@DrYlena.com
Web: DrYlena.com

Cor is the Latin word HEART and is the root word for COURAGE,
both of which are foundational to the work of healing and wellness.

At Cor Psychological Services