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About Melissa Parks, PhD

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I grew up in Seattle, Washington (United States), and have just returned to live there after spending the past ten years living in Europe–seven years in Madrid, and three in Amsterdam.

My time abroad showed me firsthand the difficulties that come with adapting to life in a new culture, and carrying out day-to-day life in an unfamiliar language. However, it’s also helped me to discover tools and techniques that can help people to thrive while living overseas.

I’ve been working with global nomads for the past five years, and in the field of mental and behavioral health for the past 15 years. During this time I’ve worked in a range of settings in the United States, Spain and the Netherlands. These experiences have given me the opportunity to support diverse groups of clients with a variety of different concerns, both in English and Spanish. This international experience has left me with the conviction that each person has a unique story that deserves to be heard AND that we all have so very much in common.

I currently provide online coaching to individuals living around the world who feel like they are merely surviving in their current home, but would like to be thriving. The work we do together helps them to achieve a greater sense of balance and fulfillment in the place they’re currently calling home.

I’ve been in both therapy and coaching myself and know firsthand just how challenging these processes can be as a client, but I also strongly believe that they are absolutely worth the investment. I aim to make sure my clients feel that same way after working with me.

When I’m not working, I’m focusing on my own self-care and doing things that bring me joy. I especially love to read–Brene Brown’s books have been a huge inspiration in the work I do with clients. I also enjoy journaling, meditation, running, travel, spending time with friends and family (both in-person and virtually), and dancing. My Gallup Strengths are: Achiever, Context, Empathy, Input, and Restorative.

My motto with the work I do with clients is this–

It’s all about PROGRESS, not PERFECTION

If you’d like to learn more about working with me, get in touch to set up a free 15-minute consultation so you can meet me and ask any questions you might have. 

Qualifications: MSc and PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

You can find even more information about my professional experience and training on LinkedIn.

You can sign up HERE for my monthly newsletter where I share helpful resources related to mindfulness, self-compassion, emotional resilience, and more. 

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