Hi there! I’m melissa

I always knew that I wanted to have a career that allowed me to help others see their own potential and live joyful and fulfilling lives. Pursuing this calling has provided me with the opportunity to work in a variety of different settings throughout my professional career, both in my home country of the United States, and abroad (in English and Spanish).

I have my master’s and PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology. For the past 5 years I’ve been focusing my professional energy on providing therapy and coaching to the international community. I currently provide online coaching to international clients living around the world. I also teach the international, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course in Seattle and love integrating these tools into my work with clients.

My clients include expats, immigrants, digital nomads, adult Third Culture Kids (TCKs), study abroad students, diplomats, NGO employees, professionals working in international education, and people in intercultural relationships. My own experience living abroad for 10 years (Spain & the Netherlands) helps me to understand firsthand the challenges that come with living a life that spans cultures, languages, & time zones. Because of this I’m able to bring a great deal of empathy and understanding to the work I do with my clients.

Although I repatriated to my hometown of Seattle, WA (United States) in 2019 and ended my time abroad, I still consider myself a global nomad. I’m in an intercultural marriage and don’t speak my native language in my home (we speak Spanish). I’m also in contact with family, friends, colleagues, and clients living around the world on a daily basis.

When I’m not working,  I enjoy traveling, dancing, reading, writing, yoga, and spending time with my husband and our dog, Pintxo.

My Approach

The first thing we’ll do is explore different areas of your life to identify where you’re feeling stuck or unhappy and clarify what it would look like if you did feel more fulfilled. 

We’ll explore what things you’ve already tried and what tools you already have at your disposal. Then I’ll introduce you to new tools and strategies that have helped my clients, and myself, to gain greater clarity, confidence, satisfaction, and joy in their lives. Each person is unique so we’ll be sure to focus on finding what works best for you. 

I  want my clients to be able to bring their whole selves to our sessions, which is why I strive to create an environment in sessions that is inclusive of all, regardless of gender, age, gender identity, race, health status, national origin, relationship status, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, body size, and religion.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Master’s Degree in Clinical and Health Psychology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, minor in Sociology, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA, USA

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

Would you like to schedule a FREE 30 minute consultation to see if my coaching services are a good fit for you?

get in touch

Fill out the contact form below with any questions you have about my services, blog, or collaboration opportunities. I look forward to hearing from you! 

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+1 (206) 334-8326 (USA)

mparks@intentionalexpat.com