Tom Parkes, LCSW


My Approach

I specialize in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety related issues, and Trauma/PTSD with adults and teens 14+.  I approach therapy in a way that is more than just talking, but highly experiential, present-centered, and focused on making change within and outside of session.  Many of our wounds are relational, so establishing a secure and healthy therapeutic relationship is at the foundation of my work.  I aim to cultivate a space where you feel unconditionally supported while also being challenged in a direct and kind manner.  I use holistic and evidence-based therapy methods grounded in processes of mindfulness, acceptance, compassion, and values-based exposure techniques.  I have extensive training in the evidence-based therapy model, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which helps individuals drop the struggle with their suffering and build a meaningful life. I also utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

I am also the host of the popular podcast, Mentally Flexible, where I interview psychologists, researchers, and others on a range of mental health focused topics. You can find episodes below that may serve as a resource on your wellness journey.

Meet Tom



  • Treatment Specialties

    • OCD
    • Anxiety
    • Child & Adolescent Therapy
    • Depression
    • Panic Disorder
    • PTSD & Trauma Disorders
    • Social Anxiety
    • Stress Reduction & Management
  • Services Provided

    • Individual Therapy
    • Adolescent Therapy
    • OCD Workshops
  • Education

    Master of Social Work, University of Connecticut
    Bachelor of Arts, University of Connecticut

  • Experience

    I began my career working at a community support center where I provided clinical case management and group therapy for individuals dealing with a wide range of issues. Throughout this time, I received in depth training in Motivational Interviewing which has laid the foundation for my empathetic and collaborative approach with clients. My direct practice work expanded while interned within an outpatient therapy clinic throughout graduate school. Here I was able to serve as a clinician for a diverse set of individuals and families. I have also worked on a more macro level as a Trauma Consultant and Trainer for Advanced Trauma Solutions. This position allowed me to train and consult mental health professionals across the country in the treatment of trauma related disorders through the evidence-based treatment, TARGET. In this role I was able to have unique experiences like developing culturally informed trauma interventions for the Hoopa Valley Native American community in Northern California. My passion for helping those who have been impacted by trauma has been further developed through my training in Trauma-Focused Yoga and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Today’s the day to make a change.