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Cathy Parker, MSW, PsyD.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
California PSY 21556    NPI 1639248826

Life comes with changes. Both wanted and unwanted in relationships, health, residence or employment status. Changes require transition from a known place to a place that is unfamiliar or unknown. The in-between space can be scary, without solid footing and may make it difficult to even imagine being able to find a safe or stable place to land. The uncertainty of transitions can perpetuate stress, anxiety, depression, disrupt sleeping, eating and sexual patterns, and, ironically, create further undesired changes. I help individuals and couples safely navigate that in-between space of moving from what-was to what-will-be.

Licensure in social work and psychology allows me a deep understanding of life’s dynamics. From a culturally diverse clientele – especially LGBT – I have a broad range of professional tools to help you assess your situation, identify barriers to making successful change, inventory existing resources and fashion new life tools.

I provide psychotherapy to individuals and couples. I help people find new solutions to old problems. Therapy can’t change the fact that there are transitions. Therapy can change how you transition and how you land.

I arrange for a phone call with prospective clients before scheduling an initial appointment. For a free phone consult, call me at 707-363-2698.

I am a psychologist and an artist. Both involve perception, bodily experiencing the perception and communicating that sense into the world. As with psychology, each viewer’s experience is valid.

Forms found in nature prompt my work. Repeated forms creates relationships; relationships structure composition. I am challenged by the scenery of the desert. I have to look more closely for nature’s relationships unlike the obvious rolling northern California hills. The intriguing here is subtle, not quickly discerned; unless it is the stark shape of an ocotillo against the sand.

I photograph cacti and closely crop to discover potential compositions. I’ll practice several possible compositions in pencil and then determine my media. Some compositions lend themselves to the values inherent with powdered graphite, others beg for oil in complimentary colors. With each step, the image refines and come into its own.

I don’t think of myself as a painter. I draw – sometimes with paints. I enjoy both an additive, layering process along-side a subtractive process. My art has a bold, graphic quality that at the same time brings lightness to the work. I describe my art as contemporary, fanciful art that is recognizable. Such dichotomies (bold/tender; put on/take off; use of complimentary colors) thread throughout and my aim is to allow the existence of opposing ideas that can be true at the same time.

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