Dr. Kanchan Parkash is a clinical psychotherapist in Chicago, IL. She is particularly passionate about working with adults and young adults who are navigating life transitions, exploring and processing their personal and cultural identities, needing support for relationships and family difficulties, and processing grief and loss. Kanchan also specializes in working with people of color, immigrants, and international students as well as providing space and support for those with other marginalized identities.
Kanchan approaches therapy from a relational-cultural framework while also aiming to understand clients from a psychodynamic perspective. Her therapeutic style is reflective of who she is as a person - warm, compassionate, non-judgemental, and humorous. As such, she encourages clients to be themselves in session while also acknowledging that being authentic and genuine requires a sense of safety and trust.
In efforts to create a trusting and safe therapeutic space, Kanchan acknowledges that no one knows her clients better than they know themselves. She makes intentional efforts to collaborate with clients to ensure that she understands them well, is meeting their needs, and encouraging them to be authentic and vulnerable in session. Through their work together, Kanchan's clients are able to foster greater insight into their thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and relationships. By using the therapeutic relationship as an agent of change, therapy with Kanchan often helps clients identify and communicate their emotions, needs, and values as a way of honoring themselves and their relationships with others.
After training in university and private practice settings for 5 years, Kanchan received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Previous training experiences include Northeastern Illinois University, DePaul University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kanchan currently works at Center Focused Therapy in downtown Chicago and offers teletherapy with options for evening and weekend hours.
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Therapist's mental health - Coping with personal mental health while being a mental health provider; acknowledging intersection of identities and impact of working with clients; providing space for clinicians to prioritize their needs, wellbeing, and care for themselves.
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Years of Experience: <1 year
Center Focused Therapy, Post-Doctoral Fellow/Clinical Psychotherapist, 2021 - Present
University of Wisconsin-Madison Mental Health Services, Intern, 2020 - 2021
DePaul University Counseling Services, Advanced Practicum Extern, 2019 - 2020
Northeastern Illinois University Student Counseling Services, Basic Practicum Extern, 2018 - 2019
Sankofa Psychological Services, Diagnostic Practicum Extern, 2017 - 2018
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2021
Northeastern Illinois University, BA, 2015