Kenneth A. Parks
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Kenneth A. Parks

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Rhode Island Accepting Online
Providence Accepting In-person
Updated October 21, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Anxiety
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Anger management
  • Depression
  • Adolescent mental health

Professional statement

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Rhode Island. I enjoy working with High School and College aged students along with adults. I provide treatment for depression, anger, anxiety, adjustment issues of all types, stress management, college mental health and substance abuse. I do have a special interest in working with athletes because I found that mental wellness is connected to performance on the field, court or rink.

I use evidence-based practice that entails a clinical assessment so that the client and therapist both understand the current issues and then choose the best course of treatment needed. My therapy sessions will entail both goal oriented and skills based approaches. I have over 15 years of experience and expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical behavioral Therapy, Substance Abuse, Anger Management and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

During treatment, I focus on helping clients understand how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, so they can begin to make targeted change. We will work on strengthening your motivation and movement towards change in order to meet your goals. In treatment, I work on getting clients to explore any discrepancy between your goals and your current actions or in-actions. My approach is collaborative and non-judgmental to help build trust in a safe environment and meet the clients where they are and establish where they want to go. Throughout treatment clients will works on processing their emotions around current stressors, identifying triggers that lead to their symptoms and using appropriate coping methods in times of increased stress.

My practice philosophy is driven by the belief that everyone has the potential to improve their situation if they are given the right tools and support.


Message to clients

I believe it is important to find a therapist who is the right fit. I have been very successful in the past with helping my clients eliminate negative thinking patterns and implement healthy activities that promote a positive life style. My goal during treatment is to provide a trustworthy and collaborative relationship with my clients. I truly believe that change is possible in all areas of life. It takes hard work, understanding and honesty with oneself to start the change process. I will be there to help you navigate through what ever barriers are in the way of you being successful and helping you work towards improving your overall mental health.


Specialties

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Anger management - Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Optum
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $80 (45min)
  • Initial session: $120 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 4PM-7PM
  • Tue 4PM-8PM
  • Wed 4PM-6PM
  • Thu 4PM-7PM
  • Fri 4PM-8PM
  • Sat 9AM-11AM
  • Sun 9AM-11AM

Providence practice
193 Waterman st, Providence , Rhode Island 02906
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 4PM-8PM
  • Tue 4PM-8PM
  • Wed 4PM-8PM
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 4PM-8PM
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 9AM-12PM

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 15 years

Department of Corrections, Counselor, 2013 - Present
The Providence Center, Clinical Therapist, 2006 - 2021

Uconn, MSW, 2006
URI, BS, 2002


Licensure

Rhode Island: ISW02286


Languages

English