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Wes Parks

LGBTQ-affirming therapy to help you live your best life.

You deserve all the happiness this world has to offer. Let's find it together.

Therapy tailored to meet your needs.

Do you find yourself having more bad days than good ones? Something feel not right even if you can't name it? Questioning your sexuality or gender? Have shame about being LGBTQ? Are there times it feels like one more thing in your world will make you snap? Tired of constantly fighting over money and laundry and who fed the dog last? How about lacking general direction in your life and wanting to explore more of who you are and what you want in the world?

These are some problems we all face at one time or another. It is part of the human condition, and no life lived well comes without a few trying times. Therapy tailored for YOUR needs can help you move forward and live your best life.

Address

4304 Airport Freeway

Suite 110

Fort Worth, TX  76117

Phone

(817) 996-5730

Fax

(817) 887-5906

Email

info@wesparks.com

A Place of Exploration

My office is conveniently located in a professional building just northeast of downtown Fort Worth. A mere three miles from Sundance Square and other downtown attractions and businesses, with easy access to several interstates and highways. Quiet and comfortable, ideally suited to the exploration of life and creative problem solving.

 

A little about Wes...

“None of us gets through life without some serious hurt, and some serious joy. The ways we respond to challenges or capitalize on opportunities is based on myriad experiences and encounters throughout our lives. I believe that whatever leads us to this moment, we always have an opportunity for personal growth and improvement. Through a careful exploration of our individual histories and valid world-views, we can better understand ourselves and how to make the most of our lives to be happy, healthy and productive.”

Before committing to any course of therapy or assessment, I think it’s helpful to understand a little bit about me...

Because there is no way I'd see a therapist until I understood who they were as a person.

My Interest in Therapy

My Interest in Life

I have always been drawn to an understanding of others’ behaviors. Or, more to the point, I have always been curious about why people do the things they do, even when they are unhealthy, ill-advised, or otherwise counter intuitive. That was my initial interest in psychology, fostered by observations on the playground, in church, at parties, in the workplace…anywhere people gather, behaviors happen that left me trying to understand what I was witnessing, making sense of the “why.” Once the why becomes clear, making the transition from maladaptive to healthy, prosocial functioning completes the cycle I find so interesting.

LGBTQ Experience

I did not start out with a large gay clientele. I was focused on general clinical issues and a few LGBTQ clients found me.  Then a few more, and a few more after that. It did not take long for me to see this as a professional calling of sorts. Before I knew it I was developing a rewarding niche practice. Since then, I have worked with diverse issues affecting our community that include navigating the coming out process, sexual orientation identity, understanding what it means to be transgender or gender nonconforming, navigating the gender transition process, relationship struggles, family issues, sexual concerns, mood issues, anxiety problems, and stress management. Understanding that LGBTQ clients frequently struggle to incorporate their identities into the mainstream culture, identity exploration and formation has become a large part of my work.

As a person, I have lots of interests outside of my professional identity. I am a bit of an artist. I am an avid reader of all genres of literature. I enjoy great meals with friends, running, movies, hiking, my cats, family outings, dancing with friends until we look utterly silly, watching live sports, playing ball in the local LGBTQ softball league, politics, social justice, philanthropy….and the list goes on and on!

Training & Licensure

Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

 

National Certified Counselor

Certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors

 

Master of Science

Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Neuropsychology

University of Texas at Tyler

 

Bachelor of Arts

Psychology

University of Texas at Dallas

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