Dr. Kanchan (Ruby) Parkash, Psy. D.
Post Doctoral Fellow/Clinical Psychotherapist
Ms. Parkash uses she/her/hers pronouns
· Adjustment difficulties
· Multicultural Issues
· Relationship Concerns
· Family Difficulties
· Racial trauma
· Sexual trauma
· Life transitions
· Identity exploration
· Complex trauma
As human beings, we are inherently wired for connection and are impacted by relationships throughout our lives. Consequently, each connection has the possibility to influence us, inform our view of self, and change the way we relate to others and the world around us. In this way, who we are becomes colored by our lived experiences, people who surround us, and messages that we have received throughout our lives. Because there are so many nuances that make us who we are, think the way we do, or feel the way we feel, therapy can be a place to explore your experiences, identity, and how you have been impacted on personal, societal, and systemic levels.
Like other relationships in your life, the therapeutic relationship is about connection. More specifically, I will strive for us to build a positive connection that is marked by a sense of mutual respect, empathy, and empowerment. In taking a collaborative, flexible, relational, and cultural approach, I aim to create a safe, trusting, warm, and supportive space that encourages you to be vulnerable, feel heard, be seen, and feel accepted for being your true, authentic self. I also acknowledge that no one knows you better than you do and sharing who you are in therapy is incredibly vulnerable. As your therapist, I will be mindful of where you are at take your needs into account as we work together.
I am passionate about working with working with adults and especially enjoy working with BIPOC individuals or those with marginalized identities. My clinical experiences range across settings and include an in-patient hospital, private practices, and university counseling centers (Northeastern Illinois University, DePaul University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison). In addition to the specialties listed on this page, I’ve gained experience working with those experiencing emotional and mood concerns, relationship and family difficulties, sexual and racial trauma, academic and vocational distress, and grief and loss.
It’s important to find a therapist who is eager to learn about your uniqueness - the nuances that make you who you are, how you’ve been shaped by your lived experiences, and what you hope to gain from therapy. If you’re interested in beginning, or even contemplating to start therapy, please reach out so that we can see if we are a good fit!