TONY PARMENTER, MA, LCMHC, LADC
Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Antioch University New England | Certificate, Critical Incident Stress Management, University of Maryland-Baltimore County | Bachelor of Science, Behavioral Science, Bellevue University
LCMHC, States of Vermont & New Hampshire | LADC, State of Vermont | MLADC, State of New Hampshire | CADC-II, State of Massachusetts | ICAADC, International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium | CMHIMP, Mental Health Integrative Medicine Institute | MSIHA - The Center for Integrative Health & Addiction
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) - Full Member | Parnell Institute for EMDR - Charter Member | Association for Contextual & Behavioral Science - Professional Member | Academy of United States Veterans (AUSV) - Lifetime Diamond Member | International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) - Member
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Everyone has a journey. This one began in 2008 while I was living in Tokyo, Japan. I was teaching English as a Second language (ESL) as a recent USAF veteran, working on what was then Japan's only English speaking crisis counseling hot line on evenings and weekends. In fact, there was just one phone! It was then that I understood my passion for helping people to resolve problems, and to live meaningful and fulfilling lives. I soon made a decision to return to the United States and pursue graduate education and a career in counseling.
I use a specialized form of psychotherapy called EMDR Therapy (which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). I am a Full Member of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and have advanced training in what is called Attachment-Focused EMDR, trained in residence by it's creator Laurel Parnell, PhD. I am also trained in the Flash technique for EMDR, Internal Family Systems informed EMDR and integrate these into my work. EMDR uses eye movements and other forms of physical movement as a way to rapidly process memories, thoughts or physical sensations which cause stuckness and create barriers for living life in a way that a person desires. It is an evidence-based, compassionate, and specific practice of helping people to find freedom from emotional suffering, trauma, addictions, phobias, problem behaviors, for smoking cessation, to enhance motivation and personal performance... the list goes on! I will also train you how to practice EMDR skills on yourself between our meetings. It is a safe way of helping to decrease or remove mental and somatic barriers to living your life energized, full of meaning and personal wisdom. In addition to physical movement I regularly utilize music, art and Buddhist psychology in this process to use your strengths as ways to tap into your internal resources. Prior to the COVID-19 health crisis, which changed service delivery for psychotherapy around the world, I was one of the few EMDR trained therapists promoting EMDR specifically online.
Stuck does not equal broken, and experiences of pain and distress do not need to prevent any person from living a purposeful and meaningful life. I approach my work from a perspective that is heavily influenced by Eastern Philosophies. I have been using Mindfulness meditation (traditionally know as Vipassana) in counseling since 2008, and I am experienced in using a form of trauma sensitive yoga called iRest (Integrative Restoration) Yoga Nidra. I also use what are called Morita Therapy (MT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (or Training), "ACT", as my base for creating a supportive environment for counseling, psychotherapy, and clinical supervision. MT and ACT view suffering as unnecessary engagement with natural, yet painful emotions and work toward developing balance by fostering acceptance for all internal experiences, working to improve compassion and a connection to a person's desire for life - despite what gets in the way. As therapies MT and ACT understand the urge to control and avoid pain as the key factor in any psychopathology, or "problem". MT was developed in Japan during the 1920's and has been one of the most widely used psychotherapy models in Asia since that time. Although newer, ACT is seen around the world as an evidence-based psychotherapy. I became interested in secular Buddhism as a result of reading Herman Hesse in high school, and then while living in Japan as an early adult. In 2010, when ACT was still "young" in the world pf psychology, I was trained by Kevin Polk, PhD (creator of the ACT Matrix) while working in a PTSD & addiction treatment program for military, police, fire, and other uniformed professionals. MT and ACT are an exciting mindfulness and cognitive/reality-based approaches which center on your own personal set of values to better understand what is getting in your way, find ways to change what you have the power to change, and thrive by connecting more to what energizes you.
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