Brandon Parker

Who am I?

To me, counseling is simply two individuals seeking out the humanity in one another. I believe our body, soul (mind, will, and emotions), and spirit are all interconnected and equally play a vital role in our health and wellbeing. I work alongside clients, helping them to flourish and live authentic lives in accordance with who we were created to be. I aim to offer genuineness, acceptance, and empathetic understanding as together we navigate the intricacies and complexities of this experience which we call life.

Before pursuing counseling, I had the privilege of serving in the Marine Corps, being a language assistant and cultural ambassador in Spain, spending time as a wilderness therapy field instructor, and most recently teaching high school English at a therapeutic boarding school for neurodiverse adolescents.

Currently, I am a graduate student at William & Mary working toward my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling/ Military and Veterans Counseling and practicing under the supervision of Jessica Roane, LCSW.

I love working with:

  • Active duty service members and veterans
  • Military connected individuals and families 
  • Life transitions
  • Depression
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Men’s issues
  • Neurodivergent populations

Some of my favorite approaches include: 

Existentialism guides my treatment philosophy and person-centered theory is my preferred model for treatment. Existentialists focus on what it means to be human and that oftentimes means spending time getting to know an individual’s unique experiences. I think that idea pairs well with person-centered theory, which views people fully in charge of their lives and inherently motivated to improve themselves, as they are the experts of their own story. In order to better understand your stance on life, and to begin exploring and testing new thoughts and behaviors, I like to use a technique called motivational interviewing which is a collaborative process that supports change in a manner congruent with the client’s own values and beliefs.