Paula Parra, LCSW
I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist, Paula Parra. After working in the public mental health system for more than 10 years, I founded Peace of Wisdom Therapy, an inclusive clinical private practice committed to providing a variety of high quality mental health services to adults and couples in California. My early beginnings were challenging and created a template of belief that life would be hard, impossible to live well, and that I had no control over what happened to me. Throughout my own healing process, I grew determined to create the life I wanted instead of being led into what society said life would be like for me based on my beginnings. As a psychotherapist, using therapeutic techniques proven to be effective, I facilitate a deep healing process where individuals and couples can develop solutions that tremendously improve their quality of life. All treatment plans we create together are customized to address your specific needs. I truly believe in the importance of healing past and present wounds to remove any power they could be holding over you, draining your life and relationships of energy and peace. Through our work together, you learn how to calm yourself and skillfully respond so that you live a healthy and fulfilled life, with loving relationships, free of emotional overwhelm and stress.
Education & Experience
I received a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from USC Los Angeles, and I became a licensed clinical social worker in 2013. Upon graduating from USC, I began working as a psychiatric social worker for the Department of Mental Health (DMH) in Los Angeles for more than 10 years. During my time with DMH, I worked at a community based mental health clinic serving adults, children, and families in the community of Compton California. I then worked on a field based psychiatric mobile response team, providing crisis intervention services to adults, children, and families in the South bay community of Los Angeles. Sometimes the crisis intervention included completing applications for involuntary psychiatric hospitalization.
- Anxiety/Panic Attacks
- Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
- Family Issues
- Marriage/Relationship Issues
- Mood Disorders
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
- Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
- Stress Management
- Traumatic Incident