Carol Parker, Ph.D., LPCC
Carol Parker, Ph.D., is the chair of the Counseling Program and clinical director of the Southwestern Counseling Center. She is also the Transformational Ecopsychology Certificate Program Director.
Carol began her spiritual and professional journey in 1971 when she entered graduate studies in Counseling Psychology and also found her spiritual teacher. As she deepened her knowledge and experience in the Vedic tradition of India, she also created a private practice in psychology, consulted with mental health organizations, and taught in graduate programs in several universities.
For five years Carol directed counseling centers in Alaska and Colorado. In 1995 she began studying with indigenous healers in Peru, Bolivia and the U.S., and in 2000 completed her training as a vision quest guide with the School of Lost Borders in Big Pine, California.
During the last ten years Carol has lead vision quests and spiritual treks in Peru, India, the Yukon Territory, Hawaii, Death Valley and Canyon de Chelly. Currently, she is the Counseling Program Chair, Counseling Center Clinical Supervisor, and she directs the Transformational Eco-Psychology Certificate Program at Southwestern College. She also advises graduate students at Prescott College and leads vision quests and spiritual journeys around the world. She also serves on the board of the Andean Research Institute.
As a cooperative project between Andean Research Institute and Southwestern College, she has developed an intern program for both Art Therapy and Counseling students, in which interns work in a rural Andean village for 3-6 months, providing mentoring and expressive arts for village children. As part of the internship program, Carol takes groups of students on pilgrimages to Peruvian sacred sites in the Andes where participants are initiated into the Andean Spiritual Cosmology by Andean shamans and mystics.
Her publications include essays on wilderness and healing in “Circles on the Mountain” (a journal for wilderness guides), a monthly newspaper column on spiritual travel as well as numerous professional articles in counseling journals. She is currently writing a chapter for a book soon to be published in English and Spanish entitled Transformación de los Paqos (Transformation of Andean Shaman Practitioners)
Carol’s life purpose is to help people reclaim their soul-level authenticity through deep connection with nature, and to bring this authenticity as a healing force to their families, communities and the planet.
Teaching PhilosophyWhether I am teaching a graduate course or leading a wilderness vision quest, I want students to be able to answer two questions: ”What is your soul’s purpose? What gifts will you bring to your community?” If students know the ground they stand on, and speak and act from that truth, they will transform the world. No matter what “subject” I am teaching, I find ways to shine the light on those individual and collective truths.