Member Spotlight

Destinee Parker

Owner at Heal You
AWIS member since 2021

 

“I did not follow a traditional educational route, yet I’ve found resources that allow me to work comfortably in my field and help women as I gain more knowledge about whole-person healing.”

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Introduce yourself, your title, and describe your work.

I’ve always been a firm believer that there is science at the root of all experiences. Science provides a beautiful framework to understanding the ‘whys’ of the world, from the way we process events to our range of emotions. This includes an individual’s ability to repair and maintain a healthy level of cognitive function after traumatic experiences, during stressful life events, and in everyday situations.

During my undergraduate years, I attended a lecture about the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems that showed me how science is involved in the healing process. It piqued my curiosity about how the brain works, particularly the areas that process fear and regulate emotions. This became the foundation of the work I practice today.

Over a course of a decade, I became a Personal Trainer, a Certified Meditation Teacher and 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and owner of a private Alternative Therapy practice (Heal You). I have taught classes in different environments all to better understand the ways the body recovers from stress and the strategies that can be implemented under different circumstances to improve our cognitive functioning. From what I’ve learned, I developed a tool which couples Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with yoga training, affirmations, and meditation methods. I specifically work with women who have experienced trauma, general life stress, and anxiety, guiding them through one-on-one or group sessions, with an outcome goal of cognitive repair.

Currently, I am completing my education in Nutrition and Integrative Health to add this resource to my private practice where I’ll guide women in adding nutrition to their toolbox to enhance cognitive function while healing from trauma.

What do you love about your field?

Alternative Therapy is an interesting psychological field that has so much room for growth, experiences, and more scientific methods. The human brain is ever evolving, and the inner workings create space for research into new methodologies of healing. I am absolutely in love with this field because it allows space for humans to heal and to grow into the best version of themselves.

How does your work benefit people and society in general?

Many individuals are stuck in a loop of unresolved trauma thoughts and emotions. People innately want to heal, but it is much harder to begin doing the work toward healthy brain processing and responses if you do not understand how the body processes traumatic stress. Alternative therapy uses proven scientific tools to help repair the cognitive function and thus boost confidence, overall wellbeing, and life spans.

What barriers did you have to overcome to get where you are now?

Barriers are inevitable, and I must always start with gratitude. I’m grateful for the barriers I’ve faced and worked to overcome. I did not follow a traditional educational route, yet I’ve found resources that allow me to work comfortably in my field and help women as I gain more knowledge about whole-person healing. I also learned that just because I have the research to support Alternative Therapy, individuals don’t always want to try it! I’ve learned how to gently work through this resistance without force so that I can guide individuals to wellness.

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