Toni Parker Ph.D is a licensed Marriage and Family
Therapist, Sex Therapist, and Sexologist. She is also a Certified Gottman
Couples Therapist and a Certified Gottman Couples Workshop Leader. Dr. Parker
is one of the few therapists trained in North American by John and Julie
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For more than 25 years, she has worked extensively with
couples and families; while also providing supervision and consultations to
Interns and Licensed Therapists.
Dr. Parker also received extensive training in Mind-Body
Medicine at the Harvard University Medical School. She was also trained during
the pioneering years of brief therapy at
MRI; the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California under the
renowned Dr. Richard Fish and John Weakland.
During her time at MRI, she was also on the staff at
Children's Health Council, a part of Stanford University Medical Center. At the
Children's Health Council she worked with infants, toddlers, and their parents.
There, she provided therapy services, taught parenting skills, lead child
development workshops, and provided consultation services along with workshops
for parents and teachers within the Palo Alto and San Mateo School system.
For many years, prior to her becoming a Licensed
Psychotherapist, Dr. Parker taught childbirth classes. She saw firsthand
because of her own experiences as a parent and leading childbirth classes the
challenges that new couples face. Realizing a need within the community for
couple communication skills and a safe place for parents to share their
concerns and joys, she started teaching support groups and educational classes
for new parents.
She believes that parents need to understand that while
having a baby is a joyous event, there may be difficult moments, unexpected
emotions and challenges that couples must navigate with warmth, compassion and
humor. Some of these skills come easily; many need to be learned. It is
extremely important that these couples get the support they need whether
through individual and couples therapy or in a group online or offline. New
Moms and Dads need to understand how these changes impact each of them
individually and as a couple. She is adamant teaching these new skills to
parents so they can better understand how to develop a loving and nurturing
Apart from working with individuals and couples, Dr.
Parker is also a workshop leader to Fortune 500 companies throughout Southern
California and abroad. She continues to lead workshops and seminars locally and
online on the topics of Sexuality, Couple Communications, Postpartum Depression
and Anxiety, and how to rekindle intimacy in your relationship.
At present, Dr. Parker is in private practice working
with individuals and couples in Encino, and Brentwood, Calif.