Therapist & Counselor in Greenville,SC
About Helen Tracy Parnell, M.A.
Licensed Professional Counselor
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner and operator of Work In Progress Therapy. My areas of special interest and experience in the past have been working with individuals who have been abused or who have experienced other traumatic events, as well as individuals suffering from personality disorders. I also have experience working with individuals, families, couples, high risk youth, substance dependent individuals and their families, the elderly and those with parenting issues.
I am a native of the Upstate of South Carolina. I received my Bachelor of Science in Sociology from College of Charleston, then my Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University. I have a professional license, and am maintaining continuing education which will increase my ability to see a broader base of clients.
All of my career passions came from former jobs and I bring my passions to this practice. Before receiving my Master’s degree, I was a case manager for 6 years working with homebound elderly, disabled and HIV+/AIDS clients. Home visitation was a mandatory part of this job and this instilled the idea of a client’s home as a clinical area. I will continue to set aside one day per week to conduct therapeutic home visits for those clients who cannot come to an office setting, or for whom an office setting would not be as beneficial as home. Other professional experiences include therapist positions at several Residential Treatment Facilities where children are placed by state agencies such as Department of Social Services, Continuum of Care, even sometimes private placement. Out of this job grew a passion for not only therapy for the individuals who were placed in these facilities, but a passion for family reunification therapy for those who leave to go home with new/adoptive family members (more on this later). Through other jobs, I have been a parent educator, working alongside parents to give support and work through the daily struggles that we all have as parents. The passion that I have for parent education and the fact that I am in the trenches with all parents led me to Screamfree Parenting, a REVOLUTIONARY way to look at parenting that turns it on its ear. Look for sign ups for Screamfree Parenting workshops on this website.