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About Me

About Me

Hello and thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about my therapy practice. What I can offer you is not just the experience of 21 years in working with various disorders ranging from depression, anxiety, and addictions in different realms with an objective, non-judgemental perspective. This combination will allow us to begin a journey, identifying the thoughts and behaviors that have been weighing on you for so long. My goal is to help you find the unlock to feeling better and living your best life. This is done through deepening the understanding of yourself in a patient, calm and nurturing environment.

My approach to therapy is personalized and client centered. I specialize in treating clients with anxiety, depression, and addictions. In addition, I offer therapy for life transitions and am able to provide grief and loss counseling. I’m happy to offer a free phone consultation as a first step in helping you on this journey.

I offer evening and weekend appointments at my practice in Oakmont, PA. We will work together to find an appointment time to best suit your availability.

Christopher M. Parada M.A., LPC

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Dynamic professional with twenty years of accelerated and combined expertise in emergency psychiatry, counseling, social and human services, education, program and project management, staff development, in-services training, administration, and community outreach.
  • Proactively developed, streamlined, and executed projects and programs that enhanced the social, educational, psychological, and other characteristics of patients, families, educators, community agencies, and the general public.
  • Highly motivated with exceptional leadership, listening, interpretation, coordination, communication, problem solving, and resource skills.
  • Ability to make strategic, operational, and administrative decisions in response to emerging conditions and environmental circumstances.

EXPERIENCE

Heritage Valley Sewickley-Staunton Clinic
Psychotherapist May 2020-Present

  • Provide individual therapy and mental health services to adults with various social, emotional, and relationship issues utilizing different therapeutic modalities.
  • Conduct initial psychiatric evaluations and formulate diagnoses.
  • Complete individual treatment planning and daily charting.
  • Present cases to physicians and other staff members for consultation and treatment planning purposes.
  • Provide crisis intervention services as needed.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled supervision and staff meetings.
  • Maintain interpersonal relationships with staff and the community

Christopher Parada Counseling Services, LLC
Psychotherapist April 2019-Present

  • Provide individual therapy to adults with various emotional, social, and relationship issues.
  • Complete treatment planning and weekly charting.
  • Maintain billing and credentialing with insurance providers

UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Psych Care Plus

  • Evaluator Clinician I October 2019-February 2020

Resolve Crisis Services

  • Clinical Educator December 2016-September 2019

Diagnostic Evaluation Center

  • Clinical Coordinator May 2007-December 2016
  • Evaluator Clinician II November 2003-May 2007
  • Evaluator Clinician I November 2000-November 2003

Administrative Duties:

  • Oversee clinical/administrative supervision, training, management, and competency
    assessment for all clinical evaluators.
  • Develop and implement system-wide policies and procedures for improved efficiencies in
    employee orientation and student precepting/education.
  • Create and implement departmental staff development trainings and in-services.
  • Conduct continuing educational trainings and workshops at the University of Pittsburgh
    Medical Center (UPMC) and local universities.
  • Proactively identify and resolve problems through participation in multiple department and
    hospital-wide committees.

Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Conduct individual and family psychiatric evaluations in a highly specialized tertiary
    psychiatric emergency room, crisis walk-in clinic, and environmental settings.
  • Formulate clinical diagnoses in accordance with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V
    Version (DSM V) in collaboration with clinical psychiatrist.
  • Institute appropriate disposition planning and follow-up treatment.
  • Complete clinical encounter in accordance to UPMC guidelines.
  • Provide emergency room, crisis walk-in, and environmental crisis intervention as needed.
  • Educate patients, families, and community agencies about Pennsylvania Mental Health Law.
  • Maintain interpersonal relationships with staff and the community.

St. Francis Medical Center Methadone Maintenance Clinic
Psychotherapist October 1998-November 2000

  • Provided individual and group therapy to adult substance-dependent population of various
    backgrounds.
  • Completed treatment planning and daily charting.
  • Managed weekly drug screenings.
  • Assisted in developing and implementing Intensive Outpatient level of care.

Residential Care Services Supportive Housing Program
Case Manager May 1996-October 1998

  • Provided in-home counseling and case management services to adult mental health
    population.
  • Linked individuals to appropriate community and social resources.
  • Assisted individuals with obtaining medical, financial, and social entitlements.
  • Completed weekly pill counts and daily charting.
  • Assessed crisis situations and provided intervention on as-needed basis.
  • Participated in weekly staff meetings and supervision.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Carlow University, Department of Professional Counseling: Internship Field Site Supervisor
  • Duquesne University, Department of Professional Counseling: Internship Field Site Supervisor
  • Edinboro University, School of Social Work: Internship Field Site Supervisor
  • Geneva College, Department of Professional Counseling: Internship Field Site Supervisor
  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work: Internship Field Site Supervisor
  • University of Pittsburgh, Medical Center Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic: Crisis Trainer

EDUCATION

  • License Eligibility Coursework | Carlow University, 2014-2015
  • License Eligibility Coursework | Duquesne University, 2014
  • Master of Arts: Psychology | Duquesne University, 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts: Psychology | Duquesne University, 1996

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (License #: PC010548)
  • Advanced Level Crisis Intervention
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria (PCPC) for Substance Abuse Assessment