We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle Parker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danielle, what principle do you value most?
My guiding principle is The Golden Rule–Treat others as you want to be treated. I have always felt my own emotions, as well as the emotions of others, very strongly, which may have been a determining factor into why I became a psychologist. This has led me to be quite sensitive at times to the actions of others, in addition to the consequences of my actions. Each day, I encounter many different people, most of whom are in some state of distress; and, I do my best to treat each of those people in the way that I would like to be treated if I was in their situation. Whether they just need an ear to listen, or if they need another human being to validate the way they are feeling in that moment. I believe it is my empathy that has made me successful in my personal and professional life, and much of my work with children and adolescents is helping them look at how their actions affect all of the people around them. Because, if we could all treat others the way we want to be treated, I think we would all feel more fulfilled and grateful at the end of the day.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
I never thought that I could own my own business. I have always been a bit headstrong, which made it difficult for me to be a therapist, while also having to abide by the structure of my previous employers. I got to a place where I was frustrated because I felt like I was unable to do my best work, so I reached out to a colleague who had been very successful in building her own practice. I will always be so grateful to her because she mentored me through the whole process, and I would not be where I am today without her guidance. I have learned that I need to seek support from other professionals that may have more experience or areas of expertise, which makes me a better Psychologist, and a better business owner.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my friend was visiting, we would first go to Mission Beach. The beach is beautiful, and all of the restaurants and shops along the coast are so fun. We would check out the Gaslamp one night. My personal favorite spot is Moonshine Flats because they have a great atmosphere filled with food, music, and dancing. I would also recommend a day at the Wild Animal Park. For people who have never been to San Diego, it is quite the adventure to see so many animals roaming about. There are also fabulous areas where you can hop around several wineries, such as Rancho Bernardo and Temecula that have some of the best wine and views around.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to my amazing parents. The road that led me to where I am today was not an easy one, and they have been behind me the entire time. When I didn’t think I could finish my doctorate degree, they were there giving me words of encouragement. Whenever I need advice on navigating running my own business, they are there to guide me. And, after I complete each milestone, they are there cheering me on.
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