Mershona Parshall is an Independently Licensed Social Worker-Supervisor in Ohio, a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist and Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist. She has had a private practice since 2000 in Northeast Ohio, outside of Cleveland.
Ms. Parshall began working in mental health in the early 80’s after a successful career in the theater and visual arts where she worked as a surface design artist, exhibited her art work and taught. Following a long time interest in art therapy, she received a Masters Degree in art therapy and expressive arts therapies in 1982. Ms. Parshall worked in youth at risk programs, group homes for Native American youth, a psychiatric hospital, and for non-profit mental health agencies until 2000. She developed and led outdoor personal growth experiential education workshops for youth and adults, wilderness trips, expressive arts workshops for adults, intensive mask making workshops, and Rites of Passage for adolescent girls and adults throughout the 1980’s.
In 1988 Ms. Parshall began a 12 year post graduate study of somatic psychotherapies, first with Robert Edwards, Ph.D., and then with Katherine Brown M.A. and Malcolm Brown Ph.D. who were master trainers in the field of somatic psychotherapy. She became interested in attachment theory as a result of this training and in the early 1990’s began working extensively with foster and adopted children who had experienced developmental trauma at an agency in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Parshall received her second master’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University and entered private practice in 2000 working with children, youth, families and adults. Ms. Parshall incorporated neurofeedback into her private practice in 2001. More recently, Ms. Parshall’s focus has shifted to hypnotherapy, breath work and other non-traditional modes of healing. She is also interested in indigenous healing methods and incorporates these into her work.
Ms. Parshall’s present work is a culmination of many years of experience in the field of mental health. She has an interest in eco psychology as it relates to helping people feel more connected to the human community and the natural world. Ms. Parshall was on the Board of Directors for the Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners, a non-profit organization that is working on environmental and water quality issues in Northeast Ohio. She created rain gardens at her home with native plants. She is also the Executive Director of Shipibo Joi, a non-profit organization working with the Shipibo tribe in the Peruvian Amazon.
I believe that humanity is at a crossroads and a shift needs to occur from an ego psychology where the focus is on the “I” to an eco psychology where the focus is on the “We”. We live in a society that is suffering, more and more, from a sort of relationship deficit disorder. The scope of disconnect is not only experienced person to person but also between person and the natural world. The symptoms of relational deficits are seen in the deterioration of human attachment relationships and in the careless destruction of the natural environment.
Our children and grandchildren deserve a world that is safe, nurturing and environmentally healthy. As we become a global community, it is ever more important to remember that we are all interconnected. Luis Espinoza says it beautifully….
We are all trees in the same wood, we all drink from the same fountain, we all share the same cosmic breath, life is a community of hearts.
Ya es el tiempo para abrir tu corazon.
– thanks Alice Walker
Dedicated to the memory of my sister, Deborah Parshall