Anna Parkman was born, raised, and got her degree in Public Relations in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Though, she has lived in Miami for well over a decade now. Since coming to Miami, Parkman has become certified as a life and health coach by the Health Institute USA. Parkman is also certified by Tony Robbins coaching. If her American credentials were not impressive enough, Parkman is also a Neuro-linguistic programming master, certified in psychological studies and coaching.
Parkman’s studies in the psychological field have been extensive, to say the least. She has studied various therapeutic techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, gestalt therapy, body-oriented therapy, art therapy, integral therapy, sand therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, emotionally oriented therapy, fairy tale therapy, and rapid personal transformation.
Additionally, Parkman has become well versed in sexology, child psychology, family psychology, counseling psychology, personality disorders, psychosomatics, psychoanalysis, post-traumatic stress disorder, transactional analysis, quantum psychology, and metaphorical cards.
Parkman notes that in regards to her already extensive studies that her list of specialties “will be replenished all the time as I study endlessly and in my plans to study many more modalities of psychology.”
She continues, “I am a comprehensive spectrum specialist. […] I feel strongly that using an integral approach to therapy is the most effective in helping people heal. Through the use of various aspects and niches within psychology I am able to combine tools and resources with helping my clients flourish.”
Parkman found her way into psychology after experiencing her fair share of hardships as a young child. She notes, “I started to read psychological textbooks and studies when I was only nine years old. I would go to my school library and read anything I could get my hands on. At that age, I could really only find the fundamental texts, so my introduction to the field was through Sigmund Freud and Karl Jung.”
Through her work and study in the field of psychology, Parkman was able to work through the trauma and hardship she faced. Now, she wants to help others do the same through her book, “Apocalyptin”.
“The name Apocalyptin comes from the apocalypse which means end of the world and new knowledge, disclosure, revelation… pulling back the curtains,” Parkman elaborates, “For the hero, this is the end of the old world filled with pain, resentment and suffering and the opening of a new world, filled with new knowledge and new meanings and possibilities.”
Apocalyptin is written as a metaphorical folktale; this therapeutic storytelling is one of Parkman’s many specialties. “This tale works directly with the subconscious, bypassing the criticism of consciousness,” Parkman explains.
Ultimately, through her work, Parkman wants to help people break down their psychological schemas formed in childhood that may be holding them back in adulthood. Parkman believes that the psychological models established during childhood are deeply entrenched into our subconscious mind; many of these models were formed out of abuse or trauma, thus becoming unhealthy for the adult mind. “I will do everything possible to break this chain [of unhealthy psychological schemas]. My book Apocalyptin is my first serious contribution to this process.”
“I am planning to work on this project as a speaker and teacher. I believe that there are children who have faced cruelty and observed dysfunctional patterns of behavior from family members. I want to give them a chance to heal their traumas more wholly and quickly and help them shape a new worldview. This will give them a chance to grow a healthier mindset and not repeat patterns from their dysfunctional families.”
Apocalyptin is another in the long list of resources that Parkman brings for people who want to heal their traumas and break free from unhealthy behavioral patterns.