Gail Parker, Ph.D., E-RYT 500
Gail Parker is a Meditation Coach, Yoga Educator, lecturer, workshop presenter, author, and media personality, appearing on local and national television and radio talk shows. Consulting services include assisting individuals, professional groups, and organizations interested in utilizing and integrating Meditation and Restorative yoga practices into their personal lives and/or their health and wellness initiatives.
Bachelor of Arts, History major/Psychology minor, 1967
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, 1972
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology, 1976
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Certifications and Licensure
Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT 500, Yoga Alliance, 2002
Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, 2006
Licensed Psychologist, 1976
CONSCIOUS LIVING, LLC, 2015-Present
Founder and CEO, teaches Restorative Yoga, conducts Restorative Yoga teacher trainings, teaches Meditation and offers Meditation Coaching to individuals, groups, and organizations. Facilitates The Joy of Meditation™ workshops, retreats, and study groups. Is a frequent co-presenter at the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™ at the Kripalu Health and Wellness Center in Lennox Massachusetts, and at the Dahlonega Retreat Center in Georgia.
WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL, ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN, MAY 2015-Present
Faculty member in the Department of Integrative Medicine teaching Yoga for emotional balance.
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, 2013-2015
Faculty member in the ground breaking Co-Curricular Yoga Therapy Program, teaching yoga therapy to first and second year medical students as part of their academic curriculum.
PSYCHOLOGIST, PARKER COUNSELING AND CONSULTING SERVICES P.C., BINGHAM FARMS, MI, 1991-2015
President and founder of Parker Counseling and Consulting Services, P.C., a private psychology practice offering psychological counseling to individuals, couples, and families, with a focus on emotional wellness, stress reduction including PTSD, and adjusting to life transitions.
MEDIA PSYCHOLOGIST, LOCAL AND NATIONAL, 1981-PRESENT
Has appeared as a psychologist expert on a variety of local and nationally syndicated television and radio talk shows, including seven appearances on the Oprah Show, as well as frequent appearances on the Ask Dr. Nandi Show. Dr. Parker was also featured as a health and wellness expert on the benefits of meditation and yoga in a nationally syndicated PBS health talk show series called Feel Grand, hosted by Emmy Award winning actress Jane Seymour. She has appeared as a psychologist feature reporter on local and national newscasts with responsibility for creating feature stories including writing scripts as well as delivering the product on air. Dr. Parker was a script consultant on nationally featured documentaries for the Public Broadcast System. Participated as a psychologist expert in a PBS broadcast, Reclaiming the Village, a series of broadcasts addressing parenting issues in the African American community. She hosted a radio talk show called Ask the Psychologist on WXYT radio in Detroit, Michigan from 1982-1990. She has been a psychologist expert on the popular radio talk show Senior Solutions on WGPR radio in Detroit, Michigan.
EXECUTIVE COACH, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR, MI, 2008-2012
Coached executives who attend the Ross School of Business. Customized leadership development programs offered through the Department of Executive Education.
INSTRUCTOR, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR, MI, 1994-2004
Taught Effective Managerial Coaching and Counseling, Leadership Development Through Personal Transformation, and Diversity Awareness, in the Ross School of Business Department of Executive Education.
CONSULTANT, NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR COMMUNITY AND JUSTICE, (NCCJ), DETROIT, MI 1998-2004
Designed and conducted teacher education workshops throughout the state of Michigan in school districts, grades K-12, and universities, dealing with issues related to diversity including: Detroit, West Bloomfield, Royal Oak, Berkley, Birmingham, Grosse Pointe, Farmington Hills, Novi, Dearborn, and Walled Lake public schools, Ferris State University, Central Michigan University, Wayne State University, and the University of Detroit-Mercy. Developed and implemented a curriculum for educators in these districts interested in learning how to deal with issues of diversity within the school environment, including a facilitator training for educators want to teach the curriculum to other educators and support staff within the school setting. Developed and implemented a Human Relations Leadership Curriculum for High School Students interested in learning how to deal with issues of diversity, human relations, and cross cultural communication within their school environment, and a curriculum for faculty to teach diversity leadership skills to students.
Designed and conducted training for residents of metropolitan Detroit interested in learning how to facilitate dialogues related to various aspects of diversity within their communities.
Designed and conducted workshops to foster and support diversity awareness and inclusion which were delivered to business and organizations within the metropolitan Detroit area including: Ford Motor Company, the Detroit Convention Bureau, the Detroit Chamber of Commerce, the Detroit Medical Center, and Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital.
PSYCHOLOGIST, PSYCHOLOGICAL INSTITUTES OF MICHIGAN, FRANKLIN, MI, 1989-1991
Psychologist, private practice. Adults, Individual, and group psychotherapy.
DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, SALINE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, SALINE, MI 1987-1989
Director of psychological services at the Millrose Women’s Health Center. Responsibilities included individual and group psychotherapy, supervision of limited licensed psychologists, development of standards of care for outpatient psychotherapy patients, community outreach through lectures and workshops.
INSTRUCTOR, OAKLAND UNIVERSITY, ROCHESTER, MI 1978
Taught Group Procedures in Counseling to Master degree level student in the College of Education, Guidance and Counseling Department. Course content included group theory, procedures, and skills.
PSYCHOLOGIST AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY, BIRMINGHAM, MI 1976-1986
CO-founder and CO-owner of the Center for Contemporary Psychology, an outpatient psychiatric clinic. Conducted a clinical practice, which included individual, couples, and group counseling. Was responsible for supervision of therapists as well as administrative duties.
PSYCHOTHERAPIST, LEE SHULMAN AND ASSOCIATES, ROYAL OAK, MI 1973-1976
Psychotherapist, private practice. Individual and group psychotherapy.
STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST, WOMEN’S CONTINUUM CENTER, OAKLAND UNIVERSITY, ROCHESTER, MI 1974-1975
Personal and career counseling with adult women. Trained paraprofessionals to lead personal growth counseling groups. Supervised peer group counselors.
COUNSELOR, WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, DETROIT, MI, 1972-1974
Mental health counselor in University Counseling Services. Trained paraprofessional peer group counselors.
COUNSELOR, VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES, DETROIT, MI 1971-1972
Career counseling and job placement for clients with psychiatric disabilities.
SOCIAL WELFARE CASEWORKER, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, PITTSBURGH, PA, AND DETROIT, MI, 1968-1971
Community Activities, 1977-Present
Steering Committee, Foster Care Youth Leadership Conference, Oakland University, (Rochester, MI, 2009-2010); Board of Directors Imago Relationships International, (NYC, 2008-2010); The Metropolitan Detroit Teen Conference Coalition, Wayne State University; (Detroit, MI, 1983-present), Vice Chairperson of the City of Detroit Civil Service Commission (1994-1995); Advisory Board, Center for Humanistic Studies, (Detroit, MI); Advisory Board, American Red Cross; (Detroit, MI); Board of Directors; Merrill Palmer Institute (Detroit, MI); Advisory; Rehabilitation Institute, Detroit Medical Center, (Detroit, MI)
Awards and Honors
Women of Wayne Award; Women in Perspective Award, (YWCA); Metropolitan Detroit Teen Conference Coalition; John Fitzgerald Kennedy Award (Coette Club); Spirit of Detroit Award (Detroit City Council); Featured in Who’s Who In Black Detroit, Inaugural, Fifth, and Sixth Editions, Vital Signs, Inaugural Edition, Women of Excellence Award (Real Time Media).
American Psychological Association; Michigan Psychological Association; Yoga Alliance
Doctoral Dissertation: Psychological Openness and the Facilitative Conditions: An Evaluation of a Selection and Training Procedure for Paraprofessional Personal Growth Group Leaders
Waters, E., Fink, S., Goodman, J., and Parker, G., Strategies for Training Adult Counselors. The Counseling Psychologist, 1976, 6, 61-65
Parker, G., and Barton, E., The Game of Change: A Discussion Guide on Race Relations, 2009, NCAA Publishers
Taking Yoga Off Your Mat™ https://drgailparker.wordpress.com
Recent Lectures, and Workshops
Creator, Coordinator,and Facilitator, Meditation is Good Medicine, Detroit Recovery Project, 2015.
Retreat Creator and Facilitator, The Joy of Meditation™, June 2014, October 2014, and June 2015.
Workshop Co-presenter, The Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™, Kripalu Health and Wellness Center, Lennox Massachusetts, 2012, 2013, 2015.
Workshop Presenter, Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy, ‘Executive Presence’, January, 2013
Workshop Presenter, Because You’re Worth It: A Weekend Retreat for Women of Color, June 2010
Workshop Presenter, Oakland University, Rochester, The Cherish Thomas Foster Care Youth Leadership Conference, Rising Above the Odds Against Me :Cuz You’re Worth It, May 8, 2010
Workshop Presenter, Imago Relationships International Annual Conference, Building Bridges to Understanding. A workshop designed to aid therapists in healing psychological wounds related to the trauma of racial discrimination, October 24, 2009
Commencement Speaker, The University of Michigan Black Celebratory Graduation Ceremony, Fulfilling Your Potential in a World of Unlimited Possibility, May 2, 2009
Workshop Presenter, The University of Michigan Cherish Thomas Conference for Foster Care Students, Overcoming the Odds Against Me, All About You, April 25, 2009
Keynote Speaker, New Mexico Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, Annual Conference, Counseling as a Spiritual Path, March 4, 2009, The Healing Power of Presence: Cultivating a Healing Consciousness, March 4, 2009
Presenter, NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Game of Change Event, Charles Wright Museum of African American History, April 5, 2009
Keynote Speaker, Michigan Women’s Psychological Association, Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Path, 2008
Keynote Speaker, Detroit Waldorf School, Annual Parent Conference, Conscious Parenting, 2008