Kanchan Parkash, Therapist in Chicago , Illinois — Zencare
Kanchan  Parkash
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Kanchan Parkash


Psychologist, PsyD
Illinois Accepting Online
Center Focused Therapy- Main Office , Center Focused Therapy Accepting In-person
Updated September 21, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Relationship issues
  • Family issues
  • Life transitions
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Race & cultural identity
  • Therapist's mental health

Professional statement

Dr. Kanchan Parkash is a clinical psychotherapist in Chicago, IL. She is particularly passionate about working with adults and young adults who are navigating life transitions, exploring and processing their personal and cultural identities, needing support for relationships and family difficulties, and processing grief and loss. Kanchan also specializes in working with people of color, immigrants, and international students as well as providing space and support for those with other marginalized identities.

Kanchan approaches therapy from a relational-cultural framework while also aiming to understand clients from a psychodynamic perspective. Her therapeutic style is reflective of who she is as a person - warm, compassionate, non-judgemental, and humorous. As such, she encourages clients to be themselves in session while also acknowledging that being authentic and genuine requires a sense of safety and trust.

In efforts to create a trusting and safe therapeutic space, Kanchan acknowledges that no one knows her clients better than they know themselves. She makes intentional efforts to collaborate with clients to ensure that she understands them well, is meeting their needs, and encouraging them to be authentic and vulnerable in session. Through their work together, Kanchan's clients are able to foster greater insight into their thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and relationships. By using the therapeutic relationship as an agent of change, therapy with Kanchan often helps clients identify and communicate their emotions, needs, and values as a way of honoring themselves and their relationships with others.

After training in university and private practice settings for 5 years, Kanchan received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Previous training experiences include Northeastern Illinois University, DePaul University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kanchan currently works at Center Focused Therapy in downtown Chicago and offers teletherapy with options for evening and weekend hours.

Message to clients

As human beings, we are inherently wired for connection and are impacted by relationships throughout our lives. Consequently, each connection has the possibility to influence us, inform our view of self, and change the way we relate to others and the world around us. In this way, who we are becomes colored by our lived experiences, people who surround us, and messages that we have received throughout our lives. Because there are so many nuances that make us who we are, think the way we do, or feel the way we feel, therapy can be a place to explore your experiences, identity, and how you have been impacted on personal, societal, and systemic levels.

Like other relationships in your life, the therapeutic relationship is about connection. More specifically, I will strive for us to build a positive connection that is marked by a sense of mutual respect, empathy, and empowerment. In taking a collaborative, flexible, relational, and cultural approach, I aim to create a safe, trusting, warm, and supportive space that encourages you to be vulnerable, feel heard, be seen, and feel accepted for being your true, authentic self. I also acknowledge that no one knows you better than you do and sharing who you are in therapy is incredibly vulnerable. As your therapist, I will be mindful of where you are at take your needs into account as we work together.


Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Therapist's mental health - Coping with personal mental health while being a mental health provider; acknowledging intersection of identities and impact of working with clients; providing space for clinicians to prioritize their needs, wellbeing, and care for themselves.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $155 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $43 - $155
  • Initial session: $180 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • As needed


Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11am - 7pm
  • Tue 11am - 7pm
  • Wed 9am - 5pm
  • Thu Unavailable
  • Fri Unavailable
  • Sat Unavailable
  • Sun 9am - 5pm

Center Focused Therapy- Main Office practice
333 N Michigan Ave, Suite 2400, Chicago , Illinois 60601
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Center Focused Therapy practice
4305 N Lincoln Ave , Chicago, Illinois 60618
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon By appointment
  • Tue By appointment
  • Wed By appointment
  • Thu By appointment
  • Fri By appointment
  • Sat By appointment
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 1 year

Center Focused Therapy, Post-Doctoral Fellow/Clinical Psychotherapist, 2021 - Present
University of Wisconsin-Madison Mental Health Services, Intern, 2020 - 2021
DePaul University Counseling Services, Advanced Practicum Extern, 2019 - 2020
Northeastern Illinois University Student Counseling Services, Basic Practicum Extern, 2018 - 2019
Sankofa Psychological Services, Diagnostic Practicum Extern, 2017 - 2018

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2021
Northeastern Illinois University, BA, 2015


Illinois: 071.007596