Shirley  Thompson-Parchment

Shirley Thompson-Parchment


Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, LADC Pre-Licensed Professional Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Massachusetts Accepting Online

Currently accepting new patients.` Accepting insurances and out of network clients.

Updated March 28, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Gambling Addiction

Professional statement

Shirley Thompson-Parchment is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Certified Gambling Counselor based in the South Shore of Massachusetts, who works with individuals across the lifespan with a focus on addictions. Shirley has been working with client struggling with addictions, and trauma for the past 10 years. Many of her clients have found great success in their mission to recovery and, building an improved life. Shirley is very sensitive to client's dealing with unresolved childhood trauma, anxiety, grief and loss.

Shirley focused approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and client centered approach, she also incorporates client's preferred spirituality. Shirley Is currently in training to become EMDR certified in order to better help the clients she serves. As a trauma informed therapist Shirley works to help client process through trauma, and find healthy ways to cope and manage life stressors.

Shirley's primary focus for her clients is ensuring the clients can reach the goals they set for themselves. She is interested in helping her clients see real progress and improvement in their lives. Shirley has a very authentic, interactive, and non-judgmental style of making the connection with her clients.

Shirley's main priority when starting with new clients is ensuring they feel safe, client's feel heard, and they are in control over the direction of their life, and where they desire to go. As a long standing and seasoned behavioral health provider. She offers telehealth, as well as in-person visits to clients who prefer a more intimate experience.

Shirley is invested in her practice as well as the relationships she establishes with her clients.

Message to clients

A safe space has been created at the Moment of Truth awaiting your entrance to newness. You can know that you will not be judged, but helped and healed. It is the one hour in your week where you can lay everything aside, and just focus on yourself, and becoming the best version of you. My hope is to help you identify what has been holding you back, and find the solutions to resolve these issues in order for you to move forward successfully in freedom from this things that have kept you stuck. You as the client have the right to guide your sessions through things that are important to you, and essential to your well being and growth.


Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Gambling Addiction - correcting cognitive distortions about gambling; (b) developing problem solving skills; (c) teaching social skills; and (d) teaching relapse prevention.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • AllWays Health Partners (formerly Neighborhood Health)
  • Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO
  • Cigna
  • Evernorth
  • Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Mass General Brigham
  • Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO)
  • Optum
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Tufts Health Plan (Commercial Plans, not via Mass Health or Navigator)
  • Tufts University Student Health Insurance
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Shared Services
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Shirley Thompson-Parchment is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Boston College Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (60min)
  • Initial session: $225 (60min)


Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-7:30pm
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed 9am-8pm
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri 5pm-8:30pm
  • Sat 10am-4pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 4 years

Highpoint Treatment Center, Clinician, 2016 - Present
New Life Counseling Center, Clinician, 2022 - Present
Eastern Nazarene college, Academic Counselor, 2014 - 2020

Eastern Nazarene College, Masters in Marriage Family Therapy, 2020
Eastern Nazarene College, Associates In Psychology, 2014


Massachusetts: 22300



Client testimonials

"Response from Shirley is quick. Very professional."
- Zencare client • January 2024