Thanks for checking out Betterhelp and specifically my info! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Oregon with over 7 years of experience in medical clinics as well as two years with Betterhelp. I really like this format because it is on your schedule and at your pace. I have worked with folks with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting struggles, addiction, and times of spiritual transition. I've also helped many people who have experienced life changing events and chronic illness.
I strive to strike a balance between collaboration and actively engaging with suggestions and feedback that is at the right time, with the right amount of urgency*. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic and mindfulness based counseling. I will tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the process and I look forward to working with you!
*A note on non verbal cues during our discussions: I also have an in person practice and often use non verbal information to offer further insight and feedback to the person I am working with, and also to reflect back my experience of the exchange, like a mirror; this often provides added insight in the therapeutic process. One example of this is called 'congruence'; for example, if you say you are 'fine' but have sadness in your eyes; that is a good point of discussion for us. What I have found is that a corresponding non verbal discussion is possible via messaging; we just have to say what we are feeling and the faces we are making and the posture we hold as we experience a comment or send one. In fact, this calling to communicate the nuances adds a dimension for self awareness that aides the process.
This is one of my favorite quotations regarding what the therapeutic alliance can offer and is my goal in our discussions:
Ah, the comfort,
The inexpressible comfort
Of feeling safe with a person.
Having neither to weigh out thoughts
But pouring them all right out, just as they are,
Chaff and grain together;
Certain that a faithful hand
Will take them and sift them;
Keeping what is worth keeping and,
With the breath of kindness,
Blow the rest away.
A Life for a Life, 1859
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Parenting issues
I also have experience in Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
LCSW #L5447 (Expires: 2020-01-31)
Mark is attentive, kind n gives constructive comments to help me unpack how i feel. He also recalls root problems when I'm talking about little incidents n brings it back. I like this I feel I'm talking to a counsellor who understands me as a person. He also makes little jokes sometimes which makes it feel much more human.
Mark asks me questions and suggests alternate way of thinking about issues. I have tried traditional therapy as well as anti-depressant drugs, AA, group therapy, meet-ups etc. It all has value and works, but what really works for me with this process of dialogue is the freedom to do it when I am able to—without driving far, or waiting in lobbies or even having a meeting when I totally do not feel like talking. This style therapy is more focused and stays relevant. It's not time restrictive as I can write a partial reply at one time of the day and when I have thought about the other ideas we are discussing I can continue my reply at my leisure. It feel like a more reproductive way of going over things. Mark is not judgmental and offers simple methods to reflect on how I can react, communicate, live with addiction and conflict and anxiety in a more proactive way—rather than escaping it or dealing with it in less favorable ways. Thank you for offering this platform and for having therapists/counselors like Mark, who are sensitive to my needs and available to discuss from a variety of angles.
Mark offers a friendly and professional service. He intuitively understands what is underpinning what you are relaying to him. He encourages independent thought. I feel empowered from having being in contact with him on here.
I have been working with Mark for the past several months. He is a great counselor. He is quick to respond and has sound advice.
Mark was a wonderful therapist who has a talent for listening and understanding. He has a dynamic vocabulary which he used to reframe many of my most self-critical thoughts. He was able to help me not only gain confidence as a therapist but also be more compassionate with myself. His experience working as a social worker and therapist is evident from his unflappable expertise in every area. From couples to crisis, Mark is the guide and mentor you want in your corner! Thanks Mark!
Mark is so understanding, positive and helpful. He offers support and suggests tools to cope.
Mark is an amazing counselor. He listens to everything I discuss with him without being judgmental. He is patient and always gives different options on how I could tackle my issues and I would definitely recommend him to friends who are in need of counselling.
Mark is intuitive and curious about my problems, which certainly helps. He is open with styles of working and is honest and down-to-eart. His insights have been helpful and I feel I could keep chatting because it's interesting to see how my brain works as HE is interested too! Would definitely recommend.
Very outstanding. Makes you think of everything and you no longer feel like a victim. You get to understand everything.
I came here and found Mark Goodman to be professional in his attitude. I have not been here long, but already I have warmed up to, and feel relaxed and comfortable talking to Mark. Many thanks. I would recommend him and I most certainly know that I can trust him and his advice for anything in the future.
Mark is an attentive counsellor and adept at picking out the salient points that need addressing. I get the sense that my messages have been read and considered. I feel I can be candid, and have in fact found myself considering my current circumstances in a more hopeful manner. A possibility for a brighter future...
I had some skepticism about this form of online therapy, but it really helped me work through some bad habits and reframe some difficult areas of my life. Writing can be cathartic, and bouncing ideas off of Mark is like having a self-help book that always opens to the appropriate page.
Mark is a thoughtful and very pragmatic counselor. He is excellent at reflecting my emotions and experience back to me in an accurate manner. He is also very skilled at identifying practical solutions and asking deeper questions that underlie the issue at hand. I appreciate his compassionate warmth and his nonjudgemental acceptance.
The best help that I have ever received from counseling. He is very knowledgeable and encouraging.
I have worked with several counselors in the past, but Mark is the BEST counselor I have worked with in order to heal a compulsion I have. He has an ability to communicate in such a way that I have had 'aha' moments that created shifts with how I think and view the management of this issue. His expertise with mindfulness, spirituality and other psychological tools are a gift of healing for me. I am very grateful for this opportunity to get better.
My new counselor is a really good fit for me, and online access is a perfect blend of journal-therapy with counseling. Mark Goodman, in particular, is a wonderful guy: professional, empathetic, attentive, and proactive. A ready source of validation, perspective, and other resources for information to help fill in the blanks.
Possibly the best venue for working through hard life issues I've experienced.
Mark has been so helpful and understanding. I didn't really expect much from an online counseling site, but it's proven me wrong. Going through a difficult time, I wasn't sure what to do, or how to manage my emotions. Mark has helped my stabilize and control my emotions, while strengthening myself as a person.