Mark Goodman

(LCSW)

About Me

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
Nor words,
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.
—Dinah Craik
A Life for a Life, 1859


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Forgiveness , Life Purpose , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #L5447 (Expires: 2022-01-30)


Reviews

Written by K.A. on Sep 27, 2020 after counseling with Mark for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Very helpful and easy to talk to. Was a little nervous having a male counselor but he has been very easy to work with . Would recommend him for anyone !

Written by P.E. on Aug 26, 2020 after counseling with Mark for 2 years and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I can say enough about Marks friendly and inviting style. I feel super comfortable with him and supported no matter what crazy shit I’m going through....

Written by E.S. on Apr 07, 2020 after counseling with Mark for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Mark is genuine and a good listener. When he hasn't heard from me in a while he reaches out. I like knowing that there is a neutral person out there who I can reach out to whenever about anything who will get back to me in a timely manner.

Written by I.. on Mar 22, 2020 after counseling with Mark for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions

Mark has seen me at my worst and helps me get I better handle and perspective on what I can do to get more centered. His advice is often sound, simple and applicable. I feel I have made specific improvements in my life with his guidance and support.

Written by K.E. on Feb 24, 2020 after counseling with Mark for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

Mr. Goodman is an excellent therapist and has helped me in ways I never could have hoped or imagined. Thank you so much for helping me become the best version of myself I can be.

Written by B.R. on Jan 28, 2020 after counseling with Mark for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Mark has done a great job of listening, sharing ideas about different communication strategies, and broadening my perspective.

Written by B.E. on Jul 29, 2019 after counseling with Mark for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

I always feel heard, and am so thankful Mark is there whenever I have big emotional moments. It's so helpful that I can write a message immediately even if the response only comes later, knowing he will reply soon as he can. He doesn't forget old issues so he does help me to get to the heart of things. Also appreciate the humor, helps feel like talking to a human.

Written by A.N. on May 31, 2019 after counseling with Mark for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Mark is an excellent listener. He listens to what you are saying and also the underlying subtexts. He also listens to what you are -not- saying and reflects that in a way that was very useful to me. I sought out BetterHelp to get me thru a challenging time in my life involving a work-related hospitalization.

The emotional and financial impact of the incident was really taking its toll... but it also brought many other long-standing emotions and factors to the surface that I had not dealt with before. When I first started with Mark, I was feeling disempowered, lost and "helpless." I knew that wasn't true, but that is how I felt. Mark gave me some "work" to do. It was not easy, and he didn't do it for me, so to speak. The work caused me to really look at aspects of myself I had not considered before, and this was not always comfortable, but it was necessary. I feel like I have not only returned to my baseline but become more aware of other aspects of my life that I have also worked to improve. I could not have asked for more in a counselor.

Written by S.I. on Nov 02, 2018 after counseling with Mark for 2 years and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger management

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.

Written by C.A. on Oct 29, 2018 after counseling with Mark for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

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.

Written by C.H. on Jul 10, 2018 after counseling with Mark for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating, sleeping, and self esteem

Mark is so understanding, positive and helpful. He offers support and suggests tools to cope.

Written by H.O. on Dec 01, 2017 after counseling with Mark for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, and anger

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.

Written by J. on Mar 03, 2017 after counseling with Mark for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, eating, self esteem, anger, and bipolar

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.

Written by J.U on Feb 07, 2017 after counseling with Mark for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, self esteem, career, and bipolar

Very outstanding. Makes you think of everything and you no longer feel like a victim. You get to understand everything.

Written by H.U on Dec 24, 2016 after counseling with Mark for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, and self esteem

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.

Written by S.I on Aug 11, 2016 after counseling with Mark for 3 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger

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...

Written by R.U on Jun 27, 2016 after counseling with Mark for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and depression

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.

Written by B.R on Jun 07, 2016 after counseling with Mark for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, career, and depression

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.

Written by M.I on Oct 23, 2015 after counseling with Mark for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and depression

The best help that I have ever received from counseling. He is very knowledgeable and encouraging.

Written by M.A on Mar 27, 2015 after counseling with Mark for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and depression

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.

Written by K.A on Mar 24, 2015 after counseling with Mark for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, anger, and depression

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.

Written by C.H on Dec 04, 2014 after counseling with Mark for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, sleeping, self esteem, and depression

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.