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Mark Goodman, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Family conflicts Parenting issues
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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

Professional experience

10yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: 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, Self-Love

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

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These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Mark Goodman. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Mark is smart, caring, responsive, and a good listener. He draws on a broad base of knowledge, has lots of helpful ideas, and helps me reframe problematic thinking. I have worked with a number of counselors over the years and he is the only one that I have come back to to continue working with and learning from. He is very relatable and enjoyable to work with.

Written on Oct 27, 2021 after therapy with Mark for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Wonderful therapist who respects the distance and time necessary for some people like myself. I think he is very respectful to my boundaries and is one of the few people I've talked to where I felt listened to legitimately.

Written on Oct 16, 2021 after therapy with Mark for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

As a female, I never thought that I’d enjoy having a male therapist. I was definitely skeptical and hesitant at first. But he has been exactly what I’ve been looking for, for over 10+ years. He validates your feelings, truly listens to what you say, gives you tools to use and asks questions you might’ve never even thought to ask. In one month I feel better than ever. Thank you, Mark for everything so far.

Written on Aug 10, 2021 after therapy with Mark for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

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 on Sep 27, 2020 after therapy with Mark for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

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 on Aug 26, 2020 after therapy with Mark for 2 years and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

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 on Apr 07, 2020 after therapy 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