Sometimes life is hard. "Things fall apart, the center cannot hold," the poet tells us. But we do not have to go it alone.
My primary role is to come alongside you as you journey in the way of wellness. I really believe in the strength that is in you. And I believe that we can work together to leverage it toward your goals. I believe that you are unique and will relate to you accordingly.
I have been practicing counseling for 16 years in a variety of capacities and settings. My approach is collaborative, eclectic, and solution-focused. My style is calm and conversational. I utilize a variety of interventions, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Behavioral Activation.
I work with people with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, and mood disturbances. I also have a strong interest in spiritual issues, and am happy to work with people of faith, or people struggling with faith-related issues.
I earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Work in 2004 from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, and a Master's in Social Work in 2009 from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Hawaii.
I am a parent of four girls, a lifelong musician, a bread baker, gardener, lover of forests and baseball. I ride my bike when I can and sometimes do experiments in my kitchen (some of which do not end well).
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
LCSW #LCSW-3920 (Expires: 2022-06-01)
Mark is an incredible listener and support. From our first session I felt understood and supported. What I value the most is that Mark can address my concerns from a Faith lens, and yet provide practical guidance to help me process my concerns. I'm grateful for Mark and his compassion.
I would highly recommend Mark for counseling. He was an excellent listener and provided helpful insight into challenges I had been facing. He was the support I needed in order to feel the validation and get the answers that I needed.
A few years ago I had a massive panic attack at an airport. Needless to say after that, my life was never the same. I couldn’t leave my house for an entire year, not even to see a therapist in person. Luckily, I found better help and they connected me with Mark. After the first session I already had. A weight lifted off my shoulders. Recovery from my incident wasn’t an easy path, but Mark was there through it all and he literally saved me from a life of being stuck indoors and not seeing friends and experiencing things. Thanks to his help, I was able to slowly make my way out more and now I am traveling and living life and setting big goals. I literally owe my life to him. I would not be where I am today without his help.
Mark has been my counselor for many seasons. He is great at celebrating my success and helping me see them in a new light. Mark also keeps me accountable by checking in what we discuss in previous sessions. He is equal parts validating and inquisitive as he guides me towards realizations I haven't noticed myself. I would highly recommend Mark to anyone looking for a counselor!
Mark has been a huge help in my battle with trauma flash backs . He’s compassionate understanding and present with helpful suggestions and support
Mark is a great listener. I felt like he was empathetic but also gave me realistic ways to address my concerns without making me feel small or helpless. He was easy to talk to and I am very thankful for his time and insight.
Mark is literally awesome. I love this space and love that I am able to communicate with someone who is here to listen like Mark. Highly highly recommend.
Awesome guy- so easy to talk to and very open minded. Made my first experience with therapy feel like talking to an old friend. Thanks for everything Mark!
Mark is a compassionate and empathetic therapist who listens well and offers insight and practical ways to improve my life. Amazing person and I recommend highly.
He’s awesome. Like an older brother.
Mark is an amazing person and such a great counselor. He helped me process through some really tough seasons with calm and rock solid support. He is down to earth and truly listens and pays attention to each word. Highly recommended!
Mark is an amazing therapist. He listens so well and has such valuable insight on male and female perspectives and issues while also not passing judgment. I have only just begun, but he has already given me so many great takeaways to improve my relationships and situations. I am filled with gratitude, and I would highly recommend him to anyone!!
Talking to Mark feels like talking to an old friend. He is very relatable but also understanding of the uniqueness and complexity of my personal situation. His down to earth, conversational counseling style has helped me to strengthen my connections with others, but most importantly to reconnect with myself.
Mark is an amazing listener. He supplies insights into concerns and issues I didn't see. Talking with him has been beneficial for me and it's only been a couple weeks.
Mark is one of the best counselors I’ve had and I feel so lucky to have found him on BetterHelp. He’s great with keeping me mindful and aware of everything I need to be able to heal and be the most confident and clear I can be. I’m so thankful to be able to have someone like him to rely on during times of change and uncertainty. I would recommend him to anyone looking to truly learn to love themselves and heal through simple and consistent awareness and action.
Mark is the best therapist I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He is committed, patient, compassionate and always prioritizes my needs. He is supportive of my growth and healing and has helped me to develop skills I need in order to navigate my bipolar depression. I will forever be grateful to him and his dedication.
Thank you Mark.
Mark is great! My first meeting with him went awesome and I immediately felt comfortable and safe. I highly recommend therapy with him!
I've only had one session with Mark. That session was incredibly insightful and he really addressed my major concerns. It was nice talking to someone who kept it things casual and an environment to open up. I'm excited to continue counseling with him and getting my mental health back on track.
Mark is attentive to my needs and is considerate. Also has good points to consider and is very relatable. I am happy to have him as my counselor!
Mark was really, really helpful and understanding. He helped me get better much more quickly than I think I would have alone, and really knows what he's talking about.
I would absolutely recommend him to anyone considering therapy with BetterHelp!
Sometimes in life I have found that you need help; hard to do in your hometown and you do not want to burden your friends with all the things you are trying to process.You need to reach out and start to articulate where you are now. This has been hard for me during everything that is going on because the last thing I wanted to do was talk about it or put it into words but I am slowly feeling like this is a very valuable process and I am grateful my daughter helped me find this outlet and great resource. It is never easy but becomes easier as you reach out.