I imagine you may be experiencing a number of emotions. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the process of selecting a counselor? Hopeful about the possibility of receiving support and making change? Skeptical about how an online therapist profile can actually give you a sense of a therapist's approach and how you might be able to work with them?
You're not alone.
I can tell you facts about me. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensed in the States of California, Oregon and Washington. I attended the University of California, Berkeley and received Masters in Social Work (MSW) and Public Health (MPH) and have had over 10 years of experience providing counseling to the medically sick, terminally ill, the bereaved, veterans and many others. I am experienced in and often use Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and I use a Humanistic approach that is Solution-Focused. These are techniques and approaches that you can Google to learn more about me but they alone may not tell you if you and I will work well together.
Beyond the technical trainings and skills, here is who I am.
I believe in therapy. I believe the statement that “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. Practicing therapy gives me the opportunity and joy of practicing caring in a professional and skilled way. The therapy outcomes research bears this out: Across all treatment approaches, the most important correlates of positive therapy outcomes are: 1. Therapist characteristics (empathy, warmth, genuineness) 2. Alliance between therapist and client 3. Adoption of new behaviors by client
Contact me if this sounds like a good fit.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Communication Problems, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Prejudice and Discrimination, Traumatic Brain Injury
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
OR LCSW L5904
CA LCSW 28753
WA LICSW LW60567700
I really needed help under extreme stress and Mark it is helping me feel more in control and better able to manage my stress during a really hard time. I always feel more positive after speaking with him.
Written on Jul 12, 2023 after therapy with Mark for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, and anger management
Mark does a great job
Written on May 03, 2023 after therapy with Mark for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and sleeping disorders
My conversations with Mark really helped during the most difficult time as I was dealing with a personal loss. Our conversations gave me a lot of perspective and direction to make smaller incremental changes as well as the bigger changes to positively influence my life and the ones dear to me.
Written on Sep 22, 2022 after therapy with Mark for 7 months on issues concerning grief, and coping with life changes
I was initially skeptical about the messaging aspect of communicating to my counselor as offered on Better Help. But Mark is so responsive and helpful through this format that it has become my favorite way to reach out. It seems like a very direct and efficient way to discuss my concerns. Mark responds quickly. He is compassionate and caring. I have a lot of rejection issues. I frequently feel excluded and abandoned in key life relationships. I have hope that Mark will help me explore and find my pathway to peace so that I can live my best life and realize that I have a purpose.
Written on Dec 27, 2020 after therapy with Mark for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues
I really appreciate Marc's timeliness and how much attention he pays to the details. I don't have any other experience with counselors but this one and it's been very positive. I'm very thankful for this.
Written on Jul 25, 2020 after therapy with Mark for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief
Mark has been amazing! He knows what to say and asks the right questions, I recommend him to anybody with similar issues I have in the least. Great guy!
Written on Jul 20, 2020 after therapy with Mark for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and adhd