Markus is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado (LPC) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida (LMHC) specializing in mood disorders, stress management for high-octane perfectionists, grief, identity exploration (incl. career and life purpose), gender concerns and phase-of-life difficulties.
With 15+ years' experience in helping professions, Markus has devoted his efforts to finding the best methods to help his clients become mentally well and stress-hardy. He has aided his clients to move beyond Depression, Addiction, Anxiety Disorders and Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Grief and Loss of loved ones, and has employed progressive strategies including Mindfulness, Music Therapy, Adventure Therapy, and Guided Meditation. Markus has spent extensive time in 21 countries on the quest for collective human traits and certain attitudes which fuel personal acceptance and growth. He has entered the towering cathedrals in Europe, practiced samurai swordsmanship with locals on Mt. Fuji, experienced the ancient monuments and staggering artistry of Rome and Florence, chanted in orange-robes with Buddhist monks in the foothills of Yunnan, China, and been invited to sit with small island Hindu villagers for some of their private family ceremonies.
In the Mental Health community, Markus has spoken on a number of topics related to including mental fitness and emotional exploration, acceptance and finding personal purpose, the physiological benefits of meditation, multicultural expectations in psychotherapy, the recovery patterns of addiction, assertiveness versus the aggressions of passivity, guided meditation, depression and intrusive thoughts, the hierarchy of human needs revisited, among others.
Markus is a dynamic, humane and straightforward practitioner who cares, above all else, about the direction and safety of his clientele. He promotes solution-focused and long-term methods as needed. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. Working from Humanistic-Existential and Cognitive-Behavioral methods, Markus integrates complementary methodologies to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion, understanding, direction, and a lot of listening, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to achieve.
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - University of North Florida
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Sociology, Professional Education - University of North Florida
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) - MH15729
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - LPC.0015041
TOP 100 Healthcare Leader Award, MGM Las Vegas 2020
St. Augustine's Best Counselor: The St. Augustine Record, 2012
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Avoidant Personality, Body Image, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Control Issues, Dissociation, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CO LPC LPC.0015041
Attentive professional that helped me through a unique situation and gave me tools to move forward.
Written on Jan 22, 2022 after therapy with Markus for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, coping with life changes, adhd, anger management, and intimacy-related issues
Markus is exceptional at making me feel comfortable talking to him. He establishes trust and rapport very well very early on.
Written on Apr 10, 2020 after therapy with Markus for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Markus had been a mentor and counsellor to me during one of the toughest periods of my life. He was generous with time, advice and attention and gave realistic advice and tools which can be easily implemented in day to day life. It was comfortable talking to Markus about anything I had in my mind, which helped a lot.
Written on Jan 12, 2020 after therapy with Markus for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
Markus is knowledgeable and insightful, respectful and kind. If you want someone who will challenge you to think about your issues and work through them towards a better life - Markus is the perfect match.
Written on Sep 12, 2019 after therapy with Markus for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
Markus has been a great help to me. He is very detail-oriented and focuses on what your needs are and has helped find solutions to difficult dilemmas. I never thought I would make headway with a certain area in my life, but I have found there is s way to get through most anything when you have the tools and the right state of mind! Thank you so much Markus!
Written on Jul 10, 2019 after therapy with Markus for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
He’s challenging me when its most needed. I tend to over-analyze certain aspects of my life, and whenever I talk to Markus, he will have me question those thoughts and to see things in perspective. Thank you Markus!
Written on Jul 10, 2019 after therapy with Markus for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem