Mark holds certification in trauma sensitive care and has extensive experience applying his creative and strength-based approach to the treatment of individuals of all ages. He believes therapy is most effective when it is grounded in what’s practical and inspired by what’s possible. This has allowed Mark to help couples in all stages of their life or relationship to reconnect. It is through this reconnection that they are able to resolve conflict, rediscover joy, and redefine their future together.
Mark believes that in most cases change starts with a choice that is realized through connection. He shares that, “My experience has taught me that my relationship with a client is what’s most important. Respect, communication, and understanding all work to build the relationship, and help you to feel comfortable. When you feel the most comfortable, we have the best chance working together to achieve your goals. This starts by listening to you, and is sustained by being open with you”
While Mark’s commitment is to compassion with every interaction, he also believes that a bit of authentic humor and heart can be useful elements when collaborating with someone on their journey to enhance wellness.
In 2014, while working for the Diakon Specialized In-Home Treatment Program, Mark co-chaired the first of its kind Project A.W.E. event in collaboration with YWCA’s Violence Intervention Program. The community outreach and creative arts-themed event sought to raise Awareness, embrace Wellness, and promote Empathy by bridging the gap between juveniles who had caused harm and a community seeking to heal.
Mark’s work with youth with developmental delays inspired him to author his own line of poetic treatment tools called REACHable Teachables. The expanding catalogue utilizes creative elements like personification and metaphor, while incorporating rhythm, rhyme, and repetition to improve internalization of concepts.
While with the WellSpan Bridges to Health program, his varied and inclusive approach was used to support and empower patients with complex medical and social challenges. As part of this he conceptualized and facilitated The RISE Group therapeutic dynamic as an added component to the overall treatment equation. The group seeks to create meaning through connection while providing an opportunity for members to RISE up and overcome through its focus on Resiliency, Inspiration, Support, and Engagement.
Years of having the opportunity to help facilitate change within a diverse group of individuals, couples, and families has shown Mark that there is no challenge so small it’s not worth addressing, and no challenge so great that it can’t be overcome by doing so.