I began my practice focus on relationships after studying with a gifted psychologist here in Baltimore. All of my professional training since then has been dedicated toward understanding the challenges of relationship, and the anxiety and depression that may be associated with it. In general I wish to support both individuals and couples toward building more safe and secure bonds, as well as fostering greater joy in their lives.
Healing Relationships / Empowering Individuals
As a therapist, for individuals and couples, I show up in the room with you and offer feedback and a perspective on love and connection that sometimes may be different from your own. I’ll encourage you to be honest with yourself and look deeper into what keeps you static when you wish to grow. With more awareness and support you can be more present and courageous in your life, and allow your needs to be met.
Seeking support, and valuing yourself enough to try therapy, is acting upon the hope that you can feel better and change your life. It takes courage and strength to overcome the initial fears that otherwise might hold you back from repairing what seems to be broken. Through working together I will help you get in touch with those parts of yourself that you may have been ignoring. Together we’ll find fresh solutions to face your vulnerabilities and move forward again. By believing in you, my aim is to help you believe in yourself.
My approach is patient, warm, and expressive. I’m not afraid of humor, anger or tears. Even if they happen all at the same time. I utilize thoroughly researched based methods (see below) to understand how the past and present weave into emotion and behavior, now.
When we meet you’ll experience someone who is curious about you and genuinely interested in helping you achieve your goals. Our sessions will feel like a conversation and I will actively, passionately be engaged in helping you better understand your emotions and needs. My role is to see your potential for growth, even if you’re not able to at the moment.
I look forward to getting to know you and invite you to contact me for a complementary consultation (in person or on the phone) so that we may begin the process of enhancing your relationships, and creating greater contentment in your life.
You shouldn’t have to wait any longer to feel better. If you’re ready to jump in, take action and make some real changes, I might be the therapist for you.
I look forward to speaking with you.
Warmest regards, Mark
I'm here to help
My work with individuals and couples is based upon several researched areas of psychology that aide in our understanding of how we interact with others, and our environment. These theories, as well, can guide us toward positive and sustained growth.
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy acknowledges emotional bonding as one of our deepest human instincts and core to our fundamental human experience. EFT helps identify the habitual, negative 'dance' that has taken over in distressed couples, works to change the steps of that dance through an emphasis on emotions and their interpersonal impact and gives you a road map to help self correct in order to allow the closeness, safety and connection all human beings need in order to thrive.
Attachment Theory Attachment Theory is guided by the assumption that the same motivational system that gives rise to the close emotional bond between parents, and their children is responsible for the bond that develops between adults in emotionally meaningful relationships.
Mindfulnessbased practices are utilized to integrate the use of a dedicated practice of mindfulness meditation and awareness to facilitate calmness and well-being. A practice of mindfulness has been found to be robustly effective in treating psychiatric disorders and general states of stress or unhappiness.
Interpersonal Neurobiology Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is primarily a theory and practical working model which describes human development and functioning as being a product of the relationship between the body, mind and others.