Mark is a registered drama therapist and board certified trainer with over sixteen years of experience in mental health working with people all of ages. Mark holds post-graduate training in LGBTQ affirmative psychotherapy from The Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and arts in trauma treatment from the Kint Institute, and is currently training in Rehearsals for Growth, an improv based method of drama therapy. He is a graduate of New York University where he is an adjunct instructor in the drama therapy department. Mark has previously held teaching positions at Manhattanville College as well as Kansas State University.
Mark is a warm, passionate and astute clinician whose creative interventions support and encourage real change. A believer in the arts and drama as powerful forms of self expression, Mark utilizes humor, metaphor, story, play, and drama to go beyond just talking, to help people access parts of themselves to move toward action in their life. Mark sees therapy as a process of improvisation and co-creation. His clients can expect to identify roles that are holding them back and to strengthen the roles they need to perform more confidently in the world. Mark has helped clients dealing with anxiety, depression, domestic violence, trauma, divorce, mental illness, gender identity and sexual orientation conflicts and support, parenting support, bullying and school related stress, opposition and anger and low self-esteem.
Mark presents and guest lectures frequently. Much of his presentations, writing, and research have focused on increasing professional awareness and skill in working with gender and sexually diverse individuals, in the creative arts therapies as well as general mental health professions.