Hello, I'm Mark.
The last thing I would have imagined as a 24-year old, when I scored a youth’s dream job as the cook on an Alaskan salmon fishing boat- was that one day my path would lead me to be a therapist.
For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawn to deep conversation, books and wild places. As a Soul Listening Therapist and Young Adult Mentor, I have enormous gratitude for spending these days combining all three. But figuring out who I was, where I fit-in, and how I wanted to show up in the world, didn’t always come naturally to me.
As the son of a therapist father and social worker mother, conversation, ideas and seeking inner peace was a normal part of my youthful expectation. Spending time unpacking my feelings was as common as brushing my teeth. It didn’t take long however, once I was out in the world, to recognize the disconnect between what my family valued and what the world at large did. Cultural norms that included competition, pressure to excel, and get ahead were taught, accepted and highly valued. Part of me wanted to fit in – another part didn’t want to have anything to do with it. The memory of my youthful discomfort and challenges at each crossing still makes me shutter. How divided I was, how unconscious and unseen I was - to myself - much less to others. With the benefit of hindsight, I can now see the gifts in those early experiences. And they have had a profound effect on the way I view the world.
I’ve spent much of my life navigating between two worlds, inner and outer, individual and collective. The one that honors the inner self and the one that longs for social acceptance in the outer world. My wander lust for reconciling the two includes everything from fishing in Alaska, a traditional college and graduate education, owning and operating my own bookstore, vision questing, studying Jungian and Archetypal Psychology and raising a family with my beautiful wife.
I became a Jungian Therapist and Young Adult Mentor because I understand what it's like to not fit into any particular mold - and yet still have a knowing that there is a place for you. It can be isolating to feel like your path is outside-the-norm. It can also be the best thing that ever happened to you. What I know to be true is that we can either let life’s norms tell us what to do or tap into our souls and let our own inner-knowing lead to an outer being. I believe in the latter, because I know from experience that life is better when we live it in partnership with our soul.
As a therapist, mentor and guide, I don't have the answers to your life but I do have a lot of faith in the great mystery and a knack for allying myself with the story that wants to emerge. I trust that when we tap into that depths of ourselves and learn how to listen – that our own inner guidance will always be there and always lead us into a richer balance of inner and outer living.
M.A. Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
Mentor at AIM House, for young adults In transition
Board Member, Depth Psychology Alliance
Animas Valley Institute Trainings
School of Lost Borders Training
Rites of Passage Trainings in Santa Rosa CA
Graduate Studies in Literature
B.A. in Literature
“When I get to the end of this life, I want to look back and know that I offered a safe place for others to express who they are. I want to know that my care of the soul was an invitation for others to live the life they were meant to live.”
“Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself.”
— Thomas Merton