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David Marks, LMFT

APPROACH

When I was a young adult I met with a therapist for the first time and after having some success thought that this was the profession for me. Initially, I didn’t follow this feeling and ended up in a different profession.  After a lot of soul searching,  I transitioned to a new career as a counselor.  Are you facing a life transition or some difficulty that you can’t seem to get through on your own? So many times we try to tough it out or not burden others but life  can be a difficult and challenging endeavor at times.  I believe that everyone can benefit from sitting with a person that truly listens and understands. My job is to be that person who truly listens and understands you!

People seek therapy for all types of scenarios ranging from the traumatic and extremely difficult to relationship improvement or premarital counseling.  The best place to deal with these unique life challenges is in a safe place and the basis of any good counseling experience is establishing a safe space for a positive relationship between the therapist and the client.  In the safe space of this relationship you can explore all the unique things that bring you into counseling.

I employ a primarily psychodynamic approach which focuses on bringing unconscious information to the conscious level but I also try to adapt my work to each individual situation.  Couples and families present unique challenges that require me to have a “beginner’s mind” approach and the awareness that no two situations are alike.  I have solid training in a client-centered perspective but also believe that any approach must be tailored to the clients.  With my background as an educator, I am well-versed in multiple theoretical perspectives and am happy to discuss any particular choice and work together to address any concerns or needs.  The mentoring that I received from that original counseling experience and relationship is a foundational piece for the person I am today.  I am excited about this work and welcome your call.

TRAINING & EDUCATION


I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and have 12 years of successful clinical experience in private practice working with individuals, couples and families. The focus of my graduate school education was relationship based counseling training with a humanities and Jungian-Based approach to psychology.  I also have worked as an educator in the field of Counseling Psychology at California State University, Bakersfield.  I also work as a clinical supervisor.  Additionally I have a Bachelor’s Degree in both Psychology and Religious Studies from California State University, Bakersfield.

 

Specialties & Areas of Focus

  • Couples Therapy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Couple’s Counseling
  • Men’s Issues and Men’s Groups
  • Life Transitions
  • Adolescent Counseling
  • Trauma and Recovery
  • Dreamwork / Jungian Therapy

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