Mark was born in Iowa and grew up in Illinois near the banks of the Mississippi river. He attended Western Illinois University, graduating in 2004 with a BS in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration. As a requirement for his degree he completed a 12-week internship in Utah at a Wilderness Therapy Program as a Field Instructor. During his very first shift Mark realized this was the industry in which he wanted to build a career. After working as a Field Instructor for a eighteen months he accepted a job in the administration. He held various positions over his 10-year tenure in Wilderness Therapy including Staff Director and Field Director.
Mark then finally pursued his life goal of becoming a therapist and went on to complete his MS in Mental Health Counseling. While working on his MS, Mark left Wilderness Therapy to seek other opportunities that would broaden his clinical experience. Mark spent 2 years working at a state-run adult residential treatment center gaining experience evaluating, diagnosing, and counseling clients with varying diagnostic criteria.
Mark is excited to be a clinician with ATC and continue to further his knowledge and experience of working with young adults. With his past experience, Mark has learned that rapport is vital to a working therapeutic alliance and creating an environment that empowers the client to succeed. This can take various forms and Mark likes to use different approaches depending on the client including Motivational Interviewing, Client-Centered Therapy, and skill development using DBT techniques.
Mark is an exercise enthusiast and a Level 1 Certified CrossFit Trainer. When he is not at work or in the gym, Mark enjoys spending time with his two children Mandolin and Langston, camping, hiking, music, sports and traveling.