Mark Chrisinger, LCMHCA, NCC
Mark is a licensed clinical mental health counselor associate (LCMHCA) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Mark believes therapy is most effective when it is collaborative and person-centered. With that in mind, he uses an integrative approach, drawing on techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, psychodynamic theory, and mindfulness-based therapies to meet individual client needs. Mark is an avid hiker, musician, and practitioner of meditation and mindfulness.
Clients he works with
- Individual therapy with clients age 16 or older
Areas he works in
Social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, panic disorder, OCD, and other disorders.
Mark completed his MA in mental health counseling at Wake Forest University in May of 2020. He received his undergraduate degree in music from Vermont’s Johnson State College. Before coming to the Mood Treatment Center, he worked as a case manager at a mental health agency serving children and families. Mark has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for the past 15 years.
What inspired you to go into therapy?
When I was a teenager, I read Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams and was fascinated with the unconscious world of the “dreamwork,” Freud’s mysterious dream-forming function of the mind. This kindled my interest in human psychology, particularly in the unique psychology of the individual and psychotherapy. To be an individual human being is to be a mystery. Psychotherapy is about opening up to that mystery and finding a path to walk through it. This journey through mystery is what attracts me to the process.
How do you manage stress in your own life?
Meditation, playing music, walks in nature, deep breathing, and patience are my go-to stress-mangement techniques.
What guides you in your work as a therapist?
People have basic needs—love, self-esteem, growth, meaning, etc.—and we tend to suffer when we can’t meet those needs. My goal as a therapist is to help you get in touch with those needs and find effective ways to satisfy them.
Monday-Thursday, 8 AM to 6:30 PM