Hello, and welcome to my web page.  My name is Mark Thompson, and I want to make sure you know a little bit about me and my background before we get started in our work together.  I was born in Pennsylvania, but spent most of my childhood living on St. Simons Island in Georgia.  I have also spent time living in Michigan, Illinois, South Dakota, Oregon, and now in Washington.  I think my journeys throughout our country have certainly exposed me to a wide variety of cultural differences and regional shifts in language.  Is it pop, soda, or Coke??

I have a Master of Arts from Northwestern University in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College in Psychology.  During my graduate studies, I completed my practicum at The Family Institute in Evanston, IL where I focused on individual and family therapy.  I also interned at Turning Point, a community mental health center in Skokie, IL where I practiced individual, couples and group therapy.

Over my career, I have practiced therapy in various settings with different populations.  I counseled adults with severe mental illness in an outpatient community mental health setting.  I worked as an on-call crisis therapist through a local emergency room, providing triage and linkage to adolescents and adults dealing with psychiatric emergencies.  I practiced Functional Family Therapy with at-risk adolescents referred by the court as a treatment alternative to juvenile detention.  After obtaining a certification as a domestic violence professional, I provided services to victims of domestic violence and facilitated batterer intervention groups with perpetrators to develop insight into the domestic violence cycle.  Then, for several years, I worked with geriatric clients in a nursing home setting.  Over this time, I developed an interest in administration and became a licensed nursing home administrator, and successfully operated five skilled nursing homes across three states.  Now, however, I am dedicating my time to what I have been passionate about for most of my life–helping others as a counselor, therapist, and fellow sojourner.