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.