About Me

IMG_5650 - Version 2I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#85177) with over 3000 hours of experience working with youth, families, couples and individuals. I began in NY working at Nyack College in a practicum experience performing individual and group therapy with adolescents with a wide range of concerns. I also had a practicum experience at Mental Health of Rockland County in NY performing individual and group therapy with the severely mentally ill populations. I had the privilege of working as a therapist at Point Loma Nazarene University in their Wellness Center. I worked at the Alliant Couple and Family Clinic in San Diego specializing in Emotionally Focused Couple’s therapy and worked in private practice under Kathryn de Bruin along with my extraordinary colleagues Kimberly Sandstrom and Tami Chelew. I currently reside in Yokosuka Japan, where recently finished volunteering leading mindfulness and process groups, and performed individual, couple, and family therapy at the United States Naval Hospital. I also travel for the Red Cross performing workshops on stress, trauma, anger, and communication. I will resume private practice in San Diego in 2017.

I have been serving and ministering in various communities for over 20 years. I have a diverse and eclectic background that has not only changed and enriched my life but also gives me the ability to view the faith experience from many different vantage points and practice from many different perspectives. I have been involved with and served within many different denominations such as Christian & Missionary Alliance, Methodist, Southern Baptist, Pentecostal, including working in a Korean Presbyterian Church for four years. I have been taught and trained by extraordinary therapists, psychologists, pastors, spiritual leaders and theologians. Although I have the above background, most of my clients are not Christian and I see clients from all backgrounds and religious and non-religious affiliations. 

My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministry/Psychology at Nyack College in Nyack N.Y. and a Masters of Counseling at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Nyack N.Y. I also received an intensive Master of Divinity at Drew Theological School in Madison, N.J. I am currently in a PsyD program at Alliant International University with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, which is expected to be completed in 2018.

Not only have I received extensive education, read plenty of books and wrote hundreds of pages of research papers, I have learned joyfully and painfully from the chaotically beautiful class called Life. I too have had my blessings and blunders and trials and testimonies. Although I have not yet arrived and I am far from perfect, I can say first hand: healing, hope and restoration is possible.

Currently residing in Kanagawa-ken, Yokosuka-shi, Yokosuka Japan Phone: Japan-090 9147 4449 Stateside- 619 786 6508 Email: MarkGKarris@gmail.com