About Me

IMG_5650 - Version 2I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#85177) with plenty of experience working with youth, families, couples and  individuals.

Most of my time, energy, and training has been dedicated to the fine art of couple therapy. I can promise you will receive the most empirically validated approach to couples work (Emotionally Focused Therapy), while being informed by the latest advances in relational neuroscience.

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 moved to San Diego and had the privilege of working as a therapist at Point Loma Nazarene University in their Wellness Center. I then 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 recently moved back to San Diego after three years living in Yokosuka, Japan. In Japan I worked on the military base leading mindfulness and process groups and performing individual, couple, and family therapy. I also traveled internationally for the Red Cross performing workshops on stress, trauma, anger, and communication. I currently am an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and Alliant International University.

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 2020.

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 San Diego, California. Phone: 619-786-6508 Email: MarkGKarris@gmail.com