Mark Felber

mark-felber

Mark Felber completed more than 1,000 hours of specialized training and research to become a Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama. He completed more than five years of training to achieve professional competence in this powerful model of psychotherapy. The American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy was established in 1975 and sets high standards for its practitioners. As a Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, he joins an elite group of about 375 professionals in the United States who are qualified to practice this complex type of psychotherapy.

A psychotherapist specializing in couples/marital therapy, codependency issues, addictive behaviors, grief recovery and EMDR trauma resolution therapy, he pursued doctoral studies for seven years at The University of Texas at Dallas, exploring a cultural history of intimate relations including an overview of psychological, medical, sociological, and feminist theories presented to explain gender and sex differences and the formation of personal identity affecting individual roles and modes of behavior.

Subsequently, he received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Texas A & MUniversity to acquire therapeutic skills that would help his clients convert interpersonal conflict into personal growth, learn skills for self-expression that enhance the quality of relationships and understand how childhood hurts create current emotional pain for individuals and cause disappointment between couples. He relates to his clients with empathy and care borne of his own struggles to discover an enriching and spiritual path toward a rewarding life.

A complete list of his background qualifications, education, licensure, certification and training references is available upon request.

Mark’s Philosophy:

Therapy sessions for individuals, couples and groups are designed to facilitate personal growth and heal past and present difficulties. It is important to recognize that we all bring childhood hurts from our early family lives into our current relationships, along with old behavioral patterns, that stop us from feeling good. By repeating old behaviors that keep us stuck in unsuccessful coping styles, we unconsciously enhance our current feelings of unhappiness in our misguided efforts to resolve our problems.

He utilizes traditional and creative techniques to re-examine problematical coping styles and helps clients re-decide early decisions and embrace alternative behaviors that lead to fresh perspectives and new solutions. We must learn to communicate our needs, feelings, and desires in ways that aren’t destructive by taking into account our early messages about our lovability, acceptability, and competence.

We made many early decisions creating the coping styles that we utilized as children when adults had all the power. After we became adults we often forgot that we made these decisions, yet they still influence the way we react and behave today. Often we carry our painful feelings forward from the past into our current relationships, and we either act them out with addictive behaviors, or interact in a destructive manner with our intimates.

In order to heal, we must come to know and accept all parts of ourselves to take charge of our lives and accept responsibility for our behaviors and the pattern of perceptions, thoughts, and feelings that elicit them. By exploring our emotional roots, and recovering impressions, memories and associations, we become aware of how our early life scripts shape our current behaviors, thereby creating the freedom to make new choices to express our feelings directly and change behaviors that cause us difficulty.

Presentation: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams

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