Mark Gregory Karris, San Diego Marriage and Family Therapist

Mark Gregory KarrisMark Karris LMFT, San Diego Marriage and Family Therapist.

Licensed San Diego Marriage and Family Therapist | $150 per 50-minute session | Weekend appointments available

My name is Mark Karris and I am a San Diego Marriage and Family Therapist. I am originally from Long Island, NY. I received my Masters in Counseling from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Nyack, NY. I received my Masters of Divinity from Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ. I am currently in the process of completing my Doctorate in Psychology with an emphasis in Couple and Family Therapy at Alliant International University. 

I have been practicing psychotherapy for over ten years working with individuals, couples, families and children both in community agencies, universities, and private sectors of Mental Health. I have extensive experience working with couple concerns, religious struggles, depression, anxiety, trauma, and various behavioral concerns.

Do you feel like you are still getting D’s and F’s in the class of Relationships 101? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Do you feel lost, stuck, disconnected, anxious, depressed or simply crushed by the crippling tsunamis of life? You don’t have to be alone in your struggles. I would love to journey with you on the road to recovery, healing and personal/familial transformation.

More About Mark Karris, San Diego Marriage and Family Therapist:

Mark is a husband, proud father, licensed marriage and family therapist, adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and Alliant International University, ordained pastor, musician, and all-around biophilic. He is the author of the provocative book, Divine Echoes: Reconciling Prayer with the Uncontrolling Love of God (Quoir, 2018) and Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain, and Soul (Kregel, 2017). 

Mark has facilitated countless workshops, and spoke on diverse subjects, such as relational vitality, self-compassion, mindfulness, attachment theory, shame, communication, trauma and   various theological topics (e.g. theodicy, prayer, God attachment, etc.). Mark has also received extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and has helped at, and co-facilitated, many Hold Me Tight workshops. 

Mark’s pioneering research article on trauma and couple’s therapy has been published in a peer-reviewed journal [Karris, M., Caldwell, B. (2015) “Integrating Emotionally Focused Therapy, Self-Compassion & Compassion-Focused Therapy to Assist Shame-Prone Couples who have Experienced Trauma,” The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families]. You can check it out here: https://goo.gl/WmPMuE

Q&A with Mark:

What makes you stand out as a San Diego Marriage and Family Therapist?

I am surrounded by incredible therapists. Perhaps, I will share a little bit more about myself. I offer a holistic, integrative and experiential approach that seeks to engage the mind, body, spirit and emotions. I draw from various modalities, such as emotion focused, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, somatic-based, spiritual, internal family systems, and compassion focused approaches. As an adjunct professor, I teach many of these approaches to university students learning to become therapists. My desire is that you won’t just go to therapy but that you would experience therapy. Most importantly I will engage therapy in a way that is specific to your needs and at a pace that is comfortable for you. 

Do you see individual clients?

Yes, I do. I absolutely love working with individuals. Usually in couple or family therapy, my energy, focus, and attention is balanced between all of the people in the room. With individual therapy, I have the privilege of being fully present with only one person. Once we get to know each other, we can then collaborate toward clear and specific goals. Since my goal is for you not to be in therapy forever, I hope we can then move toward those goals in a timely fashion. 

Why did you become a therapist?

Being a therapist is more than I job to me. I became a therapist because I feel a unique calling to walk alongside those who are hurting, confused, disconnected, stuck, and struggling to feel alive and reach their full potential. For the last 15 years, I have dedicated myself to the art and craft of therapy. Those who are in my office deserve nothing less than an open-hearted, non-judgmental, compassionate, and educated therapist working with them. While I am certainly not perfect, I know what I do is sacred and strive to be the best therapist I can be for my clients.  

Are you accepting new clients?

Yes! You can call me at 858-876-4104 to schedule an appointment or you can book online by clicking below. I look forward to meeting with you.