Mark Blockus, LPC Intern, NCC, CCTP

supervised by Juliane Taylor Shore, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Mark works with mindfulness and EMDR, in addition to his work with couples. He utilizes Gottman and Relational Life Therapy (RLT) to guide couples to improved relational health. He has experience working with couples in all stages of relationship. Mark can work with those who have trauma issues, dual diagnosis and substance abuse, as well as difficulty in relationships. Mark is a certified clinical trauma professional. He is deeply compassionate and has a style that allows the client to lead while taking advantage of his expertise. He has experience with working with those who have suffered from severe trauma, including those who have been diagnosed with DID.

Specialties

Complex trauma and dissociation including EMDR protocols

Mindfulness focused; neuroscience informed therapy

Support for grief and loss

Couples therapy using Relational Life Therapy (RLT)

Gottman Method

Work with anxiety and depression

price for services:

$120 per 50 minute session

Sliding scale available? Yes

"

Clearing

Do not try to save the whole world

or do anything grandiose

Instead, create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently,

until the song that is your life

falls into your own cupped hands

and you recognize and greet it.

Only then will you know how to give yourself

to this world

so worth the rescue.

—MARTHA POSTLETHEAITE 

Q&A with Mark

How does talking to someone help?

We are wired from birth to hold meaningful relationships with others. Our growth and development as human beings is predicated on the interweaved nature of our brain, our mind, and our relationships with others. At the heart of being human is being relational and this is the foundation of healthy growth or can lead to challenges to our physical, psychological, and relational health.

 

Language is our means of communication and our bridge to others and helps organize our experience of the world. Talking, in therapy, helps the building of a reparative and positive relationship between the person and therapist. It helps us to bring the unconscious to the surface and moves us to an integration of our sensations, emotions, and thoughts. Talking helps us form a healthy connection to ourselves and to others.

What is your first question for a client, and why?

After trying to warmly welcome new clients and reduce any anxiety or tension, I invariably ask “What is it that you would like to get from therapy?” While some people might be unsure beyond some sense of wanting to feel better, it is critical, from the very start that a person begin to recognize that they are the guide to where we go in our work. This also establishes a sense that in our collaborative relationship, the direction of the therapy is focused on achieving outcomes based on the client’s wishes and needs.

What is the best thing you have learned from one of your people?

That, through the human lifespan, we have a capacity to positively grow and change, no matter how hopeless we feel things are or how severely our life circumstances have unfolded. At our heart is an unlimited capacity for resilience love, and compassion.

EMDR with Mark Blockus

What is EMDR?  Who is EMDR good for?  Can you do EMDR online?

 

Juliane Taylor Shore joins Mark Blockus, a clinician at IPNB Psychotherapy of Austin, to answer some of these questions and provide us with a clearer view on this effective psychotherapy method.