“The curious paradox is that, when I accept myself as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers
Mark Dickerson, M.Ed, Resident in Counseling
Masters in Education
I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling from James Madison University. After working as a high school counselor for six years and as a therapeutic day treatment clinician for one year, I realized my passion for mental health counseling and transitioned to working in a counseling practice.
I specialize in working with adults, young adults, and teenagers and in the treatment of anxiety, depression, life transitions, transitioning into adulthood, self-esteem and self-worth, and self-efficacy.
HOW I HELP
“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” – Brene Brown
Have you ever felt trapped, alone, and ashamed as you struggle with your problems in silence? Please know that you do not have to go through this by yourself. As your therapist, I will walk alongside you as you journey through your story, while having unconditional positive regard for you the entire way. That means I will unconditionally accept, care for, and provide empathy and understanding for you just as you are, no matter who you are or where you are in life, so that shame can’t survive.
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
Or have you ever felt disconnected and out of control, as if you are in the audience watching your life like a movie instead of living it? My goal is to help you feel in control of your life, I believe that we all have the ability to create positive changes in our lives. I want to help you recognize and utilize your own strengths so that instead of feeling like a helpless audience member, you can begin writing the script to your movie.
My 7 years experience working in schools with teenagers has given me a unique understanding of the challenges that teenagers face throughout their early teens and as they transition into adulthood. Since beginning work in a counseling practice setting in 2019, I have expanded my area of work to also include adults. Though I adjust my approach based off the needs of my clients, my approach typically includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques and elements of Humanistic Therapy.
I am looking forward to working with you. Together we can help you create the life you want for yourself.