Welcome! And congrats on finding your way to the Tampa Bay Center for Relational Psychology. I think you will find that you have come to a special place. My name is Dr. Michael Marks and I am a post-doctoral resident here. My approach to treatment is collaborative. Together we will be a team. I will count on you to bring expertise on your life and you can count on me for knowledge and skill in clinical psychology. Together, we will tailor research-backed psychological treatments to help get you where you are trying to be.
I practice general psychology with specialties in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and related problems (e.g., stress, OCD, trauma, PTSD, panic attacks, phobias, attachment anxiety), adjustment issues (e.g., life transitions, end-of-life, major injury, loss of purpose/meaning), depression, grief, sleep problems, and relationship issues. My particular expertise is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with individuals and in Emotion Focused Therapy with couples and families.
I received my Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). My pre-doctoral internship was completed at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs New Jersey Health Care System. I treated individuals, groups, and couples throughout my graduate experience. I gained specialized training in specific treatment modes, including Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples at the New Jersey Couples Clinic, comprehensive DBT as individual therapist and group leader at the Rutgers University Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic (DBT-RU), and in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders at the Rutgers Anxiety Disorders Clinic (ADC). I gained experience in behavioral medicine in primary care as individual therapist and DBT group leader at Robert Wood Johnson – Family Medicine at Monument Square (FMMS). I also worked with teens and young adults as individual and group therapist at the Rutgers counseling center, also known as Rutgers Counseling, ADAP, & Psychiatric Service (CAPS). Prior to pursuing graduate-level psychological training, I received my B.A. in Psychology and Human Development from the University of Maryland and then worked in Philadelphia, PA as a Job Coach and Diagnostic Vocational Evaluator for Goodwill.
Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a bit better. I hope to have the chance to connect and get to know you.