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empowering your path to wellness.

Mark King

Photographer, Optimist, Reality TV Historian, Nature Lover, Light Finder, Multiple Lens Seeker

Areas of expertise. 

Trauma, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Use, Grief, Family Dysfunction, Dual Diagnosis, Identity, Love and Belonging, Adolescents Inpatient to Outpatient Transition.


Collaborative, Empathetic, Challenging, and Client-Centered 

 I find it important to meet people where they are in life. Taking the steps towards healing and change is not easy. Exploring values and identifying barriers gives a path towards the things you may want in life. My favorite question to ask is “What do YOU want?”, followed by my second which is “What are YOU doing to get there?” With those two questions you and I are able to explore the road you are on and make changes that contribute to you obtaining the things that are the most important.


As a therapist I am a believer in utilizing a diverse use of tools to tackle the things in life that are the most difficult. My approach is collaborative, but also challenges you to feel empowered, confident, and willing to face fears that have been difficult. My set of tools includes the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Brainpspotting, Polyvagal Theory, Reality Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. Utilizing those approaches I integrate creative forms of interventions that are visual, insightful, and assist in seeing things through multiple lenses.

What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting is a therapeutic approach that focuses on accessing and processing trauma, emotional distress, and other challenging experiences, It recognizes that our eyes are connected to our brain and nervous systems, and by using eye positions to locate “brainspots”, we can access and release deep-seated emotions and trauma. This technique helps clients tap into their body’s natural ability to heal and process difficult experiences.

 The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things or make them unimportant.” – Doctor Who (The 11th Doctor)

Mark White MSW, LGSW

Appalachian Life Enrichment Counseling Center


Photographer, Optimist, Reality TV Historian, Nature Lover, Light Finder, Multiple Lens  

Growing up I always told myself that I wanted to help others. I found myself experiencing compassion for others at a young age and knew that my fulfillment in life was always bigger than me. In life I have learned that sometimes when roads are not in front you it is okay to pull out your shovel and make them. Creating paths for myself has also allowed me to develop a passion to help others do the same.


 I have spent the last year learning to appreciate nature through silence and photography. My weekends are spent typically spent hiking new trails (and getting lost), as well as visiting historical landmarks (and getting lost). I am a creature of habit when it comes to books, movies, and television shows, and tend to spend Friday evenings listening to my favorite podcast.

Professional Background.

Mark King is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of West Virginia.  Mark has spent over a decade working with children and families in various settings while living in Kentucky and West Virginia. Mark graduated from Kentucky Christian University with a B.S. in History with a minor in Human Services. Mark went on to pursue Graduate School where he graduated with a Master’s in Social Work and Certificate in Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health. During that time, he developed experiences in community mental health, prevention work, and outreach with his involvement with Caritas House, Valley Health Care, Teens as Parenting Program, and Early Head start.  In addition to his time at Appalachian Counseling Mark works as a therapist at Academy Programs where he continues to provide services related to substance use and other behavioral health issues (anxiety, depression, trauma, ODD, Conduct Disorder, grief).

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

    • West Virginia
  • Advanced Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Trained

  • SMART Recovery Trained

  • Certified Facilitator Training (MBF Child Safety Matters and MBF Teen Safety Matters)

  • Certified Brainspotting Clinician

  • EMDR Trained

  • Green Cross Academy of Traumatology Member

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