Mark Bigley

(LCSW, MA)

About Me

If you’re a teenager or a parent of a teenager, the changes from what once was to what is now can be difficult to understand.

My name is Mark Bigley and I am licensed as a LCSW in the state of Texas. Let me first say that the therapeutic relationship is the most valuable asset in the quest for growth and healing. As we grow in trust with one another and begin to relax into the therapeutic relationship you will begin to discover the person you were created to be. We have all had environmental and normal developmental challenges that we learn to grow through. Besides my MSW from Wayne State University, I have a Graduate Certificate in Social Work with Couples and Families.

Teens, you’ve come a long way from your younger years, and now your world expands with more experiences, people and choices which can be difficult to negotiate. Sometimes life seems to be changing both around you and within you at a breathtaking pace. The teenage years begin the task of figuring out our identity. Who is it that lives within my body? What do I want? Will I be accepted by my peers for who I am? How do I communicate with people who seem different than I am—often from the opposite or even the same sex? How to I communicate with my parents? These are only some of the questions.

Parents, how do I relate to my changing teen and learn to communicate with the different person I see growing up before my eyes? How can I build and maintain trust as the teenager appears to drift further away to spend more time with his/her peers? How can I parent them, guiding them without suffocating them? How much freedom and what kind is appropriate for them? How do we work through conflicts instead of a continual set of stalemates?

Families are always about change. Just when I was getting used to the rhythm of life as a father, my daughters would change before my eyes. Older ways of relating needed to be adjusted. Listening became more of a challenge. Hearing them became even more so.

If you’re a teenager, welcome to this new time in your life. If you could use some support from a professional to help you understand yourself and the challenges that life presents I would enjoy working with you to help you discover and celebrate your strengths and work through your difficulties.

If you’re a parent of a teenager, I will be happy to help you find your way through the changes you find yourself going through and to attempt to build good communication with your teen. Depending on the teen and family, I sometimes see teenagers separately from parents and sometimes together or both.

I will work hard to develop trust with you so that you learn to make wise choices that will in the long run lead to your growth and happiness.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Imago Relationship Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #63704 (Expires: 2022-05-31)


Reviews

Written by P.A. on Jun 20, 2021 after counseling with Mark for 4 months

Mark has been extremely helpful with my son. He is knowledgeable, caring and has had many good strategies to help him find some light in a tough year. I would recommend him highly.

Written by A.L. on Mar 16, 2021 after counseling with Mark for 2 weeks

Mark is the best of all worlds—counselor, coach, spiritual direction. I am truly challenged to grow and listened to well.

Written by R.A. on Mar 14, 2021 after counseling with Mark for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Mark is amazing! Highly recommend!

Written by G.L. on Feb 17, 2021 after counseling with Mark for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management

Mark has been a great resource. I was nervous about starting therapy but he has made the process comfortable and helpful.

I appreciate his knowledge and guidance.

Written by S.E. on Feb 10, 2021 after counseling with Mark for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Mark has been great with me. He listens and he understands my concerns right away. Also I really like the assignments he gave me so far to work in myself.

Written by B.R. on Dec 17, 2020 after counseling with Mark for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, and coaching

Mark is very knowledgeable, wise, helpful, experienced, supportive, friendly, has a great sense of humor, offers solutions that work, pleasant to speak with, on time, caring, sensitive to what is happening in my life, and I always look forward to our meeting together.

Written by L.U. on Dec 13, 2020 after counseling with Mark for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, and compassion fatigue

I would definitely recommend Mark to someone who is trying teen counseling for the first time or even as a returning person. He really understands and truly helps with what you need. He is my second therapist I’ve worked with and I wouldn’t work with anyone else just because of how comfortable and great it is to work with him.

Written by N.A. on Dec 09, 2020 after counseling with Mark for 2 months

First-time therapy user. I enjoyed systematically identifying my struggles and working through them. Mark goes at your pace. He is open and honest with you. Great guy and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking skilled help. 5 out of 5 starts.