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.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
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 , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Dependent Personality , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , HIV / AIDS , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Military and Veterans Issues , Mood Disorders , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Phobias , Posttraumatic Stress , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Somatization , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
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
LCSW #63704 (Expires: 2022-05-31)
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.
Mark is the best of all worlds—counselor, coach, spiritual direction. I am truly challenged to grow and listened to well.
Mark is amazing! Highly recommend!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.