Mark Palmer, Ph.D

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  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • 1776 South Jackson St., Suite 212, Denver, Colorado, 80210
  • Phone: 720-271-2199
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  • Session Fees: My fees are $100 to $180. I ask my clients to choose what they can afford to pay in that range. I don't ask for financial information or records. Everyone, regardless of what they pay, gets the same service and commitment.

   It is my belief and my experience that many of the painful problems we encounter are  accompanied by feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, or a sense of being "stuck" or even lost.  At these times we struggle to make sense of things, to find meaning in life, and to know what to do to make things better.  While we can all relate to these situations, there is always something unique or different in the way we each come upon and experience them.  This means that if therapy is a positive way to face and solve problems, it must also be a way for the unique and individual qualities of a person to be part of the solution of those problems.
My Background 
   I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has had intensive training and has worked with people from 7 to 70 years of age, of various nationalities, races, and cultures, and a wide variety of "diagnosable" mental health issues. My background in techniques is wide, but that does not mean that all people get the same "method." In fact,  my clients and I discover and modify our work to take advantage of my experience and background as well as theirs.  In other words, my training and experience are at the service of the individual in the way that they need them.
   In this way, therapy is a collaborative process.  We work together to find the real sources of problems and find the most useful solutions to those problems.  Of course, this means that my clients work hard at the process, giving it their attention and their best effort.  Typically, they have had enough of the sadness or pain or disruption and make a commitment to change.  The first and sometimes the hardest step is to make that commitment.
My Orientation 
   My orientation is humanistic and also Jungian.  Let me explain what these terms mean. My humanist side tells me that many of the problems that are brought to therapy are not the result of a genetic malfunction.  Most of the problems we deal with occur when a person's best efforts to be happy and adjusted have stopped working because they have changed or because the people and environment around them have changed. In other words, what worked before does not work now.  This means that the human psychology is basically a system that is trying to guide us to a happy and safe life. Sometimes situations arise that change the rules or create confusion and this can stump that well-meaning and usually good psychological system.  Then, we struggle alone or with some help, to correct the situation (inside and out of ourselves), and re-vitalize and re-tool our basically healthy and positive psychology. Again, this means my clients work hard at learning about themselves, learning their strengths as well as their weaknesses, and finding personal resources to make things better.
Jungian Psychology 
   As a Jungian, I believe that our psychologies are complex. This means that past events and other experiences can get buried in our unconscious where they are hidden or forgotten about. Just because they are hidden does not mean that they don't affect our actions and our feelings.  Sometimes it becomes necessary to investigate these past events and the parts that are forgotten and unknown to find out more about how situations have developed.  NOT all therapy we do looks at this information.  Sometimes the work is about changing behaviors or managing emotions. But sometimes we feel we must go "deeper" into ourselves to find the answers.  As I said, not everyone who comes to therapy requires this additional approach, but it is good to have it available.
   I  also have a PhD in Interpersonal Communication. To me, communication is essential to any possibility of growth and change.  If we cannot accurately and safely communicate how we feel, then those feelings may remain trapped inside ourselves; or worse yet, come out in inappropriate or destructive ways.  We can feel frustrated, blocked, and ineffective.  I believe that communication is the essential tool we must learn to use to improve our awareness of ourselves and our ability to form positive relationships with others.  Whether working with couples or individuals, communication is always something we try to improve and put into service.
Men's Psychology/Issues 
   Finally, I have had a lot of experience working with men.  I have found that all of the above works for men, women, and in relationships.  What I have found to be somewhat different with men is that very often, when confronted with a road block at work, at home, or in general; that they try hard to fix the situation and try to do so with a limited knowledge of themselves, their emotions, and the emotional reactions of others.  When that happens, we have to focus on gaining control of emotions while learning ways to fix problems and situations with methods that are a better fit to to those problems.  In short, therapy for men helps them to feel safe and effective,  and find ways to be open to themselves and their needs while attending to the feelings and needs of others.
I believe that relations are not two halves coming together, but two whole people coming together to create a third thing, the relationship. This means that I believe each person in a relationship has their own needs and their own way of dealing with positive and negative events and problems. In therapy, we try to discover and work with both parties' needs and personalities to find constructive and safe ways of working through problems. We also try to increase and improve communication so that both can feel they have a chance to present their own ideas, interests, feelings, and needs and that they are heard.  This approach requires a commitment to the process and desire for self- and other-awareness.
Free Consultation  
 Finding a therapist is not easy. It takes work. I hope my description of myself and my approach to therapy will be some help.  Beyond training and experience, the relationship between therapist and client is extremely important.  That is why I offer a free 1/2 hour session to determine if my training, background, and experience are a good fit for a potential client, and if our own personalities seem to offer a good starting point for the work.  

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Denver CO