About Mark Best
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA
Mark’s Specializations Include
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Mindfulness based stress reduction
- Nonviolent communication
- LGBTQ+ counseling
Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma
Children, youth, adults, and families
- Yoga Therapy/Mindfulness Techniques
You Deserve to Feel Great. I’m Here to Help.
Mark Best is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA, he provides counseling services to individuals of all ages in the Vancouver, WA- Portland Metro area.
He especially enjoys working with individuals and has specialized training in working with youth on the spectrum as well as youth and adults who identify as LGBTQ+.
I have been a resident of the Portland Metro Area since 2009 and I absolutely love living in the Pacific Northwest. I am a graduate of the School of Social Work at Portland State University. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, families, LGBTQ+ youth and adults, homeless youth and injection drug users. I have worked in alternative education and community mental health. I spent over three years at the Children’s Center here in Vancouver as a Child and Family Therapist. I am a practitioner of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. I incorporate spirituality and nonviolent communication into my practice as well. I love the outdoors, hiking, yoga, cooking, art, and music. I have lived with my Wife in Vancouver since 2016.
Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending time with family, meditation, yoga, and eating a good vegan banana nut muffin.
My Approach & Philosophy
Each individual has a unique story to share and a unique path to healing. I believe that you are the expert of your own life, and helping people navigate struggles, share their stories, and develop strong relationships with themselves and their loved ones is a gift that I am grateful to experience.
I believe that therapy is a collaborative relationship and that it is essential that you feel safe and heard. I work hard to listen without judgment; my style is compassionate, calm, and direct. I believe in the power of play and laughter in the healing process. Because mental health is strongly connected to physical and spiritual health, I hope to guide individuals to become healthier in many aspects of their lives.
Issues surrounding children, parenthood and child development hold a special place in my heart. Parenthood is both an amazing gift and also a source of challenges or mixed emotions. I strive to help children and their caregivers connect with one another and become more resilient. My goal is always to help individuals, caregivers, and children leave therapy feeling hopeful and empowered in their ability to cope with future challenges that may arise.
Get In Touch
5115 NE 94th Ave, Suite D, Vancouver, WA 98662
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm
Therapist Hours: By Appointment