Parenting Therapist in Bellevue Washington
Mark Liu, M.A., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
(425) 449-8851 ext 104
Mark Liu has a Master’s degree in Child, Individual, Couple and Family therapy from Antioch University. Antioch’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to the one year internship training with Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS), he also completed the two year training programs in marital and family therapy at Samaritan Center of Puget Sound. He is licensed in the State of Washington as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LF60232702).He is a clinical Member of the American Associate of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Mark was born and raised in Taiwan. He came to America thirty-some years ago to pursue graduate work in engineering/construction management and, later, built a career in real estate business. His decision to pursue counseling came later in life, which, paired with his Christian beliefs, gives him the advantage of a more integrative perspective of life development, a different understanding of the identities and more opportunities to understand the roots of human beings’ suffering. His perspective is also attained through a constant re-examination of love, relationships, communication, reconciliation, faith, and the meaning of life.
Mark sees life as a journey consisting of searching meaning, and coping. However, people sometimes get stuck because of varying psychosocial, cognitive, biological and spiritual causes. Thus, whether we no longer see meanings clearly or our coping strategies are no longer effective, we can suffer distorted thoughts, self-defeating or destructive behaviors, psychologically-based physical symptoms, and problems in our daily functioning and interpersonal relationships.
Mark believes that humans are too sophisticated to be understood and helped by one model or one approach in therapy. He therefore draws upon an eclectic variety of techniques and theories. In order for counseling approaches to be effective, he believes they must be culturally adaptable, holistic and comprehensive, covering the family system, interpersonal, developmental, intrapsychic, and multicultural aspects of life. He sees his function as a conduit, with the client as the expert on his/her own life who has the capability to choose.
Finally, Mark believes that the effectiveness of counseling is based on mutual efforts, including the counselor’s effort to gain the client’s trust, as well as the client’s willingness to be truthful. He looks forward to working with you if you are ready to make that commitment.
Professional Interests and Specialties
- Bi-cultural Adolescents
- Grief and Life Transition
- Parenting Coaching ( Parenting Counseling )for Bicultural Immigrant Families
- Couples Counseling and Interracial Marriage Counseling
- AD/HD and Associated Psychosocial Issues
- Emotional Abuse
- Depression and Anxiety
- Post Graduate Marriage and Family Therapy Training, Samaritan Center of Puget Sound 2009-2011
- M.A. in Children, Couples, Family Therapy, Antioch University, 2003-2006
- M.S. in Construction Engineering and Management, Ohio State University, 1977-1979
- B.A. in Civil Engineering, Chung-Yuan College of Science and Engineering, 1971-1975