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Dr. Mark Maxwell

PsyD, LMFT #80504
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A little about Mark

Mark Maxwell holds a doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a licensed MFT (#80504) in the state of California.  He is the director of Pacifica Group Counseling and Therapy and Conexa, a 510(c)3 organization dedicated to community transformation through relational and mental health.  Mark specializes in therapy with couples using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).  Mark also uses Brainspotting to do deeper work on healing from trauma.  He uses Brainspotting to do performance and expansion work as well.  He also specializes in spiritual growth and development with couples, families and communities through the Covenant Attachment model. 


Focused Sessions

A Focused Session (often called an intensive) is a one-time therapy session that is a minimum of 6 hours and up to a maximum of 12 hours over the course of a couple days.  It is designed to meet specific goals for the couple, create breakthrough and movement for people who are stuck.  It can be done in conjunction with a couple's existing therapy work with another EFT therapist or on its own. Think of it as surgery rather than weekly therapy.  Focused Sessions can include a focus on trauma using Brainspotting along with Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy.  If you are a couple or a therapist working with a couple that would like to explore the possibilities of Focused Sessions, contact Dr. Maxwell to learn more.  

Performance work

Are you an athlete, a musician, a public speaker or an entertainer, or even a corporate business person striving to succeed and under the pressure to perform?  Do you have moments of anxiety, places you routinely get stuck, or simply want to take your game to the next level?  Employ the most powerful model in sports and performance psychology using the expansion model of Brainspotting.  Contact Dr. Maxwell for a consult to see if this work is right for you.  Click below to learn more about Brainspotting.


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Mark completed his PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2013 from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego.  

Mark's dissertation entitled God in the Relational System: A Theory of Covenant Attachment was a constructive grounded theory study on married couples and their shared relationship with God. 

Prior to returning to San Diego, Mark completed his MA in Mental Health Counseling at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.  Geaux Tigers!

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Mark Maxwell first graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, with a  Bachelor of Arts in both Film and Television Production (emphasis Screenwriting) and English Literature.  Go Lions!

This led to working in the film industry as a production manager and video producer as an independent contractor and later under Michael C. Conner Productions/Conner Entertainment in Phoenix, AZ. 

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