Meet Mark DuMars, MS, MA, LPCc, EMDR-II
Mark is a combat veteran (USMC corpsman 1972 - 1982), surgical physician assistant, structural therapist, educator and psychotherapist with over 45 years of experience around trauma and recovery. He has helped veterans, civilians and athletes through major trauma, substance abuse, life transitions, spiritual inquiries, suicide attempts and natural disasters while spending the last 32 years maintaining his own sobriety. Mark has said that as a result of his experiences, he has found a remarkable gratitude for life and feels privileged to observe the interconnectedness that it involves.
Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from San Diego State University, and a master’s from the Weill-Cornell Medical College in Physician Assistant Studies where his emphasis was in orthopedics and trauma. Other than clinical rehabilitation and surgical practice, he taught structural anatomy and Psychology of the Body in for 15 years in New England while serving three nationally ranked gymnastics teams. He also served two months as a Rotary trauma support specialist for La Oficina de Las Mujeres y Los Refugios in Honduras during the 1998 Hurricane Mitch disaster; a trauma volunteer at Belview Hospital, NY during the 9/11 disaster and was on location at the finish line as a sports trauma recovery instructor for the Boston Marathon when the bombing of 4/13/13 took place.
Mark has since earned a second master’s degree from Naropa University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in counseling and Buddhist psychotherapy. He is also certified as a university meditation instructor and is trained in EMDR, EFT, CBT, DBT and Humanistic psychology . He currently facilitates a Veteran’s Substance Use and Recovery group where dialog in a unit-like structure appears to be an effective exchange method. He also facilitates two DUI groups, holds a private practice within Integrating Insights in Boulder and helps people navigate the criminal justice system as a competency restoration trainer at the Boulder Alcohol Education Center.
Mark holds to the idea that most people just get stuck somewhere in the labyrinth of life and are smart enough continue their path once they get unstuck. His years of dedication have continued to be supported by his deep faith in the inherent goodness and nearly infinite adaptability of all people once they realize that what they think is not necessarily the truth. Getting unstuck is far easier than trying to fix something that is not broken in the first place.