Mark Davis, LCSW

Staff Counselor
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Office: 541-737-2131

Snell Hall

Snell Hall

2150 SW Jefferson Way

2150 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Education: 

MSW, Smith College School for Social Work, 2016

BA, Comparative Literature, Harvard University, 2009

Employment: 

Benton County Health Department, Corvallis, OR, 2016-2018

VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, American Lake Division, Tacoma, WA, 2015-2016

Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Seattle, WA, 2014-2015

Additional Information: 

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." –Desmond Tutu

Theoretical Orientation: 

Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Nondual Psychotherapy, Psychedelic Integration, Narrative Therapy, Voice Dialogue, Gestalt, Social Justice and Anti-Oppression, Critical Whiteness Studies, Psychodynamic.

Philosophy and Approach:
In contrast to the medical model—which locates the individual person as the problem and pathologizes “negative” human emotions (sadness, distress, anxiety, anger, fear) as things to be managed, controlled, or eliminated—I consider the full spectrum of emotions a natural response to the often traumatic and oppressive nature of life, relationships, and our world situation. Rather than helping clients struggle to achieve an emotionally narrow “happy” life often depicted in American advertising, I offer a nonjudgmental, compassionate space in which clients are invited to let go of painful patterns of resistance/performance (Doing) and ease into a healing sense of inherent completeness (Being) that naturally embraces the rich continuum of human emotions and experiences.

Presenting Concerns:
Anxiety, depression, PTSD, psychedelic integration issues, veteran issues (combat trauma, MST, moral injury), internalized dominance, toxic whiteness and toxic masculinity, perfectionism, religious & spiritual concerns, SPMI including psychotic disorders.

Positionality:
Born 1985, he/him/his, white, straight, cisgender, allo, male, high-SES family of origin, Zen Buddhist, mostly able-bodied (chronic pain and orthopedic issues due to rock climbing accident).

Cultural Humility:
Given the privileged identities I hold, I consider it imperative to pay close attention to dynamics of power, privilege, oppression, and social justice in counseling sessions. I try to learn as much as I can about the multicultural backgrounds of my clients, and strive to maintain a stance of cultural humility so as not to impose my own values and culture-bound perspectives on our conversations. I actively welcome feedback and challenges from clients when my approach does not feel culturally respectful or appropriate. Sustained direct eye contact during session is not something that I expect or emphasize since, like psychotherapy itself, it is not a universal cultural practice.

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Affiliated with: 
Counseling Center
Headquarters: 
OSU Main Campus
Beyond OSU
Personal Interests: 

Korean Zen Buddhism, Daoism, nondualism, meditation, social justice, cooking, biking, swimming, reading

Biography

I was born in Dallas, TX, but I've lived all over the country—Colorado Springs, Keene (NH), Boston, Iowa City, Seattle, Tacoma—and have now settled happily in Corvallis. My first career was in the field of sculpture design and fabrication. I worked as a project manager for an installation artist and then at a bronze sculpture foundry in rural Iowa. Eventually, my interest in social practice art as well as my passion for social justice led me to social work, and to individual and group psychotherapy in particular. In my own mental health struggles, I've found mindfulness and nondualism most healing, and so these are the approaches I feel I can most effectively embody as a therapist. In my personal life, I'm grateful for my amazing wife and stepdaughter, as well as our two affectionate cats.