MSW, LAC, EMDR-Certified
Mark Putnoy, MSW, LAC, EMDR-Certified
As a mental health clinician MSW (Masters of Social Work), LAC (licensed Addictions Specialist #195), and EMDR Certified therapist, I specialize in working with men with trauma and addictions. I have been in practice for over 30 years and have seen, heard and personally experienced what I am trained to identify and transform so that normalcy is experienced as freedom from pain, emotional safety, and is realized as genuine satisfaction and love with who we truly are. There is a method to all of this and I would like to share that with you.
How I Work
It’s really very straightforward, I get to know as much about you as I can in order to create a safe and transparent relationship. The therapeutic relationship is one of the most important aspects of successful therapy. Therefore I will work hard to build our working relationship. The next step is conducting an assessment based on the information you provide. My evaluation of you will be shared with you so what I professionally become aware of is what you have felt and seen in your life. Our treatment planning will be collaborative, explore, identify, manage, heal!
Regardless of the intervention I introduce you to ( EMDR, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Tai Chi, Equine therapy) know that therapy is a supportive effort and you will walk away learning how to make life work for you.
It has been over 40 years since graduating from the DU School of Social Work my experiences are diverse and transcends the therapeutic realm to include, entrepreneurship, sales consultant, Pastry chef, owner of DUI agencies in Castle Rock and Littleton, Coordinator of the Juvenile Diversion Program for Arapahoe County, School Social worker and Restaurateur. However, the most rewarding would be “Therapist” to those who I have had the honor and privilege to counsel along the way. My father always said to me “ Mark you cannot dance at two weddings and one day you will have to choose.” My father was a wise man and it has taken some years but I have ultimately invested all of my time and effort into healing those who choose to take the journey as I have.
My areas of expertise is PTSD, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, grief, loss, addictions (substance, gambling, pornography , etc.) I work with individuals and couples. I have also been trained in a program called SSP (safe and sound Protocol) that is a 10 hour listening program to assist in emotional regulation and decreasing “fight or flight” response.
Who I Am
I am originally from Brooklyn, NY and came to Colorado to attend graduate school in Social work at the University of Denver. I have been here since 1973 and have celebrated thanksgiving with the same friends, some school mates and their families for over 40 years. I am divorced after 15 years of marriage and still remain friends with those meaningful relationships from the past. I like early mornings at the beach or in the mountains and golf is a strong pursuit. My mother always said to me “Mark, I don’t care what you do in life, doctor, plumber, chef, bus driver, just do it to the best of your ability every day.” I have experienced the best therapeutic relationships in the last 8 years of my life and feel I am now doing my best work. Would love to share that with you.