Mark Pechovnik

Mark Pechovnik

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As both a psychotherapist and a Zen priest, I work closely with individual and couples to help normalize their experiences while also helping them to move beyond barriers behind which they feel stuck, creating a more spacious, confident and authentic life.

Client Status

accepting clients



2030 NE 47th Ave.

Portland, OR 97213

At a Glance


Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2005

Languages: English


  • Relationship
  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

The emphasis on therapy is always on what is happening now, here in session. Even when thoughts of the past arise, they are being metabolized in the present. We work to acknowledge and allow our reality to fully express itself and then make choices about what is the most skillful way to move forward. Whereas we often think we are broken, we are always less broken than uncomfortable with our own complexity. We all have darkness inside of us. Therapeutic work helps us to familiarize ourselves with the rich landscape of our life experiences. In the end, we build a set of tools to help us navigate our lives well and with integrity. In so doing, build our self-confidence and self esteem.

I am both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Rinzai Zen Priest. I am committed in both fields to help others find freedom in their lives. I have extensive experience in various cognitive, emotional and somatic modalities as they relate to relationships, trauma, mood disorders and addiction. I have worked in youth facilities, addiction treatment centers, community mental health, mindfulness clinics, and most recently in private practice. Currently, about a third of my case load is couples.

Techniques I Use


  • Couples Counseling External link

    There is an emphasis on clear, empathic communication (NVC); sexuality and differentiation (Schnarch's Work); relationship building tools (Gottman and others); sexuality; acceptance; attachment; and emotional attunement (Emotion Focused Therapy).

  • Relational  External link

    Fundamental to our work together is the fact that there are two people in a room discussing very personal and intimate information. The reality of the relationship we develop is both acknowledged and worked with not only as natural outcome of the work we do but as a tool to help increase tolerance for intimacy, authenticity and self-confidence.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    Mindfulness arises in the session naturally as we spend an hour looking deeply at what is happening here and now (even if it's thoughts and feelings about the past). In addition to cultivating mindfulness in session, we can also develop meditation skills (though meditation is helpful, it is not required).

Issues I Treat


  • Personal Growth External link

    In the end, all therapy focuses on personal growth. Very often our complaints stem from some fundamental unwillingness to grow. Childhood wounding leaves us hoping for a parental figure (or lover) to fill a void in our lives. The maturity that comes from looking at and facing our lives and the disappointments in our lives and taking responsibility for moving forward is a life-long process.

  • Spirituality External link

    Spirituality is often the component most often neglected in our modern lives. Though it can have many expressions , its absence of expression can often be the root of our own disquiet and dissatisfaction. Spiritual work is hard work, and we will often avoid to engage in more immediately gratifying activities. Therapy can help create your own spiritual identify and clear away blocks to practice.

  • Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence External link

    Weekly therapy can be a great addition to personal recovery work. I have great respect for and advocate for 12-Step programs. Outside of community support, individual therapy is a boon to working through the inevitable mental health issues that helped cause and were created by addictive behaviors.

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    Relationship problems often stem from unrealistic expectations about what our partners are meant to do for us. Therapy helps transform expectation into appreciation. In the end, our romantic relationships can be wonderful and deeply intimate friendships of mutual support and care.

  • PTSD External link

    Trauma are experiences that either actively and vividly haunt us or go underground and reveal themselves only through behaviors that limit our full engagement in life. I utilize various techniques (including EMDR) to help uncover and work with the trauma so that it becomes less a defining factor and more an historical artifact.

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