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Mark Sampson, PhD

  • Title: Associate Director, Director of Training
  • Phone: 614-292-5766
  • Email:

Therapeutic Style:

My therapeutic style tends to be strengths based, focusing primarily on interpersonal process, also using a behavioral approach to facilitate change. I strongly believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in therapy. Change occurs when people feel accepted and understood. I also value and explore individuals’ intersecting identities and how they influence a person’s lived experience. 

Supervision Style: 

A primary goal in supervision is to provide a safe space where the supervisee feels both valued and challenged. My supervision style tends to be collaborative working to meet the supervisee’s needs, embracing their style and also stretching them to explore new interventions. I feel that in addition to a clinical focus, supervision should also focus on professional development helping trainees develop and navigate their professional identities.

Professional Interests:

My professional interests include anxiety management, body image, relationship counseling, sexual identity issues and gender identity issues. I have a strong commitment to serving underrepresented identities helping to navigate systems of power and privilege.

Groups and Liaison Roles:

I facilitate the Queer Grad group.

Educational Background:

I received my bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University. I completed my doctoral internship at the University of Manitoba Student Counselling Centre.

Personal Interests:

I enjoy spending time traveling, especially weekend road trips. I look forward to summer and being outdoors, while winter is spent primarily laying on the couch watching Netflix and getting caught on the YouTube train.

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