Mark is a psychotherapist and a dad. He was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and moved to the United States to pursue his counseling career. He met the love of his life in Richmond, VA. A few years later, they became dads through open adoption.
Becoming a father to a girl opened Mark’s eyes even more to the challenges many girls and women face in today’s world. Mark’s passion for equality drives everything he does, whether he is in the role of therapist, husband, father, or friend.
Mark is the founder of LaunchPad Counseling, a private practice in Richmond, VA. He spent years as a Play Therapist, and now coaches parents to use Play Therapy principles to build strong, healthy relationships with their children.
He is the founder of Brave Like A Girl (www.bravelikeagirl.com), an organization that celebrates girls who naturally tap into their courage and strength to overcome challenges.
Mark’s first children’s book What Does A Princess Really Look Like? is scheduled to release on July 1, 2018. It will be the first in the Brave Like A Girl series.
What Does a Princess Really Look Like?
Chloe dreams of being a ballerina princess. But today she is not practicing her twirls or leaping from room to room. She digs deep in her art drawer to find what she needs to craft her very own princess ballerina.
The project quickly turns into more than a simple princess drawing. Chloe realizes that princesses are not just about beautiful hair and sparkly dresses. As her work of art comes to life, she discovers the qualities of character that make up her princess.
When she feels insecure about an imperfection in her art, her dads point out that the personal quirks make her princess unique! And Chloe realizes that she is not too different from the princess she so admires.
Princesses can look all kinds of way. What kind of princess are you?