Mark Gregory Karris is a husband, ordained pastor, licensed marriage and family therapist, writer, recording artist, Red Cross volunteer, and worship leader. He’s a voracious reader, researcher, all around biophilic, and passionately in love with Jesus and His Church.
His first book, Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain and Soul (Kregel, April 2017), offers detailed case examples of real clients and congregants struggling and healing through heartbreak. It explores powerful spiritual practices that can help the reader move toward relational vitality with God, self, and others, and shares fresh insights concerning self-compassion, the sacred art of listening, and God’s role in the midst of the reader’s own heartbreak.
Mark received a master's degree in counseling through the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Nyack, N.Y., a master of divinity from Drew Theological School in N.J., and is currently working through his PsyD from Alliant International University in San Diego.
He currently serves as a family advocacy and support specialist for the United States Navy in Yokosuka, Japan. He works daily with those affected by trauma such as domestic violence and child abuse. Mark performs workshops and briefs on topics such as healthy relationships, anger and stress management, self-compassion, and addiction. Mark also preaches, leads worship, and works closely with the Navy chaplain.
Mark’s pioneering research article on trauma and couple’s therapy has recently been published in a peer-reviewed journal [Karris, M., Caldwell, B. (2015) “Integrating Emotionally Focused Therapy, Self-Compassion & Compassion-Focused Therapy to Assist Shame-Prone Couples who have Experienced Trauma,” The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families].