Dr. Mark Kleiman, Ph.D., LP

About Me

I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the Minnesota Psychological Association. As a part of the MPA, I am also a member of the Divisions of Psychoanalytic Treatment and Forensics of the MPA. In addition, I am a clinical associate member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. I am also a member of the Tennessee Sexual Offender Treatment Board. I have been a long-term member of the American Play Therapy Association. I recently joined Eunoia Family Resource Center, beginning full-time employment in July 2017.

Education

I have been working in the education and mental health fields since the early 1980s. I attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in history, and earning a B.A. in 1979. I then completed a master’s degree with a concentration in social studies education, with a primary focus on social studies and teaching middle and high school, from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1981. I completed a second master’s degree, with a concentration in counseling, also from Georgia State University in 1985. I attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, earning a Ph.D. in counseling psychology in 1993, and completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Children’s Psychiatric Center in Miami, Florida, from 1992 to 1993.

Work Experience

I have worked in a wide array of mental health settings, treating clients in settings ranging from short-term outpatient to long-term, state-run inpatient hospital settings. During the last several years, I have concentrated and gained expertise in conducting forensic evaluations within a state-run forensic hospital for both acute and longer-term patients, both male and female, charged with felony-level crimes.

I have extensive experience conducting individual play therapy with children, ages 3 and up, presenting with a wide range of mental health issues, from reactions to parental divorce, anxiety disorders to severe depressive disorders and sexual trauma. I also developed a specialization working with adolescents dealing with co-occurring disorders, primarily mood and/or behavioral disorders and chemical abuse/dependency. In addition to providing psychotherapy, both individual and group, I provide psychological assessments. These may include personality assessments of children, adolescents and adults; ADHD evaluations; psycho-educational evaluations; forensic evaluations; psycho-sexual evaluations; and learning disability evaluations. My theoretical orientation is primarily psychodynamic and developmentally based, utilizing attachment theory as a means to undergird case conceptualization.

As I have grown and hopefully matured and wizened as a therapist and person, I feel it is crucial to fully include patients and caregivers in the work when treating children. As they are an integral part of the treatment and any progress that will be made, it is critical that they understand the meaning/function of the child’s play, in a language helpful to them. Thus, I also give, in addition to weekly updates and feedback, brief “homework” at times to assist in the linkage between sessions. Finally, I utilize bibliotherapy and/or cinematherapy assignments when appropriate and have been deeply influenced by the existential therapeutic thoughts and wisdom of Irving, Yalom, M.D.