Stephen Clarke, Ph.D., LCPC
Stephen is inspired to bring the view and practice of mindfulness and loving-kindness into every area of our lives and society. Being more present, courageous and gentle connects us to our values and allows for deeper and more meaningful change, connection, and relationships.
Private Practice Make up - Stephen has been in private practice since 2009 working with adults and adolescents. On average, a third of Stephen’s patients are psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and social workers. Another third are other professionals - lawyers, physicians, scientists, artists, professors, engineers, business and non-profit leaders. And the final third are students, stay-at-home parents, retirees, and generally people establishing themselves or going through transitions. Working with individuals, couples, and families, his psychotherapy practice specializes in Buddhist Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Attachment & Family Systems, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Non-Violent Communication, and Focusing.
Buddhist Background - Stephen is a senior Buddhist and meditation teacher, leading retreats internationally. He has been practicing meditation and studying Buddhism since 1994, and has studied and taught in Tibetan Vajrayana, Zen, and Theravada Meditation traditions. Along with numerous week and month long retreats, he completed a year long retreat in 2004. Stephen was the senior teacher in residence at the Baltimore Shambhala Center from 2011 -2017. He also has lead street retreats in various cities and helped lead the Aushwitz Bearing-Witness Retreat. Stephen has trained in and teaches Non-Violent Communication, Council Practice, and Focusing. Formerly a hospice chaplain, Stephen works with those with terminal diagnoses to prepare for death.
Psychology Background - Stephen earned a Ph.D. at Loyola University of Maryland studying the effects of long-term mindfulness and loving-kindness practices, how mindfulness and loving-kindness can be utilized to transform destructive emotions and overcome early attachment patterns, and how familial relationships and trauma affect the ability to be mindful and lovingly-kind. He also completed research on documenting egoless and non-dual states and their benefits among advanced meditators. Stephen completed clinical training at the Baltimore Veteran Administration Hospital in Trauma and Substance Abuse and at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital in Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy. In addition, he worked for several years at outpatient mental health clinics before starting a private practice. He is a licensed counselor in the state of Maryland (Lic. # LC4084) and an approved supervisor by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.