Hello, I’m Mark Chapman and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. I have had the opportunity to work in the mental health and substance abuse fields for the last 30 years. I have worked in multiple settings within the mental health field from outpatient therapy to acute care psychiatric hospitals. It is through these experiences that I have been able to develop my skills to address some of the most complex cases of trauma and co-occurring mental health issues. This has given me the knowledge and experience to better help individuals who are suffering from these issues.
As a young adult, I was lost in a career I did not enjoy. So, I spent time exploring what I wanted to do with my life and career. A friend suggested I try volunteering at a Youth at Risk Program in Dallas. There, I had the experience of working with inner city teenagers who were finding themselves lost and struggling with many different traumas in life. That is when I found my new calling—helping others work through trauma, life, and substance abuse issues.
I attended the University of Texas at Dallas to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in the areas of Business Administration and Psychology. While working on my Bachelor’s degree I also began working in psychiatric hospitals as a Mental Health Technician and eventually Case Manager while completing my requirements and getting my License in Chemical Dependency Counseling in 1992.
I pursued my education further and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with my Master’s degree in Social Work in August of 1998. After completing graduate school, I took a job as a contract social worker with the Department of Defense working in Wuerzburg, Germany, with First Infantry Division Headquarters for three years and received my supervision from a Colonel who was also a social worker. It was in Germany that I began to hear of the trauma that so many soldiers experienced in and out war zones, and the challenges that military families faced.
I returned to the United States in December of 2001 and began working at an inpatient psychiatric facility as a Youth Services Coordinator before taking the position of Adult Services Program Director. My passion for working in the field of trauma then led me back to working with a Specialty Trauma Unit for severe emotional, spiritual, sexual, and physical trauma which served clients from across the United States.
In 2011, I began working for the United States Military once again in the Army Substance Abuse Program where we were tasked to not only screen for alcohol and substance abuse, but to evaluate for trauma as many of these soldiers were returning from war.
Following my time working with the Army Substance Abuse Program, I continued to work in mental health, primarily working with dual diagnosis clients. However, after several years working in the field of general mental health, I again began researching opportunities to treat clients who had experienced trauma. It was then that I realized trauma treatment was my calling, and I began looking for opportunities that would allow me to fully focus on this treatment.
My search led me to Finding Freedom Therapy where I could focus on helping those suffering from trauma and wanting a healthy way out. I look forward to being your ally in healing.
I am professionally trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and I am in network with BCBS and Medicare.
*This clinician is an independent contractor